If you have walked around and seen people smoking different weird looking objects, yet you smell no smoke in the process, don’t be alarmed they are not doing drugs. They are smoking what is called an electronic cigarette, and it is not only perfectly legal, but a safer alternative to cigarettes. With a cigarette the concept is fairly simple on what you are getting and what to do with it. It contains a filter in most cases, along with a paper wrapped over the tobacco that is then lit with a match or lighter and smoked. And electronic cigarette works a bit different.
An electronic cigarette comes in either a two component package or a three component package. The most common is the three and it contains these three parts: the battery, the atomizer and the cartridge. The two component package just combines the atomizer with the cartridge and it is then called a cartomizer. Obviously the common denominator here is the battery. This is what makes it an electronic cigarette as it works off of an electrical charge to give it power. These batteries are either a one-time limited use, or rechargeable. Cartridges contain the liquid that produces the flavor and nicotine. These can be refilled or replaced easily and there are many choices when it comes to flavors.
Making it work:
The liquid from the cartridge is pulled into the atomizer using tiny wire filaments that are actually small heating coils. These coils then heat the liquid which turns it into a vapor, that looks similar to steam. This is why it appears as if a person smoking one is blowing a puff of smoke. So when a person inhales from the electronic cigarette they are only inhaling a vapor and not any of the actual liquid. With prolonged use these atomizer and cartomizers will wear out, as the wire filaments will burn out or get sedimentation on them from the liquid lowering their ability to be effective.
There are many different types and styles of electronic cigarettes and the parts will vary in size and shape. Some are designed to look exactly like cigarettes while others are made to be a bit more colorful and stand out. There are those that resemble pipes which hold more liquid then their smaller counter parts as well. Many parts of electronic cigarettes are interchangeable so you can have a Frankenstein model of different parts that will still produce the same results.