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Vaping vs Smoking - What’s The Difference?

By Shanon Steeves

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Ever wonder what the difference is between vaping and smoking? To the untrained eye, these two activities may appear strikingly similar. So much, in fact, that it’s hard to distinguish someone smoking a cigarette from someone vaping off an e-cig. However, the truth is that there are some incredible differences between the two, some of which may surprise. If you’re interested in learning more, keep reading and we’ll take a closer look at the similarities and differences between vaping and smoking.

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The scientific principle behind vaping an e-cig is that it heats liquid nicotine up just enough so that it creates a mist-like vapor cloud, which the user breathes in to enjoy his or nicotine. On the other hand, traditional cigarettes require an actual flame (usually from a lighter) to be placed on the tip of cigarette. This flame, also known as combustion, continues to burn the nicotine and thousands of other chemicals in the cigarette to the create a thick smoke for the user to breath in.

The main problem associated with breathing in a thick cloud of smoke from traditional cigarettes is that it’s filled with cancer-causing chemicals. According to some estimates, there are over 4,000 chemicals in a standard cigarette, and about 70 of those are known carcinogens. Instead of enjoying nicotine in a safe manner, you are essentially poisoning your body with thousands of harmful chemicals.

Studies have shown that vaping is a safe and all-around better way to consume nicotine. One of the reasons for this is because it doesn’t create a smoke plum filled with thousands of cigarettes. When used correctly, you should only be getting a mist-like cloud of pure nicotine with no other chemicals. Contrary to what some people may believe, nicotine is NOT a cancer-causing substance, so you can continue to enjoy your e-cigs without worrying about poisoning your body.


E-cigs come in a wide variety of styles, shapes, sizes and designs to fit anyone’s personal preference. Some of the ones available are manufactured to look almost identical to a regular cigarette with an LED light-up cherry on the tip.

Of course there are also e-cigs available that look nothing like cigarettes. So, which model should you go with? Ultimately, it’s a personal decision that only you can make. Both models will offer you the same level of satisfaction as the other with the only difference being the appearance. Take your time to browse through all of the available e-cigs before making a decision on which one is right for you.


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