Smokeless Electronic Cigarettes: A Healthier Smoking Alternative To Conventional Tobacco Cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes are designed as a better smoking alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes allow you the freedom to smoke virtually anywhere, without the flame, ash, tar, carbon monoxide, or second hand smoke that is found in traditional tobacco cigarettes. Not to mention, they will save you a lot of money over tobacco cigarettes.
Smokeless electronic cigarettes allow smokers to enjoy smoking without all the negative drawbacks of tobacco cigarettes: Carbon monoxide, second hand smoke, tar, accidental burns, yellow teeth and finger nails, nasty glares from disapproving people, and of course the smell of smoke on everything. If you don’t smoke, I’m sure you know people that do. For smokers who aren’t going to quit, electronic cigarettes are a much healthier and more tolerable alternative.
2 Primary Types of Electronic Cigarettes
2 piece electronic cigarette
3 piece electronic cigarette
How Do Electronic Cigarettes Work?
As you can see in the pictures above there are two primary styles of electronic cigarettes, the 2 piece and the 3 piece. Though different, both work from the same basic principle. The body of the e-cigarette contains a rechargeable lithium ion battery that powers the atomizer. There is no on/off switch on automatic versions (there are manual version though). A built in sensor detects your inhalation and activates the atomizer, which vaporizes the nicotine and water solution that is contained within the filter end. The vapor not only distributes the nicotine, but it actually gives you the “sensation” of inhaling and exhaling smoke instead of just sucking air. When the nicotine solution runs out, you just replace the filter. On the tip of the e-cig is an LED light to simulate the burning ash. Though, many these days have LED’s of different colors, or no LED, at all.
Do I Want The Two Piece Or Three Piece Electronic Cigarette?
This is something that will come down to personal preference.. As mentioned earlier both basically function the same, but the three piece version uses a separate reusable atomizer, while the two piece combines a disposable atomizer right in the filter with the nicotine solution. With the 2-piece e-cig, by combining the nicotine solution with the disposable atomizer, every time you replace the nicotine solution you are putting on a clean fresh atomizer, which maintains a nice, clean smoking experience. It is also faster, easier to change cartridges. You simply remove the old filter tip and put on a new one. The 3-piece design is a little more work to maintain, but offers greater flexibility for certain users. However, with the flexibility of newer cartomizers (combined cartridge and atomizer), many experienced users are going back to the 2 piece design. New users will want to start with a two piece model.
There are also 1-piece designs where the electronic cigarette is completely disposable, and the whole thing is thrown out once it is used up. They cannot be recharged. These are, obviously, much easier to use, since nothing has to be replaced, but due to their disposable nature, the quality is not very high, and they are not very cost effective for long-term usage.
What Strength, Size, and Flavors do Electronic Cigarettes Come In?
The body of the electronic smokeless cigarette comes in short (standard) and long (100’s) lengths. Many are roughly the same size as a standard tobacco cigarette, though some styles are thicker and heavier, which typically equates to more time between refills or recharges. You can also get electronic cigars, if you prefer that look over that of a cigarette. Some companies only make them in regular and menthol flavors, but many companies make them in a wide variety of flavors. The nicotine cartridges come in varying strengths from 36mg down to 0mg, though specific strengths may vary from one manufacturer to another.
Can I use Electronic Cigarettes as a Device to Quit Smoking?
Electronic cigarettes are not marketed as devices to help people quit smoking, they are marketed as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes. That said, e-cigs do address both the physical nicotine addiction, and the psychological addiction of the act of smoking. In addition, due to the ability to buy different strengths of filter, it may help certain people quit where nicotine patches and other means do not work. You could buy lower strengths of nicotine cartridges, and reduce your nicotine intake gradually. It’s not much different than reducing the strength of tobacco cigarette you smoke in an attempt to quit, except that there isn’t all the tar, smoke, and thousands of chemicals and toxins of traditional cigarettes. And, you won’t have the difficulty of trying to inhale through those heavy filters they have on the ultra-light tobacco cigarettes. Plus, there is a 0mg cartridge which would still give you the physical sensation of smoking without the nicotine. That’s something a patch can’t do. Again, this is not how the product is marketed, but it has helped many people successfully quit.
Can You Really Smoke Anywhere with Electronic Cigarettes?
Not really. Legally, yes, you could. There is no smoke at all, and no offensive odor. The e-cigarettes do not give off anything that would be harmful or offensive to others. There is absolutely no reason why you couldn’t smoke anywhere that you want. However, smoking still has a social stigma to it and some people will be ignorant of what smokeless electronic cigarettes are. You may have to do some explaining from time to time to let people know that it’s not a real tobacco cigarette, and some public places may not allow it just to save themselves a lot of hassle of policing the issue. At the very least you can hang out with your friends without having to constantly go outside to smoke.
What Do I Need to Buy?
I would highly recommend that you begin by purchasing one of the electronic cigarette starter kits. The very basic kit comes with the rechargeable battery, a couple of nicotine cartridges with the atomizers, and a USB charger that will allow you to recharge the battery directly from a USB port on your computer or in your car (if yours has one). Pretty much everything that you need to get started. The higher priced starter kits come with 2 batteries, which would allow you to have one charging while you are using the other. I would recommend starting with at least 2 batteries, especially if you purchase the smaller “cigarette sized” battery. There are also additional adapters available that would allow you to plug the USB charger into a wall outlet or the cigarette lighter in your car.
Electronic smokeless cigarettes have none of the negative health or social issues that tobacco cigarettes have and they are far more cost efficient. If you smoke or know someone who does, now is the time to consider electronic cigarettes as a better alternative to your/their smoking needs.