IQOS tobacco heating system vs. e-cigarettes

IQOS tobacco heating system vs. e-cigarettes - what is the difference?

The IQOS tobacco heating system and e-cigarettes are both smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes for adult smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke or use other nicotine products.

Both are electronic devices, and do not generate smoke like cigarettes. But there is one feature that distinguishes the IQOS tobacco heating system from e-cigarettes: Contrary to vaporizing an e-liquid, IQOS heats real tobacco, producing tobacco vapor.

IQOS tobacco heating systems are to be used only with suitable tobacco sticks.


What are e-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes are electronic devices that enable a smoke-free alternative to cigarettes. In general, they are powered by a battery and heat e-liquids in order to generate an aerosol or what some users call vapor. The e-liquids may have various flavors and may contain nicotine.


How do e-cigarettes work?

There are many types of e-cigarettes. They differ in size, power, customization options, and even their ability to be reusable or disposable. However, most of them work on the same principle and with similar components.


The principle:

E-cigarettes heat and vaporize e-liquids in a wide range of temperature from 100⁰C - 250⁰C. They achieve this by drawing the liquid from a tank and putting it in contact with a battery powered heating element. When the liquid is evaporated it is drawn from the device thorough a mouthpiece.


The components:

The battery - The energy source for the whole device. In most cases it is rechargeable and provides power to the heating element and electronic components.

The tank - The container that is used to store the liquid until it is taken to the heating element or chamber. Some e-cigarettes use capsules or pods that are disposable.

The e-liquid - The mixture that is vaporized inside the e-cigarette. While there are many variants of the liquids, they usually contain propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine, flavorings and various additives.

The heater - The set of components that draw the liquid toward the heating element and heat to vaporize. Most e-cigarettes use a “wick and coil” system. The wick naturally soaks the liquid and puts it In contact with the metal coil which is the part that heats.

The sensors and electric components - They control the heating and operation of the device. They range from simple push to activate buttons, LEDs and battery indicators.

The mouthpiece - The chamber or channel where the vaporized liquid drawn from the device.


Without question, the best decision is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether. While not risk-free, e-cigarettes are meant for adults who would otherwise continue to smoke or use other nicotine products. 

This product is not risk-free - for adult use only.