The Pros And Cons Of Smoking An E Hookah

e hookahBy now we’ve all heard of those e cigarettes, little battery operated sticks that give you the ability to smoke water vapor instead of actual smoke. This way people can get their nicotine on without the nasty tar. But what you may not have heard of is an e hookah, it’s the same general concept but the difference is now you can find all of the traditional hookah flavors in the same little stick. These things are hugely popular right now so I thought I’d do a quick post about them.

Lots of people have already tried these but I know there are still quite a few people who are stuck on the fence and can’t decide whether to give these electronic hookahs a try or not. I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list here with all of the pros and cons of these e hookahs and maybe it can help some of you decide if it would be right for you to switch over to. So, lets start with the pros:

The Pros of Smoking An E Hookah

No Tobacco – With these e hookahs, all you’re getting is vapor, and flavoring, along with the nicotine if you happen to choose a flavor or brand that contains it. Starbuzz and Square brands both contain nicotine.

No Tar – As mentioned above, all you inhale with these is vapor and there is no tobacco involved, so tar is no longer a concern.

Re-Chargeable – Since electronic hookahs are battery operated, they are easily charged before use and generally have a fairly long charge too since it doesn’t require much energy to create a “puff”. Keep in mind that most e hookahs on the market right now are disposable and not re-fillable or re-chargeable, but Hookah Portable has created something new which IS rechargeable and refillable so you don’t have to keep throwing these things away. I have reviewed a few of their products and you can find those posts in the reviews section. And you can get 20% off of your order with the discount code hookahhooligan20 Another good option is Halo E Cigs refillable tank system, it’s the same thing but you can use any e juice you want instead of just the provided pre-filled tanks like Hookah Portable has.

Disposable – You can find e hookahs pretty much anywhere that sells hookahs these days, and the flavor choices are just as endless as they are with regular shisha.  And once you’re done you can just toss them out, unless you have a re-chargeable one of course.

No Cleaning – Since there is no actual hookah involved, there’s nothing to clean!

No Lighting Coals – Again, its all battery operated, so no more spending a half hour trying to get a coal burning properly.

Easier For Travel – These things are about the size of a normal cigarette, so they literally fit anywhere and you can smoke them everywhere since it’s not real smoke. Yes, even at the beach, park, or movie theater. People might give you looks or say something but you aren’t breaking the law so no worries.

The Cons of Smoking An E Hookah

It’s Just Not The Same – Obviously, this is nothing like a real hookah so even though you get nicotine and you get to smoke, it’s just not the same as actually setting up your hookah and having a good smoke session.

Costs More – These things cost like $6 or $7 a pop so they definitely cost a bit more than regular tobacco. But if you do some shopping around you can definitely find some good deals.

Harder To Share With Friends – Since these e hookahs run on batteries, passing them around with friends can drain the juice a bit faster than if you were just smoking it alone, on top of that the liquid inside will need to be refilled or replaced more often, which costs you more money.

Still not sure? Well, I think e hookahs are best for people who travel a lot and like to smoke on the go, people who are trying to quit smoking and switch to a non-nicotine variety instead and for anyone who likes to try new things. This technology will likely get better and there will be lots more flavors popping up everywhere, will you try them or will you be stubborn and keep smoking that tobacco? The decision is yours.

That’s about all I can think of right now, there are more pros than cons I’m sure, but in the end you really won’t know if it’s for you unless you try it out, that’s what I did and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like them. If you’re looking to get some of these hookah pens, I highly suggest Hookah Portable(use this link and get free shipping!), they have tons of flavors and they taste great! You can check out some of my personal reviews of them here. These are some other popular ones I know of: Fantasia E-Hookahs, Smooth E-Hookahs, Square E-Hookahs, Starbuzz E-Hookahs and Tsunami E-Hookahs. All of these brands are well known and trust worthy so they are a great place to start if you’re looking for an e hookah to try out. What do you guys think? Have you tried these out, did you like them? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

63 comments to The Pros And Cons Of Smoking An E Hookah

  • Tom  says:

    I am new to this and want to know if smoking this will affect my body negatively. I am an athlete and dont want to affect my body when I run or jump.

