Similar to the shapes and colors of regular cigarettes, these electronic gizmos allow smokers to enjoy the sensation of smoking without the health hazards to self and to the public. Real cigarette smoke contains some 4,000 different chemicals including formaldehyde, tar, and carbon monoxide. These three chemicals are among the most recognized and harmful for smokers and those around them in the form of second-hand smoke. With the electronic cigarette, you get all the enjoyment of smoking a cigarette without the health hazards associated with it.
With a puff of e-cigarette, you get to select the level of nicotine, if any at all, that you want. One of the best benefits behind this little invention is the “smoke.” What you exhale may have the appearance of smoke, but it’s actually a vapor. Smokers who have opted to go electronic can now enjoy their cigarette in most public places such as restaurants, bus, and even movie theatres and nightclubs. Let’s take a closer look at the way they work.
How Electronic Cigarettes Really Work
Most electronic cigarettes contain three separate compartments which consist of the nicotine cartridge, the atomization chamber, and the lithium battery that also contains a type of smart chip. Some e-cigarettes also have an indicator light (LED) light at the tip of the cigarette simulating a lit cigarette. The e-cigarette is battery powered and some models can actually be recharged via a plug-in charger with the option of recharging via a USB charger much the same as a cell phone. The nicotine is housed in the cartridge and some manufacturers offer you a choice in the amount of nicotine you would like. The levels run from “0” meaning no nicotine is coming from the cartridge to “high” which produces levels of nicotine much the same as regular cigarettes.
You may also have a choice of flavors such as vanilla, menthol, tobacco, cherry, etc. which will depend upon the manufacture. The cartridge contains the mouth piece and a reservoir which holds the nicotine/flavor solution. What you inhale is actually a vaporized form of the nicotine (or water if you choose no nicotine) and what is exhaled is a white, vapor-like smoke. The nicotine is heated by the atomizer section creating the vapor, or smoke. But you get no real smoke, no tobacco, no smell, and all the benefits and enjoyment of a cigarette.
The jury is still out on whether or not the e-cigarette is a good alternative to smoking; however, many individuals have found the e-cigarette to be a welcomed alternative with smokers having become ex-smokers all together. For some, the current rising costs of tobacco have many searching for less costly alternatives and a new interest in the electronic cigarette.