An electronic cigarette is a cigarette catered to the 21st century. Also known known as an e-cig, e-cigarette, vapor stick, vapor cigarette or digital cigarette, the electronic cigarette is an electronic device used to mimic smoking using vapor instead of smoke. Electronic cigarettes can deliver nicotine without the burning of tobacco.
The electronic cigarette was patented in 2003 by Hon Lik from Beijing, China. Hon Liks invention was then manufactured by the company he worked for, Golden Dragon Holdings, the following year. Golden Dragon Holdings changed their name to Ruyan (meaning like smoke) and has been exporting the product worldwide since 2005.
Most electronic cigarettes contain three parts which include a battery, atomizer (heating element) and cartridge that contains the liquid to be vaporized. When you combine all three parts, the unit resembles a pen. Some manufacturers have tried to make electronic cigarettes look like regular cigarettes in size and color. These units usually have a small battery that only lasts about an hour. There are other models that resemble full-sized cigars with longer lasting batteries and even a few models that look like tobacco pipes. Many batteries have a light at the end that glow red or blue when a user takes a puff. These lights not only mimic the glow at the end of a real cigarette, but can also tell the user that the battery is too low with a series of blinking sequences.
Electronic cigarette sales are just starting to gain momentum as regular cigarette smokers are looking for a way to quit smoking because of all the health risks involved with burning tobacco products. There are cease-smoking products already on the market that deliver various levels of nicotine using patches, gum or lozenges. A smoker can also try to quit smoking using various pharmaceutical drugs. None of these cease-smoking products offer a solution to the customer that satisfies the customers physical habit of taking a smoke break, or their enjoyment of inhaling something warm. Smoking is a physical habit, not just a drug habit.
Electronic cigarette technology keeps improving each year, making devices easier to use and maintain. These improvements attract more and more regular smokers to switch over to the electronic counterpart. Manufacturers of the newer and more powerful electronic cigarette models are determined to convince tobacco smokers that using electronic cigarettes provide a much>better user experience than regular cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes can be used indoors in bars, airports, taxis, shopping malls and anywhere an electronic cigarette smoker wants to puff. There is no second-hand smoke or staining smell attached to vapor because nothing is being burned. It is not encouraged for people to try this due to etiquette, but if a user chooses to vape in a public space, people are going to take notice, which is right now the number-one marketing tool for the industry, word-of-mouth.
Nicotine now comes in liquid form. The liquids used to produce vapor, also known as e-liquid or e-juice, come with various levels of nicotine. If a smoker wants to use an electronic cigarette as a device to slowly ween themselves off of nicotine, a user can start with a strong nicotine-based juice and step-down nicotine levels, over time, to a liquid that contains zero levels of nicotine.
E-liquid comes in a variety of flavors including caramel, vanilla, apple, peach, cinnamon, coconut, menthol or just about any flavor a user can think of. If you can make a candy from a flavor, it is probably available as an e-liquid flavor. Apparently, people prefer the taste of sweet candy over the flavor of burned ash and smoke.
There are fewer ‘toxins’ in electronic cigarettes. By not inhaling smoke, users of electronic cigarettes can avoid over ten thousand toxic chemicals and tar associated with tobacco smoke. There are a few substances inside the vapor of electronic cigarettes because it is not water that is being turned to vapor, it is a mixture of different forms of propylene glycol, nicotine, artificial flavors and traces of up to 25 other ingredients depending on the manufacturer. The FDA is trying to find out if electronic cigarettes are safe to use. They have currently frowned on tests they have done that measure the levels of nicotine contained in advertised e-liquid. Nicotine at high levels can be poisonous, and further studies need to be made on the health risks associated with nicotine in the form of liquid or vapor. The FDA also found traces of nicotine in e-liquid that was advertised to contain zero nicotine. The FDA also wants to make sure that this technology does not attract non-smokers and children to begin using a new product that contains nicotine.
The popularity of electronic cigarettes is increasing. Electronic cigarettes are just starting to be sold more and more in stores around the world and United States. Hon Liks company, Ruyan, is pushing a disposable version of the electronic cigarette at 7-elevens for an attractive price. Most electronic cigarettes are being sold online by a number of competing brands and independent merchants. The problem with ordering online is that it is not convenient to plan ahead and order backup parts or e-liquid to ensure that a user does not run out of supplies while waiting for the next shipment to arrive.
More physical stores would be setup for a customer to walk in and purchase products first-hand if it were not for threats of State Legislation and future FDA rulings that could ban the sale of electronic cigarettes. Merchants are too hesitant to invest into a new company that could hypothetically bring lawsuits to the merchant for selling an unsafe product or advertising the product as safe to use without providing concrete evidence that everything within the product is health-risk free..
Although the future of electronic cigarette regulations are unclear, thousands of customers are taking advantage of electronic cigarette technology, while it is available, to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are the only device on the market that satisfies a smoker’s addiction to both nicotine cravings and the physical habit of puffing on a cigarette. The cigarette has evolved. Welcome to the 21st century.
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