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Dating back thousands of years, smoking is now ingrained as a dark stain in recent human history.
Initially thought to have spiritual and medicinal properties, the act of smoking traditional tobacco became popular in Europe in the 16th century. The invention of automated cigarette manufacturing machines around the turn of the 20th century made smoking convenient and accessible, and cigarette smoking soon became a popular social pastime. Although enjoyed by millions worldwide, by the 1950s the correlation between smoking and lung cancer had been confirmed, and the first anti-smoking campaigns were born.

In the late 1970s, smokers in the developed world were encouraged to stop. A limited range of products that aided quitting was brought to market; initially just nicotine gum, but later patches, lozenges and inhalers. Although aiding smokers by giving them a dose of nicotine, they did little to imitate the sensation of smoking, and this meant the success rate for quitting was and is still low.

This is where e-cigarettes and vaping came in. Imitating the sensation and feeling of traditional smoking, vaping filled a much needed gap in the market. It offered a less harmful alternative to smoking for people who had previously struggled to give up cigarettes.

A question we get asked quite often is, “What are the main differences between smoking and vaping?” Below are some of the standout differences between the two.

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