The actual procedure of the bong is fairly straight forward. Tobacco or herb is packed into a down pipe which is a small pipe with a bowl at it’s head, where the herb is placed. This pipe is situated near the base of the bong and is drawn into the main structure of the pipe where the water sits. The purpose of this pipe is to submerge one end of the down pipe in the water, forcing any smoke to filter through the water before reaching the lungs. You can ask any smoker why they choose to use a bong and many will have different reasons, however the main overall purpose is to achieve a smoother smoke. They achieve this in various ways depending on the type of water pipe or bong you’re using. The smoke is drawn through the water, which not only helps in filtering those unwanted carcinogens and ash, it also helps in cooling the smoke. These two benefits combined ensure the smoke is much purer than the smoke of a typical smoking pipe or cigarette and is the reason more and more people are turning to these alternative smoking methods.
In this modern era of smoking culture it’s hard to find someone who at least doesn’t know the purpose of a bong. Used by tobacco and herb smokers worldwide, they are instantly recognizable by any avid user. A typical bong is usually made of acrylic or glass, although they come in a range of other materials as well. They are notable for their large open pipe which often leads to a water chamber with an extra inlet where the smoke can be drawn in.