Sunday, 17 January 2010

What is an Electronic Cigarette

When I first heard about the electronic cigarette my first reaction was that this was a novelty item that wasn't to be taken seriously. But upon closer inspection I realized that this is an ingenious invention that has the potential to revolutionize the way people smoke forever.

What exactly is an electronic cigarette? Here is a description of what it is, how it works and how it can potentially benefit you or a loved one.

The e-cigarette is a battery powered device that looks, feels, tastes, and reacts like a cigarette... but it's not a real cigarette! It even delivers nicotine but without the harmful smoke, tar and the 4k+ chemicals associated with real tobacco smoke. The nicotine is inhaled via a clean odorless vapor.

The nicotine is diluted with propylene glycol or glycerin, both common food additives. When you inhale {just like you would with a real cigarette} the heating element which is called an Atomizer heats up the nicotine propylene glycol solution which then turns into vapor, you inhale and get the same sensation as you would with a real cigarette and get the nicotine hit. The great bit is the nicotine solution comes in different strengths, anywhere from what a normal cigarette contains all the way down to zero nicotine so you can if you want to slowly wean your self off nicotine all together.

An electronic cigarette is typically made up of three parts:

1. Atomizer
2. Battery
3. Nicotine Cartridge

Let's go over what each component does:

1. Atomizer. This heats up and vaporizes a mixture of liquid nicotine. The sensation of inhaling this vapor is very similar to real cigarette smoke but without the same health risks. It even has a warm feel to it which adds to a realistic experience. The vapor produces a cloud that looks like smoke but is actually just a mist that quickly disappears.

2. Battery. Nothing too complicated here, just a rechargeable battery that powers the atomizer. It is shaped to look like the body of a real cigarette. The lifespan of batteries varies from model to model. The lifespan depends on the number of mouth puffs. Typically you will get 150 - 400 puffs before having to recharge the battery.

3. Nicotine cartridge. These cartridges are made up of a propylene glycol or glycerin solution. A single cartridge is typically the equivalent of 20 - 30 tobacco cigarettes. Different nicotine strengths are available in high, low, or medium. Most manufacturers also offer a variety of flavors ranging from traditional tobacco flavor, menthol, vanilla, chocolate and fruit flavors.

You can either get an e cigarette that looks like a real one like this picture.

But I have found that this sometimes can cause some confusion when being used in a bar or restaurant because it looks so real people think it is and then you will get the “ sorry no smoking here cant you read” but once you show and explain what it is normally all is ok. But as it looks so real some may not. It’s always a good idea to check with the management, show them what it is first, I have done this and never had any problems. A good idea is to buy one that does not look too real, here are what some look like.

The electronic cigarette is surprisingly similar to the real thing but without the same health risks. There is no lingering offensive odor. It's also a lot less expensive than tobacco cigarettes. This combined with the fact that you can use it anywhere makes e-smoking a sensible and healthier alternative, one worth considering either for yourself or a loved one.

If you are serious about quitting smoking cigarettes then this can greatly improve your chances. Tests have been done on two groups of one hundred people in each. One group was given nicotine patches and the other given electric cigarettes. The findings were that, of the 100 that used the patches 7% managed to quit smoking and of the 100 that used the electric cigarette 81% managed to quit smoking!

If you do choose to get an electric cigarette kit I would recommend this site they have a fantastic choice of styles. I would recommend that you go for the cheapest kit which is called the economy kit, it has everything in it that you need to get going , no fancy packaging like the other kits but it does contain all you need to get started and its ten £10 cheaper than the nearest fancy packaged kits. It’s basically a starter kit and if you take to the idea, you can then add to it by getting another battery and atomizer and even better start mixing your own.

Here is a Quote from Professor John Britton, consultant respiratory physician and chief author of the RCP report, said: "The ideal product would be a nicotine inhaler like an asthma inhaler, that delivered a hit of nicotine as close as possible to the experience of smoking a cigarette.”

This quote from him was published in “ The Independent” back in October 2008


This is what ASH UK had to say about the e cigarette.

ASH UK suggests that the e cigarette industry may be an acceptable and safe alternative to tobacco. Most of the diseases associated with smoking are caused by inhaling smoke which contains thousands of toxic chemicals. By contrast, nicotine is relatively safe. Therefore, e cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without the harmful toxins found in tobacco smoke, are likely to be a safer alternative to smoking. In addition, e cigarettes reduce secondhand smoke exposure since they do not produce smoke.

Benefits of Electronic Cigarettes

Buy your ecigarette the healthier option.

Electronic smoking is quickly rising in popularity and may change the way people smoke forever. Are you wondering if this is something that would benefit you or a loved one? Let's examine some of the many benefits of the electronic cigarette as a sensible and healthier alternative to "real" smoking.

5 Benefits of the Electronic Cigarette:

1. Health. The most dangerous aspect of smoking is the actual smoke and the associated tar, carcinogens and other chemicals that are inhaled into the lungs. With an e-cigarette nothing is actually lit, so there is no smoke, tar or carcinogens. The nicotine is vaporized into a mist that looks and feels like smoke, but isn't smoke. This is clearly a much healthier alternative.

