E-cigarettes and vaping have recently become popular among people of all legal ages. In fact, it is reported that over 9 million Americans use e-cigarettes. An electronic cigarette has a battery that is attached to a chamber filled with a liquid that may or may not include nicotine. Vaping is a term that describes using e-cigarettes because when one inhales the liquid from an e-cigarette and then exhales, a vapor cloud is exhaled; it also describes the act of inhaling vapor created from a vapor product.
There are many reasons people use e-cigarettes, but one of the most common reasons is to quit smoking. E-cigarettes are used as a prevention tool for smoking cessation, as it eliminates the harmful ingredients found in cigarettes but still provides that inhaling motion while offering flavored vape. Users can choose whether they want to vape liquid that contains nicotine or not, and there are many flavor options that are nicotine-free. The flavors that do contain nicotine can come in different nicotine strengths. For example, you can purchase liquid with nicotine strength anywhere from 0 mg to 12 mg, and usually in 10 ml, 30 ml, or 60 ml bottles, though different brands may carry different sizes.
Vapor shops are popping up in every town it seems and there are hundreds of flavors to choose from. Flavors that exist are menthol, candy cane, chocolate, and tons of fruit varieties like kiwi, apple, strawberry, watermelon, and banana cream pie. The flavors are enticing and that contributes to users coming back for more. Users can also purchase tobacco flavors too which may or may not be helpful in quitting smoking due to the nicotine content.
Now that e-cigarettes have gained so much popularity, they have also faced a lot of criticism. Many public opinions criticize e-cigarettes for still promoting nicotine dependency and luring smokers in with a wide range of flavors that are hard on your lungs. Flavored e-cigarettes can contain a flavoring agent called diacetyl which can cause popcorn lung, a lung disease that causes obstruction of bronchioles in the lungs. The long-term safety of using e-cigarettes is still unknown, and it still remains a popular alternative to smoking.
In addition to the enjoyable flavors, there are other reasons why people vape. Many individuals find using e-cigarettes relaxing especially if they are vaping medical marijuana (where it is legal, mind you). In fact, vaping marijuana provides a better, pungent taste and it can help with chronic pain, relaxation, and migraines. Other people find using e-cigarettes to be a little easier on the wallet which depends how heavy of an e-cigarette user you are. Another reason why vaping is popular is people enjoy the sense of community involved with it. Vaping has grown into a lifestyle that has people joining together for vape parties, creating their own flavors, designing vape t-shirts, and hats to endorse their vaping lifestyles.
Using e-cigarettes has clearly become a new phenomenon that has not been fully answered by science. That being said, there are many smokers who have quit smoking because of they are using an e-cigarette. It is advised that if you do notice any breathing issues or abnormal coughing since vaporizing to contact a physician to have it checked out. Though vaping might not be supported by everyone, it has provided an alternative to smoking expensive cigarettes and releasing cigarette smoke into the air.