Electronic Cigarette Cartridges – What is best for you?
Electronic cigarettes, whether they are reusable or disposable, contain the same components and are used for the same purpose – a more health conscious alternative to traditional cigarettes. The basic features of an electronic cigarette include the mouthpiece, a heating element, electronic circuits and a rechargeable battery.
The mouthpiece, more commonly referred to as the cartridge is a small piece of material, usually plastic, that is affixed to the end of the electronic tube. Inside the mouthpiece, there is a smaller plastic cup, which holds the absorbent material, also referred to as the e-liquid. The inner cup of the cartridge allows air to flow around it and through a hole in the end of the outer piece. It is through this that the suction action that the vapor is able to move into the user’s mouth.
The cartridge comes in two forms: pre-filled or refillable. When the e-liquid in the cartridge has been depleted, it must be refilled. The difference between the two is just as their name implies. Pre-filled cartridges are just that – they come pre-filled with a specific flavor or kind of e-liquid and must be replaced when the e-liquid is all used up. Refillable cartridges, must be refilled when the liquid dries up.
Should You Refill Your Cartridges?
The difference in choosing between a refillable or pre-filled cartridge is strictly a personal preference, whether it’s convenience or financial. Refillable cartridges are more cost-effective because the user is responsible for refilling their own electronic cigarette cartridge instead of throwing them away. In order to refill the electronic cigarette cartridge, the user must purchase the e-liquid and fill it on their own. Because of the steps involved in the process, some smokers opt for the convenience of pre-filled cartridges. But each refillable cartridge will come with its own refilling instructions and there are plenty of online resources as well that can help the beginners refill their electronic cigarette cartridges on their own.
Refillable or pre-filled electronic cigarette cartridges can come in a variety of flavors like, regular, menthol, almond, apple, cherry, chocolate, clove, coffee, peach, strawberry and vanilla. They also come in varying levels of nicotine strength, with the most common ones being 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, and 16mg.
Electronic cigarette cartridge lasts approximately the same amount of time as two packs of tobacco cigarettes, once again offering a cost-efficient alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, especially given the ever increasing cost of a pack of cigarettes.
Electronic cigarette cartridges can be purchased singularly or in multiple pack, like five per cartridge. They can be purchased in smoking shops like a humidor or at online retail shops that specialize in selling electronic cigarettes and the equipment and components that go with them.
While the safety of electronic cigs is still under scrutiny, the American Association of Public Health Physicians has come out in support of electronic cigarettes. The organization has stated that the effects of second-hand smoke can be significantly decreased using electronic cigarettes.
Electric cigarettes should only be used for adults over the age of 18. They are also not meant to be used as a smoking cessation produce or device.