E-cigarettes are devices that look like real tobacco cigarettes but that contain no tar or harmful carcinogens. The e cigarette concept works like a very small vaporizer and gives off a few short seconds of mist to emulate real smoking.
This cigarette-style device vaporizes the polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol or the glycerin into the vapor mist that makes it appear as smoke coming from the cherry of a tobacco cigarette. The basic components of this device that make this happen are the battery emulates the tobacco end) which powers the cigarette, the cartridge which holds your flavor of choice and the atomizer which is the tiny device that does the liquid vaporizing.
Just like other electronic devices like your cell phone the electronic cigarette can be charged. Most e-cigarette brands have starter kits that include any combination of car chargers, USB chargers and wall chargers. Making sure to keep your battery charged ensures you get the full use from each e-cigarette.
The benefits of choosing this alternative to smoking over tobacco smoking are pretty self-explanatory. Safer than the tar and carcinogens of traditional smoking, less expensive than tobacco products, no bad breathe and no smoky odors on your clothes or in your house are just some of the benefits.
A couple of other advantages of e-cigarettes over tobacco smoking include the ability to choose your nicotine level and flavor. Nicotine levels vary from brand to brand and they also offer the no nicotine option. The various brands of electronic cigarettes offer a variety of flavors like vanilla, coffee, menthol, traditional tobacco flavor, strawberry and other selections.
Are there health concerns from using these devices? There has been some expressed concern over the use of propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol or vegetable glycerin in these devices. However, these additives have been used for years in asthma inhalers, toothpaste and other food and beauty products with no recorded problems.
The WHO (World Health Organization) determined these electronic cigarettes safe and effective for nicotine replacement therapy. The FDA tested and analyzed 19 different varieties of two popular brands. According to their tests and reports their may be some cancer-causing components. However, due to the non-lethal and low instances of cancer-causing agents medical professionals say there should be no cause for concern and that the testing done by the Food and Drug Administration was inconclusive.