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Smoking without tar: Looking inside e-cigarette

Posted: 28 Oct 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:e-cigarette  personal vaporiser  atomiser 

Smoking is a serious health hazard, but quitting is not that easy. So for those who are at least trying to avoid an early grave, an e-cigarette proves to be an amazing feat of technology. Still, for others, taking a drag from the devices offer more fun than smoking tobacco itself.

While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they're catching fire—so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.

Most users turn to e-cigarettes as a non-tar nicotine delivery system that is (allegedly) a lot more fun—and a lot more like smoking—than a patch or gum. One of the hallmarks of the e-cigarette is the absence of smoke. Instead the nicotine is vaporized and the user inhales vapor rather than smoke with all of its dangerous particulate matter.


The e-cigarette comes in a wide range of styles. (Source:

In full disclosure, the editor of this article tried an e-cigarette as research for the story. While it brought back memories of late-teen smoking, it wasn't nearly the blast of pure tobacco smoke. It's also probably not nearly as deadly. These things are bubbling with fruit flavours, but ultimately, it wasn't all that much fun.

No matter what shape your nicotine is in

Most electronic cigarettes are shaped like a conventional cigarette, though some are shaped like a pipe. The first generation was clearly designed to simulate a cigarette. New generation e-cigarettes—often called mods, PVs (personal vaporizer), or APVs (advanced personal vaporizer)—have an increased nicotine-dispersal performance, housing higher capacity batteries, and come in various form factors, including metal tubes and boxes.

Many electronic cigarettes are composed of standardised replaceable parts that are interchangeable from one brand to the other, while some disposable devices combine all components into a single part that is discarded when its liquid is depleted. Common components include an atomizer, a power source, and a container of e-liquid.


Here's a breakdown of the components that make up an e-cigarette. (Source:

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