An electronic cigarette, also known as an e-cigarette or e-cig, is a battery-powered device that is an alternative to tobacco smoking, including cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. It simulates tobacco smoking by providing inhaled doses of nicotine through a vaporized liquid solution. This liquid solution is known as E-liquid and contains a mixture of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine, and flavourings.
In addition to nicotine delivery, the vapour also provides a physical sensation similar to that of inhaled tobacco smoke, while no tobacco, smoke, or combustion is actually present.
Advantages of e-cigarettes over traditional cigarettes
When smoking e-cigarettes you are no longer inhaling Tar, Tobacco or Carbon Monoxide or the 800+ other known harmful chemicals. In layman's terms what you are smoking is water vapour, combined with common food additives used in a variety of pharmaceutical formulations.
As well as the health advantages over traditional smoking, as there is no tobacco present, you can enjoy the freedom 'smoke' almost anywhere.
You can also look to make huge savings compared to traditional cigarettes. Indeed many of our customers often tell us about the cost savings they have achieved and what they were able to buy with the extra savings!
Less irritating to people around you
Due to the nature of the vapour produced by e-cigarettes, it does not linger and doesn't leave you, or people around smelling in the same way that traditional smoking does.
Liquid solutions containing nicotine are available in differing nicotine concentrations to suit user preference. Dosing measures are not standardized and vary by manufacturer, but tend towards the following rough figures:
- · Liquids said to contain "low" doses of nicotine tend to correspond to a nicotine concentration of 6–8 mg/ml (milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of liquid).
- · "Midrange" or "medium" doses tend to correspond to a nicotine concentration of 10–14 mg/ml.
- · "High" doses tend to correspond to a nicotine concentration of 16–18 mg/ml.
- · "Extra-high" doses tend to correspond to a nicotine concentration of 24–36 mg/ml.