    • admin  says:

      Hey Tom,

      Thanks for the comment! You aren’t alone, many people are concerned that smoking will harm their health. The fact is that humans aren’t meant to smoke things, no matter if it’s smoke, vapor or something else it doesn’t belong in our lungs so you never know how it will affect you. But in my personal opinion, smoking things like e hookahs or e cigarettes that produce vapor rather than smoke is much safer than tobacco, you can even find some that don’t contain nicotine. In the end the choice is up to you, if you try it and don’t like it then you can always just not do it again, doing it once or twice won’t have much affect on your health. Good luck, and thanks for reading!

  • Kurnia  says:

    Well, I’m a heavy smoker and thinking about e-shisha. But AFAIK the smoke from e-shisha is not actually smoke but it’s vapour mist created from the oil. I know many people don’t inhale that smoke/mist but just puff it out, just like when we smoke cigar. But I’m thinking how if we inhale that mist? How dangerous that mist to lungs, will that mist stuck in lung, can it cause us pneumonia? IDK if it’s right, but in my country we just call it wet lungs. Thanks

    • admin  says:

      It’s true it’s not actually smoke, it’s vapor. And I have to agree with you, the vapor still doesn’t belong in our lungs so it could very well be just as bad for us. But so far no one has had any negative effects. e-cigs and e-hookahs have been around for years and I think they are here to stay. In the end, even if it is still bad for us, is still better than traditional tobacco smoke.

  • ashlyn  says:

    Hi I’m fifteen, a friend of mine had one of these today and he let me try it. I thought it was super cool because I’ve never been into smoking but I’ve always thought the smoke looked cool. His said “hookah” on it and he said it was nicotine free and it was peach mango flavored. I’m really intrigued and really want one. Would there be any addiction or health risk involved at all from one of these? Of course i just want a flavored vapor one with no nicotine.

    • admin  says:

      Hey there! Thanks for the comment. First I want to mention that it’s not legal for you to be using this product if you are only 15(at least not in the US or Canada). Second, there is no concern for addiction since there is no drug involved, as long as the e hookahs you use are nicotine free you will be fine. Some people have even used them in order to quit smoking cigarettes.

  • Violet  says:

    Hi im 17 and I recently found a Cherry Flavored hookah pen. At first I had no idea what it was until my friend told me. Then I tried it and the smoke seemed pretty cool. I figured it was healthier than smoking weed. Anyways I’ve been trying it for a while now and I feel like I’m short of breath sometimes and I have the worst headaches, I’ve never been a smoker in my life, and I was wondering why this was happening if it says it has no tobacco or nicotine… Like whats going on? Is there something I don’t know yet about these pens?

    • admin  says:

      Hey Violet,

      May I ask what brand of e hookah you have? What you are describing sounds like nicotine sensitivity, which is what a lot of people experience if they aren’t regular smokers and then suddenly start to smoke tobacco or nicotine products. You should double check that the brand you’re using is actually nicotine free, and lay off of it for a while. If the symptoms don’t go away then definitely see a doctor because I’m no medical professional.

    • Gabrielle  says:

      Violet,
      I get the same feeling with mine. However, my brand stated that it is nicotine free. I excersise regularly and also have asthma, but it is rarely a problem when going to the gym. After smoking my pen my breaths are short and my asthma acts up. U may just have a reaction to the smoke in general. And u may be asthmatic. Suggestion: only smoke it every now and then as I am forced to do myself :)

  • Gabrielle  says:

    Hey there! At first I didn’t know much about portable hookahs except that it was the new trend. That being said I decided to order mine from hookahportable.com. When I received mine I was obsessed with it. But I began to wonder how it was possible to be able to smoke actual hookah with something so compact. After I was done with a stick I decided to take it apart, come to find out its the EXACT same thing as an electronic cigarette. I thought …Wow false advertisment? After reading your lovely post I realized that’s the whole concept! However there are actual portable hookahs that contain everything a regular hookah does. Any idea how I can find one?

