The term “vapor” is commonly used by consumers to refer to the aerosol generated from better alternatives to smoking, such as heated tobacco products or e-vapor products (also known as vapes or e-cigarettes).
However, heated tobacco products and vapes are fundamentally different from cigarettes. These better alternatives to smoking release a vapor that—unlike smoke (which is created when a cigarette is burned)—does not contain solid particles. The vapor is created by either by heating tobacco or an e-liquid (also known as vape juice). The vapor produced contains significantly lower levels of harmful chemicals compared to what is produced by a burning cigarette.*
*Importantly, smoke-free products are addictive and are not risk-free, but they represent a much better choice for adults than continued smoking.