The Electric Cigarette
Electric cigarettes offer all the look and feel of smoking a traditional cigarette minus the negative health effects. The resemblance between a real cigarette and an electronic cigarette is so similar that oftentimes, it is hard to tell the difference between the two.
Even though smoking rates have been gradually decreasing among Americans in the past thirty years, smoking levels have steadily hovered around the 20 percent mark. In other words, one in five Americans continue to light up despite the warning cries from public health officials.
While the smoking rates haven’t budged much, smokers are looking for a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. The innovative creation of the electric cigarette has allowed smokers to enjoy the experience of smoking without dealing with many of the unhealthy consequences.
So what exactly is an electric cigarette?
Electric cigarettes (or e-cigarettes or personal vaporizer) taste and feel just like tobacco cigarettes, but they are smoke and tar free. Electric cigarettes can come in a variety of nicotine levels from 0-16mg, depending upon the manufacturer. Electric cigarette smokers will get all of the sensation of smoking a traditional cigarette minus the adverse health effects.
An electric cigarette is comprised of a battery-powered device that allows the user to inhale doses of a nicotine or non-nicotine vaporized solution. In addition to a cigarette alternative, it can also be used as a substitute for other smoked tobacco products like cigars and pipes.
The inhaled vapor provides a similar taste and sensation just like those experienced in a traditional cigarette, pipe or cigar. The difference is that there is no smoke or combustion involved in the experience of using an electric cigarette.
An electric cigarette consists of an elongated tube that looks uncannily like a real cigarette or other smoking device. The electric cigarette may also be found in pen style that looks similar to a ball point pen.
Most electric cigarettes are reusable. Consumers can purchase the replaceable and refillable parts when needed. Recently, disposable electric cigarettes have been developed and offer the equivalence of smoking two packs of cigarettes.
Both kinds of electric cigarettes, reusable and disposable, contain the same basic features of a mouthpiece, a heating element, electronic circuits and a rechargeable battery.
In regards to their safety, the American Association of Public Health Physicians has come out in support of electronic cigarettes. The organization believes that the effects of second-hand smoke will be significantly decreased using electronic cigarettes.
Electric cigarettes are meant only for adults and should not be used by those under the age of 18.