What is an electronic cigarette?
The electronic cigarette provides a healthy alternative to smoking. With all the flavour, sensation and touch of puffing on a real cigarette, smokers can benefit from the lack of smoke or health problems associated with smoking the real deal. To the untrained eye an electronic cigarette looks just like a real cigarette, perfect for blending in when out and about. What’s more, unlike regular cigarettes, electric cigarettes can be smoked indoors. This is because they don’t actually emit smoke, but instead an odourless water-like vapour, so smokers don’t have to worry about second hand smoke.
How do they work?
Some e-cigarettes work in different ways but many are similar to a nebulizer. Made up of a cartridge, mouthpiece, vaporiser and battery, e-cigarettes work by converting a nicotine liquid into a mist like vapour which is then inhaled. Batteries are often rechargeable, plugging into the mains or charged straight from a computer via USB. The cartridge contains the nicotine (which can come in different strengths) and can even come in different flavours such as menthol and strawberry.
Smokers can use electronic cigarettes to help replace the nicotine supply and the sensation of smoking – two of the more difficult cravings smokers find to ignore. Whilst patches and gum can replace the nicotine hits, often it’s the simple act of holding a cigarette and the feeling of inhaling that causes the biggest craving.
Why would a smoker want to use them?
Many smokers actually want to give up. They might enjoy it but there’s always that constant knowledge at the back of their mind that it’s unhealthy. Even if they don’t enjoy it like they perhaps used to, those pesky cravings just keep coming back. Stopping smoking is not only better for their health, but also better for those around them, with the added bonus of saving them money.
Quitting is easier said than done, but there are many aids out there that can help. Some may find a combination of different aids is the best option but often a GP can offer the best advice on what might help. An electronic cigarette is something that they may suggest and something that many people find to be very useful and successful for them but everyone is different – what may work for one person might not necessarily work for another.
As a relatively new phenomenon, there is little research on electric cigarettes and there have been some concerns about their safety. As an alternative to smoking and when compared to a regular cigarette, they are a healthier option as they do not have the tar and smoke and do not even have to have nicotine. The best thing to do if anyone is unsure is to speak to your GP who should be able to answer any questions you might have.
So why not go and a get an electronic cigarette starter kit now and find a great way to still be able to smoke anywhere legally and more healthily.