Electronic cigarettes, or ecig, as it is also known, is a relatively new concept invented by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik in 2003. As of now, all of the patents related to ecigs are hold by Chinese scientists.
So what is it actually?
An electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, is an electrical device that simulates the act of tobacco smoking by producing an inhaled vapor bearing the physical sensation, appearance, and often the flavor (with or without nicotine content) of inhaled tobacco smoke, without its odor or, ostensibly, its health risks. The device uses heat (or in some cases, ultrasonics) to vaporize a propylene glycol- or glycerin-based liquid solution into an aerosol mist, similar to the way a nebulizer or humidifier vaporizes solutions for inhalation.
Simply put, an electronic cigarette is a cigarette lookalike devise that uses a battery to delivers nicotine to the body without the lighting up, thus effectively limiting the harmful intake of over 690 cancer causing agents found in traditional cigarettes as well as the harm of second smoking.
Traditional tobaccos have gained its popularity over the last century. However, increasingly people are realizing its harms and many find it difficult to quit, after years of being hooked on the habit.
Enter ecig, the new generation cigarette alternative that is trendy, easier to use and easier on the body; not to mention the fact that it attract much less stigma than the traditional cigarette, meaning that you not only can use it in many environments where smoking is banned, but it also provides an interesting conversation starter.