Electric cigarettes look, taste and feel like cigarettes, but they are not cigarettes. Many people have never heard of electric cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes. If you see them being smoked in public, you may have many questions.
Here are a few electric cigarette facts as well as frequently asked questions:
“What are electric cigarettes?”
They are innovative devices resembling tobacco cigarettes, recreating the smoking sensation and experience, yet free of carbon monoxide, tar and carcinogens found in traditional tobacco products. As you inhale, a tiny senor activates the atomizer to heat the cartridge of liquid nicotine and propylene glycol. Instead of smoke, they produce vapor.
“I’m trying to cut out nicotine, and electric cigarettes or ecigs still use it in their cartridges, right?”
Many electric cigarette companies like Direct E-Cig, CIGAVETTE, Green Smoke, Smoke Stik and others, offer both zero nicotine cartridges as well as nicotine cartridges at different levels.
If you really just like the ritual of smoking yet don’t want the nicotine, you can purchase nicotine-free cartridges — Smoke Stik offers a good non-nicotine electric cigarette too.
“I’ve never heard of the ingredient propylene glycol. What is it?”
It is a colorless and odorless organic compound which the FDA has rated as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) for use in medicines, cosmetics and foods. It is usually one of the ingredients within ecigarette cartridges.
“Are electronic cigarettes approved by the FDA?”
The FDA does not recognize them as a stop smoking device and even warns against them as to “possibly” having very small amounts of toxins in their flavoring. Alternately, since they do not contain tobacco, they do not fall under the FDA’s jurisdiction.
“Are they more expensive than tobacco cigarettes?”
If you choose to continue using electric cigarettes, you will begin to see savings compared to traditional tobacco cigarettes. In most cases, you will be paying the equivalent of under $2 a pack.
“How do they work?”
High end quality E-cigarettes have a battery, an atomizer and a cartridge filled with a mixture of propylene glycol, flavoring and with some, liquid nicotine. When you inhale, the atomizer heats up and vaporizes the contents of the cartridge into a water-based mist that replicates the look and feel of smoke — yet IS NOT smoke and does not SMELL like smoke.
“If they look and taste like cigarettes, how are you able to still smoke in areas where smoking is prohibited?”
Electric cigarettes produce no smoke, only vapor, thus eliminating the danger of second hand smoke with its attendant risks. You will have no smoke smell on your hands, breath, or clothing, nor disturb those around you with unpleasant odors. Most establishments that do not allow tobacco cigarette smoking, will allow the electric cigarette once it is explained.
“In what ways are they a safer alternative to traditional tobacco products?”
Since electric cigarettes are battery-powered, there is no need for “fire” or combustion, matches, lighters, or ashtrays. Cigarettes, by the way, are the leading cause of lethal home fires in the United States.
“Will it look like I’m smoking a cigarette?”
Yes, most e-cigarettes are designed to look like tobacco cigarettes, and they even light up (with LED light) on the end when you inhale. Because of increased smoking limitations, you should tell people you are not smoking a tobacco cigarette.
“Will it help me cut down on smoking?”
Electric cigarettes are not recognized as a stop smoking device. Although there are reports of people cutting smoking in half in a few days without discomfort using ecigarettes. The World Health Organization does not recognize electric cigarettes as appropriate nicotine replacement therapy.
“How long has this product been available?”
Worldwide, about 8 years: in the United States for over 5 years.
We hope these Electric Cigarette Facts and FAQ’s have answered your questions.
If you are looking for the sensation of smoking, yet do not want to inhale the harmful toxins and chemicals that come with tobacco cigarettes, then you may wish to give electric cigarettes a try!