How is IQOS Different from Vaping and Smoking? Vancouver Vape Shop

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With so many smoking devices and technologies coming out, it’s easy to get confused the second you step inside a Vancouver vape shop. In recent years, IQOS has become largely popular, being marketed as a safer alternative to smoking. 

Let’s take a look at some of the differences between these technologies.


IQOS was created by Altria and Philip Morris, two tobacco companies. After being approved by the Food & Drug Administration, it hit the public market.

IQOS is also known as HeatStick technology, where it heats up the tobacco rather than burning it. It looks like other e-cigarettes but uses cigarettes that are half the size of a normal cigarette, with a slightly different filler substance. 

While cigarettes burn the tobacco as well as the paper that holds it, the companies  claim that since the device heats up tobacco at a lower temperature, it releases fewer toxins into the smokers’ body.


The smoking of traditional cigarettes causes over 480,000 deaths each year, according to the CDC. While it is incredibly dangerous to smoke in general, especially traditional cigarettes, we must be aware of the fact that smoking has decades of research behind it. We are well aware of the risks and dangers associated with smoking, so anyone who does smoke, is entering into known territory and making that decision for themselves.

When it comes to IQOS, smokers are entering into new, unexplored territory that has not been studied and that does not have any definitive associated risks. 


Vaping is essentially an aerosol. Why? Because vapour is simply a liquid turning into a gas phase. An aerosol is a gas mixed with particles. In the case of e-liquid, you have a simple liquid solution filled with flavours, scents and nicotine to make the experience more pleasant for the user.

While it is also not backed by years of research just like IQOS, we can say that it doesn’t contain the common chemicals found in traditional cigarettes, like formaldehyde. 

In summary, it’s important to be well aware of what you’re choosing to put into your body on a daily basis. At our Vancouver vape shop, we can give you clear, honest information regarding our products so you can make an informed decision that’s best for you. Please don’t hesitate to drop by or give us a call!

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