What are e-cigarettes?

July 15 2015

Though e cigarette (electronic cigarettes) has been growing in popularity at an exceptionally fast pace, there are still smokers who are unaware of its existence. The rise of e-cigarettes has been highly controversial, debating whether e-cigarettes are safe or not. However, the structure and make-up of the e-cigarette shows to be advanced technologically and safer as it does not contain tobacco and doesn’t even produce the second hand smoke.

The e-cigarette is essentially a vaporizer that is powered by a battery to produce vapor that creates a similar feeling to that of traditional smoking. However, like mentioned before, e-cigarettes do not include tobacco. Users inhale the vapor that contains nicotine with a flavoring of their choice followed by a few other chemicals. The flavor and amount of nicotine and chemicals all depend on the liquid that the user selects. As a result, the amount of nicotine, chemicals and the flavor may differ according to the users preference and some fluids do not contain nicotine at all.

As there are hundreds of vape industries, accordingly, there are various different models and shapes of electronic cigarette. If categorized into three main categories, e-cigarettes can be divided into what is called ‘Mini’, ‘Ego’, and ‘Mod’. Mini refers to the e-cigarettes that actually look like traditional cigarettes, Ego represents a device that is slightly larger than traditional cigarettes that often come in the shape that resembles a pen, and the Mod can come in various shaped but are bigger and produce more power than of Minis and Egos.

The way that most e-cigarettes operate is through three different components. These three are the cartridge, vaporizer, and the battery. The cartridge holes the liquid that contains the nicotine, flavoring and other chemicals while the vaporizer acts as a heating device that created this liquid into vapor that the user inhales. Finally, the battery is what powers the vaporizer to function the way it does. The way most of these devices are activated is by the use of buttons to fire the vaporizer. In the case of some mod e-cigarettes, leading industries like Innokin have created some models where the users may customize their mod to adjust the voltage and wattage of their device.

The liquid that is transmitted into the cartridge is called e-liquid or e-juice. According to Christian Nordqvist in Medical News Today, “Typically, they contain hundreds of flavors. For those desiring nicotine without smoke, the solution contains nicotine dissolved in propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin – both common food additives. Experts say propylene glycol has had no serious known side effects since the 1950s when it was included in nebulizers and asthma inhalers”.

The e-cigarette is a device that was founded in 2003 by a Chinese pharmacist named Hon Lik. Over the past decade, it has evolved into a highly technological device that many smokers are looking for. The e-cigarette is appealing to smokers based on a variety of factors. One of them is mentioned by Christian Nordqvist on Medical News Today who states “Manufacturers say they are an alternative for tobacco smokers who want to avoid inhaling smoke. Tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 different chemicals, many of which are hazardous for human health”. Thus, e-cigarettes are not only technologically advanced and cool devices, but they are also devices that may aid people in living a healthier life away from tobacco and smoke.