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Difference between e-cigarette and cigarette | e-cigarette vs cigarette

This page compares e-cigarette vs cigarette and mentions difference between e-cigarette and cigarette.



• Cigarette is normally used for smoking.
• It is disposable item in which tobacco burns to produce smoke.
• It contains nicotine and produces tar or ash.
• It produces carbon mono-oxide.
• It contains over 4000 chemicals, out of which 43 are known to cause cancer.
• It can give about 12 to 15 puffs.
• The inhalation process using cigarette is known as "smoking".



• E-Cigarettes are electronic devices which simulates tobacco like smoking.
• It uses e-liquids or e-juices which upon heating generates vapor which is inhaled by users. This inhalation process using e-cigarette is known as "vaping".
• It is alternative method of smoking which is less harmful compare to traditional tobacco smoking.
• There are two main types viz. disposable and rechargeable.
• E-cigarettes may or may not contain nicotine which is very harmful. Moreover it does not produce tar or ash.
• It does not produce carbon mono-oxide.
• E-Cigarettes are available in many flavors including tobacco, menthol, coffee, fruits, chocolate, spices, candy etc.
• They are manufactured by public and private companies in USA, UK, China and other parts of the world.
• It can give about 500 to 600 puffs.

E-cigarette structure

• The figure depicts structure of e-cigarette. As shown it consists of atomization chamber (heats the solution in order to vaporize it), cartridge part (where e-liquids containing nicotine and propylene glycol are filled for inhalation), LED as indicator light (illuminates when inhaled), area from where vapor is generated and rechargeable lithium ion battery (lasts for 1-3 days). Vapor generated is inhaled to simulate the smoke.

Following table mentions difference between e-cigarette and cigarette with respect to various product features.

Features cigarette E-cigarette
Recommendation by doctor NO YES
Smoke anywhere NO (restricted at public places) YES
Pregnant smoker NO YES
Pollutes the atmosphere YES NO
Bad breath YES NO
Early death YES NO
Diseases such as cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, coughing YES NO
Second hand smoke YES NO

Refer e-cigarette manufacturers >> and advantages and disadvantages of e-cigarettes >>.

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