Electronic Cigarette

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It is a well-established fact that the nicotine contained in the tobacco products is addictive for the person using them. Moreover, researchers have found out that nicotine is more addictive than heroine, crack, or cocaine, although this substance is far less dangerous.

In a bid to curb nicotine addiction on a global level, Beijing-based SBT (later SBT RUYAN) developed the first electronic cigarette in 2003. The battery-powered cigarette reached Europe in 2006 and had its promotion in Vienna. The new smoking cessation technology caught the attention of the world media in 2007, when a Reuters’ team visited the headquarters of SBT in Beijing.

Basically, the electronic cigarette is a more harmless alternative to tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars and pipes, because it provides users with inhaled nicotine doses by way of a vaporized solution. In addition, this vapor provides a flavor and sensations quite similar to that of the real tobacco smoke.

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Electronic cigarettes are usually designed to resemble real tobacco products and fall in two main types – manual and automatic. The manual models have a button to be pressesd in order to activate the heating element that produces vapor. The automatic models are equipped with a sensor which detects the user’s airflow when taking a puff and activates the heating element.

The nicotine solution is the “active ingredient” of each electronic cigarette. It consists of nicotine which is diluted in glycerin or propylene glycol. Nicotine solutions are purchased separately in the form of refillable cartridges (the mouthpiece of an e-cigarette). They are available in a varying flavors and diverse nicotine concentrations, the latter ranging from high doses of nicotine, through midrange, to solutions containing very low doses of nicotine.….READ MORE ON THE NEXT PAGE