Vape vs E-Cigarette: What’s the Difference?

There are a number of smoking alternatives available to adult smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke or use other nicotine products these days, and with that comes a lot of new terminology. Vapes, vaping, e-cigs, e-liquids, vape clouds - these are just some of the terms that have emerged, and it can be confusing! One of the biggest confusions out there is between vapes vs. e-cigarettes - what’s the difference? We’re here to clear that all up today. 

Vape vs. E-cigarette

What’s the difference between vapes and e-cigarettes? Nothing. They’re the same thing! Vapes and e-cigarettes both refer to the same category of smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes for adults who would otherwise continue to smoke or use other nicotine products. Meaning, there’s also no difference between which is better, e-cigarettes or vapes

E-cigarettes or vapes are electronic devices that do not generate smoke like cigarettes. In general, they are powered by a battery and heat e-liquids in order to generate an aerosol or what some users call vapor. The e-liquids may have various flavors and may contain nicotine. And while the terms “vape” or “e-cigarette” is used to refer to the product itself, the term “vaping” is usually used to refer to the act of actually using this kind of product. 

How do e-cigarettes or vapes work?

There are many types of e-cigarettes. They differ in size, power, customization options, and even their ability to be reusable or disposable. However, most of them work on the same principle and with similar components.

The principle behind e-cigarettes is to heat and vaporize e-liquids. They achieve this by drawing the liquid from a tank and putting it in contact with a battery powered heating element. When the liquid is evaporated it is drawn from the device through a mouthpiece. With no fire and no burning involved, e-cigarettes are a smoke-free alternative to continued smoking. 

The general components of an e-cigarette or vape include:

  • The battery: The energy source for the whole device; usually rechargeable and provides power to the heating element and electronic components.
  • The tank: The container that is used to store the liquid until it is taken to the heating element. Some e-cigarettes use capsules or pods that are disposable.
  • The e-liquid: The mixture that is vaporized inside the e-cigarette. 
  • The heater: The set of components that draw the liquid toward the heating element and heat to vaporize. Most e-cigarettes use a “wick and coil” system. The wick naturally soaks the liquid and puts it in contact with the metal coil which is the part that heats.
  • The sensors and electronic components: Control the heating and operation of the device. 
  • The mouthpiece: The chamber or channel where the vaporized liquid is drawn from the device. 

What is IQOS VEEV?

While many e-cigarettes tend to be built in similar ways, IQOS VEEV is e-cigarette that has taken vaping to a new level. Keeping the benefits of vaping intact, IQOS VEEV improves on many of the traditional components of e-cigarettes.

To begin, IQOS VEEV has an elegant design that doesn’t require a traditional e-cigarette tank, as the e-liquids used by IQOS VEEV are the VEEV flavor pods, which are individually packaged capsules of flavored e-liquid. This makes changing flavors easy and convenient, and every time the VEEV flavor pod is changed, the mouthpiece is also replaced, keeping usage hygienic. 

Moreover, the heating component of IQOS VEEV improves upon the traditional “wick and coil” heaters, with its innovative MESH™ heater that ensures the e-liquid is in constant contact with the heat source. MESH™ heater has also been designed to prevent overheating of the e-liquid. Unlike wick-and-coil e-cigarettes, the MESH™ heater is in constant contact with the e-liquid for a consistent taste experience. Made in Germany, the stainless steel MESH™ construction and the heater’s smart digital controls detect when e-liquid levels are low, which is designed to prevent overheating and a burnt taste [and to ensure it emits on average over 95 percent lower levels of harmful chemicals compared to cigarettes.* Finally, IQOS app allows for a customized vaping, with the ability to adjust experiences like the vape cloud size, and the responsive sensation felt by the legal-aged user when they draw from the e-cigarette. 

Important note: This does not necessarily equal a 95 percent reduction in risk. IQOS VEEV is not risk-free.

*Source: Average reductions in levels of a range of harmful chemicals (excluding nicotine) compared to the smoke of a reference cigarette (3R4F).

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