Get The Safe Smoking Alternative – An E-Cigarette!


The e-cigarette or electronic cigarette is a new technology where a battery-powered smoking device simulates cigarette smoking. The device delivers a dose of nicotine in a vaporized solution that is inhaled by the user. The vapor provides the physical sensation of actually breathing in tobacco smoke, but there is no tobacco, carbon monoxide, tar, fire, ashes or butts. It is a great alternative to real tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars for those who are trying to quit. It looks and feels just like a traditional cigarette, yet anyone walking by would not notice the difference. In fact, depending on the design some people would have to examine the device up close to tell it was not real tobacco. 

A Chinese pharmacist named Hon Lik invented the e-cigarette. Hon Lik used to smoke up to three packs a day while studying Oriental medicine at the university in China. When lung cancer took his father, Hon kicked the habit. In 2003 Hon got the first patent on his electronic cigarette. The following year he introduced the device into the Chinese marketplace. The company, Golden Dragon Holdings that he worked for, changed their name to Ruyan which means "like smoke" and began selling the product abroad. The e-cigs are not advertised as a way to quit smoking tobacco. They are promoted as a smoking alternative. 

When a smoker inhales through an e-cigarette, a sensor can detect the air flow. This sensor activates the heating element or atomizer that can vaporize the liquid solution contained in the mouthpiece. The atomizer may last 3 to 6 months and must be replaced periodically. The mouthpiece contains a material that is saturated with nicotine in a flavored solution. The mouthpiece is also called a cartridge and it can be replaced by other pre-filled cartridges. Some cartridges are designed to be refillable by the user. 

The use of the e-cigarette is legal in China and the UK, but other countries are studying the health effects before totally legalizing their sale. A study at the Boston University School of Public Health determined that e-cigs were much safer than real tobacco cigarettes. Real tobacco is full of tar, toxins and carcinogens that are simply not found in the electronic cigarettes. However tobacco cigarettes are still legal in the US.

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