Electric Cigarettes

Electric cigarettes or electronic cigarettes have been around for only a few years but are gaining wide popularity across the globe, especially in the USA and Europe. They are essentially small vaporiser devices that turn a liquid mix of propylene glycol, nicotine, vegetable glycerol and flavourings into a smoke like vapour that is inhaled.
Electronic cigarettes were invented in China by a chemist looking for a way to smoke and enjoy nicotine without harming your health. Most electronic cigarettes are manufactured in China and they come in all different shapes and sizes. Some types resemble real cigarettes whilst others look more like pens.
The most common type of electronic cigarette are two piece rechargeable devices that consist of a battery and a cartomiser. The battery is the large part where the tobacco would be in a real cigarette and the cartomiser resembles the filter end of a real cigarette. Cartomisers contain an atomiser, e-juice and a heating element which is activated by the battery in order for the atomiser to turn the e-liquid into vapour. When the e-juice in the cartomiser runs out, the cartomiser can simply be replaced with a new one.
Disposable electronic cigarettes are another cheaper type which cannot be recharged or reused once the battery or e-juice runs out. These devices do not have as good flavour as rechargeable devices and are often long and bulky and more similar in size to a pen than a real cigarette. Commonly, these devices retail for around £6 each and last for the equivalent of around 20 real cigarettes.
There are many concerns about the health risks of electronic cigarettes and as they are new no studies have been carried out on the long term health effects. It is clear however that they contain 4000 less harmful chemicals than cigarettes and contain no tobacco, tar, carbon monoxide or ash and also, as they do not combust, the toxicity of electronic cigarettes is much less than regular cigarettes. Some experts believe electronic cigarettes to be at least 99% safer than tobacco cigarettes.
As electronic cigarettes contain no tobacco, they are not governed by anti-smoking laws. They are therefore completely legal to use in public places such as shopping centres, bars, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs. Some airlines allow electronic cigarettes to be used although some airlines do not in order to avoid confusion and worry from other passengers.
At the moment, e-cigarettes are not taxed and the market is unregulated. Tobacco companies are losing money as people switch from tobacco to e-cigs and as a result many tobacco companies are pushing for them to be taxed and regulated. There have been reports of tobacco companies acquiring electronic cigarette companies and some tobacco manufacturers are even bringing out their own electronic cigarette brands.
Electronic cigarettes are commonly found on the internet, in petrol stations, off licences and even in supermarkets. The market is growing rapidly and more and more people are managing to quit tobacco in favour of electronic cigarettes. Whilst they cannot legally be sold as smoking cessation devices without expensive and extensive medical trial being carried out, they have been said to help many people give up smoking tobacco.