Rehabilitating smokers often buy Vermillion River e liquid (also known as e-juice) for use in an electronic cigarette (e-cig or e-cigarette). An e-cig is a device that allows a user to enjoy the pleasant effects of cigarette smoking without exposing themselves and others to the attendant health risks. The devices have three components: a cartridge containing a reservoir of e-juice and a mouthpiece, an atomizer and a power supply or battery. The most common design mimics the appearance of a conventional tobacco cigarette. Others are designed to resemble ball-point pens. Some models are very elegant looking, almost a fashion accessory.
Users substitute the electronic cigarette for a conventional cigarette in an attempt to duplicate the smoking experience without the associated adverse health effects. They were first patented in 1963 by a man named Herbert A Gilbert. His product never took off because, at that time, the dangers or smoking conventional cigarettes were not widely known.
The e-cig in its modern form emerged from China in 2003. It was designed by a pharmacist who worked for a company called Golden Dragon Holdings. The use of e-cigarettes is popularly known as ‘vaping’. As a consequence, users call themselves ‘vapers’. In the United Kingdoms, vaper have organized a campaign to make the devices more acceptable to use in pubs, where the smoking of tobacco is prohibited by law. They hold regular gatherings, known as ‘vapefests’, and participate avidly in social networking.
Most preparations contain water, glycerine and flavoring. Nicotine is sometimes added so that the smoker can wean themselves off without experiencing unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The product comes in an increasing range of flavors.
The flavors that are available include fruit, candy (including chocolate, vanilla and caramel), menthol and other mint flavors, coffee and cappuccino. There are also special flavors for the more adventurous e-smoker such as butter rum, cherrywood and blends that mimic the taste of real tobacco. E-juice may also be enjoyed in a specially designed pipe.
E-cigarettes are a comparatively new product and so regulations and legislation concerning their use is continuing to evolve. Every country is different, and there are even differences in acceptance among the 50 American states. The American Association of Public Health Physicians endorse their use. They are lobbying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to designate them as tobacco products rather than medical devices. They argue that they are healthier for both the users and their companions, who are not exposed to secondary smoke.
The World Health Organization (WHO) admit that the devices may be safer than other nicotine replacement therapies. Their stance is that they should only be classified as a medical product to the extent that the marketer declares so.
In Latvia, Norway and the Netherlands, the devices are approved for use. In Finland, the regulators only approve nicotine-free e-juice. Canada has been slow to accept the devices.