Electronic cigarettes are sweeping the nation as the new and exciting substitute for tobacco cigarettes. Originally designed to perhaps act as a substitute for the tobacco brands, they have effectively bridged that gap, and have evolved into even a broader market with much more appeal to the consumer.
Electronic cigarettes consist of a hollow tube with a container lodged within filled with a glycol liquid which is ignited by a battery, which then produces a harmless vapor which acts as smoke. The user, inhales the vapor, just as he or she would smoke from a cigarette, and then exhales the same way. All of the sensations are there, that a smoker experiences, and that is probably one thing that makes this new way attractive.
The glycol mixture can come in various flavors, such as tobacco, fruit flavors, mint, menthol, chocolate, and a host of other flavorings. It is possible to mix nicotine in with the flavoring in order to satisfy that urge. The amount of nicotine can be varied, so it is possible for people to wean themselves off of regular tobacco cigarettes, by switching from tobacco to electronic cigarettes, and then gradually tapering down. In this way thousands of ex-tobacco smokers have gotten completely away from tobacco. This is much easier and more fun than going through nicotine patches and bad tasting nicotine gum.
Tobacco smoking is well documented for producing massive carcinogens that cause hideous diseases such as cancer, heart and circulatory diseases. These are facts, and not scare tactics. There are years of documented evidence proving that tobacco smoking causes lung cancer, for example. Cigarette smoke contains thousands of chemicals that are cancer causing, and even includes arsenic and cyanide. The tar that lodges in the lungs of smokers is also carcinogenic.
Now that e-cigarettes are becoming so popular, we are beginning to hear the cries of legislators who want to regulate this new product, because, “We really don’t know what is in these products.” While it is true, that just about anything can be placed in the vaporizer module of an e-cigarette, the same is true with a regular cigarette. For example people do smoke marijuana. It is really not a valid point to make because tobacco cigarettes are supposedly “regulated,” but the cancer incidence has not markedly decreased. The only thing potentially harmful with an e-cigarette is the vapor, and that is close to breathing in air when you are outside on a damp or humid day.
The tobacco companies know that they are seeing a real threat to their hold on this type of market, and they are jumping into it rapidly. One large tobacco company, Lolliard has already purchased Blu cigs, one of the early pioneers. With big tobacco behind the move, with their massive advertising arm, it is more than likely that the popularity of this new product will soar, and the e-cigarette will be here to stay.
The nice thing about electronic cigarettes is that they are relatively harmless and they come in all of the colors and flavors that stretch as far as one can imagine. They do provide a sensible way to wean yourself off of tobacco, and they are a lot of fun to use.