E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes have become quite a phenomenon over the past several years, and as the concept has matured, more and more companies have entered the marketplace.
Some of the first major entrees were started around 2010, and things took off from there. E-cigarettes are containers that hold a small capsule of a liquid glycol that is heated by a small battery, creating a vapor that looks and feels just like cigarette smoke.
The vapor can be inhaled and exhaled, just like a cigarette. Different flavors can be added for variety, even nicotine. The nicotine is real, not just a flavor, so a cigarette smoker can adjust the amount to roughly equal the level in prior cigarettes. This gives the person a similar nicotine “hit”, but without all of the dangers of tobacco smoke.
There are over 200 cancer-causing chemicals contained in cigarette smoke and it has been proven that lung cancer is a direct result of smoking cigarettes. Plus the fact that tobacco smoke leaves a tar inside the lungs which kills the air sacs that transfers oxygen to the body.
So, a person can ‘smoke,’ or ‘vape’ as it is called, and enjoy the process without having to worry about all of the negative factors from actual cigarettes.
Flavors can be inserted into the experience with tastes such as chocolate, vanilla, cherry, raspberry, lemon, strawberry, peanut butter, menthol, peppermint, and many others. Vaping containers have taken on shapes and colors that defy the imagination, and have gotten away from the traditional cigarette shape in many cases.
To give weight to the emerging seriousness of this market, the tobacco giant of Lolliard recently purchased Blu-Ecigs, and RJ Reynolds has come out with its own line of e-cigarettes.
Many people originally started out with the e cigs as a way to quit smoking tobacco products, as they could start with a nicotine level that approximated their former cigarette brand, and then lower the level over time until it was nothing.
There are really no statistics that reveal just how successful this was in getting people to quit tobacco, but one thing is for sure, there are certainly better off by not being subjected to the tobacco.
There is talk in many jurisdictions of just how these new devices should be regulated, but as of now there is not much in the way of a consensus. It almost seems that it appears to governments to be a new source of tax revenue, the that remains to be seen.