Vaping vs Smoking: What are their differences?

With the several alternatives to cigarettes that are available in the market, adult smokers must have heard of e-cigarettes and vaping. What may concern a lot of these people, is the difference between vaping and smoking and whether vaping is safe.

Is vaping safe?
Firstly, we need to clarify that none of the nicotine-containing products are safe. The best decision any smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether.

In the following paragraphs, we explain the key difference between vaping and smoking for those adults who would otherwise continue to smoke. Smoking involves lighting a cigarette and letting it burn. This process of burning, called combustion, produces cigarette smoke.

Vapes, or e-cigarettes, do not burn tobacco. Rather, they use e-liquids that are heated to specific temperatures using a battery powered heating component. When the e-liquid is heated, a vapor is generated. No combustion takes place and as a result, no cigarette smoke is produced.

Vaping products are not risk-free, and they contain nicotine, which is addictive. Vapes must not be used by minors, people who have quit smoking, or people who have never smoked before.

Vaping vs smoking
The high temperatures that are produced during the cigarette combustion are responsible for the generation of most of the harmful chemicals which are detected on high levels in the cigarette smoke. When the tobacco is burnt, more than 6.000 chemical substances are released, around 100 of which have been identified as causes or potential causes of smoking-related diseases.

Vaping products work by heating e-liquids, many of which contain nicotine. They don’t feature combustion, they don’t produce cigarette smoke and they are a better alternative compared to conventional smoking.

What is the difference between e-cigarettes and vapes?
None. They’re the same thing! E-cigarettes and vapes belong to the same category of electronic smoke-free products. They utilize e-liquids and produce vapor. Vaping is the action of using an e-cigarette or vape.


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