Friday, October 8, 2010

Electronic Cigarette – As close to the real thing as you’re going to get

Electronic cigarettes are quickly becoming very popular among smokers who are attempting to quit.  Because of the physical addiction to nicotine and the habit of smoking, quitting is a difficult process.  Electronic cigarettes help you to ease that process.  While you’re not kicking the habit, you’re ridding yourself of smoke, tobacco, tar and other harmful chemicals that are found in cigarettes and cigarette smoke.
It’s a well known fact that second hand smoke is harmful to those around you.  Second hand smoke when inhaled by others can cause lung cancer and other problems generally associated with smoking.  So those non-smokers around people who smoke have about the same chance of suffering a smoking-related illness as the smoker themselves do.
Electronic cigarettes take care of those issues.  Because they are smokeless, there’s no second hand smoke.  There is a water vapor that is inhaled and subsequently exhaled by the smoker, but the vapor contains no toxins or chemicals that traditional cigarette smoke has.  Also non-flammable, the electronic cigarette is safer than traditional cigarettes which can burn others and can start fires.
For a cost of around $40, you can purchase a starter kit that contains 2 cartomizers with built in atomizers, one battery, a user’s manual and a USB charger for the battery.  Each of the cartomizers is equivalent to about one pack of cigarettes.
The design of the electronic cigarette makes it look almost exactly like a real cigarette, with the exception of the steel battery.  The cartomizers have close to the same feel as traditional cigarettes as well.  The part that you place in your mouth is a disposable piece, the cartomizer.
Because this is a nicotine product, minors under the age of 18 are still prohibited from buying and/or using the electronic cigarette.  It’s not recommended that persons who are not addicted to smoking use it either.  Of course, people sensitive to nicotine also should not use this product.
There are four available nicotine strengths currently: high, medium, low and none.  Also available in many different flavors, the electronic cigarette is an option that has many more choices than traditional cigarettes.  For traditional cigarettes, flavors include light, regular, ultra light and menthol.  To get flavors you have to smoke cigars.
Many people have tried to quit or reduce smoking using chewing tobacco.  However, chewing tobacco obviously contains tobacco and also contains many of the toxins that are found in cigarettes.  The only difference is it doesn’t produce smoke.  Smokeless chewing tobacco however creates other hazards for the users including cancer of the mouth and throat.
All of the health hazards associated with the act of smoking or chewing tobacco, on the part of everything other than nicotine, are removed when you change to electronic cigarettes.  E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco and do not produce smoke, two of the leading problems with the traditional products.  They also do not contain the toxic chemical additives that are found in cigarettes

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