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Vaping is a relatively new phenomenon. Although research started in the 1960s thanks to Herbert Gilbert, it wasn’t until 2003 that Chinese businessman Hon Lik was able to market it successfully.

From then, the movement has gone from strength to strength as more and more people realise the advantages. But what are the main differences between vaping and smoking?

Vaping vs smoking: Tar

Ever noticed the yellow discolouration on a smoker’s fingertips? That’s tar – the damaging by-product of smoking tobacco. Tar is a sticky toxic chemical that is formed when tobacco is burnt, causing the filter tip and the inside of your lungs to discolour. One of the main advantages of vaping is the total lack of tar and the avoidance of the health issues it brings.

Chemicals, chemicals, chemicals

E-liquid is a rather simple mixture, made from glycerine, propylene glycol, flavouring, and differing amounts of nicotine. Cigarettes, on the other hand, contain thousands of chemicals, including arsenic, lead, styrene, acetone, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, cyanide amongst others. In fact, Dr Karl Kruszelnick, the well-known Australian medical professional, claims that those who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day absorb so much plutonium that it equals the equivalent of 200 chest x-rays a year.

Vaping vs smoking: Nicotine content

Despite popular beliefs, many vapers choose to have no nicotine in their e-liquid whatsoever. Even e-liquids with high levels of the addictive substance contain between a third and half as much as traditional cigarettes. Also, as many people who vape are doing so in an effort to get away from smoking, they generally choose lower nicotine contents as they progress, eventually finding that the nicotine interferes with the taste of the e-liquid. It’s also important to note that low-nicotine e-liquids outsell high nicotine e-liquids almost three to one.

Second-hand smoke

When a vaper exhales, the only output is water vapour which cannot cause your hair, clothing, car, house, or those around you to smell of smoke. Of course, the e-cig movement is still in its infancy, so many people see someone exhale from an e-cigarette and assume it will have the same smell as a traditional cigarette, but this simply is not true. The more educated people become regarding vaping, the more socially acceptable the act is likely to become.


One of the greatest reasons to switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes is the amount of money that can be saved. Someone who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day can expect to spend in the region of £240 a month on the habit. Switching to e-cigarettes can save that person upwards of £45 per week, due to the low cost of e-liquid and the reduced cravings that come with it.

Safety of vaping vs smoking

While the long-term effects of e-cigs are yet to be fully understood, the Royal College of Physicians undertook a study in May 2016 and found that they are at least 95% better for you than traditional cigarettes – while also allowing you to safely cut down to the point where you quit completely.


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