Analog cigarettes – VS – electric cigarettes



What is the difference between analogs (real cigarettes) and e-cigs (electronic cigarettes)?


What’s in a Real Cigarette

The main ingredient in cigarettes is tobacco. There are also over 600 other ingredients / chemicals to make up 1 cigarette. 51 of them are known to be carcinogenic. A carcinogen is something that causes cancer.


Chemicals in cigarettes and cigarette smoke are known to cause not only cancer but also other serious health problems, such as emphysema (COPD).  Many of the chemicals are poisonous.

FACT: If a person ATE one pack of cigarettes, he/she would die.

The World Health Organization estimates that tobacco caused 100 million deaths over the course of the 20th century. The death toll is projected to reach more than 8 million by 2030 if current trends continue.

Familiar Chemicals in Cigarettes

Chemical Found in:
carbon monoxide car exhaust
nicotine bug sprays
tar material to make roads
arsenic rat poison
ammonia cleaning products
hydrogen cyanide gas chamber poison
cyanide deadly poison
acetone nail polish remover
butane cigarette lighter fluid
DDT insecticides
formaldehyde to preserve dead bodies
sulfuric acid car batteries
cadmium used to recharge batteries
freon damages earth’s ozone layer
geranic acid a fragrance
methoprene a pesticide
maltitol a sweetener not permitted to be used in foods in the U.S.
Sources: Dr. Joel Dunnington, Tobacco Almanac, Revised, May 1993.


Three of the most widely known chemicals are: nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide.

Nicotine is highly poisonous in its purest form.


Tar is the oily material which remains after tobacco passes through the filter. When a smoker inhales, a lot of the tar sticks to and blackens the lungs.

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas. A smoker inhales this gas which is also found in the exhaust of a car. This gas interferes with our respiratory (breathing) and circulatory (heart, arteries, and veins) systems.


What is An Electric Cigarette?

An electric cigarette is a battery operated device that is designed to simulate smoking.  A fluid, called e-liquid or e-juice, is heated in a chamber to produce a smoke like vapor.  Note that there is no smoke, but only vapor.  This liquid contains propylene glycol, flavorings, and often times nicotine.

An electric cigarette consists of 2 or 3 parts, depending on the model you buy.

The cartridge – Contains the E-liquid / E-Juice – The flavoring of your choice (there are hundreds of flavors to choose from)
The atomizer unit – Heats the liquid to create vapor.
The battery unit – Powers the atomizer.


The electronic cigarette allows smokers to sit in restaurants and bars alongside of non-smokers without clashing because E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco nor do they require an open flame. The smoke-like puff upon exhale of an electronic cigarette consists of a harmless, odorless water vapor that disappears within seconds. 

Electronic cigarettes are available through various retailers, in various brick and mortar stores, and online. The models vary from brand to brand but electronic cigarettes all function alike. In addition, E-cigarettes contain none of the carcinogens expelled by smoking a real cigarette, which is coming to be known as an “analog” cigarette.

Nicotine for electronic cigarettes is available in varying milligrams, usually from 0mg – 26mg, much like other over-the-counter nicotine products (e.g., patches and nicotine gum). Most electronic cigarette users manage to quit smoking, even though the electronic cigarette is not intended to be a cessation device.





What is in the liquid (known as e-liquid or e-juice)

The three main ingredients that are in liquid form are: a base of Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerin, Nicotine and Artificial Flavorings. Different flavorings may contain different ingredients, such as menthol, fruit acids, water and alcohol.

Ingredient Found in:
Propylene Glycol Food flavorings, toothpaste, cosmetics, medicines, mouthwash, saline solutions, etc.
Vegetable Glycerin Cough Syrups, toothpaste, skin care products, store bought “healthy” cookies and cakes etc.
Nicotine Tomatoes and eggplants, pharmaceutical gums, patches, lozenges, etc
Artificial Flavorings Almost everything edible


Price of Cigarettes V’s E-Cigs

Analog/tobacco cigarettes cost substantially more than electronic cigarettes. Starter kits typically include 2 rechargeable batteries, 1 or 2 atomizers, a USB or AC charger, and a pack of 5 cartridges pre-filled with liquid vapor and nicotine. A user manual is included with each kit, which includes information about the e-cigarette, battery life, cartridge life, and cleaning instructions.

Cigarettes – 1 Pack/Day E-Cigarette – 1 Pack/Day
Approx $10 / Day Starter Kit plus liquid for 1 month = Approx $30 – $85
Approx $300 / Month Monthly Maintenance = Approx $50
Approx $3600 / Year Starter Kit Plus Monthly Maintenance = Approx $635 / First Year, Each year thereafter = Approx $575


Traditional Cigarette VS Electronic Cigarette – Flavor

Electronic cigarettes do not provide an exact flavor match to any famous analog cigarette brand because they do not contain real tobacco or the 600 other analog ingredients. E-cigs simulate the tastes of tobacco cigarettes with a vast selection of flavors. Flavors include famous tobacco brands, fruit, chocolate, candy, cream desserts, coffee flavors and hundreds more. Mixing flavors to create new ones has also become increasingly popular in the world of Vaping.


Overall Comparison


43,000+ deaths per year in the US No documented major health complications
No Doctors or Dentists recommend Doctor and Dentist recommendations
Increasing insurance rates Non smoker = lower insurance rates
Burning No burning
Waste / Self-extinguishing Take your time
Limited nicotine levels
Ranging Nicotine levels – down to 0mg nicotine
Over 600 ingredients Propylene Glycol, Food Grade Flavorings, Nicotine (Typically around 4-5 ingredients)
Mostly banned Take most anywhere
Deadly second hand smoke No second hand smoke
Strong, lingering odor No odor
Smoker’s breath No bad breath
Stains teeth, wrinkles and damages skin Does not affect appearance
Cigarette butts No littering
Increasingly expensive Inexpensive
Few flavors Hundreds of flavors
Increasing taxes No tobacco tax
Smells bad
Pleasant smell, if any smell at all

We have heard a lot of negative comments about electronic cigarettes. Here is the truth: stopping smoking is the best thing for your health. We are not promoting nicotine use. However, smokers far and wide want to quit and simply cannot. Smokers now have an alternative to analog cigarettes. See for yourself. Take a look at the above comparisons and make the decision on electronic cigarettes for yourself.

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