The E-Cigarette - known as a PV (Personal
my contributions to e-cigarettes, or as the new generation
call them - Personal
PV is an
(real cigs are refered to in e-cig forums as 'analogs').
What you ought to
- Produces Water
Vapor instead of smoke
- Virtually Odourless
- Cleaner than
smoking (real smoke from normal cigarettes have 4000+ harmfull
- More Flavours
(not just tobbaco flavours).
A battery is
attached to an atomiser (just a tiny
coil of metal) which heats e-liquid into water
holding the e-liquid feeds the
Old-Style e-cigarette -- outdated -- .
Some models will combine the atomiser and cartridge
into one unit, these are called cartomizers.
(since 2011-2013), most seasoned users have evolved
away from 'cigarette' lookalikes and moved onto
Big-Battery-Mods. These are big battery enclosures with
either an atomiser, or the more modern Tank-System, i.e
a tank of liquid surrounding an atomizer
Smaller integrated units (of atomiser and tank) might
also be known as 'clearomizers'.
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activate the battery when it is sucked ( a draw) which is
detected using a vacuum
PVs require a button to be pressed by the user.
This has been the
consensual trend to date
Manual-users claim that more control can be gained with the
button while auto-users say that the auto action more closely
resembles real cigarettes (i.e without having to synchronise a
button press with a draw).
Auto e-cigs have a disadvantage that the batteries are usually
not sealed leading to possible leakage of liquid into the
sensor and battery. The trend since 2011 has been in favour for
manual operation, however with newer designs, the auto-PV might
make a comeback.
give off an odourless water vapor when heated which looks like
smoke. E-liquid comes with added flavour and a
level of nicotine ranging from 0mg to as much as 36mg. An
average real cigarette corresponds to a level of about 18mg/ml
of e-liquid for a PV.
The effective ingredient in e-liquid is PG (propylene glycol),
more commonly used as a food additive,
. PG was also
historically used as anti-freeze
but only because the stuff they used before (ethylene glycol)
was toxic, and was replaced with PG because it was proven
practically to be non-toxic
So there you are, there's basically nothing really 'electronic'
about an e-cig at all apart from perhaps the
battery switcher circuit which might contain a voltage or current
'electronic' part is mostly hype to get the punters buying when
e-cigs first came out. These devices are nothing more than
'e-liquid heaters' or 'water vapourisers' with some flavour and
optionally some nicotine added to the liquid.
World governments are generally biased towards banning the
e-cig / vaporisers. This is mainly due to three reasons;
1. Nicotine delivery is licensed to either drug control or
tobacco control legislation. Any 'new' substance is
unfavourable to anti-smoking lobbyists who associate anything
that looks like a cigarette or nicotine delivery as evil, just
like tobacco cigarettes. They forget that the number one health
hazard is 'smoke', not nicotine.
2. Long term affects are unknown. (Although medical doctors
know that real cigarette smoke contain 4000+ toxins
whereas e-cigs producing water vapour contain virtually
no toxins). However, medical doctors/scientists are usually
non-smokers so gain no benefit for speaking out in favour of
e-cigs. There are a few doctors/experts and even government
advisory teams who have spoken out to prove that better health
would be the result if smokers switched to e-cigs.
3. Governments make a VAST amount of money from real
cigarette tax (>400% !) which helps balance their budgets,
frees up money to purchase other things and keeps parties in
power of a whole country. Having e-cigs replace real cigarettes
would be a disaster for any government as well as for tobacco
In the current economic climate where most major countries are
permanently in sovereign debt, it is ridiculous to think that
any government would kill the tobacco industry in favour of
e-cigs or no-cigs.
Having said that, there are still some countries which are
undecided over the control of e-cigs, and so vaporising is
'tolerated'. Purchasing abroad or via the internet is not
illegal but delivery through customs might be. It is a risk
that many 'vapers' take depending on where they live.
Ironically in China (the place where most factories are and the
start of e-cigs), e-cigs are although perfectly legal to
sell and buy, they are seldom bought by locals. Real cigarettes
are so cheap in China together with an abundance of places to
smoke, results in locals prefering real tobacco at
the risk of their health. Most exports of e-cigs in China
are for foreign demand.