The Difference Between E-cigarettes and Hookahs

October 08, 2018

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Have you ever spent time in a crowded hookah lounge or vaped premium High VG e-liquid and wondered exactly how it compared to e-cigarettes? Although both activities are very popular, they do have several core differences. Here's a closer look at where hookah and e-cigarettes both originated and how they compare to each other now.

The History of E-cigarettes and Hookahs

Our previous blog post, The History of Vaping, explored in detail how vaping has evolved over the years. The Ancient Egyptians were the first to invent vaping in 5th century B.C. According to historians, they used vapor to cleanse and heal their bodies and for religious practices. The modern-day e-cigarette was invented in the 20th century.

Hookah was first conceived around 2,000 years ago in Afghanistan. People loved it because it gave them a convenient way to smoke flavored tobacco. Eventually the concept of smoking hookah and vaping spread to other countries including the United States.

How Hookahs and E-cigarettes Are Different

Now that you know how both methods originated, we'll discuss some of the core differences between vaping and hookah:

1) They Use Different Methods to Create Vapor

One primary difference between hookah and e-cigarettes is how they create vapor. The hookah uses a water pipe and hot coals to make vapor. After you light up the coals, the tobacco and other flavors will start to heat up and create vapor, which will then travel through the rubber hose and into your mouth through the mouthpiece. Meanwhile, e-cigarettes (also known as electronic nicotine delivery systems) use batteries to heat up the e-liquid before you can inhale it.

2) They Use Different Ingredients

Hookahs and e-cigarettes also use different ingredients. Hookahs use shisha tobacco and flavorings that may include honey and glycerin. On the other hand, e-cigarettes use e-liquid that has propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine, and several food-grade flavor concentrates as its ingredients.

3) You Can Control How Much Nicotine You Inhale Whenever You Vape

Whenever you buy e-juice for your e-cigarette you have the ability to decide how much nicotine you would like to consume. E-liquid comes in a variety of nicotine levels, so you can choose how strong you'd like it to be. You can also buy e-liquid with different vegetable glycerin levels. You may not be able to control how much nicotine you inhale whenever you use a hookah at a lounge.

4) E-cigarettes Are Easier to Operate than Hookahs

Many people believe it is much easier to vape using an e-cigarette than to use your own hookah. When you use an e-cigarette, you only have to connect the battery to the e-liquid and start puffing away to get it to work. Once the e-liquid is warmed up enough it will release the vapor into your mouth. If you have a manual device you will have to push a button to activate the battery and heat up the coils, but that's it! You may also be able to adjust the heat depending on the e-cigarette device you have.

On the other hand, hookah has more components than an e-cigarette, which means that more things can go wrong. If the coals get too hot they can burn up the flavored tobacco and you will experience a dry hit. It's always best to try to avoid dry hits whenever possible since it can burn your throat. You also have to be careful that you don't let the coals die down and lose their heat whenever you smoke hookah.

How Hookahs and E-cigarettes Are Similar

Although they both have several core differences, hookah and vaping also share several similarities. For example, both methods turn tobacco into vapor so you can safely inhale it. Here are some more ways they are similar:

1) You Will Have to Stock Up On Ingredients

Regardless if you prefer to hookah or use an e-cigarette, you will have to buy ingredients and tools for both of them. An e-cigarette will need new e-juice whenever you run out and occasionally batteries and tanks. While hookah owners will have to stock up on extra coals to heat up the tobacco and hose.

2) You Can Choose From a Variety of Devices

Another similarity is that there are hundreds of hookahs, e-cigarettes and vaping devices available on the market. You can choose ones that come in different colors and even models with different tanks, coils and other parts. Some e-cigarettes may resemble a USB memory stick, while others may look like a pen. You can buy a traditional hookah or decide to get a hookah pen.

3) Both Are Great Alternatives to Cigarettes

If you are trying to stop smoking, both are great ways to enjoy nicotine without the damaging side effects of smoking cigarettes.

4) You Can Enjoy A Wide Range of Flavors

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Lastly, they are similar because you can enjoy a wide range of unique flavors and nicotine whenever you decide to vape or take a hookah break. Delicious flavors like strawberry, mint, cookies, chocolate, berries and much more are available for purchase.

In Conclusion

And that's it! We hope we were able to clear up any confusion you may have had about the difference between smoking hookah and e-cigarettes. The two are closely related so it's not uncommon for people who love to vape to also enjoy visiting a hookah lounge from time to time. Both of them offer the perfect opportunity to relax and bond with loved ones in your free time.  

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