An E-Cigarette (electronic cigarette) is a nicotine delivery device that creates a vapour which is inhaled.
The earliest e-cigarette was developed in 1963 by Herbert A. Gilbert who patented a device that he described as ‘a smokeless non-tobacco cigarette’. Gilbert’s e-cigarette used heated, moist, flavoured air.’ By heating a nicotine solution, this first design created steam. Despite being approached by several companies, the product was never produced on a mass scale.
Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik is credited with the creation of a more modern e-cigarette design 37 year later. Hon Lik’s design produced a smoke-like vapour that could be inhaled and act as a vehicle for nicotine to enter the bloodstream. It was another four years until this product was introduced to the Chinese market.
E-cigarettes are made up of three major components:
The battery: offering higher power capacities, safety protection and customisable features.
The atomizer: with various coil types including nickel and titanium for temperature control devices
The tank: available in a wide range of sizes to accommodate more e-liquid
Battery: At the base of the e-cigarette is the battery. The battery serves to power the e-cigarette and today the majority of e-cigarette batteries are easily recharged with the use of a mains adaptor or a USB port directly linked to a computer. Many models have an indicator light to help users determine when the e-cigarette needs to be recharged with the more innovative designs now including an OLED digital screen to display vaping information.
Atomizer: The middle part of the e-cigarette is the atomizer. The atomizer contains a heating coil which serves to vaporise the e-liquid and consists of a wick which draws the liquid in. As the coil heats up the e-liquid turns into the vapour that users inhale. The inhalation of the vapour produced is known as ‘vaping’.
Tank: The very top part of the device is the tank and this is where the e-liquid is stored and the mouthpiece is connected.
Innovations in Technology
With much research and development, today’s e-cigarettes have many advanced features such as adjustable airflow, variable voltage, variable wattage, temperature control and safety protection.
You can find out more about these features in our glossary here.
E-cigarettes have never been better and with tanks and batteries in various colours, personalising your e-cigarette has never been easier.
Advances have been made in the development of e-liquid too and the range of flavours and strengths is growing. At TECC we have tested all our e-liquid ranges to provide customer safety and to create a unique vaping experience.
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WARNING: The Electronic Cigarette Company makes no claims that the electronic cigarette will cure a smokers addiction to nicotine; the electronic cigarettes it sells serves the same purpose as a tobacco cigarette- it delivers its user nicotine. If you do suffer from the disease of Tobacco/Nicotine Dependence Syndrome and want to take steps to give up smoking or cut down the quantity of cigarettes you currently smoke. We recommend you visit your health care provider to discuss NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) or a tobacco harm reduction programme.
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