Welcome to the National Hookah Community Association "NHCA". We are a diverse alliance of businesses from all ends of the Hookah experience, from manufacturers and importers of molasses, pipes and accessories to distributors, Hookah lounges and Hookah/shisha retail stores.

If you are a Hookah business, please join us and help us defend and protect your business, our culture and community.

If you are an interested member of the public, welcome. Please enjoy learning about Hookah and its unique culture and practice.

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Dear Hookah family & Industry,
The National Hookah Community Association “NHCA” is dedicated to protecting and preserving hookah culture and businesses across the United States. Hookah culture businesses are at risk from legislation, specifically flavored tobacco bans which have been triggered by the youth vaping epidemic. NHCA takes a very strong position that hookah businesses should all ensure that their products are not marketed in a way that appears to target minors.


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Member Benefits

The National Hookah Community Association (NHCA) is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization that protects and serves its members who are facing threats from new legislation at the local, state, and federal level.

Advocacy and Legislative Representation for our Culture and Businesses

Your membership of NHCA supports the representaton of hookah interests with legislative bodies, lawmakers, and regulators at the federal, state, and local levels. The hookah sector and culture needs a strong unified voice in defending our businesses. Membership not only supports efforts to protect your business but also gives you a voice at the table in shaping our policy priorities for the industry in the future.

Tools, Resources, and Education

NHCA will support its members in reaching out to their political representatives. We will be there for your business whenever it is threatened at the federal, state or municipal level.

Members will receive regular updates on pending legislation and regulations affecting hookah and hookah related products through state and federal news updates. Members will also be provided the most relevant news and insights for improving your business and informing the community.


Unifying Voice

We need an ever-present organization that unites the segments of our sector to defend our culture and businesses. NHCA is uniting manufacturers, distributors, store owners, and lounges. Bringing together the industry will not only help defend the future of your business, but it will also help to grow it through new insights and connections.

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Welcome New Member

If you are in the business of hookah, making or selling hookah molasses or accessories, you are invited to join the National Hookah Community Association, an alliance of businesses from every corner of the hookah community dedicated to preserving the tradition of hookah across the United States.

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Featured Business

Star Hookah Lounge

864 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029, United States

Blue Moon Hookah Lounge

1053 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, United States

Hollywood Hookah Lounge

6512 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, United States

Our Team

Arnie Abramyan
George Jonson
Rima Khoury
Issa Abuaita
Board Member

Few Words From Director’s Desk

Hrant Vartzbedian

Hrant Vartzbedian is the Executive Director of the National Hookah Community Association (NHCA) a native of Egypt and a Cafe' & Hookah lounge owner engaged in the Los Angeles community, his relation to Hookah & Shisha Industry over the last decade puts him in the right position to fulfil his responsibilities, his duties include Outreach, Government affairs and Membership.

"Your salvation lies in the power of your unity" is a quote from famous Armenian poet Charents which applies strongly to our Industry, specially to our law abiding self policing businesses that do not target sales to minors. 

The NHCA is here to preserve the culture of those communities engaged in Shisha, Nargile', Argile' and Hookah over centuries giving adults the right to choose to smoke Hookah and protect the businesses and their interests.

The indiscriminate flavor bans springing up at City & County levels all over the US are mistakenly mixing e-cigarettes and vape with Hookah, Hookah is not the problem in classrooms according to Governor Newsom of California.

We have an uphill battle to protect our freedom to smoke Hookah, culture and heritage, the NHCA is at the forefront of this battle and needs your support to protect your interests"

Hrant Vartzbedian

Executive Director

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