    • admin  says:

      Yea, e hookahs are just e cigs with different flavors haha The only thing that’s different is the packaging. And I don’t know of any portable hookahs other than just a small travel size one but that would still require lighting coals and packing a bowl and stuff(obviously haha). If that’s what you’re looking for then you can find them just about anywhere. I have a post around here somewhere about them.

      There is also the option of investing in a personal vaporizer, which are cheaper in the long run and you have more options because you can buy whatever e-juice you want and refill it over and over. They re-charge as well. I don’t know where would be the best place to get one because I’ve never bought one before but I’m sure a quick Google search would turn up some results. Keep in mind though that this is still no different than an e cig or e hookah, it’s the same juice just in a different device.

      Good luck! And props to you for ripping one of these apart and investigating! =)

  • Nina  says:

    I just bought a 12mg nicotine hookah pen since they have no nicotine-free ones at my smoke shop. It says 800 puffs on the package, but I was wondering, how many drags can I take before I actually may get addicted? I’d rather throw it away now until I find a nicotine free one, but I was thinking I could just use it once a day or something

    • admin  says:

      The number of puffs advertised on these things isn’t as accurate as one would hope. They mean a standard 2 or 3 second puff like you would take on a cigarette, not a huge drag like a hookah. So depending on how you use it the number of puffs might be different.

      How you react to nicotine is unique to you, not everyone is the same. Chances are that if you are only using it sparingly you’ll be fine, I’ve been smoking hookah with real tobacco for years and I’m not even addicted to it. I can go however long I want with out it and be just fine. One 12mg e hookah most likely isn’t going to do anything to you just don’t smoke it all in one day.

  • Jasmine  says:

    Hi.I recently was given a few hookah pens and I have absolutely no idea about them but a silly question came through my mind… My hookah pens have 500 puffs and I was wondering if I could smoke a little and leave the rest for the next day or something since its battery powered but would that make all my puffs go away or something?

    • admin  says:

      Yes you can definitely save it for the next day, or even for the next week! The battery will eventually run out but as long as it’s a good brand it’ll last for quite some time. Chances are you’ll use up the liquid before the battery runs out.

  • Rie  says:

    Hello I had a question i recently purchased a pack of Royal E Hookah pens. It says there is no tar,no ash no nicotine. I am assuming that it still contains tobacco? It is an e- hookah pen just curious. I wanted them because i enjoy smoking hookah but don’t want the toxins iquit smoking cigarettes 3yrs ago. Does this mean that with no nicotine im still smoking thetobacco or water vaper?

    Thank you for your help.

    • admin  says:

      No, there is no tobacco in e-hookahs, regardless of whether or not there is nicotine(nicotine can be added without the use of tobacco). All that is inside e hookahs is glycerin and flavoring unless the packaging states otherwise. So it’s not technically water vapor, but it is just vapor there’s no tar or ash.

  • Jen  says:

    I recently purchased one of these pens by luxury lites. Some say the effect is just a light buzz, others say it can make you high. I’m not a smoker, and the first time trying these was last night, where I was able to feel it at my head a little. My question is, what are they suppose to do, and how is It suppose to make me feel? If it is to make someone high, what is the average “puffs” for a non smoker?
    Thanks!

    • admin  says:

      I’ve never tried Luxury Lites, but if they contain nicotine then they can certainly give you a buzz or head rush depending on the amount of nicotine and how sensitive your body is to it. If they don’t have nicotine then they won’t do anything at all to you. Either way, they won’t get you “high”, if they did, then cigarette smokers would be walking around high out of their minds all day long. haha

  • J  says:

    Hi. Can EHookah pens decreace your lung capacity? I know that in the “Short Term” of smoking one, it decreases your lung capacity…. But what about long term? Like if I stop using one for a few weeks would my lungs go back to normal? (If I don’t inhale… Just keep all the smoke in my mouth for the flavor) thanks!

    • admin  says:

      If you aren’t inhaling then it wont decrease your lung capacity. But yes, even if some did make it into your lungs, everything would be back to normal after stopping use for a while.

