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Study: E-Cigarettes vs. Cigarettes vs. Heat Not Burn

Vaping really revolutionized the way people use nicotine, but the changes are really only just beginning. Heat-not-burn devices, which use actual tobacco but just heat it rather than “smoking” it through combustion, offer a bit of a middle-ground between vaping and smoking. But with the middle-ground in function, you might assume a middle-ground in risk follows. But does it? Although we can’t be certain yet, a recent study from Dr. Farsalinos looks at exactly this issue: what exposes users to the most formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, vaping, smoking or using a heat-not-burn device?


The Study: What They Did


The aim of the research was pretty simple: take a cigarette (a Marlboro Red), a vaping device (a Nautilus Mini tank, filled with tobacco e-liquid and vaped at 10 and 14 W), and the IQOS heat-not-burn device, and compare the chemicals released by each. The researchers specifically focused on carbonyl compounds, like formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein, propionaldehyde and crotonaldehyde.


The reason for this approach is simple. Carbonyls are a major class of harmful chemicals we know are found in cigarette smoke, and high-profile results (that suffered from major issues) have found them in e-cigarette vapor too. As you’d expect, while it isn’t ideal to inhale any of these chemicals, inhaling less of them on a day-to-day basis is better than inhaling more of them. The study then offers a potential way to investigate the possible health benefits of switching from smoking to vaping or heat-not-burn.


Is Heat-Not-Burn Safer than Smoking?


Heat-not-burn is the newer technology, and since we already have plenty of evidence on carbonyl levels in e-cigarette vapor, study’s results for IQOS are the most illuminating findings. The study showed that formaldehyde levels in heat-not-burn aerosol were 92% lower, for acetaldehyde levels were 85% lower, for acrolein they were 91% lower, for propionaldehyde they were 89% lower and for cronotaldehyde they were 95% lower. Overall, after a pack of cigarettes, using heat-not-burn instead of smoking would reduce your carbonyl exposure by 85 to 95%.


This represents a massive reduction compared to smoking. This is great news for the smokers of Japan – who’ve switched to heat-not-burn in substantial numbers – and for anybody else who has been able to make the switch to heat-not-burn.


The researchers also tested more intense puffing regimens, and this did change the results somewhat. The levels increased for more intense puffing, but they remained three to four times lower than corresponding levels in tobacco cigarettes.  


Is Vaping Safer Than Heat-Not-Burn?


The researchers also looked at the carbonyls released by vaping, reporting the results as the quantity for every 12 puffs inhaled to enable comparison. The study shows that the reduction in carbonyl exposure from vaping is even bigger than for iQOS, at a massive reduction in exposure of between 97 to over 99%.


Getting to the numbers, while vaping released 0.5 to 1 μg (1 μg = 1,000 mg) of formaldehyde for 12 puffs, one iQOS stick released 5 to 6.4 μg. For acetaldehyde the figures are 0.8 to 1.5 μg for e-cigarettes and a huge 144 to 168 μg, and for acrolein the vaping device emitted 0.3 to 0.4 μg, whereas the heat-not-burn device released 10.4 to 10.8 μg. The researchers couldn’t compare the others because they weren’t even detected in e-cigarette vapor.


People should use any approach that works for them to quit smoking, but these results do confirm a suspicion most have had all along: while heat-not-burn appears much safer than smoking as well, it will probably be more dangerous to your health than vaping over the long term. That isn’t to say you shouldn’t use heat-not-burn, but the differences in quantities are still quite substantial.


Other Issues: What The Study Doesn’t Include


It’s important to note that while the study shows huge benefits when it comes to reducing carbonyl exposure, there are many other things to consider when you’re looking at the safety of an alternative to smoking.


However, the results of this study broadly agree with the rest of the evidence on the topic of heat-not-burn tobacco, as reviewed by Public Health England alongside the evidence on vaping. Philip Morris’ submission to the FDA as a modified risk tobacco product was rejected, but only because of a lack of real-world evidence: the panel did agree that IQOS releases less toxic chemicals than a traditional cigarette.


Public Health England was a little clearer on the topic of IQOS and other heated tobacco products:


“The available evidence suggests that heated tobacco products may be considerably less harmful than tobacco cigarettes and more harmful than e-cigarettes.”


This, more than anything, really sums up the state of the evidence on heat-not-burn products. There are plenty of attempts to overstate any hint of a risk – as we’ve seen over the years with e-cigarette products too – but on the whole, switching to heat-not-burn will reduce the risks to your health. If you want to minimize the risks to your health while still consuming nicotine in a similar way, vaping is definitely the way to go, and pairing it with a realistic tobacco e-liquid offers many of the same benefits when it comes to keeping the experience similar.


But this isn’t necessarily the right way to look at the issue. The important thing is that heat-not-burn will appeal to some smokers and vaping will appeal to others. There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution; there are different approaches that suit different smokers. It isn’t about the “right” way to quit, only the way that works for you personally.


Conclusion: Vaping and Heat-Not-Burn Are Allies


We can all agree that reducing the risks of consuming nicotine is a good thing. We should applaud anybody who wants to do that, no matter how they do it. The study from Dr. Farsalinos and colleagues offers a useful comparison when it comes to carbonyl compounds, and it helps to position different approaches on a “risk scale,” but overall whatever works for you is the best way to go. Vaping and heat-not-burn tobacco might be positioned by many as being in competition, but they’re really both attempts at accomplishing the same thing, and that thing is what we all want: fewer people dying from smoking-related diseases.  

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

Writer at Black Note
Lee Johnson is a writer and vaper from the UK. He started vaping in 2012, and since then has contributed to E-Cigarette Reviewed, E-Cigarette Direct’s Ashtray Blog and Vaping360. He strongly believes smokers need accurate information about vaping and other reduced-harm alternatives to smoking. He has a degree in physics from the Open University and a passion for all forms of science.
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What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

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