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What’s the Difference Between E-Cigarettes and Vapes?

They go by many names, but what’s the difference between e-cigs and vapes?

As you’ve probably figured out, electronic vapes go by many names… vape pens, mods, tanks, Juuls, vape sticks, e-cigarettes (or e-cigs), Puff Bars, ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems)… that’s a mouthful. But no matter the laundry list of lingo for these devices, the most commonly used terms are e-cigs and vapes. The question though… is there a difference?

E-cigs and vapes refer to the same class of products, however some use the term e-cigarette to refer solely to the first-generation products that mimic the look of traditional cigarettes. These “cigalikes” are one-time-use products that are designed to be discarded once the battery dies or e-juice runs out. Since their initial production there have been second, third, and fourth generation products brought to the market- all with a different design to draw in consumers. 


No matter the design of the e-cig or vape, they are all used to deliver nicotine – a highly addictive chemical that stimulates receptors in the brain to release dopamine, which is a chemical associated with feelings of pleasure or reward.

In a nutshell, this is how a vape’s delivery mechanism works: A battery powers the heating component in the vape cartridge known as the atomizer, which then converts nicotine-filled e-juice to aerosol for inhalation by the consumer. Check out this image for the anatomy:


Although tiny, these devices are capable of causing A LOT of damage. Did you know that a single cartridge of e-juice can contain nicotine equivalent to 20 cigarettes? “In young people, 5 mg of nicotine a day is enough to establish a nicotine addiction – about the amount of nicotine in one-quarter of an e-cigarette pod.” To make matters worse, nicotine isn’t the only harmful chemical in a vape.

Toxins and carcinogens are added to the mix, making vapes the perfect companion for an unhealthy life. Don’t let the fruit flavors fool you, there’s nothing healthy about a vape. Or, ya know, e-cig… whatever you want to call it.

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