E-cigarettes, also known as electronic cigarettes or vaporiser cigarettes were originally developed in China then spread to the other parts of the world. They are long-shaped tubes, similar in appearance to ballpoint (biro) pens. A good number of the e-cigarettes are bought together with cartridges that can be replaced and refilled. Some are however disposed of after use. Vaporised nicotine is emitted from the e-cigarette and inhaled in doses by the user. There are a number of the vaping liquid flavors that the user can choose from in the market and these include java, watermelon and pink bubblegum.
E-cigarettes are described as vaporisers; they are tobacco-free products. When the user sucks on the e-cigarette, a sensor activates a heating element within the tube causing the liquid solution in the mouth piece to vaporise. Once this vaping liquid turns into vapour, it is ‘vaped’ or inhaled by the user. This way, unlike those who smoke, the users of e-cigarettes eliminate the option of smoke, odour, carbon monoxide and the burning of tobacco. The e-cigarette manufacturers point out that this product allows the user to experience a sensation that is close the inhalation of tobacco smoke; the difference however is that the option of smoke from combustion is absent. Users of e-cigarettes have pointed out that on average they have saved $ 75 to $ 100 as compared to those who have to buy a fresh cigarette every time they want to smoke. This is mainly because the same e-cigarette tube is used throughout, and only the fluid in the cartridge is replaced once it is used up.
Some of the reasons why vaping is considered safer than smoking include:
- Both the cigarette smokers and the non-smokers near them who get to inhale the second hand smoke from the cigarettes are adversely affected by the tobacco in the smoke. The e-cigarettes contain nicotine therefore there is not such effect.
- With e-cigarettes, the user does not have to worry about any smoke smell on their car, their house or their clothes, as is the case for those who smoke the regular cigarette. E-cigarettes allow the user to remain smoke-free the entire time. This allows the users of e-cigarettes the freedom to use it even in places that are considered no-go zones for those who smoke cigarettes. The use of e-cigarettes also conveniently eliminates the need and the use of ash-trays.
- E-cigarettes do not require any lighting up since the heating element causes the vaping liquid to vaporise once the user sucks on it. This is a much safer option for users because it eliminates the chances of cigarette burns that are all too common for those who smoke.