What is an Electronic Cigarette (E-cig)?
The Electronic cigarette, also called an e-cigarette or e-cig, was initially designed to look like a cigarette, but with the ability to delivery nicotine without the need to burn tobacco. The technology allows people to enjoy recreational nicotine without inhaling smoke, or the 4000+ chemicals that are in tobacco cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes have come a long way since they were first invented, but to get you started, here is an explanation of how an electronic cigarette works and its important component parts.
How do they work?
Essentially, all e-cigarettes are the same, they have 3 primary parts:
THE BATTERY: e-cigs use rechargeable lithium batteries. Tucked inside the battery is a switch that is triggered when the user inhales or power is manually applied, dependent upon e-cig type. When triggered, the battery sends a charge to the atomiser.
THE ATOMISER: An atomiser consists simply of a heater coil, which is wound around a high temperature capillary wick. The wick, dependent upon the type of atomiser, will be connected to the source of fluid (tank) to provide a continuously ‘wetted wick’. When power is applied to the coil and air is drawn across the wick wound coil, the fluid-soaked wick is heated, providing atomised heated vapour to the user.
THE E-LIQUID CONTAINER (TANK): this can be in the form of a tank made of glass or plastic. In its basic form, the cartridge is made of a plastic tube with a moulded mouthpiece and is the storage for the e-liquid, the fluid is held in the sealed unit in contact with the atomiser.
How much is it going to cost and can it save me money?
A good quality Vape Suite starter kit can be bought for less than £30.00. There are modifications and upgrades you can make to enhance your vaping experience.
Generally, making the switch means saving money. E-cigarettes are a cheaper alternative to conventional cigarettes.
If you smoke an average of twenty cigarettes a day switching to e-cigarettes could save you over £2,600 per year. (Based on an average cigarette cost of £8.50 per pack of twenty compared to a starter kit and e-liquid use for one year.)