E-cigarettes- An overview

An e-cigarette is technically an electronic- cigarette that can be in the form of a cigar, a pen, or a pipe. The e-cigars were exported to major markets in the year   2005-2006. Since then the market has been growing leaps and bounds, and you have about 460 brands in the market at present.

E-cigarettes- An overview

What is e-cigar?

e-cigar is referred to as a nicotine delivery system that works without having to burn the tobacco.  It is a device that works with the help of a battery, and the vaporized nicotine or non-nicotine vapors it emits is inhaled and exhaled by the user giving the feeling of smoking a cigar.

Parts of an e-cigar

The e-cigar is made of the following parts.

The mouthpiece–  It refers to the cartridge that you would find at one end of a tube.  Within the mouthpiece a plastic cup is attached. It would have an absorbent material that is drenched with a liquid solution.

The atomizer- This is the heating element which produces the vapors by heating the liquid. The vapor is then inhaled and exhaled like you do when smoking a tobacco cigar.

The battery- This would power the heating element. The battery employed in an e-cigar usually is a lithium-ion battery which can be recharged.

Sensor-  There are indeed manual e-cigars which have an on-off function to heat up the heating element. But for seamless and continuous vaping experience, the e-cigars with sensors are preferred. In such e-cigars, the sensor performs the function of activating the heater when you sucks the mouthpiece.  There is also a LED indicator to show if the sensor is activated or not.

The solution-  This is referred to by many names including e juice in nicotine, e-liquid, vape juice, etc.  this is usually a mixture propylene glycol or vegetable glycerine or a combination of both with water and flavorings. While certain e- juices have nicotine in them, there are others that have just flavors. There is indeed a wide range of flavors which are quite common like menthol to highly creative and creative new flavors like a lava flow. There are a number of brands selling e-liquids, and you have premium brands which come with a number of new flavors that are mimicked by other lesser known brands as well making it possible to get e-juices at all price ranges.

Regulations regarding the use of e- cigars

Though you have e- juices that are used in e-cigars with or without nicotine content,  there is no conclusive evidence to prove it is safer than smoking, especially when you are looking for long-term evidence to prove the same.   Therefore, e- cigars are also regulated by laws just like  other tobacco products which include

  • The purchaser should be at least 18 years old.
  • The minimum age according to the American Academy of Pediatrics for buying e-cigarettes has been raised to 21 years.
  • Like tobacco products the e-cigars to must bear statutory warning on the cover.

There are certain states that have banned the use of e-cigarettes. In no-smoking zones, using an e-cigar is also an offense.