With the Tobacco Deeming Regulations’ announcement last week, it has come to light that many people, especially those who are not entirely familiar with vaping, may not know exactly what the difference between the two methods may be. Here is a run down detailing the distinctions, offering a perspective on how especially contrasting the two products are from one another. If you are wondering how vaping differs from smoking, these are the main things you need to know.
Smoke & Vapor: What’s the Difference
Smoke is smoke, the byproduct of burning matter, such as tobacco leaves, or wood, or paper, or any other substance that can be burned.
Vapor is vapor, it is condensation, evaporation in action. The vapor from e-cigarettes is the product of e-liquid, which typically is comprised of just a few ingredients, such as Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, water, nicotine (which is optional) and flavorings. Nothing is burned, there is no smoke produced, and vapor dissipates to basically nothing in minutes after exhalation.
Analog VS Digital
Analog cigarettes are traditional cigarettes. They are tubes of paper filled with chemical-laden, dried tobacco leaves. Pretty basic. Digital cigarettes, AKA electronic cigarettes, are the modern, digitized version in which technology has recreated the original method, replaced the tobacco with clean e-liquid, and allows the user to control every aspect of the device.
Smelly VS Not Smelly
Tobacco has an awful, putrid odor to it. Vapor does not. Sometimes light, aromatic scents waft through the air as a result of e-liquids, but even these fragrant scents dissipate quickly.
On the Subject of Chemicals
Tobacco cigarettes (in addition to the foul substances contained within the tobacco itself, and that come as a result of the burning, such as the lingering tar) are full of thousands of toxic chemicals. These end up inside the body when smoked.
Vapor cigarettes, which use e-liquids, are a different story altogether. Sure, there are some shady liquids out there, but that does not constitute the whole industry on any level. Many e-liquid brands, including all IVG brands for example, are stringent on self-regulating, and maintaining the highest standards in e-juices possible. You can read about it HERE, if you’d like, but to put it simply, chemicals are not part of the product whatsoever.
So, these are just some of the basic differences between smoking and vaping. The FDA’s stance on regulating the two items as the same is clearly an irresponsible move, because simply, they are not at all alike. In the meantime, we are urging everyone to write to your legislators in favor of HR 2058, the FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 201. We also encourage you to sign the Petition asking the White House to have more consideration towards the many millions of people who will be negatively affected by this biased and unfair legislation. And last, but not least, it would not hurt to send a message to your state’s Attorney General urging them for support. Clearly tobacco and vapor cigs are very different products, and we must, as an industry make this evident to those who construct such legislation.