What is an electronic cigarette
It’s the digital age after all, and almost everything about our lives is getting an ‘e’ prefix. Apparently, cigarettes are also caught up in the digital revolution. E-cigarettes are battery powdered smoking devices that emit doses of vaporized solution (usually containing nicotine and flavors) for the user to inhale. They are designed to feel like conventional cigarettes, but are free of the other thousand and one chemicals that are responsible for major health and environmental hazards in cigarettes. Since nicotine is the active substance in conventional cigarettes, you’ll be getting your high and euphoria, and since you are not burning tobacco, you won’t be doing much harm to the environment.
How does it work?
The basic design of an e-cigarette incorporates a heating element, electronic circuits, a battery (usually rechargeable), and a mouthpiece. Sucking action on the mouthpiece leads to the activation of the heating element. The liquid present inside is vaporized and the user ‘vapes’ the aerosol. The mouthpiece is designed to hold the liquified tobacco and it is refillable for most brands. A wide variety of flavors are available and many try to mimic popular brands of conventional cigarettes with the flavors.
- Less harmful than conventional cigarettes
Emphasizing the safety of e-cigs served as the marketing strategy for manufacturers, but more than just a marketing gimmick, research has proven that e-cigarettes pose considerably less harm to the smoker and to the environment. As there is no burning involved in smoking e-cigarettes, they produce neither carbon monoxide nor tar, two of the most harmful substances in conventional cigarettes.
- Could help stop smoking
Even as more awareness is created about the dangers of cigarette smoking, the number of smokers keep increasing. New smokers emerge on a daily basis and many old dogs trying to quit relapse from time to time. This paradox shows that the battle against cigarette smoking may not be won after all. E-cigs could change this narrative as many people have been able to break their nicotine addiction with e-cigs. Their varying nicotine concentrations helps make this easier as vapers can taper down on the strengths and this may open a door to quitting.
- More freedom
E-cigs are still largely unregulated and you can still vape almost anywhere. You won’t need to watch out for no smoking signs and you can satisfy your cravings with much peace of mind knowing you pose considerably less threat to others and the environment. Also, it gives vapers the opportunity of discreet without taking so many measures as vaping does not leave any lingering aroma.
Asides the release of carcinogenic chemicals into the environment, conventional cigarettes also pose the threat of fire outbreaks when they come in contact with combustibles. These risks are much less or non-existent with e-cigarettes.
It’s only fair to conclude that people can’t be stopped from smoking (and why should anyone try?). The best approach to reducing the environmental and health hazards is to develop safer alternatives and e-cigarettes are one of those. So the next time you’re thinking about lighting that cigarette, take a pause and think about vaping it.
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