E-cigarettes are the New Thing

E-cigarettes are the New Thing

One of the hottest new things in smoking options is the electronic cigarette, commonly referred to as e-cigs.  These devices are battery powered, and seem to be a great way of getting around those pesky smoking bans in public areas as they only release a small amount of vapor.  Their growing popularity has many believing that they could quickly become the go to choice for smokers everywhere, with some even going so far as saying that they may replace them altogether.

What is an E-cig?

An E-cigarette is a battery powered device that uses heat from the battery to heat liquid nicotine.  Once the heating element is activated, either by simply puffing on the device, or activating it, it provides a nicotine vapor that many believe is considerably safer than traditional cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are available in disposable or refillable options.  The disposable e-cigs generally claim that one device holds an amount that is equivalent to around one pack of cigarettes, depending on the length of the drag.  These devices are designed to be used and tossed out when they are emptied. Reusable e-cigarettes are designed to be refillable, with additional accessories available as needed.  These e-cigs run on rechargeable batteries, and use cartomizers for nicotine liquid.  These devices generally come with a charger, and at least one full cartomizer of nicotine.  The refillable e-cigs have led to an entire market of liquids that are available in many different flavors and strengths, providing “vapers” with an endless supply of options for their refillable device.

E cigs safe?

E cigs safe?

Electronic cigarettes are marketed as being a much safer smoking option that traditional cigarettes or cigars, but this has not been confirmed by the FDA.  Most manufacturers believe that the lack of combustion protects users from the harmful carcinogens and tar created when tobacco burns, making for a safer alternative.  Additionally, the substance that is inhaled is a water-based vapor, rather than the smoke of traditional cigarettes.

Many doctors currently believe that e-cigs are considerably healthier than regular cigarettes, as they do not release second hand smoke, and they eliminate the inhalation of harmful smoke.    Additionally, many users are able to quit smoking regular cigarettes altogether when using these devices.

E-cigs are still relatively new, which means there has not been enough time to fully test the longer term effects associated with their use.  As a result of this, the FDA warns that they should be used with caution until they can be studied further.

E cigs can be used anywhere

E cigs can be used anywhere

At this time, most electronic cigarettes are accepted in many of the places that traditional ones are not.  There is no smell attached to the released vapor, and it dissipates into the air very quickly, which allows indoor use to go relatively unnoticed.  Even though most places have not instituted formal bans on e-cigs, some restaurants and businesses have initiated their own bans on them.  While this is mostly due to the stigma and similarity these devices have with traditional smoking, others have made this choice in light of the lack of information regarding the safety of the devices.

There is no denying that e-cigarettes are the new thing, and their current growing popularity means that they are quickly becoming a household name.  While there are very few regulations on these products, the FDA is working to develop control over them due to the nicotine consumption they allow.

The future of e-cigs depends entirely on the determination of whether they are healthier than traditional smoking as they are currently marketed.  So far, only time will tell for sure.