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What to Know about E-cigarettes?

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While e-cigarettes have been around for a while, most people still don’t understand all there is to know about using them and how they can be beneficial over standard cigarettes. There are many different names for e-cigarettes such as vape pens, mods, tank systems, vaporisers etc. and the terminology can be quite confusing for somebody who is just starting out.

There are many different types of e-cigarettes for sale and they come in different brand names, shapes, designs and sizes. There are different forms of these as well such as cigars, pens, pipes, cigarettes, USB flash drives etc. E-cigarettes come with   a battery which is what powers the device. There is a heating element in it that will heat the e-liquid. Once the e-liquid is heated, it will be converted to an aerosol that has a lot of particles or vapour as most know it. There is a cartridge that will hold the e-liquid and there is a mouthpiece to inhale this aerosol vapour. There is no tobacco in e-cigarettes but they are generally classified as tobacco products because most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Vaping is a term that is much used with e-cigarette use. It refers to the aerosol that resembles the vapour that comes out of the mouthpiece.

There are e-cigarettes that look like USB drives as well which appeal to the younger generation because it has a high-tech appearance and it can be carried inconspicuously. The e-liquid that is within the cartridge contains nicotine that is in the standard cigarettes but the level of nicotine that they contain will be different. So you will be able to get an idea of the content by looking at the product label.

If it doesn’t specify the nicotine level included, you can contact the company online to get an idea. With a higher level of nicotine, the feeling of addiction will be more. So there is a risk of people becoming addicted and dependent on these products. So you need to carry out due research before you start using them.

There are some e-cigarettes brands that don’t contain nicotine. But it is best to research further how they have fared in studies that have looked into the accuracy of these statements. The aerosol vapour that comes out will contain nicotine and a few other substances that may be addictive. Some of these substances can be formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds and chemicals that provide flavour to the vapour. There are many types of flavours available for e-cigarettes and this is one of the reasons for its popularity. There is still research being conducted on how e-cigarettes affect health.

However, it is not recommended for use during pregnancy as most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. The long term health effects of e-cigarettes are still to be researched and you will have to proceed carefully when first picking up the habit. Some tend to pick up e-cigarettes to help them stop smoking. When compared to smoking traditional cigarettes, you will be exposed to fewer toxic substances with e-cigarettes.

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