An electronic cigarette, or e-cig is a device designed to give a user a smoking sensation similar to that of a traditional cigarette. Most of the time, e-cigarettes look exactly like traditional cigarettes. However, their function and composition is much different.
Electronic cigarettes are battery operated and there are three main parts to an e-cigarette. They include:Cartridge: The cartridge is a small, disposable plastic container that has openings on both ends. The cartridge contains the e-liquid, which stores the flavoring for the e-cigarette. One end of the cartridge is attached to the atomizer and the other end is where the user places his or her lips.
Cartridges can be purchased pre-filled with e-liquid or users can choose to fill cartridges themselves. Buying pre-packaged cartridges are more expensive, but will save you the time and effort required to fill cartridges yourself.Atomizer: The atomizer is the heating element, which is what vaporizes the e-liquid found in the cartridge. It generally consists of a wick to draw the liquid in as well as simple filament. Over time, sediment will clog the atomizer, which will require the user to replace the atomizer.
A Battery: Most e-cigarettes use rechargeable lithium-ion battery to power the atomizer. To recharge the battery, you simply need to plug the battery into a USB drive. The batteries generally charge fast and can be recharged numerous times before a new battery is needed.
To further add to the sensation of smoking, many e-cig manufacturers now add an LED light on the tip of the e-cigarette, which illuminates when a user inhales. They do not really serve any function other than to give the user the visual experience of smoking a cigarette.
So how do E-cigarettes work? First, the user must inhale through the mouthpiece to start the process. When a user inhales, the battery passes electricity to the atomizer, which rapidly heats. The e-liquid, found on in the cartridge rapidly vaporizes, which the user then inhales.
Generally, most e-cigarette users can inhale a few times before the cartridge runs out of e-liquid. The cartridge can then be disposed of and a new cartridge will need to be added for the user to smoke again.So are E-cigarettes safe? In general, it is unknown the exact health effects e-cigarettes may pose. However, the general consensus is that they are somewhat safer then cigarettes because they do not contain many of the toxins and carcinogens that cigarettes posses. Scientists around the world are conducted studies to evaluate the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes. Therefore, we should have an idea of how safe e-cigarettes are in the near future.
Regardless of the unknowns surrounding e-cigarettes, they are a much better alternative to cigarettes. As mentioned in another article, there are many benefits to e-cigarettes. Overall, smokers of e-cigarettes tend to have much a much better smoking experience and do not have to deal with the high cost of cigarettes and insurance. Therefore, e-cigarettes are smoking every smoker should consider trying at least once.