Electronic cigarettes are rising in popularity every month, and people are using them as an alternative to cigarettes. Because these devices are so new, there are a number of questions that surround them. In particular, people want to know exactly what cigarette vapor is. While most understand that vapor is not smoke and does not leave behind a strong smell, electronic cigarette vapor is still a mystery to many.
Vaping vs Smoking – Should You Switch?
Vaping vs Smoking; what’s the big deal?
According to health officials, smoking can cause several types of cancers, several types of leukemia, vascular disease, heart disease, pneumonia, emphysema, blindness, chronic bronchitis, bad breath, aging, erectile dysfunction, gum disease, macular degeneration, yellow brittle nails and the list goes on. Let’s not forget to mention that it leaves a vile smell in your hair, skin and on your clothes. Smoking can also shorten your lifespan. Do you know the average woman or man takes about 13-15 years off of their life when they smoke? While cigarette companies are steady pushing the cigarettes out the door, this is something that they neglect to tell you. If they do, it’s mostly in print that you can barely read.
Vaping vs Smoking – What are the Risks?
What about the risks associated with vaping? There are no major risks associated with vaping that are known at this time, but there are some benefits. The vapor that you inhale is mixed with nicotine for an experience that is truly unique. There is absolutely no tobacco in them, and they are battery operated. Not only do you reduce your risk of obtaining serious health related issues, but you also eliminate the odor associated with tobacco filled cigarettes and there’s absolutely no smoke to worry about.
When thinking about Vaping vs Smoking, think about how smoking affects others around you including your family, friends, co-workers and others that you come in contact with. When you smoke around people who don’t smoke, not only are you putting yourself at risk for health issues related to smoking, but you’re endangering them as well. Do you know that at least 53,000 Americans die from second hand smoke each year? Not only does this include adults, but also babies and children. Stop putting yourself and others at risk!
What is an E- Cigarette
A disassembled cigarette-styled electronic cigarette.
- A. LED light cover
- B. battery (also houses circuitry)
- C. atomizer (heating element)
- D. cartridge (mouthpiece) An electronic cigarette contains three essential components: A plastic cartridge that serves as a mouthpiece and a reservoir for liquid; an “atomizer” that vaporizes the liquid and a battery.
The cartridge, a small plastic container with openings on each end, serves as both a liquid reservoir and mouthpiece. It allows the passage of liquid to the atomizer and vapor from the atomizer back to the user’s mouth, without leaking liquid into the mouth.
Most models adopt a plastic sponge to keep the liquid in place but it is also common to use a refillable tank to carry the liquid with a separate tunnel connecting to the atomizer. When the liquid is depleted, users can refill it or replace it with another pre-filled cartridge. Some users forgo the use of liquid reservoirs and “drip” liquid directly onto the atomizer in a method known as “dripping”.
A battery connected to a USB charger. A personal charging case, or PCC. The atomizer is a piezoelectric ultrasound device that vaporizes the liquid, and generally consists of a simple filament and wicking metal mesh to draw the liquid in. It is positioned in the center of the three components that make up the entire electronic cigarette cylinder, as the cartridge attaches to one end, and the power unit to the other. The atomizer’s filament will lose efficiency over time due to a buildup of sediment, or “burns out” entirely, requiring replacement. In some models, the cartridge and atomizer component are integrated, known as a cartomizer.
Most portable power units contain a lithium-ion rechargeable battery and makes the largest component of an electronic cigarette. This may contain an electronic airflow sensor so that activation is triggered simply by drawing breath through the device. Other models come with a power switch, which must be held during operation. A LED to announce activation may also be equipped in the front of power unit casing.
Batteries are usually charged via AC outlet, car or USB. Some manufacturers also offer a cigarette-pack-like portable charging case (PCC), which contains a larger battery to charge smaller batteries of individual e-cigarettes.
Liquid for producing vapor in electronic cigarettes, known as e-juice or e-liquid, is a solution of propylene glycol(PG), vegetable glycerin(VG), and/or polyethylene glycol 400(PEG400) mixed with flavors and mostly nicotine.
They are often sold in a bottle or as pre-filled disposable cartridges. Many manufacturers offer dozens of flavors which resemble the taste of regular tobacco, menthol, vanilla, coffee, cola and various fruits, but nicotine concentrations vary by manufacturers. The standard notation “mg/ml” is often used in labeling, sometimes shortened to a simple “mg”. Nicotine-free solutions are also common.
Health concerns Proponents of electronic cigarettes often claim that electronic cigarettes deliver the experience of smoking and greatly minimize the smells and health risks associated with tobacco smoke. The base liquids including propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin(VG), and polyethylene glycol 400(PEG400) have been widely used as food additive, as a base solution for personal care products such as toothpaste, and in medical devices such as asthma inhalers. However, the health effects of inhaling nicotine vapor into lungs have been a subject of uncertainty.
What is the difference between vaping an e-cigarette, and smoking an analog cigarette?
In a nutshell, about 3,996 chemicals.
There are 599 additives put into analog cigarettes. Once you start burning a cigarette, those additives create 4,000 chemical compounds. Some of which include: carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanide and ammonia. There are forty three known carcinogens in mainstream smoking and second-hand smoke.
E-cigarettes have approximately 4 chemical ingredients.All are water soluble viscous liquids used in e-cig liquids to deliver nicotine and/or flavors. They produce the vapor and provide a similar sensation to inhaling tobacco smoke.
History The primitive concept of an electronic cigarette can be traced to an idea by Herbert A. Gilbert, who in 1963 patented a device described as “a smokeless non-tobacco cigarette” that involved “replacing burning tobacco and paper with heated, moist, flavored air.” This device heated the nicotine solution and produced steam. In 1967, Gilbert was approached by several companies interested in manufacturing it, but it was never commercialized and disappeared from the public record after 1967.
Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist, is widely credited with the invention of the first generation electronic cigarette. In 2000, he came up with the idea of using a piezoelectric ultrasound-emitting element to vaporize a pressurized jet of liquid containing nicotine diluted in a propylene glycol solution. This design produces a smoke-like vapor that can be inhaled and provides a vehicle for nicotine delivery into the bloodstream via the lungs. He also proposed using propylene glycol to dilute nicotine and placing it in a disposable plastic cartridge which serves as a liquid reservoir and mouthpiece. These inventions are the basis of the present-day electronic cigarettes.
The device was first introduced to the Chinese domestic market in May 2004 as an aid for smoking cessation and replacement. The company that Hon Lik worked for, Golden Dragon Holdings, changed its name to Ruyan (如烟, literally “Resembling smoking”), and started exporting its products in 2005–2006 before receiving its first international patent in 2007.
The second generation electronic cigarette, or modern electronic cigarette, was invented and introduced to market in 2008 by Dr. Yunqiang Xiu before receiving its international patents in 2009 & UK patent in 2011.  The modern electronic cigarette featured the “tankomizer” (or sealed tank system and sealed atomizer technology). This is more useful for pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.
WARNING: Nicotine is an addictive substance. This product is simply an alternative to tobacco smoking and should only be used by long-term smokers. This product is not a smoking cessation device. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, cure, or mitigate any disease or medical condition or offer any therapeutic benefit. Do not use this product if you are under the legal age of smoking or if you are sensitive to nicotine or inhalants. Do not use this product if you have or if you are at risk of having any respiratory conditions, heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. Consult your doctor before use if you have any medical conditions. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing. Discontinue use of this product immediately if you experience symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, a weak or rapid heartbeat, vomiting, diarrhea, or any negative physical symptom. Keep product away from children and pets.