Since electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes became known to the market, it has been considered both a nuisance and a relief. Up until now, many things are still unknown about it and scientists and governments remain hostile towards it. Recently, it has been declared by the FDA as harmful but it has not been banned from public places unlike smoking traditional tobacco.
Here is a comparison between traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes:
Combustible versus Electronic
Traditional cigarettes are cantered on fire. The traditional cigarette has to be ignited to extract nicotine from the tobacco. At the same time it produces smoke which is inhaled and then exhaled by the user. Fire, however, is also the bane of traditional cigarettes. Burning itself is harmful as carcinogens—cancer-causing agents—are produced. Traditional cigarette produces smoke both from the stick itself—side stream smoke—and from the user—mainstream smoke, both of which are harmful especially to non-smokers.
Side stream and mainstream smoke are more harmful than directly smoking cigarettes. Side stream and mainstream smoke are unfiltered and thus contain higher concentrations of toxic chemicals that, when inhaled, go directly to the lungs.
E-cigarettes are free of this issue altogether. Instead of burning tobacco, e-cigarettes vaporize e-liquid which has far lesser chemicals than traditional cigarettes. E-liquid only has a small amount of nicotine and pharmaceutical grades of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerol.
The process of combustion is replaced by vaporization so that there are no carcinogens or smoke produced in the process. E-cigarettes however create the sensation of smoking as well. Users exhale vapour, which looks like smoke due to the vegetable glycerol. This vapour dissipates in a few seconds and is not harmful at all to others who may inhale it.
Nicotine levels and Delivery
E-liquid used in e-cigarettes contains less nicotine compared to traditional cigarettes. The products produced by 24/7 only have 18 mg of nicotine for every 1000 mg of liquid. This means that users get less nicotine with every puff. This has been proven effective in helping smokers quit. It helps in the process of reducing the amount of nicotine intake while retaining the sensation of having smoked.
The process of vaporizing delivers nicotine to the bloodstream slower than the process of com busting. This slow delivery has a positive effect. Aside from getting less nicotine inside the user’s body, it also satisfies and lessens the craving to smoke. A study has shown that over time, former smokers who switched to e-cigarettes gradually craved for cigarette less. Traditional cigarettes, on the other hand, that deliver nicotine faster into the blood stream, tend to continuously increase the craving to smoke.
Second-hand smoke is the major dilemma of traditional cigarettes. Second-hand smoke has been proven to be even more harmful than smoking itself. Second-hand smoke has higher concentration of small harmful chemicals that can easily make their way to the lungs. This is why smoking cigarettes have been banned from public places.
Smoke is the main difference between e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes use the process of vaporization, meaning e-cigarettes do not produce smoke. What is produced instead is vapour made to look like smoke through a chemical in the e-liquid, vegetable glycerol. The vapour has no effects on health.
E-liquid also comes in an assortment of flavours to add colour to the experience of vamping. These flavours also affect the smell of the vapour exhaled by users. So, instead of the headache-inducing smell of tobacco, menthol, watermelon, strawberry, blueberry, fruit, vanilla, cinnamon, or grape will be inhaled.
For many smokers, especially those who wish to quit smoking, it is a much better alternative to traditional cigarettes.