What is An Electronic Cigarette

An electronic cigarette (e-cig or e-cigarette)

Originally developed in China by a pharmacist a little more than ten years ago, Electronic Cigarettes are now manufactured, marketed and sold all over the world and they are definitely the most popular alternative to traditional cigarettes. However, rather than delivering the nicotine to the smoker through the harmful carcinogens used in regular tobacco cigarettes, the Electronic Cigarette instead delivers the nicotine through vapor and steam, rendering it a special nicotine delivery system made up of a battery, heater, and of course a cartridge containing a solution of nicotine, propylene glycol, and other chemical substances.

The Electronic Cigarette can be characterized as an innovative device, which is primarily intended to serve the same purpose as an ordinary cigarette would and is thus designed to act in a similar way. The main difference between the two is that in the electronic cigarette we do not have the production of smoke due to combustion, in other words nothing is burnt so no smoke is being released. Instead we have vapor, as a result of the heating up of the liquid contained in the e-cigarette which then vaporizes. Due to this procedure e-cigarettes are also known as Personal Vaporizers (PV).

Electronic cigarettes are marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional smoking and indeed many scientists have maintained that e-cigarettes are less harmful than normal cigarettes. This is because the person who opts to use the electronic cigarette may still be inhaling the nicotine, but does not take in the several thousand other chemicals and carcinogens which are contained in traditional cigarettes and are also inhaled when one smokes a regular cigarette. In short, through e-cigarettes the by-products of smoking are drastically eliminated.

Since electronic cigarettes are non-flammable devices without tobacco and without emitting smoke like regular traditional cigarettes, in most countries it is allowed to use them in public places where the smoking of traditional cigarettes has long being banned. Indeed, smokers can satisfy their nicotine graving through an e-cigarette, while non-smokers will not have to put up with the smoke and smell produced by normal cigarettes that bothers them and damages their health, leaving everyone happy.

Another obvious benefit of e-cigarettes for smokers and in fact what makes many smokers willing to try out vaping in the first place in the fact that in many locations across the globe the extremely high price of cigarettes mean that a pack of traditional cigarettes is now longer affordable for most consumers. When compared to the cost of smoking, for example over one year, buying an e-cigarette and the liquid refills as well as bearing the minimal maintenance costs of a e-cigarette, using an e-cigarette definitely costs much less.

However, before buying an e-cigarette have in mind that their classification as safe products is circumspect and coming under increased challenges, with some arguing that their vapors are toxic as well. Moreover, there is much talk about strictly regulating their sale and use, which could mean that they may get banned in many places in the near future. Last but not least, because e-cigarettes are a device that heats up there are important safety hazards to take into consideration so it is important to ensure that you buy e-cigarettes of good quality from respectable, reliable vendors who sell products that have been independently tested.