Introduction to electronic cigarettes

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An electronic cigarette or E Cig is a battery-powered device that vaporises a flavoured nicotine solution. Electronic cigarettes are the smarter and more satisfying alternative to tobacco products. They allow you to experience the sensation of smoking without inhaling any of the harmful byproducts of burning chemically treated tobacco and paper. Instead you experience a more pleasurable and safer water-based vapour and whatever flavour and nicotine strength you choose.

There are two basic types of electronic cigarette: the two-piece, and a three-piece models. Let’s begin with a closer look at the three-piece electronic cigarette.

The three main components of the cartridge, the atomiser, and the battery. The cartridge which also functions as the electronic cigarettes mouthpiece is where the nicotine liquid, commonly called E liquid, or E juice, is held, often in an absorbent poly fibre material for delivery to the atomiser. The atomiser is where the magic happens, transforming the liquid into an inhalable vapour, which looks like smoke but tastes so much better. The atomiser uses a heating coil circuitry to accomplish this transformation.

After charging the battery, simply put the three pieces together. You are now ready to enjoy your electronic cigarette. When voltage is applied from the battery, an LED light lights up at the end of the E cigarette simulating a lit cigarette, and the E liquid is gently heated by the atomiser to a vapour state allowing you to inhale the vapour through a small opening at the end of the cartridge. This is just like inhaling the smoke of a traditional tobacco cigarette.

Now, let’s examine the two-piece model. The two components of the battery and the cartomiser. The battery is essentially the same as in the three-piece model. The difference in the two-piece is that the cartridge and the atomiser are integrated, hence the name cartomiser. Because of this integration, the E liquid is very effectively delivered to the atomiser portion. However, the primary advantage of cartomisers is their simplicity and ease of use.

The battery is activated either manually or by pressing a button on the side automatically by an embedded microcircuit that senses when you are drawing on the E cigarette. Most E cigarette batteries are rechargeable. The maximum times the batteries can be recharged will vary from model to model.

Due to its many benefits of lower cost the electronic cigarette is fast becoming the smarter choice as an alternative to smoked tobacco products, whether they are cigarettes, cigars or pipes. Some of these benefits include:

  • no second-hand smoke
  • no burning flame
  • no messy ashes or nasty butts to clean up
  • no lingering nasty smell
  • dramatic reduction of the harmful substances found in traditional cigarettes
  • lower cost: typically much less than the cost of smoking tobacco cigarettes
  • electronic cigarettes can be used in places where smoking is not permitted

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