  • Susan  says:

    Hi, i was just wondering if you could use water instead of buying new flavors if all you want to do are smoke tricks? for refillable/chargeble pens

    • admin  says:

      You could try, but my guess would be no, it will probably ruin the electronic stuff. Water and electronics don’t usually mix well haha. The vapor that comes from e hookahs comes from glycerin, not from water. So if you want unflavored smoke, you can probably find unflavored ejuice somewhere.

  • Jose  says:

    Hi, i was wondering if Imperial, the hookah brand, was a good brand to buy from? Like is there a bad side?

    • admin  says:

      I’ve never heard anything bad about Imperial brand before, but I’ve also never tried them myself so I can’t say one way or another. You’ll have to buy some and try for yourself. They’re a somewhat popular brand so I wouldn’t worry about it.

  • lisa  says:

    Hey, so I have a question on these Vapor Hookah stuff. What does it do ? And is it better than regular cigarettes? I’m 18 but I’m a dork, I don’t know much about these stuff .
    Thanxz for reading ! :D

    • admin  says:

      I’m not sure what you mean by what does it do. If you’re asking if it’ll get you high or make you feel different, then chances are that it wont. Most e hookahs are nicotine free and even the ones that do have it don’t have very much. If you’ve never smoked before then you might feel a light buzz but nothing awful. They are better for you than cigarettes for sure, because there is no tar, no actual smoke and no tobacco. Grab one and see how you like it! It’s a small investment to make.

  • robert  says:

    i bought my peach mango today and as i puff on it the hookah liquid comes out. is that supposed to happen? if so what happens when you ingest the liquid? and what exactly does it contain?

    • admin  says:

      Sometimes this happens with any type of vaporizer, whether it’s an ehookah or a full size vaporizer. The juice won’t hurt you, generally e-liquid is made up of food grade glycerin and flavorings. If it gets in your mouth it won’t kill you but sometimes it doesn’t taste very good. If it keeps happening then you should contact the place you bought it from and have them replace it for you, because they aren’t supposed to function like that. Usually that happens when they have been overfilled.

  • Aly  says:

    I just got a hi tech hookah pen and it said 800 puffs but I didn’t even get to 50 and it started blinking figured that means theres no more in it so I was wondering what brands are the best ones to buy ?

    • admin  says:

      I’m not sure what you mean by high tech haha But the number of puffs listed refers to a standard 2 second puff, like a cigarette, not a long drag like a hookah. Yes, it’s deceiving, but that’s how they work. Getting 50 when it claims to have 800 is pretty extreme though, I would contact the supplier if I were you. In the future, check out Hookah Portable, they always last a long time and their customer service is good too. I’ve done a few reviews of their flavors, you can find them in the e hookah reviews section if you want =)

  • Haley  says:

    Hey ! I just recently started using the pens, and I love them. I was wondering what flavors you recommend?

    • admin  says:

      That’s a tough question haha there are so many flavors I love! I like pretty much everything from Hookah Portable, the banana split flavor is delicious and you can’t really find it anywhere else.

  • Danny  says:

    Hey thnx a lot for this post. I was a cigarette smoker for about 3yrs and never thought I could kick the habit. I switched from newports to black n mild cigars and recently just stopped cold turkey. I still have a lil of the nicotine cravings but stopping it with food lol. My girlfriend is also very supportive. I want to try the hookahs just for the feeling, nicotine free of course. That shouldnt be such a bad idea right?

    • admin  says:

      E hookahs are a great way to substitute the action of smoking, plus they taste great too! As long as you feel comfortable starting back up I don’t see a reason why it would be a bad idea. Just stick to nicotine free ones, there are tons to choose from!

  • Rohan  says:

    Hey, I have a question about e-hookahs..
    My friend underwent a parotidectomy. He was a smoker before but he stopped smoking after the surgery.
    my question is smoking vapour hookah a cancerous hazard?

    • admin  says:

      I’m not a doctor so I can’t give very good medical advice, but e hookahs or e cigarettes aren’t known to cause cancer as far as I know. They only contain glycerine and flavorings, as well as nicotine if you don’t opt for the ones that don’t have it.

