The E-Cigarette or electronic cigarette is one of the newest and most successful alternatives to traditional tobacco cigarettes on the market today.
The electronic cigarette can look and act like a real cigarette, except that it does not burn any tobacco.
The electronic cigarette is the tobacco alternative that smokers all over the world have been waiting for. No more putting up with increased taxes and prices that make smoking nearly impossible. The electronic cigarette is sweeping across nations all around the world and are now finally available in New Zealand.
There are two or three main parts to an electronic cigarette
The cartridge or tank contains a liquid that determines the flavour and nicotine strength of your e-cigarette.
Cartridges can be purchased empty or pre-filled with flavours like Tobacco and Menthol right through to any flavour you can imagine. You also can decide between nicotine strengths such as Regular (16mg), Light (8mg) and even nicotine free as sold here to keep within the current legislation in New Zealand, for those that are interested in reducing their nicotine intake without losing the pleasure of smoking.
The atomizer is a small heating element (non-flammable) that turns the liquid inside the cartridge into smoke-like vapour, much like a miniature smoke machine. The atomizer then screws into the end of the battery.
The battery supplies the electronic cigarette with power. Since the e-cigarette is powered by the battery, there is no open flame or ash to deal with.
Batteries are key to a great e-cigarette experience, the larger the battery, the less often you will need to recharge it, smaller 510 type batteries may require charging several times a day, whereas larger capacity batteries may only need a re-charge once a day or every few days depending on how often you use it.
Batteries also come in Manual and Automatic, most experienced vapers (the term for an e-cigarette user) prefer manual control.
The benefits of smoking electronic cigarettes compared to regular tobacco cigarettes are huge, to say the least. You may be able to use e-cigarettes in places that you can't smoke, like bars and restaurants, offices and work places and so on. Check with the owner/manager/proprieter first though.