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e-Cigarette FAQ



The e-Cigarette FAQ page should help answer some of the questions most asked as initial research is begun into electronic cigarettes. It’s good to get these general questions answered before starting to actually compare e-cigarettes.

What is an electronic cigarette?

The electronic cigarette, sometimes referred to as smokeless cigarette, e-cigarette, e-cig, electric smokeless cigarette or no smoke cigarette, is a device that utilizes a battery and a heating element to produce a vaporized nicotine solution that can be inhaled by the user in a manner similar to smoking a traditional tobacco cigarette. However there is no combustion as in traditional cigarettes and no smoke. Hence the term “smokeless cigarette” or “no smoke cigarette” can be accurately applied.

The electronic cigarette resembles a traditional cigarette in appearance. The long white part of the e-cigarette is the battery and heating element. The darker section that corresponds to the filter area of a traditional cigarette is the section of the e-cigarette that contains the nicotine solution, referred to as the cartridge, or refill cartridge.

How does the e-cigarette work?

The e-cigarette cartridge contains the nicotine solution. The solution is heated by the heating element into a vapor that is inhaled through the cartridge or, that is, the mouthpiece. A rechargeable battery powers the heating element. The battery can generally be recharged from a variety of power sources such as a car, wall outlet or computer.

Is the taste of the smokeless cigarette the same as a traditional cigarette?

Most smokeless cigarette manufacturers offer a variety of flavors. In addition to the traditional tobacco flavor there are e-cig flavors such as menthol, vanilla, coffee, cherry and chocolate, just to name a few.

Is there a smoke odor with the smokeless cigarette?

Electronic cigarette vapor does not smell like a regular cigarette since there is no actual smoke, firsthand or secondhand. There may be a slight sweet aroma, based on the flavor of the cartridge being used. However e-cigarette vapor disappears quickly into the air.

Do electronic cigarettes cost less to use than traditional cigarettes?

The cost of an electronic cigarette cartridge refill, which is approximately equivalent to a pack of traditional cigarettes, is usually a fraction of the cost of a regular pack of cigarettes. However the cost of a refill varies from one e-cigarette brand to another. In addition the nicotine concentration in a cartridge can be selected to suit the user.

How long does an e-cigarette cartridge last?

Smokeless cigarette cartridge life varies from one brand to another ranging from the equivalent of 15 to 30 regular cigarettes per cartridge.

Can I smoke electronic cigarettes in public places?

Currently there are no laws that prohibit the use of devices that do not emit secondhand smoke. Electronic cigarettes can generally be used without complaint in many places where tobacco cigarette smoking is normally prohibited. However there are exceptions.

Are smokeless cigarettes safer than regular cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes at this time may not be marketed as safer or healthier than traditional tobacco cigarettes. Current research does not conclude that electronic cigarettes are safer or healthier. Any conclusions as to the safety or healthiness of smokeless cigarette use should be formed by the user through independent research.

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