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e shisha vs e cigarettes: What’s the difference?

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Shisha, hookah, e shisha, e cigarettes, vapes, mods… the list goes on. With so many alternative ways to smoke and vape these days, it’s often hard to know the difference between them all. In this article we explore the differences between e shisha vs e cigarettes, so if you’ve been asking yourself, is e shisha the same as vaping? Or are e cigarettes or vaping better for me? Then this article is for you.

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How does a vape work?

Before we explore the ins and outs of differences between e shisha and e cigarettes, let’s look at vaping, what it is and how it works. So, what is vaping? Vaping is the act of using a vape device, also known as an e cigarette, that electronically heats e Liquid turning it into a vapour that can be inhaled. How does a vape work? As you activate the device (either by pressing a button or puffing on the mouthpiece), the atomiser heats the coil, which then heats the e Liquid to form an aerosol or vapour that you can inhale and exhale just like you would a cigarette.

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What is the difference between traditional shisha and e shisha?

Shisha, also known as hookah, originated in the Middle East. It’s an age-old tradition that can be dated back to the beginning of the seventeenth century1. But what is shisha? The act of smoking shisha is when flavoured tobacco is smoked through a water pipe. However smoking shisha is just as bad for your health as smoking cigarettes2. The World Health Organization revealed in their 2006 study Tobacco use in shisha: studies on waterpipe smoking in Egypt that shisha smoke has a higher concentration of tar, the substance generated through tobacco combustion, compared to what is found in cigarette smoke.

There are significant differences between shisha and e shisha. An e shisha pen is a small, cigarette shaped, electronic water pipe that vaporises flavoured liquid.

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What is the difference between vape and e shisha?

While e shisha pens and e cigarettes differ in their appearance and method of use, the main difference between the two devices is that e cigarette devices are typically used to help smokers make the switch from smoking to vaping, often with the use of nicotine and flavours that mimic the taste of cigarettes such as menthol and tobacco. Shisha pens or e hookahs are more commonly used to mimic traditional shishas, used for recreational purposes and in social situations, without nicotine and with sweeter flavours.


e Shisha vs Vape, which one is better?

When comparing the two devices side-by-side, you’re not really comparing apples with apples as the two devices serve different purposes. If you’re looking to make the switch from smoking to vaping, then choosing an e cigarette device is a better option for you as they contain nicotine, and can help you safely switch from smoking tobacco. Vuse has a range of e cigarette devices including Ready to Vape Kits, if you're thinking about making the switch. However, if you’re looking for a device that doesn’t contain any nicotine, an e shisha is the better option.



Now that we’ve explored the differences between e shisha pens and e cigarettes, you can make an informed decision about the best device for you. At Vuse, we have a range of devices and e Liquid flavours for every type of vaper. To get yours, shop at any vape speciality store, visit our Vusionry store in Newmarket, or head to vuse.co.nz to shop online.


1. The British Museum
2. World Health Organization. Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. (2006) Tobacco use in shisha: studies on waterpipe smoking in Egypt. https://iris.who.int/handle/10665/119837