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Many people have heard that vapes, a popular electronic cigarette, are less harmful than IQOS and other e-cigarettes classified as heated cigarettes. However, even if you are interested in vaping, it is difficult to actually start using an e-cigarette unless you are well aware of the differences between vaping and e-cigarettes such as heated cigarettes. Therefore, in this article, we will thoroughly compare the differences between VAPEs, heated cigarettes, and paper cigarettes. We will also discuss the different types of e-cigarettes and their health and cost advantages.
Basic Knowledge of E-Cigarettes
First, it is necessary to learn what an e-cigarette is and what types of e-cigarettes are available. The following is an explanation of the basics of e-cigarettes.
What is an electronic cigarette?
To begin with, an e-cigarette is a product that uses electricity to generate smoke without the use of fire. In other words, it is a general term for a device in which scented liquid or dried tobacco leaves are heated by electric heating wires and the misty component generated is inhaled. The use of an electronic circuit to control the heating wire is the origin of the name “electronic cigarette.
E-cigarettes can be divided into two main types: heated cigarettes and vapes. The difference between the two is that the smoke from a heated cigarette contains nicotine, while the smoke from a vape does not. Since the prototype product was developed in 2003, e-cigarettes have become popular mainly in Europe and the United States, and have been widely covered in the media in Japan since around 2008.
Differences from paper cigarettes
Next, it is important to keep in mind the differences between paper cigarettes, which used to be commonly smoked, and e-cigarettes, which are rapidly gaining popularity. In paper cigarettes, dried tobacco leaves are lit and burned to generate smoke containing nicotine, tar, and other ingredients, which is then inhaled. E-cigarettes, on the other hand, are heated by electric power without using fire, and the vapor produced is inhaled. The vapor produced by e-cigarettes contains almost no chemicals that could lead to disease. In addition, the risk of passive smoking is also high with paper cigarettes because of the secondhand smoke generated when smoking. However, with e-cigarettes, secondhand smoke is not generated because of the water vapor, and the risk of passive smoking can be reduced.
There are two types of e-cigarettes: heated cigarettes, represented by products such as IQOS and glo, and liquid e-cigarettes called VAPE. Let’s take a look at the features of each while comparing the differences between the two.
A heated cigarette is a device in which a special capsule or stick consisting of dried tobacco leaves is heated by electricity and the nicotine-containing vapor generated is inhaled. In the case of paper cigarettes, nicotine is generated by burning tobacco leaves at a high temperature of about 800 degrees Celsius, and tar is also easily generated at the same time. On the other hand, although there are differences depending on the device used, e-cigarettes are heated at a temperature of about 30 to 300 degrees Celsius, so tar and other harmful substances are less likely to be generated. Another advantage is that the smoke does not contain the unpleasant taste that is produced when paper is burned, so the flavor of the tobacco leaf itself can be felt more clearly. There are three main types available in Japan: IQOS by Philip Morris, PloomTECH by JT (Japan Tobacco), and glo by BAT (British American Tobacco).
Unlike heated cigarettes, a vape is a device for inhaling vapor generated by heating a special liquid, or liquid vapor, rather than tobacco leaves. Vape liquid consists mainly of propylene glycol and food additives such as vegetable glycerin and flavorings. Therefore, it does not produce nicotine and tar, which are contained in the smoke of paper cigarettes and heated cigarettes, and has an extremely low impact on the body.
In Japan, no liquid containing nicotine is distributed to the public because it violates the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law. However, personal imports are allowed for up to 120 ml per month for personal use only. It is prohibited to sell or give the imported nicotine-containing liquid to anyone. It is also a violation of the law if you purchase the liquid on behalf of someone else or if you allow someone else to taste it.