E-Cigarettes are arguably the best thing to ever happen to addicts since the invention of the nicotine patch. Boasting of its ability to curtail the urge or even act as a safer substitute to the traditional inhaling of smoke, its selling point has always been its efficiency. But then again, one cannot help but applaud the breakthrough granted the exponential increase in number of secondary smoke infections attributed to the “old school” smoker. While scientists themselves have failed to reach at a consensus on the impact of these revolutionary cigarettes, one thing is dominant, their modus operandi.
The immediate guarantees and benefits are however inconclusive aside from reducing secondary smoke. Contrasting reports paint different pictures, from proponents to opponents, differing sharply. Findings that indicate reduction in the smoking patterns of addicts are evident whilst others argue that it is a viable, reliable, tobacco-less alternative to tar-laced nicotine.
The e-cigarette, has somehow found solace in pop culture. This is evident in recent music videos across most genres and in movies where the youthful generation has readily embraced it. If the sales are anything to go by, the volumes are massive, with slow traction being gained in conservative countries.
The general external design is rather futuristic, a departure from the conventional cylindrical pattern.Box, oval amongst other are available making it even look unique. There is no doubt that the initial designers had in mind efficient nicotine uptake; however this notion has since been overtaken by events.
Often an atomizer serves the purpose of converting the liquid into vapor by supplying the liquid molecules with energy to break the intermolecular bonds. To achieve this, a power source is inevitable; this serves to power the cigarette. Depending on the design it can be bulky or like the new generation relatively light’s vaporization process, makes easy flow of the vapor into the respiratory system. Unlike the traditional cigarette where one has to suck, using pressure alteration methods.
The atomizer converts electrical energy from the batteries into heat energy to the heating element coil. The atomizers often made of silica, porcelain, oxidized stainless steel to “wick” the cigarette. The battery is often rechargeable and the elements are advised to be periodically replaced to avoid contamination and ensure efficiency of vapor delivery.
The most important component is the e-liquid. This is the liquid in question that is often vapourised.The liquid often finds its way to the wick either through capillarity or at times through gravity. However unlike manufacture-dictated nicotine level tobacco, this on the contrary gives the consumer free hand to choose desired level. Often it is made up of propylene glycol, glycerine, polyethylene glycol 400 with addition of nicotine pegged on the consumer desires. Like the alcohol bottles the concentration is marked mg/ml denoting concentration of nicotine vis-à-vis the e-liquid. Often put in cartridges that are refillable, the solution is added to the cigarette to be vapourised.Equally; flavors can be added like menthol, strawberry, amongst others. Considered consumer friendly, convenient and easy to use one cannot deny the projected growth of e-cigarettes.