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The disadvantages of paper cigarettes and heated cigarettes are not only the smell and health hazards, but also the inconvenience to others around them caused by secondhand smoke. For this reason, more and more people around the world are switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes. In Japan, the revised Health Promotion Law will make the prevention of passive smoking mandatory as of April 1, 2020, and the number of places where smoking is allowed has decreased. This has made it increasingly difficult for smokers to smoke, and more and more people are considering switching to e-cigarettes. What exactly are e-cigarettes?

How to enjoy e-cigarettes

In the case of paper cigarettes, you inhale the smoke that burns when you light a cigarette. However, what you inhale with an e-cigarette is “water vapor. E-cigarettes generate vapor by heating a special liquid called “liquid” with a battery. The vapor is then inhaled as smoke. Since the liquid is a mixture of food additives and flavoring, the vapor does not have the distinctive tobacco smell of cigarettes or heated cigarettes. Therefore, the second-hand smoke does not bother people around you, so you can use it with peace of mind. The vapor from e-cigarettes is flavored with aromas and tastes, and the vapor is enjoyed as a luxury item. The greatest feature of e-cigarettes is that they are available in a wide variety of flavors, from tobacco flavors and menthol, which are familiar to smokers, to fruits, drinks, and more.

Safety of E-cigarettes

Many people may be concerned about the safety of disposable vape devices. The unique smell of paper cigarettes not only makes people uncomfortable, but the toxic substances emitted from the smoke can also pose a health hazard. The cause is the tobacco leaves used in cigarettes. Tobacco leaves contain tar, carbon monoxide, and other toxic substances, and inhaling them as smoke increases the risk of various diseases, including cancer and arteriosclerosis. However, tobacco leaves are not used in e-cigarettes.

The liquid heated in e-cigarettes is mainly composed of propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG), which are familiar ingredients used in foods and cosmetics. Therefore, compared to paper cigarettes, they do not contain tar or carbon monoxide, making the ingredients safer. In addition, e-cigarettes do not require the use of a lighter flame; they are powered and heated simply by turning on the power. Some types of e-cigarettes automatically turn on when inhaled. They are safe to use, as there is no need to worry about misuse of fire or burns, as is the case with paper cigarettes.

Types of E-cigarettes

There are many different types of electronic cigarettes. Some look like a long, thin pen, while others are shaped like a Zippo lighter. They are all e-cigarettes, and the mechanism of vaporizing liquid is the same. However, they differ not only in shape but also in function. The following are the three main types of e-cigarettes.

Box type

The battery part is shaped like a box, just like a Zippo lighter. It is characterized by its high customizability, such as the ability to change parts. It is a device for advanced users because it is highly functional, and the wattage and output can be adjusted to achieve the smoking experience of your choice. Its large size and battery capacity allow for long-lasting use.


This type of device has a thin, sleek shape like a pen and is compact, making it convenient for carrying around. Unlike the box type, the pen type has a simple structure and is easy to use. Because of the ease of maintenance and portability, many people who normally use box-type pens purchase these pens as sub-machines to take with them. Since they are easy to use, they are also recommended for beginners.

POD type

The POD type is a device that has been gaining popularity recently and can be used by simply replacing the cartridge called a POD. Since the e-cigarette coil, cotton, and other parts are integrated into the POD, there is no need for troublesome maintenance such as changing coils or cleaning. Since the power is turned on simply by inhaling, there is no need for difficult operations, and even beginners can use it sensibly. The compact size also makes it highly portable.

What is the difference between an electronic cigarette and a heated cigarette?

Every year, more and more people are shifting from paper cigarettes to cigarettes that do not use a lighter, known as next-generation cigarettes. Some people may not be able to distinguish between e-cigarettes and heated cigarettes, although they clearly look and smoke differently from paper cigarettes. Both use electricity to heat and inhale vapor, but they are completely different. Let’s take a look at what the differences are.

Structural Differences

Both e-cigarettes and heated cigarettes generate water vapor through electric heating, but there is a difference in the contents of the cartridge that is heated. In the case of e-cigarettes, a special liquid for e-cigarettes called “liquid” is heated. Heated cigarettes, also known as IQOS, have a cartridge like a short cigarette called a heat stick. It uses the same tobacco leaves as paper cigarettes and heats the tobacco leaves to produce vapor. Therefore, heated cigarettes generate cigarette butts. If these butts are not cleaned regularly, they can become clogged, causing taste abnormalities and device malfunctions. On the other hand, e-cigarettes do not produce cigarette butts because the liquid is heated. Instead, there is the hassle of refilling the device when the liquid runs out, but since heated cigarettes also require cartridge replacement, it can be said that there is some hassle in both cases.

