3 Fascinating Facts About E-Cigarettes

Just lately, it seems that e-cigarettes are everywhere. As smokers of traditional cigarettes are becoming less and less visible due to clean air laws that ban smoking and general social stigma, e-cigarettes are popping up in clubs, restaurants, workplaces, and more, becoming something of a craze. They're also a subject of hot debate, as experts try to figure out whether the cigarette alternatives should be subject to certain regulations. But did you know that the e-cigarette is not really all that new? The very first known electronic smoking device was patented all the way back in 1963. And modern e-cigarettes, while they've become more popular in the last few years, have actually been around for more than a decade.

Read on to discover a few more things that you didn't know about e-cigarettes, like those from Vapoligy.

There is No Tobacco in an E-Cigarette

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a rule that would deem e-cigarettes "tobacco products" in order to have the authority to regulate them. Because of this, and because e-cigarettes, as a tobacco alternative, are already deemed "tobacco products" in other locations, like France, many people erroneously assume that the electronic pipes and pens must contain tobacco. However, that's not true.

An e-cigarette consists of a battery, a heating coil, and an atomizer or cartomizer that contains e-liquid. It's completely tobacco-free, and nothing actually burns when you puff on an e-cigarette. Instead, the heating coil warms the e-liquid in the atomizer or cartomizer, and that produces the "smoke" (which is really steam vapor) that e-cigarette users inhale.

An e-cigarette can contain nicotine, the addictive ingredient found in tobacco, but it doesn't have to. The e-liquid in an e-cigarette is made up of vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol (or a mix of the two), flavoring, and may or may not contain nicotine. Many people who use e-cigarettes choose to gradually step down the amount of nicotine that they use, so eventually, they are using an e-cigarette that contains no nicotine.

E-Cigarettes Are Cheaper Than Cigarettes

If you're a smoker, you already know what an expensive habit smoking can be. The average pack of cigarettes in the United States is $5.51. That adds up to more than $150 a month if you only smoke a pack a day.

E-cigarettes look expensive at first glance. Disposable e-cigarettes can cost $6-$10 apiece, and highly sophisticated tank systems can cost up to $200. But once you've made the initial investments, your costs can decrease, sometimes dramatically. Once you have that expensive $200 tank system, you can use it for ten days with an $8 bottle of e-liquid. That means that you'll pay about $24 a month for e-liquid, a $126 savings over a pack a day of traditional cigarettes. That means that even the most expensive e-cigarettes will pay for themselves in about two months. Over the course of the year, you can save hundreds of dollars more.

E-Cigarettes Are Safe (If You Use Them Correctly)

Every so often, a news story begins making the rounds on social media featuring an e-cigarette user who's been burned or otherwise injured by an e-cigarette. This can sound frightening, but if you look past the headlines, there's usually more to the story.

E-cigarettes are a very safe product when used correctly and according to the manufacturer's instructions. But like any electronic device, they can be dangerous when tampered with or used carelessly. E-cigarette users run into trouble when they attempt to modify their e-cigarettes themselves, for example, by using batteries that are not meant for their e-cigarette in an attempt to create a more powerful device. Stacking batteries can cause an explosion. Continuing to use an e-cigarette that's gotten wet can result in a device that overheats and causes burns. If you treat your e-cigarette with care and avoid attempting to modify it yourself, you won't have any trouble with it.

If you've been looking for an alternative to cigarettes, whether because you want to get around smoking bans, because you want to save money, or because you're tired of tobacco, e-cigs might be right up your alley. Choose a reputable brand that you can trust to provide you with high quality products and ingredients.