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The Differences Between Traditional and Electronic Cigarettes

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The Differences Between Traditional and Electronic Cigarettes

Using e-cigarettes or vaping is becoming a more popular trend across the United States. While many may have encountered one or more people using these products in public, they may still not know the true differences between combustible cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. Being familiar with these devices may help you make more informed decisions concerning whether to switch from smoking to vaping.



A combustible cigarette is made by wrapping tobacco and other ingredients inside of cigarette paper. The user inhales the smoke produced by burning the tobacco, along with the chemicals added to make the flavor and process of smoking more enjoyable. At the front end, you may find tipping paper, which houses the filters used in some cigarettes. This portion is usually perforated with ventilation holes.

E-cigarettes, such as those created by NJOY, are usually made of plastic. However, some can be wrapped in paper to simulate the feel of a combustible cigarette. The tail end of the device houses the batteries that power it. Some designs also have a small light that shows the e-cigarette has power or is in use. Connected to the battery compartment is the heating element. This part of the electronic cigarette heats the liquid in the device and turns it into the vapor that is breathed in by the user, hence the term vaping. Because of the way they are structured and the materials used to produce them, many e-cigarettes are designed to be reusable. The user needs to purchase liquid refills, called pods, which are sold separately from the battery device.



Combustible cigarettes contain tobacco, a plant grown all over the world. The plant is dried and its leaves and stems are chopped down to size to be rolled in cigarette paper. Most notably, combustible cigarettes contain nicotine, which is known for its addictive properties. As stated above, different additives and chemicals are also mixed in with the tobacco to make it easier and more pleasurable to smoke. Because the cigarette paper burns as it is used, the user inhales the smoke created from this process as well.

The e-liquid used in e-cigarettes is usually made from propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. E-cigarettes also contain nicotine, as well as different additives and chemicals to enhance the sensation and flavor of the vapors. Many who choose to vape, such as those quoted in theseNJOY reviews, consider the flavors available with vaping compared to cigarettes to be a major factor in their decision to switch to e-cigarettes.


Energy Source

An e-cigarette is powered using a battery in the device. Some electronic cigarettes are designed to be rechargeable, allowing the user to charge the batteries at home using an electric plug, or in public with a portable battery charger. Other devices are engineered with batteries that are meant to be replaced as they wear out. Some electronic cigarettes cannot be recharged and can be disposed of once the liquid inside is used up or the battery dies.

Combustible cigarettes receive all of their energy from a fire source. The smoker must use a lighter, match, open flame, or extremely hot surface to ignite the material on the end of the cigarette, causing it to burn. The paper and filler will turn to ash as the cigarette is used up.

Both combustible and electronic cigarettes are structurally designed to accomplish the same basic task: to deliver nicotine to the user. However, these two devices are very different in how they achieve that goal. It's important to note that potential users should research these products thoroughly and understand the results that smoking or vaping may bring about when used intermittently or on a regular long-term basis.