Is it true that e-cigarettes and vapes contain zero nicotine?

Electronic cigarette vapes are gaining attention among users of paper cigarettes and heated cigarettes. You are probably seeing more and more VAPE users around you. In this issue, we will explain how VAPEs work, their appeal, and why they are believed to be effective in reducing and quitting smoking. We will also introduce in detail the appeal of "vape studio," a vape specialty store that boasts the largest number of stores in Japan.

Differences between heated cigarettes and vapes

Typical heated tobacco products include Philip Morris' IQOS, British American Tobacco's glo, JT's Ploom TECH and Ploom S, and Imperial Tobacco's LUZE. These heated cigarettes are primarily used for nicotine ingestion. On the other hand, the liquid used in vapes made by vape manufacturers in China contains basically no nicotine or tar. The term "electronic cigarette" is often used collectively to refer to both heated cigarettes and vapes, but it originally meant vapes only. The most common point of similarity between the two is that both are used by inhaling the vapor produced by heating, rather than inhaling the smoke like a paper cigarette. The most notable difference between the two is whether or not the vapor contains nicotine derived from tobacco leaves. The following is an explanation of how heated cigarettes and vapes work.

How heated cigarettes work

Among heated cigarettes, the basic mechanism of IQOS, glo, ULZE, Ploom S, and Ploom TECH are different. Although it may seem similar to cigarettes in that the tobacco leaf is heated directly, the heating temperature of a heated cigarette is not as high as the combustion temperature of a paper cigarette. In other words, by keeping the heating temperature low, the generation of tar and other harmful substances is minimized. PPloom TECH uses a special capsule containing tobacco leaves instead of a stick. The capsule is attached to the device's mouthpiece, and the vapor generated by heating liquid is passed through the capsule, which contains nicotine, before being inhaled. The structure of the Ploom TECH is very similar to that of a vape, and some vape devices are actually compatible with the Ploom TECH tobacco capsule.

How a Vape Works

A vape consists of two main parts: the battery and the atomizer. The battery is the part that sends power to the atomizer, and the atomizer is the part that heats the liquid. The basic mechanism of a vape is that power is supplied from the battery to the coil, which heats and vaporizes the e-liquid soaked in cotton called a wick, producing flavored and scented vapor. This produces a vapor that is flavored and scented. Unlike heated cigarettes, vape liquids do not contain tobacco leaves, and vapes are often used to relax and refresh oneself with flavored aromas, rather than to ingest nicotine.

What are the health effects of vaping?

Vape is not a device that burns tobacco leaves, so naturally it does not produce tar. Incidentally, liquid liquid is mainly made from G (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerin), both of which are said to be harmless to the human body and are used in food additives. As for nicotine, it is not necessarily absent, and whether or not it is included depends on which liquid is used. Some liquids contain nicotine, while others do not. Those who are concerned about health risks should use nicotine-free liquids. In Japan, the manufacture, sale, and transfer of nicotine-containing liquids are prohibited by law. This means that you cannot buy nicotine-containing liquid in actual stores in Japan.

In order to obtain nicotine-salt liquid, you need to import it from overseas via the Internet. There is a limit of 120 ml of liquid per month that can be imported by individuals, so please be careful when importing. Thus, there is little need to worry about tar and nicotine health hazards from using a vape, but there are still many unknowns, partly because it is still a new device. As of September 2016, the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (MHLW) has stated that "it will take time before scientific evidence on the association between e-cigarette use and disease becomes available, and the association between exposure to e-cigarettes and the risk of disease and death is not clear at this time.