Who invented the Electronic Cigarette?

The earliest known description of an electronic cigarette was authored by Herbert A. Gilbert, who was awarded a patent for invention in 1963.

What is an Electronic Cigarette?

An electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, is an electrical device that simulates the act of tobacco smoking by producing an inhaled mist bearing the physical sensation, appearance, and often the flavor and nicotine content of inhaled tobacco smoke; though without its odor, and intended to omit 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.

Most electronic cigarettes are portable, self-contained cylindrical devices and the size and shape of a typical cigarette.  However, sizes vary mainly due to differences in battery capacities. Many electronic cigarettes are designed to resemble actual cigarettes or cigars, or even pipes. Most are also reusable, with replaceable and refillable parts, but some models are disposable.

The primary stated use of the electronic cigarette is an alternative to tobacco smoking, or a smoking cessation device, as it attempts to deliver the experience of smoking without, or with greatly reduced adverse health effects usually associated with tobacco smoke.

What are the components of the electronic cigarette?

Electronic cigarettes all share three essential components:

• A “cartridge” that serves as a mouthpiece and usually doubles as a small reservoir holding the liquid that is to be vaporized. Nicotine levels range from 0 – 24 MG.

• An “atomizer” that serves as the heating element responsible for vaporizing the liquid.

• A power supply, which in portable models is a battery. Other electronic components necessary for operation are housed within the power unit.

What ingredients are in an electronic cigarette?

Most electronic cigarettes have just four basic ingredients:

Vaporizing fluid (PG), Distilled water, Natural flavors / Oils and Nicotine

All ingredients are pharmaceutical grade, (USP), and approved for human consumption.

What is propylene glycol? (PG)

“PG” is primarily a food additive used in thousands of products. It is a glycerin product that is refined for human consumption. PG is a natural germicide, easily biodegradable and is a preferred mixing compound for most pharmaceutical and vitamin pills. PG and water mix very well which is why it makes such great vapor.

Isn’t propylene glycol the same stuff that’s in my car’s anti-freeze? 

No. Anti-freeze contains ethylene glycol which IS a poison. Propylene glycol USP is a food and pharmaceutical product and it is nontoxic.

Is propylene glycol safe to inhale?

PG has been used in asthma inhalers since the 1950’s. It is a natural germicide and is the mixing compound of choice for most pharmaceutical and vitamin mixtures. If you take any kind of a commercial pill or have used an inhaler you have ingested propylene glycol. It is also the “smoke” you have seen in live theater and at concerts.

What is that smoke coming from the electronic cigarette?

Electronic cigarettes have no flame, does not burn and makes no smoke. What you are seeing is a fine water vapor mist produced in a similar process to most FDA approved inhalers.

Cigarettes, on the other hand, have 4,000 identified cancer causing chemicals in them when they burn (tar, benzene, formaldehyde and worst of all carbon monoxide) creating smoke. Some of the fumes that come out of your car are in found in tobacco cigarettes.

Does the vapor smell like smoke?

The vapor produced by the e-cig is completely odorless and after about two seconds it disappears into thin air. The vapor is so clean that you can exhale directly into a tissue or paper towel and not see or smell a thing! The benefits of an e-cig begin at being able to smoke indoors during bad weather or in your car with the windows up. Since there is no flame, there is no residual odor or dirty combustion taking place, so no worries!

Is the vapor dangerous for people around me like second hand smoke?

No. There is no second hand danger from electronic cigarette products because there is no burning of any kind.

Can you recharge the batteries?

The batteries in most e-cigs (excluding disposables) can be charged three ways: Wall Adapter, Car Charger, or Computer USB. No matter how you decide to charge your battery, the main component that will be needed for all forms of charging will be the USB charger. The USB charger is the central hub for the charging system

How do you “turn-on” the electronic cigarette?

The e-cig automatically turn itself on only while you are inhaling. When the e-cig is not in use it will go into standby mode to preserve battery life. To begin, take slow and long drags. This will help produce the most amount of vapor from your e-cig. When you feel comfortable enough, you can start to inhale the vapor.

Can I use my electronic cigarette anywhere I want to?

Electronic cigarettes are non-combustible so it can be used in most “No Smoking” areas such as restaurants, bars, malls and even at your office. Local laws vary, but generally if you are not bothering anyone else, you should not have a problem. 80% of electronic cigarette users say they have never been bothered when using an electronic cigarette. Users also report that they receive a lot of “what is that” questions from curious onlookers.

Are electronic cigarettes banned by the FDA?

No. Electronic cigarettes are legal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Do electronic cigarettes have nicotine in it?

An electronic cigarette contains about the same amount of nicotine as a nicotine patch but the effects are instant.

What are the nicotine levels?

The refill cartridges are available in 6 nicotine levels.

• 24 mg = Comparable to “non filters” (Designed for the very heavy smoker.)

• 18 mg = Comparable to “full flavored”

• 14 mg = Comparable to “mediums”

• 11 mg = Comparable to “lights”

• 6 mg = Comparable to “ultra-lights”

• 0 mg = Cartridges with flavor but contain no nicotine at all.