E-Cigarettes are a great invention, that allow the user to still feel like they are smoking, but instead of inhaling hundreds of deadly chemicals, they inhale a mixture of flavouring agents (natural extracts and FDA approved ingredients) and water. But how to these little wonders actually work…
The modern electronic cigarette’s design was devised by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik in 2003, though the earliest known description of its concept was authored by Herbert A. Gilbert in 1963. The concept is simple.. and it’s actually quite amazing how simple the premise of an e-cigarette works. A e-cigarette has 3 main components to it, and these remain essentially the same no matter what kind/brand or model you have. A battery, a atomizer and the cartridge/tank for the e-liquid.
Essentially if your speaking in functionally wise, e-cigarettes are just a miniature version of a common fog machine.
A fog machine has a small element that heats up, and a mixture of glycerine (a vegetable based extract), or Propylene Glycol (both are used in thousands of food and other products and are FDA approved) and distilled water is pumped through the heated element. When Glycerine or P.G is rapidly heated, it converts to a thick white mist, which is non toxic and water based. This is what you see in most bars and night cubs, theatres etc. Well a e-cigarette is almost the same in essence. The battery provides power to the atomizer. The atomizer is essentially a tiny little heating element that vaporizes the e-liquid. The e-liquid is a solution of Glycerine (also called vegetable glycerine), or P.G (or in better quality e-liquids a mix of both), flavouring extracts (which are also FDA approved) as well as nicotine depending on the source of the products.
Now in USA it’s currently illegal to sell or market E-Cigarettes containing nicotine, and Health USA has been on a crusade to shut down vendors who do sell them with nicotine but there are a few here and there who had stayed out of big stupid brothers line of sight (for now anyways)..