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Basic Information About Electronic Cigarettes (E Cigs Info)

Updated on August 5, 2013

Electronic Cigarettes

E-cigs come in a wide variety of sizes, weights, and colors.  These models use the popular 510 battery.
E-cigs come in a wide variety of sizes, weights, and colors. These models use the popular 510 battery.

Electronic Cigarettes 101

There are over 4,000 chemicals in a traditional tobacco cigarette, dozens of which are known to cause cancer. An electronic cigarette (or "e-cig" for short) is a battery-powered device which delivers the sensation of smoking, sometimes along with a hit of nicotine, to a smoker without the cancer-causing agents found in a regular cigarette. The action of using an electronic cigarette is called "vaping" since it is a vapor, not smoke, that is created by the device.


Some E-cigs are Customizable

These e-cigs show two different mouth pieces to customize hit strength.  The left unit shows the drip-tip which gives a direct hit, and therefore stronger hit, of vapor from the atomizer to the user.  The right unit shows a standard cartridge.
These e-cigs show two different mouth pieces to customize hit strength. The left unit shows the drip-tip which gives a direct hit, and therefore stronger hit, of vapor from the atomizer to the user. The right unit shows a standard cartridge.

What is An E-Cig?

The electronic cigarette device is typically powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, like a cell-phone battery. Once activated, the battery powers a heating element called an atomizer. The atomizer heats a liquid (called e-liquid, e-juice, or vape juice) which produces a water-vapor which is inhaled, then exhaled, like cigarette smoke. If the liquid contains nicotine, the inhalation process will deliver a hit of nicotine to the body. Electronic cigarettes come in a wide variety of sizes, weights, and colors depending on the manufacturer, and may have customizable options like manual batteries, high-or-low ohm atomizers, and different mouth pieces to adjust the vapor strength to the user's satisfaction.

Electronic Cigarettes use E-Liquid

E-liquid is heated to produce the e-cigs vapor.  E-liquid can come with or without nicotine, and is available in pre-filled cartridges called "cartomizers", or separately for use on an atomizer like these bottles shown here.
E-liquid is heated to produce the e-cigs vapor. E-liquid can come with or without nicotine, and is available in pre-filled cartridges called "cartomizers", or separately for use on an atomizer like these bottles shown here.

When to Use an E-Cig

Electronic cigarettes can be used anytime a traditional cigarette is desired, and often times when and where tobacco cigarettes are prohibited. Smokers trying to quit cigarettes may use an e-cig when the craving for smoking strikes, to engage in process of smoking and to receive nicotine (if the user chooses a nicotine e-liquid) to curb the craving while avoiding the carcinogens in a real cigarette. Unlike some smoking cessation medications and methods, you can still smoke traditional cigarettes while using an e-cig system. Because electronic cigarettes contain no tobacco, produce no harmful second-hand smoke, and do not use fire or combustion to power the device, sometimes e-cigs are permitted in establishments like restaurants, bars, and hotels, where smoking is prohibited.

Who Would Use This?

Smokers - be they doctors, teachers, celebrities, salesmen or students - are using e-cigs as a satisfying alternative to smoking. Whether they want to quit smoking, reduce the amount they smoke, or just be able to smoke many places where cigarettes and tobacco are no longer allowed, an electronic cigarette can accommodate the habits and cravings of a smoker without actually having to smoke a cigarette.

Now You Know...

Electronic cigarettes are rapidly growing in popularity, and if you haven't seen one yet you probably will soon. This hub was composed to give you a basic understanding of what an e-cig is, why people use it, and when and where it can be used.


**The information presented here should not be considered medical advice. Always consult your physician before beginning a new regimen.**


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    • Lee Tea profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee Tea 

      3 years ago from Erie, PA

      Quitting's easy, I quit all the time...

      :/

      but it was only by using my ecig all day at this job that actually led me to recoil at the idea of smoking a cig, and eventually I lost desire for the ecig itself. If you get that point, stay there. I agree it's effective, but I'm convinced it's only effective the first time.

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      MJ Degno 

      3 years ago

      I now own a K-Box Mini, and I love it! I quit smoking a while ago, about a year and a half now. I have unfortunately had a few "minor" setbacks, when I had a great deal of stress, but I went back to my vape and have not ever gone back regularly to smoking. So they do help, and I am so glad these are around.

    • Lee Tea profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee Tea 

      5 years ago from Erie, PA

      Hi Sandra! Ecigs don't have tar, so no worries there. The amount of nicotine is determined by the strength of the Eliquid you buy. There's usually choices that are equivalent to a "full flavor" cig (24mg), "light" cig (12mg), and "ultra light" (6mg). Then there's also 0mg, or no nicotine, Eliquid. So you can start strong and work your way down, and hopefully off, cigs and ecigs altogether. The stronger the nicotine content, the harder the "throat hit", making a more satisfying ecig ("vape") experience for those of us that are used to the sting in the throat we get from smoking. Thanks for writing - be well!

