Electronic cigarette Vapor vs. Cigarette Smoke – A pratcial experiment

Electronic Cigarette Vapor vs. Cigarette Smoke

When people are smoking cigarettes, one of the biggest preaching points from non smokers is second hand smoke.  We have now seen the dramatic negative effects of non-smokers who work in smokey envirnments for years and years.  From cancer to lung deseise to heart demise, all by just breathing in second hand smoke.

I remember back as a smoker setting up a fan in the window of my office.  I would smoke in my office and attempt to exhaust the tobacco smoke from the room with this window fan.  The realiziation of just how disgusting tobacco smoke is came after a few months when I moved the fan from the window.  There was a yellow brown stain in the exact dimensions of the fan on the screen, and it was disgusting!  All I could think of was the inside of my lungs being coated with this disgusting film.  This was after all just the second hand smoke from the room.

I’m sure many of you have had experiences like this, or other ones similar.  Cleaning the inside of the glass of a car window after smoking in it, or even house windows and walls after years of smoking.


I watched a great YouTube Video – You can see it here – About an experiment someone does comparing the second hand cigarette smoke with second hand vapor from an electronic cigarette.  While this is by no means a scientifically valid experiment, never the less, it becomes obvious very quickly in the experiment the difference between the vapor of an electronic cigarette and the smoke from a tobacco cigarette.

What this experimenter did is essentially run a full cigarette through some paper towel using the force of water coming out of a bottle.  He then did the exact same thing using an electronic cigarette.  With the paper towel with a tobacco cigarette, what you saw was very similar to what I was talking about with the yellow/brown disgusting sludge that built up with my window fan.  With the electronic cigarette, the paper towel remained completely white.  Here is a photo:

Now as I said in the beginning of this article, this is in no way a scientific experiment, however it is a pretty neat side by side comparision of e-cigarette vapor vs. tobacco smoke vapor that I think is really quite interesting.


One thought on “Electronic cigarette Vapor vs. Cigarette Smoke – A pratcial experiment

  1. Dianne

    Regarding Electronic cigarette Vapor vs. Cigarette Smoke – A pratcial experiment – I too have done the same (although on a smaller scale) experiment. My better half thought that there must be some residual nicotine in the vapor, so I did the old “Blow into a tissue” with both a cigarette and an ecig containing nicotine. The result – the ugly brown stain on one tissue and absolutely nothing but a moist spot on the other tissue. It’s hard to convince people that this is not “smoke”.

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