​There are many different styles of electronic cigarettes or ‘vapes’ available.

Last updated: 15 March 2022

The biggest misunderstanding about vapes is that they are harmless compared to cigarettes.

This is not true. Vapes are not safe. Spotting vapes can be difficult because they often resemble common school items like highlighter pens, markers and USB drives. Knowing the different shapes and types of vapes is a first step to help protect young people from the risks of vaping.

Different shapes of vapes. Some are cylindrical and thin. Some are shorter and wider with flat sides.

Common vapes

Two vapes that are cylindrical and thin.

Disposable vapes are the most common vapes used by young people. They can contain between 300 to over 4,000 ‘puffs’ in each device. They often range in price from $15 to $50, depending on the number of ‘puffs’ the device contains. Many of these vapes contain nicotine, despite often not being labelled as containing nicotine.

Black vape that looks like a USB drive. It has a detachable pod on one end.

Vapes can also come in pod-style or refillable devices, where the user refills the device with e-liquids or new pods containing e-liquids.

These devices don’t seem to be as popular with young people.

Current as at: Tuesday 15 March 2022
Contact page owner: Centre for Population Health