About the electronic cigarettes

What is an Electronic Cigarette

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.

How Does An Electronic Cigarette Work

There are two or three main parts to an electronic cigarette

  • A Cartridge or tank
  • An Atomizer (sometimes the atomizer and cartridge are combined in one, commonly called a cartomizer, making it a 2 piece
  • A Battery

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.


What Are The Benefits Of Using Electronic Cigarettes?

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.

  • No tar or carbon-monoxide, in fact, electronic cigarettes contain about 1400 less chemicals than regular tobacco cigarettes.
  • Control your nicotine level.
  • Electronic cigarettes let YOU choose how much nicotine if any.
  • No more smelly clothes or car or home.
  • No more bad breath or stained yellow teeth, your dentist will love you for it!
  • The freedom to smoke without worrying about second hand smoke.
  • Since electronic cigarettes produce no smoke there is no need to worry about bothering others nearby.
  • Save money. Once your setup and using an electronic cigarette instead of tobacco the ongoing costs should be much cheaper than smoking.
  • Non-Flammable. No more burns in couches, car seats, clothing etc.


Who shouldn't use an electronic cigarette?

  • E-cigarettes are designed to be used by long term committed smokers as an alternative to smoking tobacco.
  • People under the age of 18. Sales are restricted to people over the age of 18.
  • Woman who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you have an existing medical condition, consult your regular GP or medical practioner first.