In addition, while both types of electronic cigarettes are heated by electricity and require recharging, the battery specifications are different. Most e-cigarettes can be used for a full day if charged once, but heated cigarettes need to be recharged every time a cigarette is smoked. Although the frequency of recharging has been improving recently, it is still necessary to recharge more frequently than with e-cigarettes.

Differences in ingredients and flavor

The main ingredients of e-cigarette liquid are PG (propylene glycol), VG (vegetable glycerin) and flavoring. These ingredients are used in cosmetics and as food additives, so they are safe. PG and VG are the base of the liquid, and the amount of smoke and viscosity can be changed by blending them. Various flavors are then reproduced by flavoring. Some flavors are tobacco-like, while others are menthol, fruit, sweets, drinks, etc. There is a wide variety of flavors available, so you can choose the flavor that best suits your mood and taste.

Heated cigarettes, on the other hand, use the same tobacco leaves as paper cigarettes. While cigarettes are heated by fire, heated cigarettes are heated by electricity. Although this process reduces the tobacco leaf component to some extent, it still produces tar, carbon monoxide, and other toxic substances. Although it provides the flavor of paper cigarettes, it does not solve the problems of smoke odor and passive smoking.

For most smokers, the taste, of course, but mainly the nicotine intake, will be important. Nicotine is an addictive ingredient, and its ingestion causes dopamine to be released. This is why people think that smoking cigarettes can help them relax and concentrate. As for nicotine, it can be ingested in both e-cigarettes and heated cigarettes. Basically, e-cigarette liquids are said to contain “0 tar and 0 nicotine,” but there are also liquids containing nicotine, called nicotine liquids. However, since the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law prohibits the sale or transfer of these products in Japan, they must be purchased from overseas. There are easy ways to purchase nicotine liquid, such as through personal importation, so many e-cigarette users use nicotine liquid.

Difference in cost performance

Cosmetics are a consumable item that smokers will use every day, so cosmetics are a very important part of the smoking experience. The price of paper cigarettes has been increasing year by year due to the effect of increased tobacco taxes. Heated cigarettes are also increasing in price due to higher tobacco taxes, but e-cigarettes are not affected by the tax hike. However, e-cigarettes are not affected by the tax increase because they do not use tobacco leaves and are not treated as cigarettes. Therefore, the advantage of e-cigarettes is that they can be used without worrying about price increases in the future. In addition, the cosmetic advantages of e-cigarettes are also a major attraction when considering the annual cosmetic cost. It is said that a smoker consumes an average of one pack of paper cigarettes per day, which costs 500 yen x 30 days, or 15,000 yen per month. Let’s consider the cost in the case of heated cigarettes with IQOS.

A box of heat sticks costs 50, and it is assumed that one box is consumed per day just like a paper cigarette, so 150 is required per month. The initial cost of the device is around 80, which is about the same as that of paper cigarettes in terms of cost performance. On the other hand, an e-cigarette is considered to consume 15 ml of liquid per month. Coil replacement is also required twice a month, but even with these consumables combined, the monthly cost is around 20. This alone clearly shows that e-cigarettes are cheaper in terms of monthly costs. The initial cost is the main unit, which ranges from 30 to 10.

What is smoke explosion?

E-cigarettes are characterized not only by the taste of the vapor, but also by the amount of vapor that can be enjoyed. Unlike ordinary vapor, the amount of vapor produced is so large that it turns you white in front of your eyes, and is called “smoke explosion. What is smoke explosion and how is it produced?

How to Enjoy Explosive Smoke

Smoke inhalation is a unique way of enjoying e-cigarettes that produces a large amount of vapor to be inhaled. The large amount of vapor that can be inhaled provides a highly satisfying suction. However, the cigarette-like smoking method is not suitable for enjoying the smoke explosion. The cigarette smoking method of taking a small amount of smoke into the mouth and up to the lungs and exhaling the smoke all at once is known as “Mouth to Lung (MTL)”.

For smoke explosions, the “DL (direct lung)” method of smoking is more suitable. This method is to inhale strongly and long, as if taking a deep breath, and let it go straight into the lungs. However, if you are not used to e-cigarettes and do not know how to use DL, it is very irritating to the throat and may cause damage to the throat. In particular, if the nicotine concentration is high, the throat irritation will be stronger, so be careful about the nicotine concentration.

