By Rasmus H.
E-cigarettes have gained popularity over time, and their use has grown substantially. New products continue to flood the market with producers trying to glamorize their products. But what exactly do you need to know about e-cigarette before using them?
- What are e-cigarettes?
An e-cigarette is an electronic device which works by heating a liquid to an aerosol that the user inhales. The e-cigarette liquid usually contains nicotine, glycerin, and flavorings among other chemicals. People use e-cigar for different reasons from trying to quit smoking, save money and for recreational purposes.
- How do they work?
Most e-cigarettes contain a cartridge, atomizer, a rechargeable battery, a sensor, and e-liquid. The cartridge is fixed at the end where the user sucks. As this happens, a sensor activates the atomizer which heats the e-liquid, creating vapor that is inhaled. The battery powers the heating element and the vapor delivers the nicotine to the body.
- Are e-cigarettes regulated?
E-cigarette must be produced in accordance with the Food and Drug Regulations. The regulations started in August 2016 whereby the FDA evaluates various aspects including product features, ingredients, health risks and their appeal to users. Minors under the age of 18 are not allowed to buy or use e-cigarettes.
- Can e-cigarettes help one quit smoking?
Many people have turned to e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking. But the big question is if they are really effective. E-cigarette mimics smoking and helps control the amount of nicotine to suit user habits. A smoker starts on a high nicotine level as he/she is used to, and then gradually drops the level as he continues. However, this is a continuous process which does not happen at once one hence the user must have patience and willpower.
- Are there any associated risks?
Researchers say that e-cigarettes are up to 95% safer than tobacco. E-cigarette emissions are said to contain fewer toxic substances since the vapor comes from heating the nicotine and not from burning tobacco that produces about 7000 toxins. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s completely harmless. There are some risks associated with its use. E-cigarettes contain nicotine which is addictive. It’s thus not suitable for those who don’t smoke or pregnant women as they may cause addiction and undesirable effects.
- How do I choose the right e-cigarette?
With so many products in the market, finding the best e-cigarettes to use might be quite challenging. Choosing your first e-cigarette depends on your individual goals, preferences, and lifestyle. There are different types and sizes to choose from including vape pens, box mods and cigalike, which resemble cigarettes.
The first thing to consider is if you want to completely quit tobacco or just switch to a safer method as this will enable you to decide whether to invest in a long-lasting device or just disposable e-cigars. You can then choose a starter kit for beginners. Check out for nicotine levels, vapor production capacity and flavors, depending on your needs. You should also research the products and the manufacturers and check out their reviews. Lastly, you can try out different brands by using their disposable e-cigars first.