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Difference Between Smoking and Vaping

Many of us make the mistake of thinking that smoke and vapour are the same things, mostly because they look similar when we see it exhaled. However, that’s not the case, they are very different from each other. Don’t worry if you don’t know the difference, that’s why I’m here to share what I found with you so we both can be in the know😊. Now hold on to your hats because things are about to get sciencey🔬📡.


We can safely say that smoke is a  result of combustion and when this occurs, new chemicals form through the process of oxidation. So, fire is what creates smoke and when you smoke a cigarette, a fire must be involved to create the smoke.

Chemicals in Smoke.

You may know why smoking is regarded as bad, it’s pretty simple to understand since smoking leaves tar in our lungs and that can lead to cancer and we don’t want that😨. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg😱, there are a lot more chemicals in smoke that you may not know about. If you’re curious like me, then here are a few of the chemicals you can find in smoke:

  • Cyanide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Methanol
  • Acetylene
  • Ammonia
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Nitrogen Oxide
  • Vinyl Chloride
  • Ethylene Oxide
  • Arsenic
  • Chromium
  • Cadmium


Because of this misconception that smoke and vapour are the same, we tend to refer to   as “vape smoke” but this is not a correct term since it is actually not smoke🚭. When a substance becomes gaseous (I don’t mean farts💨), at a temperature that is lower than its point of combustion, it is considered vapour, cool right?

If you’re still confused think of it like when you heat water on a stove. When it begins to boil, it creates vapour. While the vapour is in a different state, it still has the same chemical makeup as the liquid water. The biggest takeaway is the fact that vaporizing does not create any new compounds.   maintains the same compounds as the substance that created it.

What chemicals are in Vapor

Unlike smoke, when   gets created, no new chemicals are formed. The chemicals that are in a liquid are the same chemicals found in the vapour formed from the liquid.💦

Veppo Premium E-liquids typically have four compounds. They include Propylene Glycol, food-grade flavouring, Vegetable Glycerin, and Nicotine which all four of these chemicals are FDA approved for human consumption.

The Smell👃

If you’ve ever been in the room after someone has smoked, you know that the smell tends to linger in the room for a long time. A room that someone has smoked in will maintain that smell indefinitely. Smoke, in contrast with vapour, dissipates within minutes. Often, the scent of vapour is less intrusive and with certain flavours can be pleasant.

So if you’re having trouble remembering the difference between smoke and vapour, or just want to have a convincing argument to tell your friends, think about the difference between the smoke produced by a campfire and the steam produced by a pot of boiling water. The smell from campfire smoke will linger on your clothes for some time, while the water vapour won’t leave a smell and will disappear rather quickly.

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