What are electronic cigarettes?
An electronic cigarette is a device that allows a smoker to satisfy their nicotine craving in a way that involves no smoke or burning tobacco. An electronic cigarette creates vapor rather than smoke, which creates no bad smells in rooms or on clothes, does not result in foul breath, and does not subject others to second-hand smoke. The vapor contains nicotine, which the smoker inhales, giving the smoker a method of fast nicotine delivery. More importantly, the act of using an electronic cigarette feels the same as smoking, and can taste nearly the same, depending on the electronic cigarette liquid that you choose to use, making it a very easy product to choose if you are looking for an alternative to smoking.
There are many different types of electronic cigarettes, but each has the same basic parts: the battery, the atomizer, and the e-liquid.
E-liquid is the primary focus of this website, because it would cost literally thousands of dollars to try all of the e-cig liquids available today, and don’t think most people want to spend all of that money finding their perfect flavor. I also have never found customer reviews to be particularly useful. Put simply, an e-liquid contains primarily propylene glycol (a common food additive “generally recognized as safe (GRAS)” by the United States Food and Drug Administration), flavors, and nicotine. Some companies also make e-liquid with vegetable glycerin for people with a sensitivity to propylene glycol. Because every smoker has different needs, you can buy e-liquid with many different nicotine levels, including no nicotine at all. When looking at e-liquid online, remember that the standard method for measuring nicotine content is in terms of milligrams (mg) per milliliter (ml). So, a “full flavor” liquid might be labeled 16 mg, for example. This means that each ml of liquid contains 16 mg of nicotine. A typical electronic cigarette flavor cartridge might have about 1 ml of e-liquid, but a bottle could have as many as 15 ml or more. Keep this in mind so you can track your nicotine intake.
An electronic cigarette atomizer is a small device that becomes very hot, very quickly when power is applied, instantly turning the e-liquid into vapor that you can inhale. An electronic cigarette atomizer typically has a small reservoir for storing e-liquid, and wicking material that brings the e-liquid in contact with the heating element.
Electronic cigarette batteries come in two different types: automatic and manual. Most electronic cigarette starter kits include automatic batteries, because that seems to be the type that many people prefer for the most realistic e-smoking experience. The battery detects when the user pulls on the electronic cigarette, and turns on automatically. A manual battery does not have this mechanism, and instead has a small button on the side that must be pushed to turn the battery and atomizer on. I personally prefer the control afforded by manual batteries, but I encourage you to try both.
I first began using electronic cigarettes in 2010. Every smoker is different, but for me, electronic cigarettes have been a viable way to quit smoking. I feel healthier, I don’t smell bad anymore, and although I know that there is no such thing as a safe cigarette, I do know that I have cut the number of chemicals entering my body by thousands. The electronic cigarette is a product that I am excited about, and I created eDripping.com to share this excitement with others.