Electronic cigarettes contain three main components, the battery, an atomizer and a cartridge that holds the liquid that is to be vaporized. Instead of producing smoke like a traditional cigarette, e-cigarettes produce smokeless water vapor by heating a liquid solution of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin, commonly referred to as E-Liquid, and dispersing it into an aerosol mist. The most popular electronic cigarette models use an atomizer that contains a wicking steel mesh to draw the liquid solution to a single filament that vaporizes the liquid to simulate the effect of smoke.
When a person takes a puff from an electronic cigarette, a microchip inside of it senses the flow of air and sends an electrical current to the filament that heats up and vaporizes the E-Liquid, producing the visible water vapor. The water vapor produced by smokeless e-cigarettes replicate the same feeling in the throat and lungs as a traditional cigarette, without the toxic carcinogens associated with smoking. Read the rest of this entry »