Monday, September 17, 2012

About the Electronic Cigarette

The electronic cigarette was introduced to the U.S. market in 2007. They look like regular cigarettes, but they don’t contain tobacco. Inside is a mechanism that heats up liquid nicotine, which turns to vapor that smokers inhale and exhale.

The amount of nicotine an electronic cigarette delivers depends on the content of the liquid-nicotine cartridge installed in it. Customers may choose from cartridges that have a range of strengths, from some comparable to a regular cigarette, to others that are close to a light or ultralight cigarette.

E-cigarettes are sold in stores and online. Originally invented in China, the e-cigs and all components are now sold internationally. Prices vary. A typical starter kit with the e-cigarette device, a battery, and several cartridges, can cost anywhere from $30 to $100.

The regulation of e-cigarette use is still evolving, but because they don’t involve smoke, most manufacturers market e-cigarettes as an alternative to regular cigarettes that allows more freedom. Regulations do vary.

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