By: McKenley Griffin
What is an E-cigarette?
E-cigarettes were first developed in China and were introduced to the U.S. market in 2007. Many are similar enough in appearance to be mistaken for regular tobacco cigarettes. But one look inside and you'll see the main difference: This is a tobacco-free product. E-cigs are actually vaporizers; instead of burning tobacco, the mechanism heats up a liquid. The liquid turns into vapor, which is then inhaled, or "vaped." While some argue that vapor offers health advantages over traditional cigarette smoke, regulatory agencies and some health experts aren't so sure that's true.
Facts on E-cigarettes
*You'll never worry about misplacing your lighter or your matches
*there's nothing to light. Instead, e-cigarettes run on a lithium battery
*each also contains a vaporization chamber and a cartridge filled with liquid
*When you puff on your e-cig as you would a regular cigarette, the battery powers the device to heat the liquid and vaporize it
*Some e-cigarettes have a cigarette-like LED tip that glows red
*Because they don't burn tobacco, there's no smoke, no carbon monoxide and no odor; what you inhale is vapor