E-Cigarettes also known as e-cigs, vape pens, smokeless cigarettes, e-cigars, vaporizer cigarettes and electronic cigarettes, are battery-operated devices which are designed to deliver nicotine with flavorings to users, in the form of vapor instead of smoke. They are usually made to resemble the traditional cigarettes, pipes or cigars, and at times even some items like USB memory sticks and pens.
Facts about electronic cigarettes
Many of them are reusable and have refillable and replaceable cartridges. Just a small percentage of them are throw away; that being so, usability and maintenance depend on the type of E-Cigarette you are using. Unlike the traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes don’t contain many of the dangerous chemicals contained in traditional cigarettes which can increase the risks of heart disease, lung cancer or stroke. They are considered to be much safer alternatives to the traditional cigarettes, which typically deliver nicotine in the form of smoke, by burning tobacco.
How e-cigarettes work
E-Cigarettes consist of 3 different components, including;
Also known as a mouthpiece, the cartridge contains the nicotine in the form of a solution of either glycerine and water or propylene glycol, and at times some flavorings. The cartridge can either be replaced or refilled.
This is the heating element that heats or vaporizes the e-liquid solution so that it can be inhaled by the user. Atomizers need to be periodically replaced, (at least once every three to six months).
The battery and various electronic components; Most devices have a lithium ion battery that’s rechargeable. The battery is used to power the heating element. Battery life depends on the type of device, how often it’s used, the size of the device, and the operating environment.
E-cigs work by delivering the nicotine and other chemicals to users in the form of vapor. Most of the current e-cigarette models in the market are automatic; when a user sucks on the device, a sensor activates the device’s heating element (atomizer) which vaporizes the liquid solution that’s held in the cartridge or mouthpiece. The user then inhales the vapor. (The older models were manual, and featured a button which turned the heating element off and on). Users can choose whether to have nicotine with flavoring or nicotine without any flavoring.
These devices are designed such that they simulate the act of smoking the tobacco cigarettes but don’t involve burning of tobacco. Non-nicotine devices are also readily available, and many of brands (both non-nicotine and nicotine) come in fruit, sweet deserts, and various other flavors.