The electronic cigarette (AKA e-cigarette, e-cig and smokeless cigarette) has been around for quite some time yet has just recently become an extremely popular topic on social networks and forums. Designed to administer a vaporized dose of nicotine, they look and feel like a traditional cigarette. Let's take a look at its components and how they work.
Originally designed as a safer alternative to smoking, the e-cigarettes popularity is derived from its ability to accurately imitate smoking a tobacco cigarette. It does this by incorporating a battery, atomizer and e-liquid reservoir (e-liquid is the nicotine containing solution). When the user inhales, the battery activates the atomizer which in turn vaporizes a tiny amount of e-liquid. The vapor produced contains nothing but atomized water and nicotine thus exposes the user to none of the carcinogens of tobacco smoking.
E-cigarette users claim they taste and feel just like inhaling from a tobacco cigarette. This, combined with their resemblance to a traditional cigarette, makes them an easy transition for most smokers. Just like nicotine patches, you can purchase e-liquid in various strengths allowing smokers to slowly taper their nicotine does down eventually stopping nicotine all together.