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Are E-Cigarettes And Vapes The Same Thing?

Online, you are faced with thousands upon thousands of options when you search for vaping, e-cigs, and vape-related products, etc., and the terms 'e-cigarette' and 'vaping' are often used interchangeably, even by us here at Vaper Empire!

Are E-Cigarettes and Vapes the Same Thing?

Whilst those using these terms interchangeably can sometimes mean the same thing by them, this is not necessarily always the case. Although the situation comes down to mere semantics most of the time, we are going to look at both of these terms and what they do, can, and do not mean.

The short answer is no, e-cigarettes and vaping are not strictly the same thing; all e-cigarettes are vapes but not all vapes are e-cigarettes.

However, both e-cigarettes and vapes are used to do the same thing---the act of vaping.

What is Vaping?

Vaping is the inhalation of vapour created by the heating up of e-liquid in an e-cigarette or another device. Whilst delivery systems can differ, the act of vaping remains the same whether you are using a cig-a-like e-cig, classic 'vape pen', or a vape mod.

The Difference Between E-Cigarettes and Vapes

So, all e-cigarettes are vapes but not all vapes are e-cigarettes… but how do they differ?


Electronic cigarettes, often referred to as 'e-cigarettes', 'e-cigs' or 'cig-a-likes', were created to mimic the look, feel, and effect of a traditional cigarette that you combust.

They often consist of a very simple setup with a few component parts and can either be rechargeable or disposable in whole or in part. Some e-cigs, for example, can be refilled and recharged several times whereas other e-cigs require you to switch out batteries or e-liquid cartomisers once they run out. E-cigs can either be used by taking a drag or by pressing and holding a button.

E-cigs often make great entry-level solutions for people who are brand new to vaping and want to learn the ropes. They are also great for people who want a low-cost product that delivers a basic, largely commitment-free vaping experience. They are very low maintenance and simple to use.


Although all e-cigs are vapes, those using this term are often referring to other vaping devices that are more powerful.

Vapes---or vaporisers---are rechargeable devices, often pen-like (hence the term 'vape pen') that are combined either with a refillable tank or disposable cartomiser that can be swapped out and changed when empty.

Due to the huge variety of vaporisers that are available on the market, they are the more popular choice amongst some users. For example, some vaporisers are very simple to use whereas others can come with additional adjustable settings (e.g. temperature and airflow) for a more customised vaping experience.

If you want a device that can deliver a more prolonged and more intense experience, vaporisers are a much better choice. Although they may not look or feel like a traditional cigarette, they work in the same way and deliver the same benefits for ex-smokers.

How Does Vaping Work?

It's all very simple.

The Overall Mechanism

Liquid---called vape juice or e-liquid---that is inside your vaping device is absorbed by a porous wick. This wick has a metal coil wrapped around it that, when the device is activated, has an electrical charge delivered to it by the battery. This electrical charge then heats up the wick which, in turn, heats up the e-liquid. This causes the liquid to heat up and be vaporised into vapour which can then be inhaled.

All vaping devices---from e-cigs to complex mods---work in this way.


E-liquids, as you may know, come in lots of different varieties. From simple fruit flavours to those that are different and interesting (e.g. desserts and breakfast snacks), there is something for everyone.

E-liquids also come in different nicotine strengths to cater for those who are using vaping as a way to quit smoking. The different strengths, ranging anywhere from 3mg/mL to 36mg/mL+, suit everyone from occasional social smokers to people who get through a pack or more per day. Over time, some smokers who switch to vaping 'tone down' their nicotine intake by moving to a weaker nicotine strength.

Made from water, food-grade flavourings, vegetable glycerine (VG), propylene glycol (PG), and nicotine (unless the vape juice is nicotine-free), there are no nasty chemical additives and none are produced during the vaporisation process.

Is Vaping 'Safe'?

Whilst there is not yet enough research that suggests or proves that vaping is 100% 'safe', there is scientific evidence that it is a much better alternative to smoking. Public Health England's latest e-cigarette evidence review has found vaping e-cigs to be "likely 95% less harmful" than smoking conventional cigarettes.

This is because vaping does not involve the combustion of tobacco, unlike smoking. When cigarettes are burned, they release a whole load of chemicals and poisons that are then inhaled. These include several cancer-causing elements, tar, and other things that you don’t want in your lungs.

Vaping delivers a comparable experience to smoking thanks to the delivery of nicotine, and that is why so many people have switched to it and successfully kicked their smoking habit.

Getting Started with Vaping

If you are interested in vaping then just go for it---it is super easy to get started with. There is a whole load of brilliant resources available online, including a great deal of helpful information found right here on the Vaper Empire blog, and the devices themselves are invariably designed to be user-friendly products that you can use out of the box.

As a smoker, making the switch to vaping is a no-brainer. It is cleaner, more pleasant, cheaper, more enjoyable, and delivers the same craving-satiating nicotine 'hit' that cigarettes do. It also does not ruin furniture, make you smell bad, or stain your teeth, amongst other things.

Visit the Vaper Empire Online Store

As Australia's premier vaping supplier, our online store is packed full of a whole range of our own brand of vaping hardware, accessories, and mods that you can use to get started with and customise your experience as you go. An extensive library of e-liquids also means that you are guaranteed to find your favourite flavour.

With free delivery to Australia in three-to-five business days, we really are your best option!

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