2. Cost. The cost of nicotine cartridges is where you really save a lot of money. One pre-filled electronic cigarette nicotine cartridge is about the equivalent of 20-30 cigarettes. A pack of 5 pre-filled cartridges will cost you around £8. So that equates to one cartridge costing £1.60 . If you are smoking what I was smoking then that would be a saving of £4 per pack! , so if you smoke 20 cigarettes a day you could save £120 a month, I was smoking 40 a day! So I’m saving £240 a month this is a huge saving! Even better than this is that you can buy refillable cartridges and the liquid nicotine called e-liquid so you can refill your own cartridges over and over again. To buy fifty refillable cartridges will cost £16.99 and a 5ml bottle of e-liquid will cost £3.99 . If you choose this route your costs will come down to pence !!

3. Convenience. You can smoke an e-cigarette anywhere because there is no smoke being emitted. You may get some funny looks if you suddenly start "vaping" in a restaurant or bar so you may want to get permission from management first. But technically you can do this in any public area because there is no second-hand smoke to be concerned with.

4. Smell. There is no lingering odor so no more worrying about stinky breath, hair, clothes, hands, etc. You won't be offending anyone with second hand smoke and no one can complain about the smell.

5. Peace of mind. You will have the peace of mind knowing that you're choosing a healthier alternative. True, you're still absorbing nicotine but at least you're avoiding the the incredibly dangerous smoke and 4,000 toxic chemicals associated with tobacco cigarettes.

A lot of people wonder if electronic smoking can help a person quit smoking altogether. There have not been enough clinical studies to prove this one way or another so this is still a debatable subject. However, other nicotine delivery alternatives like gum, patches, etc., are commonly used as a part of many stop-smoking approaches. Common sense would suggest that the electronic cigarette has the potential to do the same.

New Stop Smoking Aids That Really Help

Are you feed up with being kicked out into the cold wet British weather when ever you want to have a cigarette. Well these brand new stop smoking aids can put a stop to all that and the really great thing is that its not a new patch or the latest gum.

Its a little gadget which looks and acts like a cigarette that you actually take a drag on just like a cigarette and you also get your nicotine fix just as you would with a normal cigarette,patch or that terrible gum. But and its a big but here,there is no tobacco so no combustion is going on and that means you are not inhaling all that tar plus loads of other harmful toxins that comes with cigarette smoking.You do inhale and breath out what looks like smoke but in fact its just vapour!! So no more standing in the shivering cold because these get around the ban simply because these no tobacco smoke.

This image is one in action,see how well it simulates a real cigarette Looks like smoke doesn't it,well its not,its harmless vapor with no odor.

click here for full details

Basically this gadget offers to effectively simulate the experience of smoking an actual cigarette, without any of the health or legal issues surrounding traditional cigarettes.You also don't get the cold turkey affect caused by the loss of nicotine because this still gives you that hit.Nicotine by the is a similar stimuli like caffeine.

Now the really truly beneficial thing with this stop smoking aids gadget is that you can control the strength of the nicotine intake you receive.This could range from the same amount a traditional cigarette contains all the way down to zero. This means you can wean yourself of the nicotine addiction at a rate that suites you,total nicotine control.

I'm an ex-smoker and have been for five years.Not because of this little new stop smoking aid but I'm sure if it was around back then i could of quit smoking allot sooner and without spending a near mortgage on all the how to quit smoking fads like stop smoking hypnotherapy gums and patches. I'm not saying these things don't work I'm just saying they did not work for me,I gave up with good old perseverance but it was only on the seventh attempt which was bloody hard going and as for the patches they just gave me nightmares.

What i missed on my how to stop smoking journey was the doing something with my hands, i really missed holding the bloody thing.That's another big plus with these new stop smoking aids and that is that because they look and feel like a cigarette you are not missing out on all the touchy feely stuff that you get with a real one{sorry about the touchy feely thing but didn't know how else to get it across haha}

What else can i say about this amazing little thing, Money saver! over time these could save you hundreds of pounds.

So to summarize:

1.No more standing out in the cold and wet weather because this is not affected by the no smoking ban the definition of smoking is stated as : smoking refers to smoking tobacco or anything which contains tobacco, or smoking any other substance, and smoking includes being in possession of lit tobacco or of anything lit which contains tobacco, or being in possession of any other lit substance in a form in which it could be smoked.
The user of this device is excluded from this Act as the device contains no tobacco; it is not ignited, and produces no smoke from burning substances.

This little gadget can be used in any location and within any premises that introduced a ban on tobacco based cigarettes with the introduction into Law of the Health Act 2006.

2.No tobacco to burn so no tar or all the other hundreds of chemicals that come with cigarettes.

3.looks and feels like a normal cigarette.

4.No more smelling like an ash tray from your breath or clothes and don't forget if you have a girlfriend or boyfriend that doesn't smoke they won't complain about the awful taste when you kiss!

5.These simple little new stop smoking aids Can save you money big time.