The Differences Between Smoke and Vapor

Many people aren’t sure of the differences between vapor and smoke. While they do look similar when they are exhaled, there are many differences between the two. Primarily, people call the vapor dispersed by a vaporizer vape smoke, but that analogy is incorrect.

Smoke’s Definition

Smoke happens because of combustion. When the combustion occurs, new chemicals are formed through oxidation. Therefore, the smoke emitted from a cigarette contains many new chemicals that are different from what was originally burned. Smoke can only be created using an open flame. Along with such, when you smoke the tobacco or herb, it is actually being destroyed by the fire’s high temperature.

However, because these are so readily available, some grinders definitely compromise on quality. The design of the grinding points is often made of circular plastic. So, instead of actually cutting the herbs into smaller pieces, it ends up mashing them or just destroying the herbs altogether. This makes it unsuitable for smoking and also wastes your time and money. But, if you can stand imperfect herbs, a two-piece grinder is a great tool to have.

Vapor’s Definition

Primarily, when any substance becomes gaseous, and the temperature is lower than the combustion point, it comes out as vapor. The vapor chemicals are the same as what was vaporized.


Vaporizing is similar to what happens when you boil water on the stove. When it starts to boil, the water creates a vapor (steam). Of course, the vapor in this example is a little different because no chemicals are involved, but the idea and process are the same. The biggest reason people consider vaping is that vaporizing doesn’t create a new compound, so the compounds in the vapor are the same as the substance with which you started.


In a sense, vaporizing doesn’t put so much strain and stress on the molecules and doesn’t require flame or fire. Therefore, the herb or tobacco is exposed to lower temperatures. Along with such, you can heat the herb to the point where any essential oil crystals change to gaseous particles from solid resin. This feature leaves behind the plant material but ensures that you still get all the medicinal benefits and desired effects from the material you choose to vaporize.

Chemicals Found In Both

If you smoke tobacco, you may find that the smoke itself has over 7,000 different chemicals and about 70 of them cause cancer. Types of chemicals found in smoke from tobacco include cyanide, methanol, ammonia, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, arsenic, nitrogen oxide, and more.


On the other hand, no new chemicals form when vapor is created. Whatever chemicals are in the substance you vaporize is what comes out in the vapor. Many e-liquids have food-style flavors, propylene glycol, nicotine, and vegetable glycerin. However, if you choose to vaporize herbs, that is all that is included in the vapor.


Primarily, tobacco that is smoked has a pungent smell that turns stale, and it always seems to linger and never goes away. Vaporized nicotine and herbs are less intrusive, especially if they are mixed with food-style flavorings. The vapor also dissipates within a few minutes and doesn’t have any lingering smells or odors present. Therefore, you can expect that a few minutes after vaping, the smell is gone and doesn’t bother other guests as much.

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