What are e-cigarettes and how do they work?

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An e-cigarette (sometimes referred to as a vapouriser or vape) is a device that allows you to inhale nicotine in a vapour rather than smoke. E-cigarettes don’t burn tobacco and don’t produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most damaging elements in tobacco smoke. E-cigarettes work by heating a solution (e-liquid) that typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerine, and flavourings. Using an e-cigarette is known as vaping.

What types of e-cigarette are there?

There are a variety of models available:

  • Cigalikes: These look similar to tobacco cigarettes. They tend to have small batteries and can be disposable or rechargeable.
  • Vape pens: These devices are shaped like a pen or small tube. They have a tank to store e-liquid and replaceable coils. The batteries tend to last longer than cigalike batteries.
  • Mods: Mods come in a range of shapes and sizes but are generally the largest e-cigarette devices, with longer lasting batteries.

How do I choose the right e-cigarette for me?

For many people, the choice between a cigalike, vape pen or mod will be based on how much they smoke. A rechargeable e-cigarette with a refillable tank delivers nicotine more effectively and quickly than a disposable model and is likely to give you a better chance of quitting smoking.

  • If you’re a lighter smoker, a cigalike or vape pen could suffice.
  • If you are a heavier smoker, it’s advisable to try a vape pen or mod.

It’s also important to choose the right strength of e-liquid to satisfy your needs.

Read more at https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/help-and-advice/e-cigarettes#P5l3ozEVGjeFWQGI.99

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