It’s just a little cigar, it seems harmless. You put it in your mouth, you bring the lighter and start smoking. It’s that easy, without any worries. But, are you sure that nothing happens?
There are more than 4,000 chemical products in tobacco smoke. Many of these are poisonous. At least 43 of these chemicals cause cancer. Every time you inhale tobacco smoke, you are breathing poison that harms the body. This smoke also contains tar and harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide.
Cigarettes deconstructed, first Nicotine
Nicotine is a drug found in tobacco leaves. When a smoker inhales nicotine, it goes directly to the lungs and blood. In seven seconds a quarter of the nicotine has reached the brain, through the pulmonary artery. It is a psychoactive drug and a powerful behavioral enhancer, capable of producing severe chemical dependence in the consumer. It acts according to the dose because at low doses it is psychostimulant improving mental capacities, especially concentration, and at high doses, it has a sedative effect when acting as a depressant.
Tar is the most harmful and carcinogenic component of the cigar. It contains substances such as hydrocarbons, benzene, and inorganic compounds.
It is released with the combustion of the cigar, which is why it is present in tobacco smoke. It also sticks to the walls of the mouth, pharynx and smoker’s bronchial tubes with each puff of the cigar.
A person who smokes a pack of cigarettes daily inhales 250 ml of tar after a year, an amount equivalent to two yogurt cups.
The electronic cigarette (also called e-cig) is an electronic system, created in China in 2004, which uses a small battery to heat a liquid solution or tobacco vape juice and turn it into steam. Its design usually mimics a cigarette, a cigar or a pipe. In general, the device contains a replaceable or rechargeable cartridge, but disposable e-cigs also exist. The main substances contained in the liquid are propylene glycol (generally around 70%) and vegetable glycerin (usually around 20%), nicotine in different doses (between 0 mg and 54 mg/ml), flavors and aromas.
Electronic cigarettes are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and are designed to satisfy any type of user. If you have just arrived at the world of e-cigarettes, the process of trying to choose the right device can be a bit overwhelming but, practically all e-cigarettes can be divided into three main categories: mini, medium and personal.
For those users who are taking their first steps in the world of e-cigarettes, the minis are the ideal choice, as they provide a more natural feel and make the step from smoking traditional cigarettes to using e-cigarettes easier. They look the same and give the same impression. A mini is a small and lightweight option that provides users with a convenient and discreet means of obtaining the dose of nicotine they need. These types of electronic cigarettes are greatly extended and can be obtained almost anywhere. Also, there are minis both disposable and rechargeable.
Medium size e-cigs
For intermediate users, medium-sized models are the most popular option, since they are still relatively small (they are about the size of a cigar) but have greater autonomy and produce more vapor. To the most inveterate smokers, we usually recommend that they start directly with a model of medium size from the beginning, since they have a much better performance and will satisfy them much more than a mini.
Personal vaporizers provide users with the ultimate experience. They usually look like a thick tube that looks like a flashlight or a box the size of a pack of cigarettes. The main advantages of personal e-cigs are the performance provided by their large batteries and the advanced features that allow users to control all aspects of this device fully.
Bottom line, the most dangerous and harmful element in regular cigarettes, which is tar, is completely eliminated with the use of electronic cigarettes. This does not mean they are entirely safe since much research is yet to be done in the matter. But, so far, they do offer a less harmful option for those smokers who want to have less damage to their respiratory system.