E-cigarettes create the same satisfaction of smoking conventional tobacco, but without the health-endangering tar and harmful additives. Numerous brands of e-cigarettes have been available ever since smoking bans became widespread in the US and elsewhere.
On the surface, most e-cigs closely resemble regular cancer sticks. In reality, e-cigarettes are sold as an entire set of equipment that comes with a battery, charger and pre-filled cartridges. Buyers either periodically replace disposable cartridges or refill a small detachable tank connected to the battery with liquid nicotine, also known as “e-liquid.”
Fully assembled e-cigarettes are activated by air intake that begins flowing when the user inhales. Incoming oxygen sparks an internal processor that vaporizes tiny drops of liquid nicotine into a fine mist. Propylene Glycol is mixed into e-liquid to mimic real smoke, and tips of most e-cigarettes are equipped with small colored bulbs that light up with a puff on the other end.
E-cig vapers enjoy many extra fringe benefits than friends who are still tobacco smokers. Though e-cigarettes are never advertised as anti-smoking devices, lack of tar and other cancerous agents implies huge health advantages. Another big added bonus is being able to stave your crave with by vaping in no-smoking areas. Finally, all guilty feelings and ill will in form of harsh glares and frowns from nearby nonsmokers are gone forever. Unlike second-hand tobacco smoke, e-liquid mist has no caustic smell or toxic byproducts.
Even better news is strong evidence that indicates e cigarettes as effective aids to stop smoking. Despite outward designs nearly identical to conventional tobacco products, these innovative devices emit neither tar nor carbon monoxide or cyanide traces. Like familiar patches and gum, electronic cigarettes may reduce nicotine dependency, a dangerous addiction suffered by many. However, the Food and Drug Administration cautions against sole reliance on e-cigs to quit smoking, due to lack of clinical research and product quality standards.
Some consumers who attempt smoking cessation may be more successful with e-cigarettes than more traditional methods. The probable cause is that nicotine dependency does its dirty work by dealing a double whammy. Not only are addicts hooked on the actual substance, but the ritual act of smoking. E-cigs can effectively combat this because vaping entails inhaling and exhaling harmless mist from an item with very similar size and shape of regular cigarettes. There are even such things as e-cigars and e-pipes to ensure a full range of options that suit all smoking tastes and styles. Whatever their overall design or theme, however, all electronic smoking devices do not emit toxic elements into the environment.
Although e-cigarettes are highly touted current craze and future wave of ways to quit smoking, no scientific studies exist that conclusively demonstrate effectiveness. Therefore, FDA official have issued written warnings to five e-cig manufacturers that allegedly violated Food, Drug & Cosmetics Act mandates. FDA’s official letters accused each recipient of deceptive advertising by making unproven claims and insufficient quality and safety controls. For this reason, FDA strongly advises those wanting to stop smoking to stick with patches, lozenges and gum. This is thought to be the safest course until controlled studies and independent research results develop.