With approximately 1.5 million e-cigarette users in the UK at last count, the vaping community is continually welcoming new members and growing every day. That means there are many questions surrounding e-vapor cigarettes and how they differ from traditional tobacco. Trust us when we say the differences are both numerous and extremely profound.

We will talk about those big differences in just a moment. First, we must point out a couple important things regarding e-cigarettes:

  • they are a tobacco alternative
  • they are not approved for smoking cessation
  • they are not approved as being healthier
  • they are intended for adult smokers only.

Man playing pool with his e cigarette from Vapestick with the vapour coming out like smoke

No Combustion, No Smoke

There are people who mistakenly believe e-cigarettes emit smoke. Their confusion comes by way of the e-vapor that looks very much like smoke, even though it's not. It is a vapour created by heating a liquid to the point of vaporisation, similar to the way you heat water in a kettle. It’s actually very different to smoke from a cigarette in so many ways.

In order to create smoke you need two things: a combustible material and something to create combustion. With tobacco cigarettes, you have processed tobacco and a flame. Given that e-cigarettes lack both, it is impossible for them to emit smoke under normal operating conditions.

Tobacco Smoke Chemicals

Perhaps the most profound difference between e-vapor cigarettes and their tobacco counterparts is the noticeable lack of very harmful chemicals. This is easier to understand if we first examine the contents of tobacco smoke.

According to Cancer Research UK, there are more than 4,000 known chemicals in tobacco smoke, including things like arsenic, ammonia, formaldehyde and chromium. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) goes even further; they say there are more than 7,000 known chemicals.

E-cigarette vapour is quite different. According to research referenced by the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) and others, e-cig vapour is free from nearly all of those chemicals. Any that have been found in lab tests have been in amounts up to hundreds of times less than what you find in tobacco smoke.

Smells and Stains

It's amazing how many things change when you eliminate cigarette smoke. For example, another huge difference between the two products is the fact that there is no lingering smell or stains left behind by e-cigarette vapour. You cannot say that about tobacco smoke.

The smoke from tobacco cigarettes is released in very heavy particulates that easily penetrate paint, fabric, clothing, and even your hair. That's why cigarette smoking always leaves you smelling like a used ashtray. There is no smoke and no heavy particulates with e-cig vapour. Therefore, there are no disgusting smells or yellowing stains left behind.

There is a lot more we could tell you regarding the differences between tobacco and e-vapor cigarettes. However, the three we have listed here are probably the most important. Your decision now is whether to keep smoking tobacco or consider making the switch. If you're interested in knowing what others are saying before you decide, consider visiting the E-Cig Forum.

When you are ready to try vaping, we encourage you to shop with VAPESTICK. We offer a full line of products, including both rechargeable and disposable e-cigarettes. We are also one of the most well known brands in the UK thanks to our commitment to quality, fair pricing, and customer service. You can shop for VAPESTICK online or at retailers around the UK.