haven't smoked in 26 years. Moved 2 Michigan last year and it's legal here so I figured why not. But my throat couldn't take joint or blunt hits. Burned so bad. Id never thought I would end up with a bong bc my memory of that was huge coughing hits. But this bong is the bomb. Even the biggest hits, you will cough but u recover quick and u don't get that burn in ur throat. The perc and ice and water and diffuser ( I think thats what its called at end of stem) cools the hit off with ease. Very little chug needed. Quality feel.