  • serena  says:

    well on Sunday my husband bought a tsunami hookah stick that has up 800 puffs its punch flavored and I love it. I am a smoker I usually smoke 2 packs of cigarette’s in a week I know that’s not a lot but I like to smoke lol. an I would like to say I haven’t smoked a square since I got the hookah stick an I smoke it most of the day not all day but a few puffs here and there and its now Wednesday and its still going strong. maybe its helping me stop smoking I hope so. are they known to help curb smoking?

    • admin  says:

      Yes, lots of people say that they used these to quit smoking! Eventually some people even start to use less and less of the nicotine ones and switch over to 100% nicotine free ones. Congrats on quitting the cigs, they are gross! haha The only tobacco I smoke is the shisha I put in my hookah and I plan for it to stay that way haha

  • myles  says:

    Hey! I’m 16 and live in Georgia. Last weekend one of my friends offered me a nicotine free, tobacco free, and obviously tar free hookah pen. Now this was straight up flavored water vapor, and I actually really enjoyed it. I’ve never done any other drug or smoke and I never intend on doing anything more than this. I also know that its illegal for me to purchase because I’m only 16, but is it also illegal for me to use it at this age? May seem like a dumb question but I’ve gotten many contradicting answers back.. thanks!

    • admin  says:

      It’s illegal to buy them because it’s illegal for you to smoke them. It doesn’t matter if it has nicotine or not, smoking is still illegal for minors in the United States. Sorry to be a bummer, but you’ll just have to wait it out a few more years!

  • Rohan  says:

    Can smoking a vaporizer cause cancer?
    Can I have 1 full vaporizer in 1 day?

    • admin  says:

      I’m not a medical professional and I can’t give any advice like that. You’ll have to look up some case studies and stuff like that and come to a decision that way.

  • Hanna  says:

    Hello, I am 18 years old and just received 4 hookah pens I ordered back on the 23rd. I ordered cherry, strawberry daiquiri, tropica punch, and citrus berry. 2 of the 4 hookah pens DO NOT work. Very disappointed. The brand is HiFi, I’ve looked all over the Internet but have found nothing about the brand. I’m waiting for the people toget back to me; I damaged the box because I was so excited to open it and what not. They secure them so good in the box it’s hard to get out so I cut it. The two hookah pens that do work, one seems like thicker smoke and the other thinner smoke. They are both tar nicotine and tobacco free. My question is, is why wouldn’t two be working, do you know anything about the brand, and what do I do about exchanging it and not? Also, is there a reason one hookah pen seems better then the other?
    Thanks !

    • admin  says:

      I have never heard of the brand HiFi, unfortunately there are a lot of shady brands of these things out there so it’s important to only buy from the reputable ones to avoid things like this. If I were to guess the two that aren’t working either have dead batteries or the atomizer inside is faulty. Neither of which should happen with a brand new e hookah. In the future, I would suggest getting any of the ones sold by Hookah-Shisha(they have a good selection) or the Hookah Portable brand.

  • Jay  says:

    Hi! Thank you for all the info, great article. I’m looking to buy a hookah pen as a gift and wanted a nice one, I thought the rechargeable one was a good choice but I wonder how easy it is to change flavors, how is the cleaning between using different liquids? does it need any maintenance, etc. do you recommend the rechargeable one from hookah portable? Or is there a nicer one out there? is it better and easier to just get the disposable ones? Thank you

    • admin  says:

      Hookah pens make great gifts, and a rechargeable one is definitely better, economically speaking, it’ll save money in the long run because it’s cheaper to replace tanks/refill tanks than it is to buy a whole new unit every time. If maintenance is a concern for you, then the Hookah Portable one is definitely up your alley because the tanks are pre-filled and can just be replaced after they’re empty. Other rechargeable ones can be a little difficult to change flavors but nothing major.

      PS- You can get 20% off at Hookah Portable with the discount code hookahhooligan20 – I believe that’s in addition to the free shipping as well.

  • Taylor  says:

    I have asthma but my other friends who have asthma smoke and nothing affects them. I don’t smoke but I want to try one of these. Would it bother my asthma?

