E-CIGARETTE ? WHAT IS THAT ?

The electronic cigarette is an electrical device intended to replace the cigarette. It works with a vapor emission system perfumed by an e-liquid when the vapoteur pulls on the spout. This device may or may not contain nicotine, depending on the user's preference.

Electronic cigarettes are also called vapers because they emit vapor instead of the burning leaves and tar usually found in regular cigarettes.

The electronic cigarette was first initiated by the American Herbert A. Gilbert as an alternative to the regular cigarette. He filed a patent for smokeless and tobacco-free cigarettes, which was approved and published in 1985 in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The main object of this invention was of course to find an alternative to the traditional cigarette containing tobacco and which is very harmful to the health of the user.

It is in this same initiative, that 40 years after the Chinese Hin Link continues on this technological advance to create the electronic atomizer smokeless cigarette composed of an atomizer, containing nicotine but no tar. But there was a problem in the high cost of its manufacture causing a problem, but it marked the birth of the vaping device.

The electronic cigarette is now available in different aspects, with or without nicotine, with a wide range of scented e-liquid according to your taste. E-liquid is the substance that diffuses the aroma of the vapoteuse. It is not inexhaustible, that is to say that once the liquid has run out, you have to think about buying a new refill.

In short, the electronic cigarette is a device that generates vapor to be sucked, refillable with an e-liquid of varying tastes. It represents an alternative to those who wish to quit traditional cigarettes.

HOW DOES THE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE WORK?

Several questions can now come to mind about the use and operation of electronic cigarettes. To answer some questions that could be essential to guide you and try to better understand the functioning of the electronic cigarette, we are going to explain you a little about the electromechanical device of vapor inhalation.

  • ITS COMPONENTS AND ITS VISUAL APPEARANCE

You can't stick a fixed label on what exactly the vape should look like. It can appear in several aspects depending on its generation. Nonetheless, the electronic cigarette generally consists of:

  • A drip tip which is the nozzle through which the user will suck the smoke;
  • A tank in which is contained the e-liquid containing propylene glycol, glycerol, food flavors and possibly nicotine
  • A resistance component of the atomizer which will vaporize the liquid transforming into vapor
  • From a base
  • A Switch which is a button on which we perform a long pressure when sucking in the steam
  • A battery that will power the atomizer

In an electronic cigarette, the atomizer and the reservoir are often designed on the same assembly given their interdependence, the atomizer draws on the liquid in order to be able to diffuse vapor and the liquid cannot be diffused without an atomizer. The atomizer is the part that heats the liquid to allow vapor to be diffused.

The battery is made up of several components such as one or more accumulators currently almost exclusively equipped with lithium-ion technology in a block. It is also equipped (the battery) with an electronic regulation and protection module. If the battery is removable, we speak of mod .

"VAP"? WHAT'S THIS ?

This term appeared in the French dictionary for the year 2015. This common term means the action of pulling on an electronic cigarette tip while pressing a button, the vapor produced by this same device. It is a phenomenon which started to spread during the year 2014 which found a desired effect on its main target clientele being smokers. Vaping is a term and a habit that has spread thanks to the establishment of several shops specializing in the sale of e-cigarettes which has created a multitude of followers today.

Vaping is the best alternative to fight smoking, better than quit smoking patches and other methods that already exist. Vaping is a gesture that in the long term can spread more and more until perhaps the traditional cigarette by 2100 will disappear. Vaping, the new trend that every smoker should think about getting started.

THE HIT

This is a term that comes up often when we talk about electronic cigarettes. This word with Anglo-Saxon resonance does not say much to the English and it is quite confusing for us French speakers. To help people who would like to get started with vaping and who are looking for mastery of keywords like this very important one, we are going to break it down for you.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE HIT

The hit is characterized as this small stuck in the throat during the first puff of a cigarette taken.

In the electronic cigarette, this hit is delivered by the e-liquid, allowing the smoker of traditional cigarettes to find in this brand new device that is the vapoteuse this feeling of discomfort in the throat which is pleasant for smokers. The electronic cigarette tries as much as possible to reproduce the same effects of the normal cigarette so that the new vapers fall under the spell and adopt a new cigarette which will be not only less expensive but also less harmful for their health.

- WHAT CAUSES THE HIT IN THE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

The hit in the electronic cigarette is present thanks to the nicotine contained in its liquid. In the electronic cigarette there are some variants where you can find nicotine in e-liquid. And it is this presence of nicotine that makes that tingling in the throat that every smoker seeks. However, some liquids without nicotine also cause this tingling.

