Infographic: Electronic Cigarettes vs. Regular Cigarettes

Comparison of E-Cigarettes vs Regular Cigarettes

Whether it’s to quit smoking or to try something new, many people are making the switch from regular cigarettes to electronic cigarettes. But what are the major differences between electronic cigarettes and regular cigarettes?



  • Electronic Cigarette

    One of the first things people notice about e-cigs–and one of the many reasons people really like e-cigs–is the fact that the vapour produced leaves no offensive smell behind. This is in stark contrast to regular cigarettes, which are notorious for making everything from your breath and hair, to your clothes and home, smell like smoke for a long period of time. Vaping in the car doesn’t result in you having to deal with a lingering odour afterwards. Instead, the vapour that’s produced by e-cigs is so pleasant that it may be considered a welcomed aroma-therapeutic fragrance. This means that you can vape to your heart’s content without having to worry about smelling unpleasant or making those around you smell unpleasant in the process.

  • Regular Cigarette

    Smoking regular cigarettes creates a very distinct odour that’s offensive to most people. And whenever you smoke a cigarette, even if it’s done outdoors, your clothes, hair, and breath will smell like the smoke. This odour can be extremely difficult to get rid of, especially if you smoke inside your car or in your home.



  • Electronic Cigarette

    When it comes to ingredients, many times, less is more. And this is yet another reason that vaping has become popular. Compared to all of the toxic ingredients found in regular cigarettes, e-cigs only contain four ingredients: nicotine, flavour, vegetable glycerine, and propylene glycol.

  • Regular Cigarette

    Many of the 7,000+ chemicals found in regular cigarettes are considered carcinogenic, which means they can cause a variety of cancers. The chemicals are the result of toxic ingredients, as well as the burning of these ingredients.



  • Electronic Cigarette

    Vaping doesn’t use the process of combustion. Instead, the e-liquid is electronically heated by plugging your device into an outlet or letting a charged battery in the unit do the work. Once the e-cig juice is heated, the liquid turns into a vapour that’s deliciously flavoured and smells great. This means that there’s no ash to worry about, so if you’re a smoker, you can throw out your ashtrays.

  • Regular Cigarette

    Because cigarettes need to be burned in order to be smoked, they’re considered a fire hazard. Many fires that are started as a result of smoking cigarettes result in serious injuries and even death. Plus, the process of burning a cigarette creates messy ashes, and cigarettes themselves can cause burns on skin and clothes.

Effects on the Body


  • Electronic Cigarette

    In addition to not exposing your body to the harmful ingredients and harmful by-products created as a result of the combustion process of regular cigarettes, e-cigs are much healthier. They won’t even cause your skin and teeth to become yellow, which is a common side effect of smoking regular cigarettes.

  • Regular Cigarette

    Because of all of the toxic ingredients in cigarettes, they can wreak havoc on your body, both inside and out. In fact, one of the tell tale signs of a smoker is yellowed teeth and skin.



  • Electronic Cigarette

    Another attractive characteristic of e-cigs is the fact that you have so many e-liquid flavours to choose from. Everything from your favourite dessert and fruit flavour, to your favourite floral fragrance or even a traditional tobacco flavour, can be enjoyed with an e-cig.

  • Regular Cigarette

    Regular cigarettes are usually only available in one flavour, which is tobacco flavour. Otherwise, you can get menthol cigarettes that have a minty flavour or a few other flavours, but they don’t compare to the wide array of choices you get with e-liquids.

Vaping in Public


  • Electronic Cigarette

    Because vaping is so different from smoking, it’s often allowed in a variety of public places, and people won’t mind if you vape in their homes or at work.

  • Regular Cigarette

    Unlike vaping, smoking is prohibited in most indoor public places. Smokers have to often go outside during breaks at work and during special events in order to get their nicotine fix, and this can be extremely inconvenient.

Environmental Impact


  • Electronic Cigarette

    Vaping is much better on the environment than cigarettes. Even though some vapers are waiting for better recycling programs, the average e-cig will last much longer than a cigarette, resulting in less waste and a reduced number of used cigarettes in the environment. In fact, people who switch to vaping from smoking find that they actually save money in the long run. Plus, there are steps that vapers can take to recycle or properly dispose of their e-cigs and accessories once they’re done using them.

  • Regular Cigarette

    In addition to the pollutants in the smoke, cigarettes are detrimental to the environment, especially when people toss them on the ground when they’re done smoking. Roughly 4.5 trillion filter-tipped cigarettes are thrown out every year all over the world. This is a lot of waste that can be harmful to delicate ecosystems and wildlife. The production of regular cigarettes also requires that roughly 600 million trees be destroyed annually.

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