E-cigarettes vs Vapes 2023

Let’s understanding the Differences and Their Role in Tobacco Cessation.


From the editorial perspective of vapingfirst, these two words are often used interchangeably, but vape, as a unique term for electronic cigarettes, is being accepted and used by consumers.

As the world of tobacco alternatives continues to evolve, two terms that frequently create confusion are ‘e-cigarettes’ and ‘vapes.’ Although these terms are often used interchangeably, they represent different devices with distinct characteristics. If you are an American or British individual seeking to better understand these devices, this article is tailored for you.

Let’s start by defining what these devices are.

What is an e-cigarette?

An e-cigarette, often resembling a traditional cigarette in shape and size, uses a battery element (either rechargeable or disposable) that attaches to a pod or cartridge filled with e-liquid. This liquid is heated and transformed into vapor, which the user inhales. They are typically small and straightforward, featuring few frills. E-cigarettes include products produced by major brands like Blu, Juul, and Logic​.

What is a vape?

Vaping involves more complex devices, often with larger battery areas. Vapes don’t just attach a cartridge to a battery, but may also include customizable settings, such as temperature control. The process still involves heating an e-liquid into an aerosol, which is then inhaled, but the overall experience can be more customizable than with e-cigarettes​.

Nicotine Content: E-cigarette vs Vape

When it comes to nicotine content, the amount in both e-cigarettes and vapes can vary greatly. In traditional cigarettes, a smoker generally absorbs between 1-2mg of nicotine per cigarette. The nicotine content in e-cigarettes and vapes depends largely on the brand and the e-liquid used. In the UK, for instance, e-cigarettes are limited to 2ml of e-liquid with a strength of 20mg per millilitre or less in any single product. Therefore, a 2ml e-cigarette typically contains 0, 20mg, or 40mg of nicotine, providing between 600 and 800 puffs. This equates to the nicotine content of one to two packs of traditional cigarettes​.

Perceptions and Use of E-cigarettes and Vapes in the US and UK

The perception and use of e-cigarettes and vapes differ significantly between the US and the UK. In the US, there has been an outbreak of vaping-related illnesses, leading to increased scrutiny and regulation of these products. However, in the UK, e-cigarettes have been embraced mostly as a tool for adults to quit traditional smoking. The UK’s health authorities continue to support e-cigarettes as a cessation tool, arguing that they present a fraction of the risk of traditional smoking​.


E-cigarettes and vapes offer alternative ways to consume nicotine, each with its unique characteristics. While both can deliver nicotine, their usage, design, and perception vary greatly. As a user, understanding these differences can help you make an informed decision based on your needs, preferences, and the potential health implications. Always remember to use these products responsibly, keeping in mind the health risks associated with nicotine consumption.


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