Electronic Cigarettes - How Do They Work?

Electronic Cigarettes – How Do They Work?

It seems like everything is electronic these days – even cigarettes! The electronic cigarette is said to have been invented by a Chinese chemist, and is gaining popularity in various parts of the world today. What exactly is an electronic cigarette, and how does it work?

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are battery operated. The small button batteries fit inside the slender tube that is often made to look like a cigarette from the outside. (Some other models may look like ballpoint pens, and there are electronic pipes and cigars as well.)

Inside the mouthpiece or cartridge of the e-cigarette, there is a reservoir filled with a flavored liquid. This liquid may contain nicotine, but it may not. When the person inhales, it triggers a heating element inside the e-cigarette to “vaporize” some of the flavored liquid. On some models, the user pushes a button to activate the heat. This vaporized liquid is then inhaled through the mouth, and is said to taste very much like tobacco smoke. If the e-cigarette contains nicotine, it could be assumed that the effect would “feel” like a cigarette as well.

E-cigarettes do not produce second-hand tobacco smoke – they produce no true smoke at all, because there is no combustion (burning).

Can E-Cigarettes Help You Quit?

This is an area that it not without controversy. Some argue that e-cigarettes do indeed help people quit, and a very recent study from Boston University seems to support that theory. The study reports that the use of e-cigarettes may be more effective than nicotine gum or patches in helping people quit. And there are individuals who claim to have had great success using the e-cigarette to kick the habit. However, the FDA has not made an official claim that e-cigarettes are intended to help people quit smoking.

Perhaps the middle ground lies with the individual. If you smoke and would like to try e-cigarettes to help you quit, you can buy them online at well-known online retailers. Some people have even said they’ve seen them for sale at their local mall!

Because e-cigarettes work something like nicotine gum and patches (they deliver nicotine by a non-smoking method), you will want to be sure not to overload on nicotine by smoking your usual amount of traditional cigarettes. In other words, cut back on “real” tobacco use right from the beginning of your e-cigarette venture.

The liquid that is inhaled in vapor form can have varying amounts of nicotine. Perhaps gradually lessening the amount of nicotine in the liquid could help you eventually stop smoking.

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