- THE SENSATION OF HIT SOUGHT IN THE E-CIG

Although the electronic cigarette tries to imitate as best it can the sensations of hit of a real cigarette. Most users do not find this tingling that they are looking for even with spicy aromas such as mint for example which should make nicotine feel good, but in vain.

Users determined to change their lifestyle and stop sucking in the ton of toxic components present in normal cigarettes resign themselves to ending their relationship with the hit. In the search for a solution allowing them to improve their health, they sacrifice their desire and their addiction to the hit.

THE CHOICE OF THE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE THAT SUITS US

We all know the devastation that cigarettes can wreak on our body. From lung cancer to throat cancer, it is not very enjoyable for smokers. As a result, thanks to the development of new technologies, we may have found an alternative to cigarettes filled with nicotine and tar that are harmful to health.

The electronic cigarette is created to limit the consumption of ordinary cigarettes harmful to the health of the smoker, but also to that of those around him. It therefore not only represents a threat for the smoker but also for those around him, his family and even his colleagues. It is therefore public health that is put into play by the emission of cigarette smoke.

The challenge now is to choose the right electronic cigarette because with the different variants currently available, it is difficult to make a choice and to navigate it. In this article, we will therefore try to guide you in choosing the right cigarette for your consumption pattern.

There are three categories of smokers:

  • Occasional smoker this category of smoker is not addicted to cigarettes. The occasional smoker consumes less than ten cigarettes per day. Most of the time these smokers only use nicotine for style or to accompany their drinks at parties. Nevertheless, accumulating evenings and occasions, it can amount to a lot of cigarettes consumed and will turn out not immediately, but over time harmful to the health of the consumer.

The cigarette in itself to consume in large or small quantity, represents a danger for health. Because we could see that even for those around it it is harmful and therefore for the consumer even if he does not smoke regularly but from time to time it will still be very bad for the health. The electronic cigarette is also recommended for this category of smokers. Vaping has now become a trend, and for those who smoke just to show off and look "cool", vaping will be your best ally in this case. In addition to being trendy, the e-cigarette is less or almost not harmful to health.

It only contains nicotine but no tar. Furthermore, the smoke to suck is vapor with different flavors that you can change as you wish among a multitude of choices: mint, coffee or even strawberry. A way to encourage smokers even more to opt for this electronic cigarette at the cutting edge of technology. We won't go so far as to say that it's good for your health, but all the same, vaping is far less dangerous than smoking a simple cigarette.

  • Moderate smoker we are going to talk here about the second category of smokers, moderate smokers. This is the category of cigarette consumers who smoke between ten to twenty per day. From this level of consumption, they can be classified in the category of dependent smokers. They cannot do without toasting a small cigarette for more than a few hours, otherwise the lack of nicotine will be immediately felt.

It is the nicotine in cigarettes that creates addiction among consumers. And therefore, fighting against this addiction is a little more complex here because in the first category of smokers that we have seen previously. There is no addiction presence, but we were just trying to find an alternative to their passing need to get some work done. Here the role of the electronic cigarette is to find another way to pass this desire to smoke through the vapoteuse.

Also, we have seen that it is less harmful to health from the point of view where the e-cigarette does not contain tar and therefore less fuel which will deteriorate the health of both the smoker and his entourage. Switching to electronic cigarettes is therefore necessary to avoid the problems that the smoker's fairly high consumption of cigarettes could generate. The vapor contained in the electronic cigarette will not have long-term damaging effects on the health of the vaper and those around him, which will be better for everyone's health by not neglecting the user's need for nicotine by the electronic cigarette which contains it. In addition, the electronic cigarette can save you on your tobacco budget by consequently reducing your budget devoted to it.

  • Inveterate smoker are the followers of the cigarette who consumes more than twenty of them per day. This category of smokers spend most of their day with a cigarette in their mouths. They are the most exposed to the risks of cancer and other diseases linked to excessive tobacco consumption. The electronic cigarette is also an alternative here for these tireless smokers. It is in their wallet that the difference will be felt enormously with the amount of cigarettes they consume their bill at the end of the month or even at the weekend must be astronomical. The electronic cigarette will allow to divide at least by 5 their expenses. But afterwards, this category of smokers have a lot less chance to quit smoking. And they do not always find the same feeling with the electronic cigarette. We recommend it to them, but few of them completely abandon ordinary cigarettes for vaping.

THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT FOR ALL TYPES OF SMOKERS

If you have never tried smoking and trying to start with e-cigarettes, we strongly advise against it. The vapoteuse is not marketed to create a new range of consumers but so that smokers classified in the previous category, give up their traditional cigarette.

The cigarette that the consumer chooses must be in line with his usual consumption. That is to say, for a tireless smoker, he should consider buying a vape that has a battery with a great autonomy indicated by the number of mAh it has, allowing it to last all day. But also, have a tank that does not empty easily to avoid having to regularly recharge your e-cig.

You also have to choose a cigarette model that is really close to what you are used to smoking so that the change is not too sudden. Also, so that the transition between traditional cigarette and vaping is easier.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE VAPOTOR

The first objective of the new follower of the electronic cigarette is of course to replace it with his traditional cigarette. But this is not an easy task, which is why we have previously put forward ways of gradually being able to make the transition, all this while keeping the gesture and the habit of smoking.

After this transition to electronic cigarettes, the new goal is then to completely stop smoking. This case could more occur for moderate smokers who although they consume a lot are not addicted to it and will therefore be able to gradually almost easily become detached from the ordinary cigarette already but also from the vapoteuse. But also, considerably reduce the expenses of the smoker.

A MULTITUDE OF SHAPES OF THE E-CIGARETTE

The electronic cigarette was previously marketed with the “Cigalike” which completely imitates the shape of an ordinary cigarette. This type of e-cig is to be avoided for all those who really want to quit smoking because by reproducing its appearance, it will not help detach itself from the original cigarette. This is why new models have been created such as:

  • The discreet, light and tube-shaped tube format will fit perfectly into your pocket or handbag. With a battery that lasts and rechargeable by USB, the tube format offers a variety of e-liquid compatible with its clearomizer. You will only worry about the resistance, which needs to be changed regularly
  • The box format of the English “box” which means box is, as its name suggests, box-shaped. It has a rectangular shape, and quite bulky; it cannot be placed anywhere. It is rechargeable by batteries and therefore has a fairly long battery life and allows you to achieve fairly high vaping powers.
  • The Pod format is the latest generation of e-cigarettes. Its specificity is above all the presence of nicotine in its e-liquid and its low battery consumption with a liquid that does not vaporize at high power. There are refillable e-liquid pods and pre-filled ones.

E-LIQUID WITH OR WITHOUT NICOTINE?

Already the choice of the right electronic cigarette is important, e-liquid is even more so. Because yes, it is the e-liquid that will determine how often you will start vaping and how to give it up permanently.

For a smoker it is advisable to introduce a dosage of nicotine in his e-liquid. Direct withdrawal by depriving yourself of this nicotine will have harmful effects on the behavior and health of the smoker.

However, the nicotine alone contained in the liquid is not sufficient even with a very high dosage. It is therefore advisable to combine the electronic cigarette with a nicotine patch to optimize the chances of giving up traditional cigarettes.

As for the quantity of nicotine present, it will go according to the consumer's wish to gradually lower its presence in liquid to finally give it up and resume the healthy lifestyle of a non-smoker.

THE IMPACTS OF THE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE ON HEALTH

Like all human inventions, the e-cig has drawbacks but also advantages. The object here will be to see how the human organism reacts to this innovative device supposed to replace the traditional cigarette. The electronic cigarette is well designed to move the smoker away from the very toxic components of the regular cigarette which are harmful to the health of the smoker. But let's also see if the electronic cigarette also has harmful effects on the health of the vapoteur.

DOES THE ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE MAKE IT DEPENDENT?

The electronic cigarette was designed so that the consumers of the traditional cigarette abandon their addiction to it.

So replacing it with a device, certainly less harmful to health, but which makes him just as addicted, is wrong in his quest to be concerned about the health of smokers.

Electronic cigarettes are neither addictive nor addictive. It was created to mimic only the aspects of regular cigarettes but all this while limiting the damage it can have on our health. Since it does not represent the exact type of what the smoker is looking for, clinging to it is difficult so to speak because he will not find what he used to feel when he smoked. an ordinary cigarette, we are talking about the hit here. Because the electronic cigarette does not represent what the smoker is looking for, becoming addicted is therefore not an option. Created to imitate and stop the urge to burn a cigarette by the smoker, the e-cigarette will therefore only have a placebo effect to relieve the dependence and the need felt by the addiction that the smoker has. He will therefore abandon it after some time when he begins to lower his dose of nicotine in the e-liquid until reducing the frequency at which he vapes to finally abandon the traditional cigarette but also electronic.

