Are you tired of the nicotine stains on your fingers; the smoke on your breath? Does the smell of stale smoke emanate from your clothing? Are your curtains, furniture and rugs permeated with cigarette smoke and residue? Would you like to stop inhaling tar and thousands of chemicals?
Many smokers looking for an alternative to smoking have turned to vaping – inhaling heated vapor that may or may not contain nicotine. Vaping is a huge trend worldwide, and the electronic cigarette sector has burgeoned into a multi-billion dollar industry. There are a number of reasons for this tremendous growth, including innovation in the design and manufacturing of e-cigarette products, as well as the attention cast on the practice by Hollywood celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Sarah Silverman and Snoop Dogg.
How it Works
Electronic cigarettes, or personal vaporizers, contain a battery that powers a heating element. In devices that have a prefilled cartridge (or “cartomizer or modern vape pods), liquid-filled gauze is wrapped around the heating element. In devices that use e-liquid, a reservoir holds the refillable liquid. When the heat is turned on, the flavored liquid is converted to vapor, which the user inhales. In simple devices, the heat is activated by simply drawing on the mouthpiece. In more complex vaporizers, a user can adjust manual controls to customize various aspects of the process.
Devices range from cigalikes, which resemble conventional cigarettes, to cigar-sized vape pens, which hold more liquid and have a longer battery life, to advanced vape mods – large devices with features like variable voltage, digital readout and manual liquid feed.
The Vape Advantage
Why is vaping popular? Here are some of the many advantages that personal vaporizers and electronic cigarettes have over conventional tobacco cigarettes:
- Nicotine. Many of the products used with personal vaporizers contain nicotine; many do not. Most of the products that contain nicotine allow you to select concentrations ranging from 0% to 5.0%. You can choose how much nicotine to inhale by selecting the desired concentration of the substance, or you can use the different concentrations to gradually decrease your nicotine consumption. Or, you can choose never to use nicotine with your device. It’s up to you!
- Affordability. It’s estimated that the average smoker saves more than 50% by switching to an e-cigarette or vape device. While the device requires a cash outlay, even premium e-liquid is much less expensive than tobacco, so you will begin to notice the difference almost immediately.
- Fewer chemicals. Smoking releases tar, a known carcinogen. Thousands of other chemicals have been found in commercial tobacco, including many that are considered dangerous to humans. E-liquid for vaping, on the other hand, usually contains two to six ingredients. These are Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), nicotine and flavorings.
- Smokeless and odorless. Unlike tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes don’t have to burn to deliver nicotine. Therefore, there is no fire required, and no smoke. The vapor produced is virtually odorless. The people around you no longer have to breathe in second-hand smoke or smell stale smoke on you. Your car and home can smell clean and fresh. Because there are no matches, lighters or burning cigarette butts, the possibility of accidental fire is greatly reduced.
If you think a vaporizer can replace cigarettes for you, explore the many products available!
Photo by Renz Macorol from Pexels