Vaping refers to the use of e-cigarettes also called electronic cigarettes or vaporizer pen. Vaporizer pens enable the intake of nicotine in the vapor form, unlike tobacco cigarettes that provide nicotine in the form of smoke. The former has been proposed to be safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes, but with little evidence. The ill effects of tobacco smoke have been known over time.
Tobacco smoke is a health risk not just because of nicotine, but also due to the presence of almost 100 other components including 90 carcinogens, formaldehyde and ammonia. E-cigarettes claim that they are devoid of these carcinogens or contain only 1% of the harmful substances in tobacco smoke. Tar a major component in the burning of tobacco also is absent in vaping by e-cigarettes. While smoking is banned in most places, vaping is not yet under regulation like smoking. Vaping may also be a suitable alternative to those who wish to quit smoking.
The e-cigarette vaporizes the e-liquid containing nicotine and delivers nicotine in the form of vapors to the user. The e-liquid may be flavored and is also referred to as e-juice. Flavored e-liquids devoid of nicotine are also available. The liquid may contain 0 to 24 mg/ml to suit the preferences of users; 6 mg/ml for light smokers, 12 mg/ml for average smokers, 18 mg/ml for high volume smokers and 24mg/ml for chain smokers.
The design of an e-cigarette consists of a mouthpiece, a cartridge or tanks also known as clearomizer, a heating coil or atomizer, battery, microprocessor and sometimes a LED light. The initial vaporizer pens looked like tobacco cigarettes but now have changed to incorporate more features and style. Based on the design they are of three types; the basic cig-a-like that looks like a cigarette, eGo cigarettes that are a little bigger than cig-a-like, and customizable e-cigarettes or mods that are assembled by existing products to suit user preferences.
The efficacy of an e-cigarette depends on upon the battery life and the power it can deliver for atomization of e-liquid. The cig-a-like vaporizer pens are suitable for beginners and without much settings or modifications. It produces vapors when turned on, at a fixed power. eGo cigarettes are advanced and are available at various levels of settings for power delivery and even temperature settings. Mods can be modified with different products put together and is usually preferred by those well versed in the techniques of vaping. Vaporizer pens may have automatic or manual batteries. Automatic batteries when turned on produce vapors continuous and vapors may be lost when not taken in, whereas manual batteries can be shut off and turned on in between vaping and is more effective.
E-cigarettes may be considered as part of tobacco health hazard schemes although there are chances of addiction in the case of people who try it for entertainment. Vaporizer pens usually come in cases of their own and must be kept in them when not in use. Avoid dropping them or leaving them around carelessly among other things.