March 8th, 2015

Last updated on March 10th, 2016 at 09:36 pm

Recently, there has been much ado in the press regarding electronic cigarettes. To stand up for their cause, e-cig proponents have begun comparing traditional cigarettes with e-cigs and how they really effect the human body. If you’re a smoker and are wondering which side of this debate you should stand on, consider the difference between analog and electronic cigarettes down below.

Analog Cigarettes – Cigarettes

Nicotine Cravings

The typical tobacco cigarette offers much in the way of nicotine. E-cigs contain roughly 17.6mg per 1.6 ml of e-liquid. Compare that with roughly 11.4 mg of nicotine per 19 cigarettes and you see why cigarettes are more expensive than e-cigs. Additionally, 5 vapers can enjoy that amount of e-liquid for up to 5 hours which provides an enjoyable experience. The same amount of smokers on the other hand, have to smoke up to 19 cigarettes over the same course of time to achieve a similar effect.


E-cigs have constantly been targeted for containing high amounts of “toxins” despite very little evidence to support the theory. Analog cigarettes, however, contain a variety of chemicals and toxins that directly contribute to cancer and other health issues. Chemicals such as acetone, arsenic, butane, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, insecticide, methanol, lead and even industrial solvents are all found within cigarettes.

E-cigs are quite different. Within the typical e-liquid, you’ll find propylene glycol, glycerol, flavors, and nicotine. That’s it. No more or less. Just four components that help smokers kick their addiction to the curb.

How Much Big Tobacco Makes

Although this is less of a comparison and more of a factual based statistic, the six biggest tobacco companies make more money than Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and McDonalds combined. Together they bring in about $346.2 billion every year. This figure is telling no doubt. Obviously, big tobacco has every reason to shut-down and shut-out e-cig companies who are striving to make smoking less toxic for those who choose to indulge in it. Although e-cigs may not be the answer to this terrible habit, they do remove a great deal of toxins from the equation and therefore make the process a bit more palatable.

Number of People Who Smoke Worldwide

If you’re a smoker, you are not alone. Worldwide there are over 1.1 billion smokers who smoke up to 20 cigarettes every single day. That’s right, 20 cigarettes. In nations like India, that number is on the rise. The United States has cracked down on cigarette smoking and has therefore led the way towards cleaner smoking through e-cigs, but the numbers don’t lie and big tobacco is still doing just fine in way of profits.

Another sad statistic is that 1 in 2 cigarette smokers will die because of their habit. Life-threatening illnesses like cancer, heart disease and respiratory disorders are directly linked with smoking and are often the cause of these deaths. As of yet, there have been no deaths linked to e-cig vaping.

If you are considering vaping as an alternative to cigarette smoking, then consider the aforementioned statistics and facts. You’ll be surprised at how much better for you vaping truly is than traditional analog cigarette smoking.