What is an E-Cigarette?
An electronic cigarette, otherwise known as an e-cigarette, e-cig, smokeless cigarette or personal vaporizer, is a battery-operated device that emulates smoking. When you draw on the device (as you would a cigarette), an atomizer vaporizes the nicotine or non-nicotine liquid solution or ‘e-liquid’, and converts it into smoke-like vapor that a user or ‘vaper’ inhales. The act of using an electronic cigarette is often referred to as ‘vaping’.
Benefits of Electronic Cigarettes over Traditional Cigarettes
No tobacco, no tar, no toxins associated with tobacco smoking
Electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco. That means you can still get your dose of nicotine without having to ingest the 4000+ chemicals, including over 40 known carcinogens, which are produced by the burning of tobacco. You also experience the same oral fixation and hand-to-mouth action of smoking that you’re used to.
No smoke smell
No secondhand smoke
Control your nicotine intake with various nicotine strengths
Freedom to smoke or ‘vape’ almost anytime, anywhere!
Save more money with cartridges and refills
More socially acceptable
Won’t stain your teeth
Wide variety of e-liquid flavors available
Different e-cigarette styles you can choose from!
How does an electronic cigarette work?
An electronic cigarette generally consists of three main components: a cartridge/mouthpiece, atomizer (heating element), and battery. The cartridge acts as an e-liquid reservoir and also serves as a mouthpiece on one end. When a user inhales through the mouthpiece, an air flow sensor activates the atomizer which heats up the e-liquid inside the cartridge and converts it into smoke-like vapor that a user inhales.
Electronic cigarettes can either come with an automatic or manual battery. For an e-cigarette with an automatic battery you simply inhale through the device to start smoking or ‘vaping’. On the other hand, a manual battery features a button that you press while inhaling. The button is a good feature to have since it lets you have better control on your draw time, allowing you to take longer drags. You can, for instance, press the button a few seconds longer before inhaling to pre-heat the e-liquid and produce warmer vapor and a stronger throat hit. At first, the button may seem awkward to beginners – but it only takes 5 minutes to get the hang of.
What is the e-liquid made of?
E-liquids are available in differing nicotine concentrations, ranging from zero nicotine to high. Nicotine-containing e-liquids consist of liquid pharmacy grade nicotine, water, natural and artificial flavorings, and propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerin (VG). Both PG and VG are common food additives and “are generally recognized as safe” for use by the FDA.
Are electronic cigarettes safe?
Many experts think that electronic cigarettes are a healthier and safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes. However, since e-cigarettes are fairly new in the market, it will require many years of scientific study to further support these claims. Note that electronic cigarettes deliver some nicotine contents, which are considered addictive, but, unlike tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes have various nicotine levels, which enable you to systematically wean off your nicotine cravings.