E-cigarettes are often promoted as a healthier alternative to cigarettes. They contain no tobacco but instead use batteries to heat up liquid nicotine. When the device is turned on, the nicotine is vaporized and inhaled into the lungs for the desired effect. They produce vapor rather than secondhand smoke.
Cartridges are available with a variety of nicotine strengths ranging from light and ultra-light to full-strength regular tobacco-strength cartridges similar to regular cigarettes. Nicotine-free cartridges are also available. Unlike cigarettes which tend to come in just regular and menthol, e-cigarettes can come in a variety of flavors from strawberry and chocolate to bubble come and caramel. This variety tends to appeal to younger consumers as well as older users.
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to smoking. Most people use them as a recreational device or as a way to kick the habit, or get off of tobacco. It might be a good way to transition off and hopefully eventually completely stop all together.
State regulations vary widely on their use. Some health experts remind us that e-cigarettes have a short history of use to know what health risks they may or may not pose. Some states are considering legislating where they can and cannot be used.
E-cigarettes may not emit secondhand smoke, but there is some evidence that the vapor they produce can be irritating, particularly to those with emphysema and other health conditions. The vapor may increase eye and nose sensitivity and lead to nausea. Ultimately, the best option continues to be no smoking at all.