To help out smokers in their battle to control the habit, an electronic cigarette can come in handy. Also called an e-cigarette or personal vaporizer, this is considered an alternative to actual cigarettes. It involves the use of an electronic inhaler which converts a liquid solution into vapor, copying the manner of tobacco smoking. In some places, e-cigarettes are sold as aids to stop smoking or as a replacement for actual tobacco.
There are definite similarities between the electronic version and the standard cigarette. This includes the physical design and the release of nicotine which can be at the same level of a regular cigarette. Most versions allow the user to control the amount of nicotine that is released and individuals who are serious about kicking the habit choose not to use any nicotine at all. An e-cigarette often includes the following parts:
• Cartridge: This is a plastic container that serves both as the mouthpiece and a container for the nicotine. It facilitates the transfer of the liquid to the atomizer without any spills. A lot of models contain a sponge to help keep the liquid in place although there are refillable containers that be used interchangeably when the original one is empty. One cartridge can have the same level of nicotine as 40 cigarettes.
• Atomizer: This part houses the heating coil which turns the liquid into vapor. It is usually made up of a filament and a wick that draws the liquid inside. It is located in the middle of the cylinder. Over time, the process of lighting up will cause an accumulation of sediment in the unit and will require the filament to be replaced.
Models that are designed to look like real cigarettes are often made by housing the atomizer and cartridge together in one compartment.
• Battery: Because these gadgets are made to be carried around, they often come with a rechargeable battery. This is the biggest part of the cigarette and it includes an airflow sensor which responds to drawing a breath, to trigger the process of heating up. Some units come with a switch that should be held to turn the unit on. Battery units can be charged through a car outlet, a USB or through an AC outlet