And the statistics speak for these statements, according to the INPES Health Barometer (National Institute of Prevention and Health Education) 2015, only 9% of vaping users have not given up after a year. Percentage that scores well that few people continue to use e-cigarettes after starting. In addition, the tobacco specialist Dr Guillaumin, evokes the fact that: "The immediate pleasure with the electronic cigarette is not the same as with tobacco and the speed of absorption of nicotine is lower, so there is less risk of become addicted ".

We have therefore seen in relation to these facts that the risk of cigarette addiction is very low or almost nil for vapers.

IS E-CIGARETTE THE BEST WAY TO QUIT SMOKING

With its idea of starting to smoke to quit smoking, the vapoteuse collects a great success with its users. The electronic cigarette directly lowered the rate of smokers when it was found that according to an article in the Cochrane Review that still one in ten smokers quit smoking within a year and that 'one third of smokers, namely 36%, have managed to halve their consumption.

We see here all the interest and importance of the electronic cigarette. Thanks to these figures we can say that its inventor has succeeded in his bet to reduce and even stop the consumption of ordinary cigarettes and smoke in the long term. It can be seen that this technology has also succeeded in increasing the standard of living and considerably reducing the damage that tobacco will cause on the body of smokers and those around them exposed to tobacco smoke.

In addition, it is almost as effective as the patches delivering nicotine when studies announce that these patches obtain between 7 to 15% of success on average.

The electronic cigarette can therefore easily become one of the solutions to stop smoking, and perhaps even soon or even already the best solution to stop smoking.

E-LIQUID FLAVORS TO AVOID

With its wide range of e-liquid fragrances, the question arises if there are some of them that are to be avoided. It is the scent we choose that pushes us to quit tobacco for the e-cig. The choice of perfume is therefore also essential for the transition to the electronic cigarette, we must find the perfume that makes us want to move on to something other than tobacco. We had talked about the mint or peppery fragrance and which made you feel more the nicotine present (if there is any) in the vapoteuse.

Besides these flavors there are also others to which some people are allergic. This is the case with the peanut flavor, for example, which could cause allergic reactions in vapers allergic to peanuts. Admittedly, it is only a synthesized aroma and there is normally no trace of peanuts, for example here, and allergic reactions are very rare.

With the different components of the e-liquid that we have seen previously, it can also cause allergic reactions in some people, so if we know we are allergic to peanuts as we have seen, it is preferably not to choose this flavor. You may also not have an allergic reaction to the aroma but rather to propylene glycol causing respiratory tract irritation. In this case it is better to change the product and opt for an e-liquid where the propylene glycol is replaced by vegetable glycerin.

To avoid any allergic reactions and to choose the e-liquid that suits you, we advise you to consult the Afnor standards adopted by France which guarantee the quality of e-cigarettes and e-liquids. This will allow you to find your way around and be confident about the product you are purchasing.

DO TOBACCO AND VAPOTE MIX GOOD?

By opting for the electronic cigarette we are trying to gradually move away from tobacco. Immediately switching from tobacco to electronic cigarettes is not so easy for the smoker. Most of the time they combine regular cigarettes with e-cigs. The combination of the two is not more harmful than tobacco alone because the case of nicotine overdose is safe. However, by combining tobacco with electronic cigarettes, he will have less chance of one day being able to quit ordinary cigarettes.

This blend isn't any more toxic than that, but for someone with genuine intention to vape, it's best not to blend them.

 

HOW IS VAPING LEGISLATION?

With a million and a half of vapers in France between 15 and 75 years old, legislation on electronic cigarettes had to see the light of day. It is for this reason that in 2017 a reform on the ban on vaping in the workplace was born.

PROHIBITION OF VAPING IN CERTAIN PLACES

Since 1 October 2017 the vapotage is prohibited on the workplace, and employers must explicitly inform their employees of the existence of the ban on vapoter workplaces using road signs.

Such measures have been taken so as not to trivialize the use of the already traditional and now electronic cigarette. Smoking is bad and the electronic cigarette was precisely designed so that smokers switch to vaping and then finally give it up. But by giving the authorization to vape in public places or where people meet, it sends the message that it is "good" to vape while the e-cig is also bad for your health even if it is. is less so than tobacco.

