Also known as a waterpipe, narghile, arghila or shisha, the origin of the hookah is from the time of the Safavid dynasty in the Persian Empire, which extended into India and spread in popularity. Through the years, the popularity of smoking shisha has spread worldwide, becoming a well-known practice in North America.
The purpose of the hookah is to vaporize and smoke flavored tobacco, also called shisha, in which the vapor is passed through a water basin. A hookah can have either one or more hoses for inhaling the smoke produced from burning shisha.
How Does A Hookah Work?
The hookah is composed of a bowl, head gasket, stem, hose gasket, hose port, opening and a down stem. These all work together to process the burning tobacco and create the smoke inhaled.
The vase is filled with water to submerge the down stem while the bowl, which is packed with tobacco, is covered with a thin and perforated piece of foil sheet or metal screen. Hot coals are then placed on top of the sheet or screen which causes the tobacco in the bowl to heat up and smoke.
This is when the user inhales by sucking through the hose which draws more heat on the tobacco and helps to accelerate the burning, producing more smoke. A hookah in general is composed of all of these parts, though the size of the hookahs can vary.
How Does An E-Hookah Work?
E-Hookahs are much smaller in size compared to the regular hookahs. These look and feel almost like an e-cig, and oftentimes at a glance people can’t tell them apart. A standard e-hookah consists of a battery, an atomizer (the heating device, which is the same in a vaporizer) and the e-liquid. These can all be found inside a vape, so… what makes them different?
Vaporizers, though not all, tend to have a button to press to begin heating the liquids or herbs. On e-hookahs, usually there is no button to press, and the user simply inhales to activate the atomizer. E-liquids, nicotine levels and customization are all user choices, therefore there is no major difference between a vape and an e-hookah, unlike the vast differences between hookah and e-hookah.