Do E-Cigarettes Smell Like Cigarettes?

Generally, adult smokers and non-smokers can agree that cigarette smoke smells.  However, if you’re thinking of switching from smoking cigarettes to vaping, you might be wondering “Do e-cigarettes smell?”, and if so, “do e-cigarettes smell like cigarettes?”. In this article, we’ll compare the smell of an e-cigarette, otherwise known as a vape, with that produced by cigarettes.

Why Do Cigarettes Produce a Smell?

First, let’s explore why cigarettes smell. After all, cigarettes can make an adult smoker’s breath, hair, clothes and home smell – but why?

When you light a cigarette, the tobacco burns and nicotine is released. In this process, smoke is created, inhaled and then exhaled by the smoker. The burning of tobacco and chemicals produces a strong smell.

While adult users may not mind the smell – or even notice it – it’s not uncommon for others to be bothered by the odour. This might be because cigarette smoke lingers, particularly when smoking indoors.

Do Vapes Smell?

It’s difficult to compare the smell of e-cigarettes to the smell of cigarette smoke. It wouldn’t be true to say that e-cigarettes don’t produce a smell, but the smell is usually reflective of the flavour of the e-liquid and typically doesn’t linger as cigarette smoke does. This is because vapour dissipates much quicker than the dense smoke from cigarettes.

With vaping, there are a number of different e-liquids available, all of which have their own unique ingredients and flavours. The ingredients are responsible for the taste and smell of e-cigarettes. 

Does Vaping Make Your Breath Smell?

As vapes typically produce a smell, this could impact your breath. Certain ingredients may have stronger odours than others and, therefore, may be more likely to make you breath smell. It may be worth carrying mints or flavoured chewing gum to mask the scent of a vape after using your device. 

Can You Remove the Smell of Cigarettes?

It’s important to remember that stopping smoking entirely is always the best option. However, if you’re wondering how to get rid of the lingering smell of smoke, there are ways to remove the smoke smell from your home, at least to a certain degree. For starters, to prevent smoke from lingering indoors, it’s recommended you smoke outside. On top of reducing the odour, you can help protect the people around you from inhaling second-hand smoke. 

To help with the lingering smell of cigarettes, cleaning hard surfaces regularly is a good way to potentially prevent lingering smells. It’s also worth washing soft furnishings as smoke can settle on curtains and cushions. As for clothes, wash them (as you would normally) and dry-clean your coats. 

Smoke-free alternatives could be a solution. For example, when vaping, there’s no ash, and as you’re not burning tobacco, the ‘smoke’ smell associated with cigarettes isn’t generated.

When tobacco is burned and smoke is released, the smell can linger, settling on surfaces like walls, curtains, furniture, and clothes. When vaping or using heated tobacco, things are a little different. Unlike cigarettes, the heated tobacco device IQOS does not burn tobacco and therefore produces no smoke. IQOS produces less smell than cigarettes and leaves less lingering smell on hands, hair and clothes than cigarettes.

It is important to note that both vapes and IQOS are not risk-free and typically provide nicotine, which is addictive. Smoke-free products are not alternatives to quitting and are not designed as cessation aids. The best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether

This article is for general information and educational purposes. Some of the information in this article is based on external, third-party sources and we make no representations or warranties of any kind regarding the accuracy, validity or completeness of such information.  

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