If the terms “electronic cigarette” and “e-cig” are new to you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s an alternative to smoking and a relatively new technology, but it is a simple one: a battery powered device that replicates the act of smoking. These devices are small and resemble an actual cigarette, only unlike typical nicotine inhalers that have surfaced over the years the e-cig actually produces a smoke-like vapor. An atomizer vaporizes nicotine infused e-liquid, which is triggered by a micro sensor every time you inhale from the e-cig, giving you lush plumes of white vapor. No lighters, matches or flame of any kind is required to enjoy an e-cig, since the vaporization is all micro-technology contained within the unit. However, to further simulate the sensation of smoking a real cigarette, a bright led light is built into the tip of each e-cig that “ignites” with each puff.
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of the electronic cigarette, which is drawing massive numbers of new patrons every day, is the fact that you are inhaling vaporized nicotine AND ONLY vaporized nicotine. This means that there is no tar, carbon monoxide, ammonia or any other carcinogens in the e-liquid cartridges that you would find with a tobacco product. Not only that, but there is no odor that hangs around on your fingers, breath or clothing, and there are no ashes or cigarette butts, yet you still get the feel and satisfaction of smoking an actual cigarette.
Second hand smoke? Not with the e cigarette. Since the byproduct is only vapor, you can enjoy your e-cig in most places where cigarette smoking is prohibited. Bars, restaurants, sporting events, and potentially even work— standing outside in the cold for 10 minutes will be an inconvenience of the past.
It should also be mentioned that the nicotine content of each cartridge is adjustable, ranging from high nicotine content down to non-nicotine. This feature allows you to fine-tune the e-cig experience to specifically fit your needs, or even to gradually transition you from using nicotine to not using any. Each e-liquid cartridge also comes in a variety of flavors, and with each inexpensive cartridge averaging to equal about 10-20 cigarettes, one can find themselves quickly noticing the money being saved when compared to traditional smoking.
Considering all of these benefits, it’s no wonder why the electronic cigarette is rapidly replacing tobacco for smokers all over the country, even seasoned smokers of many years who have recently made the switch.
by Lincoln Anderson