What is an electronic cigarette?

What is an electronic cigarette and how does they work?. Working principes and diagrams of an electronic cigarette

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 Que son los Cigarrillos Electronicos

¿Que es un cigarrillo electrónico?


    The electronic cigarette is a device designed to replace regular cigarette smoking in smokers. The principle of operation is simply an electric battery that energizes a mini-vaporizer which converts the liquid contained in a capsule into vapor, thus mimicking the smoke of the actual cigarette.

    

Electronic Cigarettes as an Alternative

    

    For many, smoking is a very difficult habit to quit. Psychological and chemical addiction (nicotine) is one of the great problems to leave the habit. Many have tried with patches, pills, chewing gum and other ways with no result. But what if we could continue to "smoke" without the harmful consequences of habit? ... although it seems hard to believe, it is possible. Electronic cigarettes are an alternative for those smokers who find it hard to quit, or simply do not want to completely give up the habit. The electronic cigarette is a device able to recreate in a very realistic way the "experience" of a regular smoker, and yet does not have the negative consequences of smoking, and if many advantages. Electronic cigarettes contain the nicotine needed for the smoker (like patches and chewing gum), but they also satisfy the "visual" or psychological habit of cigarette smoking in the hand and "smoke." Electronic cigarettes are economically much cheaper than tobacco cigarettes and come in different flavors, among the most popular being classic tobacco, menthol, coffee and vanilla. Another advantage of electronic cigarettes is that they do not harm the smoker or those around him (passive smokers), since it does not contain any of the carcinogenic substances of tobacco, also thanks to this can be used indoors (airports, restaurants , Offices or at home) without any problem. In short, electronic cigarettes are a tremendous alternative for those who want to try something different, novel and pleasant, and somehow do not want to give up the habit in a radical way.

    

Risks of Electronic Cigarettes

   The World Health Organization has warned that it does not recognize electronic cigarettes as an effective replacement therapy because of the lack of studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of this as an alternative or if it is in some sense toxic to consumers without However, it does not rule out that it may be an effective replacement solution once such studies have been carried out. In the United States, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) still does not approve electronic cigarettes and intends in the future to issue some type of regulation that includes these devices, but in a trial (US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in Sottera, Inc. v. Food and Drug Administration) the Court's decision fell to the manufacturers' favor because it considered that the FDA had no jurisdiction over them, based on the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act ("FDCA"), 21 USC § 351 et seq., Or under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 (the "Tobacco Act" or "Tobacco Act").

    

Nicotine and Electronic Cigarettes

    

    Many people who hear about electronic cigarettes are amazed to know that they also contain nicotine. They even frown as disapproving of the fact. But contrary to what many people think, nicotine is not harmful to health if consumed in the amounts admitted, as is logical, excesses can be harmful, not only in nicotine, but in all the substances we ingest, and Many would be astonished to know that people have died for drinking too much water. But to our surprise, nicotine, in addition to not being harmful in the quantities allowed, can even become beneficial !. According to a study carried out by the Neurology Service, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain, I quote:

"Nicotine stimulates DA neurons, inhibits formation
Of alpha-synuclein fibrils and improves symptoms of alpha-synuclein EP (Parkinson's Disease). You can also improve the
 Cognitive function by stimulating nicotinic receptors "

In electronic cigarettes nicotine comes as part of the liquid contained in the capsule, which can be purchased in various flavors and levels. This liquid, known as "nicotine juice" or "e-juice" contains several components:

  • Nicotine: Main component for smokers. The addition of smoking is precisely an addition to this compound. Nicotine favors the release of some neurotransmitters at the brain level such as dopamine and norepinephrine that generate feelings of pleasure and alertness. In electronic cigarettes can be found in different levels at the consumer preference, from 0mg to 18mg.
  • Distilled water: is used only as a "carrier" and helps to simulate "smoke".
  • Citric acid: Affects the taste and helps to vaporize the liquid.
  • Artificial or natural flavors: These components give the different flavors to liquid, tobacco, menthol, cherry, vanilla and others.
  • Propylene glycol and / or vegetable glycerin: These substances are used as solvents, transport and to reduce the freezing point and increase the boiling point of the liquid. Much has been speculated about the use of these components in the liquid for electronic cigarettes and their supposed harmful effect, but it has been shown on several occasions that none of these compounds are harmful to health, and have actually been used for more Of 50 years in medicines and foods without adverse consequences.

The composition of the liquid can vary depending on the manufacturer but almost all conform to similar formulas.

Variants of Electronic Cigarettes

The form and manner of use of these devices varies by manufacturer and model. The most popular forms are the ones that most resemble a regular cigarette, but due to that same feature its functionality is limited. In the most realistic "e-cigs" the batteries are small in size and therefore of little performance. To compensate for this have been designed additions called PCC (Portable Charger Case), which is very similar to the conventional pack that is used to carry the cigarettes. PCCs, also known as kits, are simply a box with an internal battery, which is used to recharge electronic cigarettes on the go, giving consumers greater independence.

There are many other forms for devices, from the so-called "pipes" or "e-pipes" that emulate the form of real tobacco pipes, others that are in the form of tobacco like cigars and some that resemble cigarettes but in a Larger size. All these variants have an excellent performance but its weak point is that they become an uncomfortable attachment in a pocket for its size or shape, and the recharge times of your battery are much higher. On the other hand, there are also the "disposables" or "disposables" that already come pre-assembled and ready for use. These are not rechargeable and as its name implies, when they are finished they are discarded. They are usually equivalent to two packs or packs, about 40 regular tobacco cigarettes.

What do you think? .. Could you replace the cigarette with an electronic cigarette? .. Do you think it would be a good option to improve your health, your economy and the welfare of those around you? .. let us know your opinion !. .

       

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