Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The switch to e-cigs

Ever since the local authorities here have banned smoking in public places, it's become a little more difficult for smokers to find a spot where they could puff on a stick. It seems like everyday I'm seeing more and more "No smoking" signs on buildings, so you can't smoke in front of them even when it's a sidewalk. I heard there's a TRO but I'm not sure if it's in effect. Nevertheless, it seems that these building owners and administrators want to keep smokers away.

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All these inconveniences had me thinking of smokeless cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes, e-cigs, whatever you call them. An e-cig has three components: an atomizer, the heating element that vaporizes the liquid; a battery; and a cartridge, the mouthpiece that contains the flavoring. Depending on the type of e-cig, these components may all be separate comprising a three-piece kit, or with the atomizer built into the cartridge. There are also fully disposable ones; no recharging or refilling whatsoever.

But is it healthier? Well, it still has the addictive nicotine but reportedly fewer of those leading chemicals and nitrosamines only found in tobacco. Whatever they are, they sound really harmful. So e-cigs are quite safer.

As for brands, there are quite a number of them in the market. You can check here for reviews on each brand to guide you in your choice should you decide to switch to, or at least try, e-cigs.

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