Vaping has grown dramatically in popularity since it emerged on the scene about a decade ago. Since it has been around for a relatively short time, few studies have shown vaping’s cultural, social, and health impact. As such, many people are confused about this practice that simulates the feeling of smoking. If you’ve never tried vaping, it’s important to know how it works before “lighting up.” Discover the science behind vaping.
How Vaping Works
Vaping works very much the same way as traditional cigarette smoking but it is slightly more complicated and requires electronics. It’s done with an e-cigarette, vape pen, vape mod, or another similar device. The device heats up a volatile liquid in a cartridge and turns it into vapor, which the user inhales. Depending on the type of device, you may inhale from the cartridge to start the vaporization process or use a manual switch to activate the vaporizer inside.
Components of an E-Cigarette
An e-cigarette consists of three main components: a vaporization chamber, a rechargeable lithium battery, and a cartridge. The lithium battery sends power to the vaporization chamber, which is a hollow tube that contains an atomizer and electronic controls. The atomizer is the component that produces the vapor. Before you activate the device, you have to attach a cartridge to the vaporization chamber. The cartridge also serves as the mouthpiece of the e-cigarette.
When using an e-cigarette, you should inhale in the same way you would if you were smoking a traditional cigarette. The inhalation will activate the atomizer to heat the e-liquid contained in the cartridge, converting it to a vapor. When inhaled, the vapor will make its way to your lungs. Then it will form a cloud that resembles cigarette smoke when you exhale it.
E-cigarette users say vaping gives them some of the sensations that come with tobacco smoking, such as inhaling, exhaling, and holding the “cigarette” in their hands. Some e-cigarettes have a LED light on one end that lights up when you inhale, resembling the burning tip of a cigarette.
The liquid in the cartridge is typically propylene glycol, an additive that has been approved by the FDA for use in food. It usually contains flavorings, such as tobacco, menthol, mint, coffee, chocolate, caramel, apple, or cherry. You can purchase cartridges with or without nicotine.
Is Vaping a Healthier Alternative to Tobacco Smoking?
Vaping has become a popular practice among people who are trying to quit smoking. Manufacturers of e-cigarettes claim their products are a healthier alternative to tobacco cigarettes because they don’t contain harmful chemicals such as tar and carbon monoxide. Some users say vaping has alleviated their smoker’s cough, improved their sleep, and enhanced their sense of smell and taste.
Now that you know how vaping works, you’re in a better position to decide whether you want to take up the habit. It has helped many tobacco smokers reduce their nicotine cravings, and it can probably do the same for you.