Is there a difference?
Many people think smoke and vapour are the same thing and let’s face it, that this could include you at some point. Apart from having different names, the differences hardly stop there. The only similarity the two have is how they look when being exhaled, please note I did not say the same… a vapour cloud can be much bigger and thicker (and good for doing tricks) than cigarette smoke… and I know you agree on that.. So, let’s have a little talk about the differences to give you a better understanding of smoke and vapour. Not going to lie, it’s going to be a little scientific but there won’t be a test at the end… promise.
Definition of Smoke
Smoke is the result of combustion. When combustion occurs, new chemicals are formed through the process of oxidation. Smoke contains thousands of new chemicals that are different from the product that was initially burned. This isn’t just related to cigarettes, it’s any fire in general from a campfire to forgetting you left your dinner on the stove. At the end of the day fire is what creates smoke. When anyone smoke’s a cigarette, a fire must be involved to create smoke.
Definition of Vapour
When a substance becomes gaseous, at a temperature that is lower than its point of combustion, it is considered vapour. The chemicals that are in vapour are the same as those found in the vaporized substance.
Now you know, what now?
The biggest takeaway is the fact that smoking and vaping are two completely different things, vaporizing does not create any new compounds. Vapour maintains the same compounds as the substance that created it.
Unlike cigarette smoke, when vapour is created, there are no new chemicals are formed. The chemicals that are in a liquid are the same chemicals found in the vapour formed from the liquid.