An electronic cigarette, also known as an e-cigarette, personal vaporizer or PV, is an electronic inhaler that vaporizes a liquid solution into an aerosol mist, simulating the act of tobacco smoking. Electronic cigarettes are no longer marketed as smoking cessation aids or tobacco replacement in most countries. There may be similarities between conventional and some electronic cigarettes in the physical design and the nicotine release, which may approximate the same amount of nicotine as a conventional cigarette. There are many electronic cigarettes which do not resemble conventional cigarettes at all. The amount of nicotine contained can be chosen by the user, with some choosing no nicotine at all
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about electronic cigarettes.
1. Are they really safer than regular cigarettes? -Yes.
Almost anything else that is not acutely toxic will be safer. Even if e-cigs are about ten times as harmful as smokeless tobacco, that still makes them about 1/10th as harmful as smoking. Smoking is just that bad.
2. How can i be sure i will like them?
You can't. But here is a link to a couple of resources out there. The first is a forum of former smokers discussing their experiences, and how they feel about the different available products, and the second is a reviewer who is trying to gather and review all the available products.
3. Where can I buy them?
Presently, electronic cigarettes are much more commonly available on the internet than in stores; some personal orders appear to be successful. You might check with your local tobacco shop as to whether they carry or plan to carry these products.
4. Can I use these in nonsmoking areas?
Technically you should be able to use these anywhere. No smoking sections refer to the smoking of tobacco so legally there is no prohibition against these. However, you might have to let people know that you are not smoking tobacco.
5. Could these help me quit all nicotine use? -Maybe.
They might. Switching away from smoking is the most important thing to do so even if you end up not quitting. At least it won't harm you the way smoking will. Some people have found that electronic cigarettes reduce their need to smoke somewhat.
6. Do e-cigarettes contain nicotine as well?
In general, e-cigarettes also contain nicotine. However, nicotine-free liquids are available as well. Due to the wide range of products on the market, no general statements are possible with regard to the level of nicotine present in the liquids, nor the quantities absorbed through inhalation of the smoke.
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