Electronic cigarettes have come upon the scene with a force. Originally marketed as a means of quitting the smoking of regular cigarettes, they have enlarged their scope into other features that further enhance their popularity. Smoking has been an issue with society for the past 70 years, and quitting has been a difficulty that many have struggled with for a long time.
The e-cigarette, as it is called, is simply a hollow tube, usually made of plastic or metal, with a liquid cartridge. There is an atomizer with a battery, that vaporizes the propylene glycol liquid in the cartridge that simulates smoke and the liquid can be an assortment of flavors from tobacco, fruit flavors, and others. Nicotine can also be added in varying strengths, so in order to wean oneself from regular cigarettes, a gradual decline in the amount of nicotine is under the control of the user. People have reported that this is a very workable method of quitting the use of nicotine, or at least cutting down.
The average electronic cigarette lasts about as long as 20 regular cigarettes, and the overall cost is usually less to use the ecigarettes than that of purchasing regular cigarettes. The option of choosing different flavors such as chocolate, cherry, strawberry, mint, menthol, and others has also added an attractive option.
Psychologists have long stated that a lot of the attraction of the smoking habit is all of the paraphernalia that goes along with it. The lighter, the cigarette case, the time of smoking, such as after meals, and the action of smoking seem to be very important. When smoking, a person has the feeling that they are accomplishing something, which is really the farthest thing from the truth, but that is the perception.
The actual process of ‘smoking’ an electronic cigarette involves the same physical actions that smoking a regular cigarette does. Inhaling the ‘smoke’ or vapor from the ecigarette is the same routine and when the person inhales, it causes the vaporized liquid to react just as smoke does. It enters the lungs, and is exhaled, so the sensation of ‘vaping’ is similar to smoking. The inhalation of the vapor is seen as harmless, although there is some concern among regulatory officials, as to the harm if nicotine is added.
Even if nicotine is added to the ecigarette, the smoker is not inhaling the tar and other carcinogens that cause cancer. Plus tobacco smoke contains arsenic, cyanide and harmful chemicals that are absent from the vapor of ecigarettes. Given the fact that regulatory officials like to regulate because they can, this concern may not amount to much of anything, much less dampen the popularity of the electronic cigarettes.
The popularity of the electronic cigarettes is shown by its rapid growth, as in 2011, total sales only amounted to around 55,000. By the end of 2012, total sales were more than 3.5 million. The surge in the growth is not likely to subside, as people who smoke regular cigarettes are fully aware of the hazards of continuing with that habit, and now they can switch to a similar habit that is potentially not as harmful.