Vaping vs Smoking

Vaping vs Smoking

As we’ve covered in our article on the side effects of e cigarettes, vaping has been scientifically proven to be far, far safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes.

In this article, we’re going to look at exactly what the differences are, and how these differences make vaping e cigarettes significantly healthier.



Contains Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin, both of which are certified as completely safe for human consumption by the FDA.
E liquid also contains flavourings and optional nicotine
Contains many thousands of toxic and cancer causing chemicals, including, but not limited to:
Ammonia: Poisonous chemical found in many household cleaning products
Angelica root extract: A known cancer causing chemical
Arsenic: A highly poisonous substance used in rat and pest killers
Benzene: Highly potent cancer causing chemical
Butane: The gas used as fuel in gas cookers and lighters
Carbon monoxide: Poisonous gas, responsible for 40 deaths a year in the UK
Cadmium: A chemical used in batteries
Cyanide: A deadly poison
DDT: An insecticide banned in the US
Ethyl Furoate: A chemical which causes liver damage
Lead: Poisonous in high doses
Formaldehyde: Potent carcinogen used to preserve dead bodies
Methoprene: An insecticide
Napthalene: The active ingredient in mothballs
Methyl isocyanate: A powerful poison. Responsible for the deaths of 2000 people in an industrial accident in India in 1984
Polonium: A lethal radioactive substance, used to assassinate Alexander Litvinenko
Odourless after a minuteLingering smell
Negligible effect on teethSignificantly yellows teeth over time
Does not cause smelly breathOne of the leading causes of smelly breath
Does not age skinRapidly ages skin
Does not contain any tarOne single cigarette can yield up to 22 milligrams of tar. Over an average smoker’s lifetime they will inhale 5 kilograms of tar
Researchers at Drexel University have stated that e cigarettes “pose no apparent concern” to bystandersSmoking is extremely harmful to bystanders, with an estimated 12,000 non-smokers dying every year from exposure to secondhand smoke in the UK alone
30ml of eliquid (the equivalent of roughly 200 cigarettes) can cost as little as ‎£10200 Marlboro lights cost £90 in Tesco
Can legally be used indoors, at places such as pubs and even in the workplaceIt is illegal to smoke cigarettes inside
0 deaths from vaping100,000 people killed every year by cigarettes in the UK alone

A glance at the table gives you an idea of just how much healthier and cheaper vaping is compared to smoking. As a result, medical professionals in the UK are becoming increasingly receptive to the idea of using ecigarettes as a viable way to quit smoking. A recent review by a leading British health organisation found that vaping is 95% safer than smoking and according to Professor John Britton, who is in charge of tobacco research for the Royal College of Physicians, ecigarettes could save up to 5 million lives in the UK.

This awesome infographic from Vapourlites covers even more reasons why smokers should consider switching to vaping.
Smoking vs Vaping

If you smoke and are looking to make the switch to vaping, why not check out our guide to the best e cigarette starter kits to find the perfect device for you.