The ban on vaping in public places is enacted by Decree No. 2017-633 of April 25, 2017 relating to the conditions of application of the ban on vaping in certain places for collective use and by the Health Law of January 26, 2016 , transposed into the public health code. This legislation condemns vaping in:

  • Schools
  • Closed means of public transport
  • Closed and covered workplaces for collective use

POSTING SIGNS TO MARK THE PROHIBITION OF VAPING IN A PLACE

The legislation in force relating to the conditions of application and the prohibition of vaping in certain places of collective use, obliges a sign reminding the prohibition of vaping and the conditions of application in the enclosure of these non-vaping eras.

WHAT PENALTIES CAN WE ENCOUNTER FOR VIOLATION OF THIS LAW?

Who says law which regulates an action, also speaks about possible sanctions for those who would come to break the laws. The Decree of April 25, 2017 provided for in its content fines imposed in the event of non-compliance with the ban on vaping in places where they are prohibited, punishable by a fixed fine of 35 to 150 € and the obligation to display of this ban on electronic cigarettes punishable by a fine ranging from 68 to 450 €.

POSITIVE POINTS AND NEGATIVE POINTS OF THE E-CIGARETTE IN RELATION TO THE ORDINARY CIGARETTE

The positive points :

  • The electronic cigarette contains much less dangerous substances compared to the normal cigarette with its 40,000 harmful substances for the health of the smoker.
  • Vapers experience fewer respiratory problems than tobacco smokers. E-cig enthusiasts are therefore less breathless, feel less the sensation of fireplace in the throat and get rid of their smoker's breath.
  • The expenses they will have by switching to vaping will greatly reduce the cash flow of now former smokers. They will not have to pay systematically to buy a pack of cigarettes because with the e-cig, they will only have to fill the e-liquid tank not very frequently.
  • No more smell of tobacco from the cigarette smoker. With the e-cig he will be able to get rid of this unpleasant odor for those around him.

The negative points :

  • With such an electronic device, maintenance is not to be neglected and it is therefore necessary to be well organized during the repairs that will be necessary.
  • The vapor of the electronic cigarette dries the mouth and throat, to overcome this gene, the vapoteur will have to remember to drink a lot of water.
  • When the time comes when it will be necessary to change e-liquid, it could prove to be dangerous for beginners who have not yet mastered this device. In addition, nicotine poisoning is often fatal in case of indigestion.
  • For those who do not know about technology the use will be a small problem when you know that it must be recharged, think of changing the battery almost every two months and also with the change of e-liquid .

In short, the electronic cigarette can become the number 1 ally of tobacco smokers who want to quit. The vapoteuse is positioned as the market leader in terms of stopping smoking for heavy smokers. We were also able to praise the merits of the e-cigarette in that it is much less harmful to the health of its user. But also, with his idea of smoking to quit smoking, smokers readily embraced the idea and found it to be much more fruitful than immediate withdrawal from regular cigarettes and even compared to patches.

It was marketed with the main aim of stopping the ravages that tobacco can cause in smokers, whether they are regular or occasional smokers. With this in mind, they made use of the technologies already present to create an electronic cigarette model accessible to all.

This model of cigarettes was very successful when it allowed several smokers to quit smoking, to experience less health problems compared to when they used it and also to significantly lower spending in their wallet.

The electronic cigarette has already been able to attract 1.5 million consumers in France; legislation has therefore been put in place specifically to limit the places in which it would be forbidden to vape. Legislation that has come into force and has banned vaping in public places such as workplaces, schools or others.

Cigarettes are of course less harmful but the clientele targeted by this device is not to create new smokers, but to lower the rate of smokers and not to lower the rate of followers of smoking tobacco to increase the rate of vapers. It is a device to suppress and reduce the need for nicotine of ex-smokers. This is why we should not trivialize the e-cigarette and therefore prohibit it in places of collective gathering to avoid telling young people to start vaping. But also because the smoke, even if it is now only vapor, is disturbing.

The electronic cigarette has of course some drawbacks such as the fact that it is necessary to adapt to new technologies and to be comfortable with them in order to be able to use the electronic cigarette in its optimal use. But also, we must learn about the model of electronic cigarette that suits us so as not to fall into the false and make unnecessary expenses with a device that is not in line with our needs. It is also the same for the e-liquid which is also to be watched so as not to fall on products to which we are allergic and components of this liquid which will also cause allergies on our organism thus affecting our health.

But the electronic cigarette remains a tool of choice and not to say one of the revolutionary inventions of the 21 st century (even if the first model appeared in the 60s). A device which, in the long term, will make it possible to lower the rate of smokers in the world and contribute to the improvement of public health and lower the death rate among smokers.

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