What Are E-Cigarettes and How Do They Work?

Tuesday, 19 April 2016  |  Admin

So you want to know more about e-cigarettes? Then you've come to the right place. E-cigs have experienced a surge in popularity as more and more people decide to see what all the fuss is about. But many people still might not know exactly what they are, and how they work.

While there is some variety amongst the various forms of e-cigs, there are a few basic principles that apply to all of them, no matter their shape or size. All electronic cigarettes contain e-liquid. E-liquid contains nicotine, propylene glycol (PG) and/or vegetable glycerine (VG), and flavourings. Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine produce vapour and throat hit, though while VG produces more vapour, PG produces more throat hit. 

How Do E-Cigarettes Work?

E-cigarettes are made up of a few main components; an atomiser (within a cartridge), a battery, and a mouthpiece. The atomiser is the most important part of any electronic cigarette, as it is the part that turns the liquid into vapour. It does this by heating a coil that is in contact with the filler material containing the e-liquid.

'Cigalike' e-cigs also contain a cartomiser (cartridge which holds the atomiser), whereas many vape pens now contain a clearomiser, which is a clear cartridge containing the atomiser, and holding the e-liquid. When the liquid is heated, along with the nicotine and flavourings, it creates a vapour, with a much more pleasant aroma than regular cigarette smoke!

Different Types of E-Cig

  • Cigalikes - these e-cigs most closely resemble regular cigarettes in size and appearance. In contrast to more modern devices, they feature a sensor that detects when air is inhaled, which then activates the heating element in the cartomiser. 
  • Tank systems - tank systems use a 'tank' (or clearomiser). The clear design allows you to see how much e-liquid is contained, meaning you won't keep trying to vape when your liquid has run out. Most of these systems require you to press a button in order to vape.
  • Advanced devices/mods - technology is constantly changing and improving with regard to e-cigarettes, and now many new devices allow you to vary the voltage and the wattage yourself, as well as reducing the resistance. These modifications can lead to increased flavour and/or bigger vapour clouds, but attempting it without good prior knowledge is risky so it should only be done by experienced vapers!

E-Cigarettes Vs Cigarettes

While it's difficult to make any definitive claims as to the effects e-cigs have on your health, it's obvious that they have some benefits compared to regular smoking:

  • Smoking produces smoke (duh) which contains harmful chemicals such as tar, carbon monoxide and ammonia - vaping doesn't!
  • Smoking leads to bad breath and smelly clothes - again, vaping doesn't
  • Cigarettes contain tobacco, which contains carcinogens when burned, while e-cigarettes and e-liquids contain no known carcinogens
  • E-cigarettes are more cost-effective in the long run - wouldn't you like to have some spare change?

E-Cigs Available Here!

If you like what you've read about e-cigarettes and how they work, why not make the transition now and check out the whole range of top brands at Vape Mountain?

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EDGE British Tobacco E-Liquid (Pack of 5)

EDGE British Tobacco E-Liquid (Pack of 5)

£11.99
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  • Tobacco flavoured e-liquid
  • Nicotine strengths: 6mg, 12mg and 18mg
  • VG: 50%, PG: 50%
  • Made in the UK
NZO Vape Starter Kit with Multi-Flavour Refill Pack

NZO Vape Starter Kit with Multi-Flavour Refill Pack

£18.99
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  • Ideal for both new and experienced vapers
  • Pods: Blackcurrant Lemonade, Silver Tobacco, Menthol
  • Pods are provided with a nicotine strength of 20mg
OK Vape E-Cigarette K1 Replacement Battery with Refill Cartridges

OK Vape E-Cigarette K1 Replacement Battery with Refill Cartridges

£9.48
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EDGE GO Blackcurrant Refill Pods (5 Packs)

EDGE GO Blackcurrant Refill Pods (5 Packs)

£23.99
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  • Five packs of blackcurrant-flavoured pods
  • Designed for use with the EDGE GO device
  • Easy to use with a simple click-and-go design
  • Available in a range of nicotine strengths
Vype ePod Starter Kit

Vype ePod Starter Kit

£19.99
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  • Vype ePod E-Cigarette Starter Kit
  • Includes a Vype ePod device and charging cable
  • Also includes a Tropical Mango Cartridge
  • Cartridge Strength: 18mg
Vype ePod vPro Tropical Mango Cartridges (18mg)

Vype ePod vPro Tropical Mango Cartridges (18mg)

£5.99
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  • Pack of Vype ePod Tropical Mango cartridges
  • Provided in a dark cherry and red fruits flavour
  • Two cartridges provided in a pack
  • Cartridge Strength: 18mg
Blu Pro E-Cigarette Clearomiser

Blu Pro E-Cigarette Clearomiser

£5.99
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  • Ergonomic mouthpiece for consistent vapour
  • Top-filling design makes refills quick and easy
  • Clear window shows how much e-liquid is left
  • Designed exclusively for Blu Pro to ensure compatibility
EDGE Strawberry Milkshake E-Liquid (Pack of 5)

EDGE Strawberry Milkshake E-Liquid (Pack of 5)

£11.99
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  • Strawberry milkshake flavoured e-liquid
  • Nicotine strengths: 6mg, 12mg and 18mg
  • VG: 50%, PG: 50%
  • Made in the UK
OK Vape Rechargeable E-Cigarette Starter Kit and High Strength Menthol Refill Cartridges Saver Pack

OK Vape Rechargeable E-Cigarette Starter Kit and High Strength Menthol Refill Cartridges Saver Pack

£32.49
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  • Starter kit containing everything that you need to start vaping
  • Menthol flavoured and ideal for those who want to cut down on smoking
  • Contains a total of 26 high strength refills (18mg) and one medium strength refill (12mg)
  • Includes a USB charger, K1 Battery and an OK Vape carry case
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OK Vape Tobacco Extra-High Nicotine E-Cigarette Refills (20mg)

OK Vape Tobacco Extra-High Nicotine E-Cigarette Refills (20mg)

£5.49
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  • Tobacco-flavoured electronic cigarette refill
  • Suitable for the OK Vape Rechargeable E-Cigarette
  • Extra-high nicotine strength of 20mg
  • Each pack contains 5 refills, with bulk offers available
  • FREE OK Vape Starter Kit Offer: Enter switch2ok at checkout
OK Vape Tobacco High Nicotine E-Cigarette Refills (18mg)

OK Vape Tobacco High Nicotine E-Cigarette Refills (18mg)

£5.49
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  • Tobacco-flavoured electronic cigarette refill
  • Suitable for the OK Vape Rechargeable E-Cigarette
  • High nicotine strength of 18mg
  • Each pack contains 5 refills, with bulk offers available
  • FREE OK Vape Starter Kit Offer: Enter switch2ok at checkout
OK Vape E-Cigarette Nicotine-Free Menthol Refill Cartridges (0mg)

OK Vape E-Cigarette Nicotine-Free Menthol Refill Cartridges (0mg)

£5.49
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  • Menthol flavour refill cartridges for the OK Rechargeable E-Cigarette
  • Each pack contains five cartridges and lasts for the equivalent of 125 traditional cigarettes
  • Nicotine-free with 0mg of nicotine in each cartridge
  • Bulk offers available starting at £4.50 per pack
  • FREE OK Vape Starter Kit Offer: Enter switch2ok at checkout