Skateboard girl vaping an e cig. For a large part of history, there has always been a fixation with smoking tobacco. Today we understand how dangerous it is to our health, but yet we still do it. There are also a list of additives and chemicals that are found in most modern tobacco products. When it comes to the argument of smoking vs. vaping, the one that wins is often just the lesser of two evils and their conclusions probably won’t surprise you.

An American man by the name of Herbert Gilbert invented the first ever smokeless non-tobacco e-cigarette. The idea was to replace burning paper and tobacco with flavored steam, or vapor, that contains nicotine. It wasn’t until 2003 that this product actually hit the market thanks to a man by the name of Hon Lik from China who was able to successfully market the product.

Tobacco VS E-Liquids

The jury is still out as to whether or not vaping is safe or healthy, however most people would agree that it is a much healthier and safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. Let us discuss a few points about tobacco vs e-liquids and you can make your own decision:


One main factor would be tar. There is none present in vapor whereas smoking anything will produce a thick and toxic byproduct. If you blow cigarette smoke out on a napkin it will turn yellow instantly however with vapor it will remain white. This gives us an idea as to what it may be doing to the inside of our lungs.


Some smokers say they can’t afford vape gear to help them quit, but let us do the math. A pack of cigarettes costs almost $15 so that means you could buy a complete setup for $105, the price of smoking a pack a day for a week. The price of juice varies greatly, but $15 would buy you a bottle that could last anywhere from 1 day to a couple of weeks, of course depending on how often you vape and what kind of juice you are buying.

Unknown Chemicals

One important thing to note is that when we are talking about e-liquid, we are only recommending that you use trusted companies that produce their liquid in sterile environments in the USA and other countries with similar regulations. There are only four main ingredients in every bottle of e-juice. The first one being glycerin, which is an organic compound found in vegetables.

The second ingredient is propylene glycol, a substance found in asthma inhalers. Next there is food grade flavoring which actually gives the juice its distinct taste.

There still is not enough evidence to show the effects of inhaling these flavors over a long period of time, but so far there has not been any studies done showing major adverse long term side effects. If you think about it, anytime we smell anything we are inhaling that scent into our lungs and bloodstream. Also keep in mind that flavoring only makes up a small percentage of the actual e-liquid.

Last but not least is nicotine, which is actually not a carcinogen, although it can be highly addictive. For that reason, many juices are also available without any nicotine.

In cigarettes there are a number of lethal additives such as Hydrogen Cyanide, Carbon Monoxide and Formaldehyde, just to name a couple. There has been a recent article showing the formation of Formaldehyde in e-liquid at high temperatures. This study has been debunked many times and even disputed by the actual scientists that conducted the experiment. The major argument being that vapers would never need to reach those dangerous temperatures in order to enjoy their vaping experience. In other words, nobody would be able to endure the taste of the conditions set forth in the experiment. Interestingly enough, even when used properly, cigarettes still contain Formaldehyde, so keep that in mind while being lectured about toxic substances by tobacco smokers.

Cigarette Chemicals

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins. This includes nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT. This is just a very short list of what is found in cigarettes; keep in mind the list goes even further.


Safety is also a major concern for most people who want to make the switch to vaping. It can be dangerous if not educated about the proper usage of batteries, especially when using sub ohm atomizers on mechanical and unregulated mods. Please note that sub ohm tanks should not be used with mechanical mods that have hybrid top caps.

VaporFi have made it one of their top priorities to produce the safest possible high-quality devices. Unless you are using extremely low resistance sub ohm builds with over 50 watts of power, battery safety will probably never really be a major concern. Like any lithium battery, proper care must be taken in order to ensure safe usage of the product, whether we are talking about vaping or any portable electronic devices such as laptops and cellphones. Nothing can be 100% safe but relatively speaking, vaping appears to be much safer than those deadly cigarettes. Not to mention the countless accidental fires that have been started by smoking vs vaping.


Vaping is a much safer and healthier alternative to traditional smoking, in our opinion. In addition, vaping has been proven to be one of the most effective devices for getting off the “stinkies”.