The electronic cigarette is taking the marketplace by storm because of its relatively low chance of having any harmful effects on the smoker. It simulates an actual tobacco laden cigarette in that you inhale and exhale a vapor.
The e-cigarette is a hollow tube that has a liquid container within it that is atomized by a little battery fueled heater, and the result is a vapor that the smoker inhales and exhales.
The vapor can be very plain, or it can have flavors inserted such as mint, menthol, tobacco, lemon, lime, strawberry, chocolate, and any other flavor that comes to mind. Nicotine can even be added to the mix.
One of the early reason, and is still a reason, it that electronic cigarettes were used as a means of quitting smoking by using a regular dose of nicotine, and then scaling it down over time, until it was not in the e-cigarette at all. This would seem as normal a way to accomplish smoking cessation as nicotine patches and gum are used in the same manner to help people quit.
There is now a move to regulate e-cigarettes due to the possibility that they ‘might’ pose an hazard. This may turn out to be a little silly because when a person ‘smokes’ an electronic cigarette, they are not inhaling tobacco smoke that has been proven to kill people with cancer, but only a mile water vapor that is apparently harmless.
Regardless, the electronic cigarette has entered the marketplace with a decided impact, and has to this date, established itself as a product to recon with. It appears that it is here to stay as sales are skyrocketing in the face of its critics, and it seems that this trend will continue for some time to come, as the product gains even more acceptability.