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Vaping vs Smoking: The Key Differences

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Since the first vaping device came to market just over a decade ago, vaping has become a popular smoke free alternative to cigarettes. Since then, many around the world have made the switch from smoking to vaping, but if you’re new to vaping, or you’re wondering what the difference between smoking and vaping is - this article is for you.

Vuse NZ - Vaping vs Smoking: The Key Differences

Vaping vs Smoking

While smoking and vaping may look similar, they couldn’t be more different. The main difference is that smoking delivers nicotine by the combustion of tobacco, which can increase the risk of serious diseases such as lung cancer. As stated on the NZ Government run website Quit Strong, vaping delivers nicotine in the less harmful method by heating an e Liquid.1

Other key differences are cost, convenience, and flavour. Those who smoke know how expensive it is - smoking twenty cigarettes a day could cost you over $12,000 a year.2 Cigarettes are bulky to carry around and they come in a limited range of tobacco and menthol varieties. Compared to smoking, vaping is considered a more affordable option. Vape devices are also known for their compact, sleek and easy-to-use design, and you can choose from a wide range of flavours to suit any palette, such as tobacco, fruit, mint and more.

A graphic of Vuse Reload device with 18mg/ml and 28.5mg/ml nicotine strengths

How much nicotine is in a cigarette compared to a vape?

Now that we’ve explored the key differences between smoking and vaping, you might be wondering, how much nicotine is in a cigarette compared to a vape? Like e Liquids, the strength of nicotine in cigarettes can vary depending on which brand or product you buy. On top of that, how much nicotine you receive each time you smoke depends on how you smoke. With vaping, the amount of nicotine depends on the strength of the e Liquid you choose, and your vaping style. If you want to reduce your nicotine intake, you can opt for a lower nicotine strength e Liquid.

In NZ, vape pens can contain anywhere from 0 mg (zero nicotine) to 28.5 mg/ml for closed system e Liquid pods. As a rule, cigarettes contain 1.1 mg to 1.8 mg per cigarette (22 mg to 36 mg/pack), however the nicotine content between cigarettes and vape products varies and can’t be compared like for like. Vuse e Liquids come in a range of nicotine strengths to suit your needs, try our 18 mg/ml (1.6%) or 28.5 mg/ml (2.5%) range today.

A graphic on a teal background of Vuse Reload device and cigarettes on top of coins, with cigarettes having a taller stack of coins

Is vaping cheaper than smoking?

If you’re looking to start your smoke free journey, the initial set up cost for a vape device and a single pod is only $9.99 if you grab one of our Ready-To-Vape Kits. Smoking 8 cigarettes a day can add up to over $5,000 a year, however vaping the equivalent amount with Vuse Tobacco e Liquid would cost just $602 a year, or $752.80 a year3 with any other Vuse e Liquid flavour. If you’d like to see how much you could save by making the switch from smoking to vaping try our Cost Savings Calculator tool.

The Vuse Go Reload vape device contains approximately 1000 puffs* per pod and is available in over 18 nic salt e Liquid flavours in 18 mg/ml (1.6%) and 28.5 mg/ml (2.5%). Explore our e Liquid flavours here.


Now that we’ve explored the ins and outs of smoking vs vaping, and why vaping is considered the reduced-risk option, we hope this article has helped you make the decision to switch from smoking to vaping with Vuse.

Ready to start your smoke free journey? Get a free Vuse Go 1000 pen when you sign up to Vuse.

*Based on laboratory testing of newly manufactured product and may vary depending on individual’s usage behaviour.


1.  Vaping to quit smoking | Vaping Facts
2. Based on the average price of $35.33 for a 20 pack of cigarettes, costing $12,895 a year. Vaping savings based on the equivalent of 20 cigarettes = 251 pods. Vuse Tobacco e Liquid costs $12.99 for a pack of 2 pods, all other Vuse e Liquid flavours cost $14.99. Vaping costs also include the cost of 1 x Vuse Go Reload or ePod 2 device at $9.99.