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Smoking vs Vaping – The Facts

Everybody knows cigarettes can kill you. Yet, people still smoke. It hits close to home for many of us. Family and friends smoking cigarettes like it’s normal, which to many it is. Within the last few years young people who are normally smoking cigarettes have switched to vaping. Now, isn’t this a good thing? Hell yes it is. Whether you believe it or not, vaping is a better alternative to cigarettes in many ways.

Cigarettes have a large amount of tar in them. Remember in health class when the teacher passed around that bottle of tar and said “this is what your lungs will look like when you smoke”. Well, Mr. Teach was right. Vaping contains nothing that will lead to tar build up in your lungs. I still caution people will asthma, due to how new vaping is. (Disclosure: I have asthma and vape daily). Here are a few chemicals found in cigarettes:

  • Acetone – found in nail polish remover
  • Acetic Acid –  an ingredient in hair dye
  • Ammonia – a common household cleaner
  • Arsenic – used in rat poison
  • Benzene – found in rubber cement
  • Butane – used in lighter fluid
  • Cadmium – active component in battery acid
  • Carbon Monoxide – released in car exhaust fumes
  • Formaldehyde – embalming fluid
  • Hexamine – found in barbecue lighter fluid
  • Lead – used in batteries
  • Naphthalene – an ingredient in mothballs
  • Methanol – a main component in rocket fuel
  • Nicotine – used as insecticide
  • Tar – material for paving roads
  • Toluene – used to manufacture paint


Ingredients in ejuice can be purchased online. Ejuice contains:

  • Vegetable Glycerin
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Nicotine
  • Flavorings.


Let’s get something straight, nicotine does NOT cause cancer. Nicotine is the chemical that gives you the buzz. It’s also highly addictive. (I know people who have kicked hard drugs but can’t give up nicotine). The chemicals used in ejuice are food grade and can be purchased on amazon. Nicotine can be purchased from other various sites.

Another reason to switch to vaping is cost and is also the main selling point on switching to vaping. The issue here is there are ton of vaping products out there to buy, you could spend thousands of dollars and still not have everything. Vaping can be inexpensive if you budget yourself properly, if you don’t, you could end up with a lot of gear you don’t need. This is why Vapedesk is here, we want to make sure you make the proper purchase and not overspend.

If you’ve decided to start vaping, I ask of you one thing. Learn vape safety. Buy products from companies you know and trust. (Aspire, Kanger, SMOK,) Learn battery safety and how to safely build coils.


In conclusion

When cigarettes were popular in the 1940’s, smoking was accepted and no one knew the effects of cigarettes, hell even doctors were smoking. Vaping is still very new and I urge you all to be careful with it. Mind how much you spend because it’s very easy and tempting to spend a lot on mods and juice. Keep vaping!





Travis Wright

Travis Wright

Founder of Vapedesk