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What is vaping, and how is vaping different from smoking?

What is vaping, and how is vaping different from smoking?


The UK Royal College of Physicians first warned us of the dangers of smoking cigarettes in 1962. When smoking traditional cigarettes, the user is exposed to over 4,000 chemicals and carcinogens, many of which are harmful to the user’s health.


Vaping an “E-cigarette” is very different from smoking a traditional, combustible cigarette. The goal of vaping is to allow users to receive nicotine while reducing their exposure to the additional harmful chemicals and carcinogens present in cigarettes. Vapor products do not produce carbon monoxide or tar.


What is vaping, and how does vaping work?


All vape devices have heating elements, commonly referred to as “coils.” The coil in a vape device is saturated with a liquid solution (called “vape liquid” or “e-liquid”) and is powered by a connected battery. When the battery is activated, the coil heats up and turns the e-liquid into an aerosol, which can then be inhaled. E-liquid commonly contains nicotine but can be used without nicotine as well. E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, do not create smoke, and do not rely on combustion. Because of this, the UK Royal College of Physicians released an additional study in 2016, declaring that modern vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco.


Main E-Cigarette Components:


Ÿ A rechargeable battery

Ÿ Vape Tank or pod (contains the e-liquid)

Ÿ Coil (heating element)

Ÿ Vape E-liquid (ingredients listed below)

Ÿ Mouthpiece


What is in vape liquid (E-liquid)?


Vape liquid contains 4 main ingredients:


  1. Vegetable Glycerin (VG)
  2. Propylene Glycol (PG)
  3. Flavoring (food-grade, suspended in a PG solution)
  4. Nicotine (optional)


Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Propylene Glycol (PG) are ingredients frequently used in pharmaceuticals. VG is commonly used in heart medications, and PG is widely used in asthma inhalers. Studies have shown that moderate nicotine consumption does not hold long term negative side effects for the user’s health, and can have numerous positive effects for many users. Nicotine itself is not known to cause cancer, and there is no evidence that nicotine is a carcinogen.






“(P)people smoke because they are addicted to nicotine, but are harmed by the other constituents of tobacco smoke... provision of the nicotine without the other harmful components can prevent most of the harm from smoking.”


- Royal College of Physicians 2019


“(T)he hazards to health arising from long-term vapor inhalation from the e-cigarettes available today is unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco.”


- Royal College of Physicians 2016


“Most of the physiological harm attributable to cigarette smoking derives from the toxicants in tobacco and combustion products. Preventable morbidity and mortality have overwhelmingly been related to combusted tobacco smoking, not to nicotine itself. Decoupled from combustion or other toxic modes of delivery, nicotine, by itself, is much less harmful.”


“There is no evidence that nicotine, by itself, is a carcinogen.


“Nicotine is used for a number of reasons. In human studies, acute administration of nicotine can have positive effects on cognitive processes, such as improving attention, fine motor coordination, concentration, memory, speed of information processing, and alleviation of boredom or drowsiness.”

- Truth Initiative 2019