Before venturing onto the topic of difference between e-Shisha and traditional hookah, it is essential to understand what the two actually mean. A hookah is basically a stemmed water pipe, used for smoking Shisha (flavored tobacco) through a water basin. The hookah has its origins in India but over the years, it has gained immense popularity in the Middle East. The e-Shisha on the other hand is also known as 'electronic hookah'. It is a flavored 'Shisha' electronic stick.
An e-Shisha is fundamentally a modified version of the conventional hookah. The concept basically emerged from the e-cigarette.
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The basic difference between the two items is their components. A traditional hookah consists of a bowl, hose, plate, water jar, windscreen, purge valve, diffuser and in certain cases, grommets. Tobacco and charcoal are the other items put to use. In the case of an e-Shisha, there are three devices for it. A cartridge i.e. the mouthpiece, the heating component or atomizer and the battery. An innovative and quite a stylish device is the Hookah Pen. It is the ideal choice for many as it is harmless to the smoker and well as to the passive smokers.
A fundamental distinction between the two is that the e-Shisha doesn't consist of tobacco or nicotine. On the other hand, the hookah generates smoke by burning tobacco which passes via water (flavored, at times) into a single or multiple stemmed tubes for inhalation. The e-hookah operates on battery but the vapor produced by it is nontoxic.
A vital difference between the two is their mechanism. When it comes to the hookah, smoke is produced from the tobacco which is stored at the top, using coals. The smoke then passes through the liquid which is at the bottom jar. And it is this liquid passing smoke in the jar which the smokers draw in. In case of the e-Shisha, the smokers inhale the e-liquid or liquid nicotine which is stocked in a chamber. The atomizer starts functioning once the smoker inhales. With the help of a battery (lithium ion) air sensors produce vapor from the liquid.
Another variation between the two is the size. The Shisha Pens, as e-hookahs are also called, are compact .The traditional hookahs are a lot heavier in comparison and they can't be carried everywhere unlike the hookah pens.
CO2 or Carbon Dioxide is emitted by hookahs but this is not so with e-Shisha. The traditional hookahs also put to use charcoal for heating which is very hazardous to the environment as well as health but the e-hookahs make use of electricity for the same. Thus they are said to be more eco-friendly than the usual hookah.
E-Shisha is the best choice than hookahs and cigarettes because of its considerable low health risk. No more yellowing of teeth or rotting of gums or even lung cancer which can all be caused by the traditional hookahs. Also no foul stench or ash grimes are left with the e-hookahs.
The e-Shishas are economical as compared to the large hookah stands and the former is available in various sizes. But they can't be shared with anyone as one does with cigarettes and they drain the battery a lot as well.
Both e-hookahs and traditional hookahs have their own pros and cons. But ultimately, it all comes down to the substantiality, packaging and presentation, benefits and several other important factor of the product.