What are they?
For those who do not, and have never smoked and may not be familiar with what an electronic cigarette is, or how it works, this brief explanation should be reassuring and informative. Knowing what an electronic cigarette is, and having an understanding of how they work, will help to alleviate the potential for any unnecessary concerns or conflicts.
The shape, size and visual impact that someone using an electronic cigarette presents, means that people can mistakenly jump to the conclusion that someone is smoking a regular cigarette. However, that is as close as it gets to being a regular tobacco cigarette.
So to answer the question, ‘what are they’? They are a working replica of a tobacco cigarette. But without the negative elements associated with smoking regular cigarettes. There are no bad odors, cigarette ash or need for health concerns about second hand smoke inhalation.
Users can select from a range of electronic cigarettes that require either two or three parts to produce the end product. They can also choose from a selection of re-fillable or disposable e-liquid cartridges.
A Sleeve for an Electronic Cigarette
Electronic cigarettes contain a small lithium battery concealed in the main body of the cigarette or sleeve as it is commonly referred to. The sleeve looks exactly like an untipped regular cigarette.
Sleeves are usually white, but can be also be obtained in a wide range of colours for those who want to acessorise with their outfits.
When the battery is in operation it produces a reddish glow at the end of the cigarette again copying the working of a regular cigarette. Batteries can be recharged and USB chargers are supplied with starter kits for home and office use, or for the car when on the move.
The Filter or Tip for the Electronic Cigarette
On most versions of electronic cigarettes, this part holds the atomizer. The atomizer plays a part in vaporizing the e-liquid from the cartridge into the vapor the smoker inhales and the resultant smoke type substance that is ejected from the end of the electronic cigarette.
The cartridge that holds the e-liquid and can be purchased in a disposable or a refillable form. Two part products usually have the cartridge and the atmosizer as one piece of equipment. Alternatively, the three piece product provides them separately and users can choose between pre-filled cartridges or re-fillable ones.
The E-Liquid for the Electronic Cigarette
The e-liquid is what produces the vapour that is inhaled and exhaled by the smoker. It contains nicotine, but none of the other harmful chemicals connected to regular cigarettes.
E-liquid can be purchased in bottles allowing the user to refill their own cartridges, or in ready to use cartridges. Both types are available in tobacco or menthol flavours and a wide variety of fruit and exotic flavours.
For those smokers who prefer it, they can take advantage of a selection of nicotine free flavours currently on the market. The e-liquid fruit and exotic products are due to the addition of popolyn glycol which is a food flavouring that is currently approved and used in the production of many of our daily food products..
Adantages of Using an Electronic Cigarette
There are several advantages in favor of using an electronic cigarette in place of a regular cigarette:
- The smoker does not need to matches or a lighter to use an electronic cigarette. There is less risk of burns or fires often caused by careless disposal of regular cigarettes. Depending on the brand chosen, the cigarette may have an on and off button on the tip, or it may operate automatically when a smoker inhales.
- The vapor the user inhales does not contain the harmful chemicals found in regular cigarettes and there is no harmful emission of second hand smoke into the atmosphere to affect those nearby.
- The electronic cigarette does not produce cigarette ash and does not have the odor associated with regular cigarettes. There are no nasty smells or discoloration of décor and furnishing often caused by regular cigarettes.
For those who want to and enjoy smoking, electronic cigarettes are a good clean option. They offer a variety of strengths and flavors, including nicotine free and the sleeve colour can be changed to match your outfit or simply help you stand out from the crowd.