E-Cigarettes Vs Smoking – Are E Cigarettes bad for you?

E-Cigarettes by there very name are associated with traditional cigarette smoking, but besides the mimicry of actions and the ability to inhale nicotine, the two activites couldn’t be more different. Below we have compiled a comprehensive comparative chart between ecigs and smoking as its traditionally known paying particular attention to the health benefits of ecigs compared to traditional cigarettes.

Although being slightly biased we were suprised to see that cigarettes:

– contain 1600 times the number of chemicals
– cost 8.5 times as much or $3760 more per year for the average smoker
– contribute 760,000 tonnes of non-biodegradable butts annually


Traditional Cigarettes


Number of Chemicals 3 4800+
Types of Chemicals
  • Nicotine (optional)
  • Propylene Glycol (asthma medication)
  • Vegetable Glycerin (Toothpaste)
  • Hexamine (BBQ Lighter)
  • Butane (Lighter Fluid)
  • Cadmium (Batteries)
  • Stearic Acid (Candle Wax)
  • Ammonia (Toilet Cleaner)
  • Methane (Sewer Gas)
  • Arsenic (Poison)
  • Methanol (Rocket Fuel)
  • Hydrogen Cyanide (Prison Executions)
  • DDT (Insecticide)
Number of Carcinogens (chemicals that cause cancer) Zero traces of Carcinogens 60
Amount of Nicotene 0-24mg (optional) 20mg
Associated Diseases
  • None*
  • Lung Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Emphysema
  • High Blood pressure
  • Mouth Ulcsers
  • And Much More
Associated Deaths Zero 6 million per year Worldwide (14,900 in Australia)
Life Span No Effect Average life span reduced by 14 years


Total Sales ($$$) 2.4 Billion 744 Billion
Total Sales (Cigarettes) 20 Million 5.6 Trillion
Biggest Company Njoy (790 million total revenue) Philip Morris (Global revenue higher then Mcdonalds)
Number of Smokers (Australia) 10 million (unknown) 1 billion (3.1 million)
Cost Per Cigarette $0.10 $0.85
Cost Per Packet (40) $3.93 $34
Cost Per Year (average) $490 $4,250


Waste Recyclable Parts 760,000 tonnes of cigarette butts a year (worldwide)
Stain None
  • Clothes
  • Lips
  • Teeth
  • Fingers
  • Walls
Smell Mild scented aroma Unpleasant and toxic aroma that absorbs into:

  • Hair
  • Breathe
  • Clothes
  • Skin
  • Cars
Fire Danger Almost zero Extremly high (Number 1 cause of fires in Australia)
Smoking Location Most places Can’t smoke at:

  • Restaurant/Cafes
  • Bars
  • Cars with kids
  • Public places
  • Outside most buildings


Year Started 2004 1612
Flavours Available 7764 and counting Less than 100
Hollywood Smokers
  • Jonny Depp
  • Katherine Heigl
  • Dennis Quaid
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Catherine Zeta Jones
who have died from smoking related cancer:

  • John Wayne
  • Patrick Swayze
  • Sammy Davis Jnr
  • Humphrey Bogart

* Because of the relatively short-time ecigarettes have benn available not much research in this field has been done