    • admin  says:

      I don’t know. Everyone is different so even if your friends can smoke these without problems that doesn’t mean it won’t hurt you.

  • morgan  says:

    im 18, will this product need to be signed for me to get? also am I a legal age for this? One last question… I’ve never smoked before and I don’t need it to slow down on smoking or anything. What will I get? I know I can’t possib;y get “high” since its just water vapor.

    • admin  says:

      That depends on what kind of shipping you chose, and has nothing to do with the product. You should check the state laws where you live to find out if 18 is the legal smoking age in your area. You wont feel anything if it’s a nicotine free unit, if it has nicotine you might feel a buzz but you won’t get high, no.

  • Olivia  says:

    Hey, I was just wondering about this pack – https://www.hookahportable.com/disposable-hookha-online-store/strawberry-4-pack-e-hookah.html – well the description isn’t very clear, is it nicotine free and rechargeable? Thanks

    • admin  says:

      All Hookah Portable disposable units contain nicotine right now. But They do offer nicotine free tanks with their rechargeable unit.

  • J  says:

    Which brand doesnt have nicotine ?
    Are Starbuzz and Square brands the only ones that have them ?

    • admin  says:

      Most brands are nicotine free, but starbuzz and square both have nicotine. I believe the Fantasia ones are nicotine free.

  • Gabriel  says:

    I am interestet in an e-hookah and i wanted to ask, whether its the right choice for me. I am not smoking regularily, only some shisha with friends every now and then, so i am not experienced with smoking. I tried it out, because a friend had it, and i thought it tasted good, looked stylish, felt had a mouthpiece like a real shisha, which i enjoyed. I thought about getting apple and grape flavoured 800 puff e hookahs. How long are 1600 puffs hold, if I’d smoke it sometimes after school and on vacations. Maybe a year?

    PS: in my country they are age 14+

    • admin  says:

      If you tried it and you liked it then go ahead and order some and see if you still like it. They don’t cost that much =) I’m assuming you’re talking about the Fantasia e hookahs, I’ve heard those are pretty good but I haven’t tried them myself. How long they last will depend on how much you use it. But think of it this way, if you take 25 puffs a day, then 800 puffs would last you 32 days, over a month!

      Keep in mind that once you start using them, the battery starts draining, so if you try and make them last a very long time, like a year, then the battery will most likely die before you use up the juice inside.

  • lizzea  says:

    I was wondering if hookah pens had expiration dates? And how do you know that your hookah pen is almost empty? The disposable kinds and want brand of disposable hookah pens do you recommend. I was looking at tsunami fantasia and smooth e

    • admin  says:

      They don’t have expiration dates, but they eventually do run out of battery or juice(the stuff that makes the smoke). If it’s a disposable e hookah then it will usually start to flash if it’s almost out of battery. If it’s running out of juice then it will taste burnt and gross.

      If you’re considering those 3 brand then I would go with fantasia, you get more puffs out of those ones.

  • nele  says:

    Will using inhaling non nicotine hookah cause lung infection? Has anyone here had any lung infections from inhaling etc? Thanks in advance. I want to do hookah with my friends but want to be sure its not harmful.

    • admin  says:

      Smoking anything is harmful, think about it, it’s not supposed to be in your lungs unless it’s oxygen haha But the closest you can get to “safe” is e hookahs or e cigs. Chances are you wont get a lung infection from it, they are generally harmless.

  • Kyler  says:

    I’m going to buy a rechargeable e-hookah pen soon (a cheap one) and I’m deciding between two brands right now: Kanger (more popular online) and Inno (aka Innoken, my friend has and likes). Do you know anything about these particular brands? Also, aside from the previous question, what brand would you recommend for cheap, rechargeable, refillable e-hookah?

    • admin  says:

      I have heard of these brands but I’ve never tried them. However, I do know that they are of higher quality than most e hookahs that you see on the market. If it were me, I would go with Kanger just because it’s more well known and easy to find parts for. Just make sure you’re getting the real stuff and not clones. =)

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