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Does Vaping Stain Walls?

Posted by Callum Colley on

If you have tried smoking inside your home, you know that the effects of smoking are not just on your health and teeth but also extend to the walls in your home. Some of the effects of smoking include yellow fingertips, and you might also notice that the walls have a faded yellow tint.

If you’re considering crossing over to vaping, you have to wonder if it will have the same effects on the walls and your fingers. 

What Causes Stains in Tobacco Smoke?

There is a big difference between vaping and smoking. The biggest difference is in the b-products produced by both processes. Tobacco smoke comprises over 300 chemicals. The composition of the chemicals might vary slightly depending on the cigarette, but the effects are always the same.

The chemicals produced by cigarette smoking are the cause of the stains you see on your walls. The smoke lingers around for a longer period and has more time to interact with the surrounding. Some of the leading culprits in staining walls include:


Tar is one of the primary by-products of smoking.  Essentially, it is combusted plant material. Because tobacco comes from plant matter, combusting it produces a resinous and toxic compound called tar. Tar is highly abundant in cigarette smoke and one of the leading causes of staining seen on white surfaces and the smoker's body.


Although tar takes most of the blame in staining walls, nicotine also has its own share of the blame. Nicotine is also a plant-based compound is, therefore, a partially combusted element that works the same way as tar.

Does Vaping Stain Walls?

Nicotine is one of the leading causes of discoloration to the walls and fingernails. If you’re vaping an e-liquid that contains nicotine, it’s almost likely that it will cause some discoloration. However, because the vape liquids don’t produce tar, the discoloration effect is minimal compared to the residue produced by smoking.

Nicotine requires a lot more time to build up. That means rarer cleaning and the vapour stains are vastly different from those of cigarette smoke. Vaping heats the nicotine instead of burning, making it less likely to stains the body or the walls.

How to Minimise the Effects of Staining on the Walls

Vape products that contain nicotine will stain the walls. Even though the process is less aggressive and takes more time, it will eventually happen, but it is less noticeable than cigarettes. There are a few tricks you can use to reduce staining.

The first and the easiest is going for 0mg vape liquids. If the vape liquid doesn’t have any nicotine in it, it won’t stain the walls.

You can also ensure you always vape outdoors. There is no furniture or wall outdoors where the vapour can attach itself. The fewer times you vape indoors, the less likely it is to stain the walls or furniture.

Final Thoughts

Although vaping will stain the walls, it is not as noticeable. It takes a longer time and doesn't require frequent cleaning. Also, vaping will only stain the walls if you use nicotine-based vape juices.

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