E-cigarettes? E-smoking? I don’t know about you, but when I first heard these terms they brought to mind Email, Ezines, Edating…
I could not imagine what sort of online smoke shop or virtual smoking lounge they had come up with now. Well, silly me! It turns out E-smoking isn’t something you do on your PC. E-smoking is what they call it when you use an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette.
So, what are electronic cigarettes? Here is some info about what they are, how they work, and what benefits they might provide.
An electronic cigarette, (also called e-cig, ecigarette, or smokeless cigarette), is actually an ingenious little battery operated device designed to look, feel, function, and even taste like a real tobacco cigarette. Basically a nicotine delivery system, ecigarettes provide the user with a surprisingly realistic smoking experience without all the harmful effects of actual smoking.
An electronic cigarette is essentially made up of three main parts: A battery, an Atomizer and a nicotine cartridge. All these parts coexist in a unit just about the size and shape of a normal cigarette. The Battery is a rechargeable battery, shaped to look like the white part of the cigarette. The battery powers the atomizer. Batteries generally last for 150 to 400 puffs before needing a recharge. An atomizer works by heating up the liquid nicotine mixture and turning it to a vapor.
This vapor looks, feels and tastes like real smoke, but does not contain any of the thousands of toxic products of combustion that true smoke contains because nothing is burning. The nicotine cartridges contain a mixture of water and nicotine. Other ingredients are included to make the vapor look and taste like real cigarette smoke. A single cartridge can be expected to provide nicotine comparable to about a pack to a pack and a half of regular cigs. Cartridges are available in different strengths, comparable to regular, light and ultra light tobacco cigs. They also come in a variety of flavors. In addition to regular and menthol, there are also chocolate, vanilla and fruit flavors available.
Some newer models combine the cartridge and atomizer into one disposable unit. (Non disposable atomizers can get clogged over time reducing the efficiency of the system.) A small sensor/microprocessor starts the whole thing going when you suck air through it! They even have a little LED light on the end to indicate that it is working and also creates the illusion of a burning tip of a tobacco cigarette.
Didn’t I say it was ingenious?
To some of you serious smokers the potential advantages of such a smokeless nicotine delivery system will be immediately apparent. Since there is no smoke ( just vapor that looks like smoke; a lot like what a fog machine makes) there is of course no second hand smoke! No more guilt, or worry about annoying or poisoning your loved ones.
The small amount of odor from a smokeless cig does not linger, and doesn’t cling to everything it touches. Imagine, your home, car, wardrobe hair, no longer smelling like an ashtray!.
Speaking of ashtrays, there is another messy issue that a smoker who becomes an e-smoker will no longer have to deal with. E-cigs cannot turn your teeth and fingers yellow nor do they pose a fire risk. While some aspects of electronic cigarettes remain controversial, these benefits alone make them worth considering for many smokers.