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      Sandra 

      5 years ago

      Are any of these the ones that can dial down the amount of tar, and nicotine?

    • Lee Tea profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee Tea 

      5 years ago from Erie, PA

      Hub Pages has unpublished this article several times due to links to Ecig selling sites we've made in our comments. Because of this, I've had to delete any comment containing a link like this, even if we were just using it to reference products.

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      Mike 

      5 years ago

      Hey Lee, thank you for your response, I am surprised with your knowledge about ecigs, I have decided to give a chance to the EGO C. Waiting to get it, will post my review when try it. Thanks once again, you helped a lot!

    • Lee Tea profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee Tea 

      5 years ago from Erie, PA

      Hi Mike! Back when I was a ecig sales-rep in the middle of a busy mall, I had the unique opportunity to compare the ones I was selling (high quality but expensive models) to EVERYONE elses who passed by our shop. By looking over a wide variety of batteries, atomizers/cartomizers, and liquids, I became familiar with what made a quality ecig and how knock-offs designed their unsatisfying products to look the same.

      For light to medium smokers, an automatic 510 battery offers most a satisfying throat sting and draw of nicotine. For medium to heavy smokers, the 510 manual (with the button) can allow a harder, more controllable throat and nicotine hit, helping to make the switch to an ecig successful. For heavy smokers (2 packs+/day) or cigar smokers, my customers and I all agreed that the EGO is AWESOME!! The battery lasts just about all day, but to increase your chances of successfully switching to ecigs, buy a kit with 2 batteries and always have a charged one at the ready. Be informed that some companies offer a lifetime warranty on the EGO battery, which I have seen come in handy more than once, but these companies may also charge $150 for what your website is selling for 20 bucks. I preferred using the EGO with a dual-coil Mega Atomizer (Mega Atomizer DC)...

      A brief lesson on the different atomizers. The 510 is a basic atomizer, will hold about 2 drops of liquid and last about 10 draws before you have to refill. The cartomizers are an atomizer with a fiber-fill type substance surrounding it that absorbs and thus holds more liquid at a time (6-20 drops depending on which type you get), some come pre-filled. The Mega Atomizer is a dual-coil atomizer which can hold more liquid than a regular 510 without any fiber fill, giving a stronger, clean vape off existing liquid each time. I personally loved that, you can vape hard for a while on that thing. The DCT (Dual Coil Tank) Atomizers are actually a cartomizer surrounded by a tube that can hold a TON of liquid. The liquid is drawn up from the tube through holes in the cartomizer. It also creates a massive vape and uses a hollow drip-tip which is an interchangable mouthpiece for all the atomizers and cartomizers. I like the drip tip - being hollow, it also offers a strong throat sting as it directly delivers the vape from the atomizer to the user. The DCT (some call them "tank" atomizers) are quite a presence, bought for show as well as effect, and work well once you learn how to not pull out the stopper and spill the liquid all over yourself.

      My preference was to use the EGO with the Mega Atomizer with a mouthpiece that itself could hold liquid (what appears to me to be their 95 cent UFO cartridge). The DCT is nice because it means you don't have to lug a bottle of liquid with you everywhere. I've found both these dual-coil options with the EGO give a rockin vape, the strongest throat sting, and most satisfying nic hits of any ecig option available. For the prices on that site, you could order multiple atomizers and give them all a try! Having different atomizers is good for keeping liquid flavors separate, too.

      Let us know what you choose and how it's working for you. Good luck!

    • Lee Tea profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee Tea 

      5 years ago from Erie, PA

      Boris thank you for your nice comment. Ecigs are a great alternative to smoking chemical-laden commercial cigarettes. Give a GOOD, QUALITY one a try and keep adjusting your ecig and liquid until you find a satisfying vape. Stop back anytime for unbiased recommendations and info - I think we're on to the start of something good here on this hub!

    • Lee Tea profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee Tea 

      5 years ago from Erie, PA

      Well Katy, let's let this hub be a safe place for all ecig info seekers to speak up and get straight answers! Stop by anytime!

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      Boris 

      5 years ago

      Hi and thanks for the information, your hub is very good! I have been smoker for a while now, and I think I will turn to puffing. Reading a lot about e-cigarettes these days and to be honest, loved your post. Thanks again.

    • Lee Tea profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee Tea 

      6 years ago from Erie, PA

      Mandination thanks for reading my hub. Ecigs are growing in popularity fast, and those in the know are starting to become convoluted snobs about what's best. I see a whole new subculture of "vapeheads" emerging with their elite information and preferences, and so I see I need to present basic, easy to understand information to those who are curious and just learning about this alternative to smoking - an option that could even maybe break the cycle for some if they could only just learn about it enough to make their own decisions. I appreciate your time and comment, thanks again.

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      Amanda W 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I've been meaning to look into e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking, but I didn't know anything about them. Thanks so much for the information!

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