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What Is An E-cigarette?

An e-cigarette is a smoke-free device used almost exclusively as an alternative to smoking. They generally consist of a tube-shaped battery, an “atomizer”P1100738 (heating coil) that heats the liquid to produce an aerosol (which is called “vapor”), and a cartridge or “tank” to hold the liquid. Basic models that are most commonly sold in convenience stores and gas stations have a similar size, shape and look of a conventional cigarette, while more advanced models sold online and in specialty e-cigarette stores are generally larger and do not resemble a conventional cigarette.

E-cigarettes are very low risk compared to smoking, estimated to pose in the neighborhood of 1/100th the risk. Many of those who use e-cigarettes felt like they would never be able to quit smoking until they discovered that e-cigarettes were a satisfying substitute. The devices provide an alternative source of nicotine, one of the most compelling aspects of smoking, but without the harmful smoke (nicotine absent smoke has risks that are so low as to be undetectable). E-cigarettes further simulate the smoking experience by delivering an aerosol that is similar to inhaling smoke, as well as offering similar hand-and-mouth experience. (Other low-risk smoke-free products also deliver nicotine but do not provide the rest of the experience).

Some opponents of e-cigarettes have made an analogy of the harm reduction potential of e-cigarettes compared to smoking as “jumping out of the 15th story instead of the 100th story of a building.” This is a gross misrepresentation of how much lower the risks of any smoke-free products are compared to smoking. Realistically, using the same analogy, it’s more like jumping from the 100th story or taking the stairs!


  1. Kevin kriehn says:

    I smoked for 15 years. It took me one weekend to stop smoking with an e CIG. There are no carcinagens in the vapor. It was already ruled to be a non tobacco product last January by the state.


  2. chris Schaefer says:

    I’ve been smoking for 30 years, and I started vaping and 3 weeks later I quit smoking, please don’t ban vaping it’s 10x healthier.


  3. Antonio Zoccoli says:

    Vapeing should not be banned it has helped people


  4. Andrea Hughes says:

    Vaping is helping everyone stop smoking cigarettes and helping everyone get healthier! I thought healthier was the goal for us here.


  5. Eric Smith says:

    If vaping gets banned in Wisconsin, It will not be because it is unsafe, which we all know it is not, it will be because it is killing the traditional tobacco market and because of tobacco’s special interest groups. Much like the music industry, the tobacco industry is run by OLD,single minded, people who have no vision of the future and are unwilling to change the way they deliver their product despite what their customers are begging for and demanding, which is killing their sales, just like it did the recording industry until they finally saw the writing on the wall and were forced to start delivering music in digital formats. Well, people are now wanting digital cigarettes, cigars, pipes and hookahs. If the tobacco industry is not willing to change it’s delivery format and choose to stick with the analogue cigarette then it will die just like the analogue music industry almost did. Give us the products we want; the way we want them, Big Tobacco, and you’ll continue to thrive. Refuse, and you’ll just be hammering nails into your own coffin. We all know how unsafe tobacco cigarettes are and that they literally KILL thousands of people in this country every year. We have been willfully lied to by “Big Tobacco” about the health safety of tobacco use and I, for one, refuse to use them. I would rather be a criminal and make my own e-liquid at home, which has no nicotine by the way, than to go back to smoking regular old tobacco cigarettes ever again.


  6. Randal Mathews says:

    Both my girlfriend and my parents have chronic asthma and COPD. Vapor has helped my gf and I to break the cycle. Smoke in any form is harmful vapor has no secondary concentration only an aroma.


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