How the smoke explosion occurs

Many people who have taken the trouble to start smoking e-cigarettes want to try the smoke explosion that can only be enjoyed with e-cigarettes. However, smoke explosion is not possible with any e-cigarette. To enjoy the smoke explosion, a high amount of electricity is required. E-cigarettes use electric heat to heat liquid, so theoretically, the more power you increase, the more smoke you can create. To generate high power, a battery capable of supplying high voltage is required. Therefore, a box-type device with a large battery capacity is suitable for this purpose. In addition, the resistance of the coil should be low because it is necessary to facilitate the flow of current through the coil. Of course, higher power means more danger, so it is risky to customize your own device. We recommend that you start with a starter kit, as some e-cigarettes are available in starter kits that include a device called an “explosive smoking device” and all consumable parts.

3 recommended smoke-proof electronic cigarettes

There is more than one type of smoke-producing e-cigarette. There are many different types of e-cigarettes from various manufacturers, each with different characteristics. While all of them provide a great smoking experience, you want to choose the one that provides a tasty and satisfying smoke. We therefore recommend three types of smoke-exploding vapes. If you are thinking of trying out a smoke bomb, please take a look at them.


This is a popular starter kit from VAPORESSO, a popular e-cigarette brand from China vape manufacturer. It is a pen-type with a compact body, but is equipped with a high-capacity 3300mAh battery. Among e-cigarettes designed for explosive smoking, you can enjoy a quality of taste reproduction and fineness of mist that can be called DANTOTSU. This is because it comes with both ceramic and traditional coils. The atomizer is top-fill for easy liquid refilling, and the top airflow prevents leakage of liquid. Despite the fact that it has such a wide range of specifications, it can be purchased at an affordable price, and it is widely supported by both beginners and advanced users.

Eleaf iStick Pico 25 Kit + IMR18650 1,600mAh

Among the popular iStick Pico series, the Pico 25 Starter Kit is a small yet powerful starter kit. The iStick Pico 25 kit has all the advantages of the previous iStick Pico 25, but the compatible atomizer has been raised to 25mm, allowing you to customize a variety of tanks. Moreover, the maximum power output is a powerful 85W, making it a device that allows you to achieve the suction you prefer. Despite its low price, the device’s high functionality with temperature control and preheat functions is probably one of its most attractive features. Since it is easy to use, it is a high-spec device recommended for beginners.

iStickPowerNano kit

This starter kit is the most compact body among the popular iStick series. The small body fits in the palm of your hand and features the smallest size ever. It is an amazing device that is highly functional despite its very compact body, and is also suitable for explosive smoking. Moreover, it supports a maximum output of 40W and can produce a large amount of vapor. It has a built-in battery, and the internal battery is 1100 mAh. It is equipped with the latest temperature control function and other functionalities typical of the iStick series, so even advanced users will be satisfied with its specifications. It will be perfect for those who are looking for a type that is just small and easy to carry, or for those who want a device that is small but has high specifications.

Liquids purchased with the explosion smoking e-cigarette

To enjoy smoking with an disposable vape, it is important to choose the right device, but it is also important to choose the right liquid, which is the key to flavor. The appeal of e-cigarette liquids is that they come in a wide variety of flavors. There are a variety of flavors, such as menthol and tobacco, but the most typical e-cigarette flavors are fruit flavors. Fruit flavors, which cannot be found in paper cigarettes or heated cigarettes, are very popular among e-cigarette users. Among fruit flavors, mango is popular for its sweetness and juiciness, and Horny Flava’s Original Horny Mango is particularly popular because it is both smokeable and tasty. Horny Flava is a Malaysian brand, and Malaysian liquids are known for their high flavor reproduction and rich sweetness.

Original Horny Mango is also concentrated with the juice and rich sweetness of mango, but the addition of menthol gives it a refreshing and crisp taste. It differs from other mango liquids in that it gives a fresh feeling of not only ripe mangoes, but also mangoes that are still green. The menthol freshness comes after the delicious flavor of real juicy mango juice spreads in the mouth, so the aftertaste is clean and refreshing. Since it is not overly sweet, it is recommended for those who are new to fruit-based liquids, and it can be enjoyed well even with a blast of smoke. Since it contains nicotine, you will also get a pleasant kick to the throat, making it the best-balanced liquid. Tasting Original Horny Mango in the smoke, you will feel as if you are in a tropical country. Relax and enjoy the pleasant aroma of sweet mango.

Tropical Vape Shop offers a wide variety of Malaysian branded liquids. Since Tropical Vape Shop deals directly with Malaysian companies, the site is highly trusted by many e-cigarette users in terms of product management and safety. You can find the liquid and device of your choice while checking the reviews as well as the Japanese description.