In this article I will talk about the pro's and the cons of the electronic cigarettes on the market today. I have experimented with several of them. while some have been an enjoyable experience, others have just plunged down to the very bottom of my list. Some have offered several variations, while others were basically a "you get what we got, take it or leave it" kind of concept.
Electronic cigarettes are made up of three different parts. A battery, a nebulizer or atomizer, and a cartridge. Some companies market their electronic cigarettes with a regular battery while others go a step further and provide their customers with a longer lasting lithium Ion battery. I haven't found a comany yet though that doesn't provide the customer with a battery charger. The nebulizer, (or atomizer) is the element that heats up causing the liquid nicotine in the cartridge to heat up and turn into a vapor-like smoke giving you the feel of smoking a cigarette. The cartridge is the only part of the device that has to be replaced regularly, basically like a pack of cigarettes, it's a consumable.
There is a tiny chip in the nebulizer of the electronic cigarette that senses a pull (or drag). The way this works is when you pull on it, air flows through the entire unit and the chip senses the flow, closing a circuit between the battery and nebulizer and caused the nebulizer (like a light bulb) produce heat and vaporize the liquid nicotine. Seeing as the electronic cigarette is being pulled on, the vapors flow right into the user's mouth. Once the liquid nicotine is completely vaporized, you have to replace the cartridge.
Most companies provide orders of 5 cartridges for pack, and about 3 packs per order, so 15 cartridges. Each cartridge equals out to be aproximately a pack and a half of cigarettes. So if you're used to smoking about that much, it's a cartridge a day. When the cartridge runs out, you normally start to get a nasty plastic burning kind of taste in most of them, but not all of them. The battery life on a fully charged electronic cigarette usually lasts about as long as one of the cartridges so it works out pretty good. Though the Lithium Ion battery may usually last about as long as two cartridges.
Cartridges come in various strengths and flavors with some companies, though not all companies offer this option. The company that I currently use, "South Beach Smoke" provides it's customers with 5 different flavors and 3 different strengths. The strengths are measured in milligrams, A 6 mg cartridge would be about equal to an ultra-light, the 12 mg cartridge is equal to a light, and a 16 mg is about equal to a full flavor. The flavors they offer are nicotine (about like the taste of a regular cigarette) menthol (About like a regular menthol cigarette) a chocolate, vanilla, and cherry. Also they offer variety packs
If you are trying to quit smoking, the electronic cigarette will definately help. I have made several mentions throughout this article that the cartridges do in fact contain liquid nicotine, therefore you would still have the brain stimulation and addiction like you would an actual cigarette. In fact you would even get the head rush if you go without it for a while and go to use it. Though it is a safer method of nicotine intake than chewing tobacco or smoking actual cigarettes. For one, it doesn't contain any tar so it's not going to make your lungs black and as of yet there are no cases of cancer or birth defects linked back to the electronic cigarette. For more information on the electronic cigarette check out my page.