History of Tobacco Use
Tobacco use, though far more accepted then than today, has always been an area of controversy. One of the first articles opposing tobacco use came from James I of England in 1604, called “Counterblast to Tobacco” . James described tobacco as being “a custome loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, [and] dangerous to the lungs” . Other rulers also opposed tobacco use, like Turkey’s ruler from 1623 to 1640, Murad the Cruel. Those who used tobacco under Murad’s rule were liable to be hanged or beheaded . The first scientific anti-smoking movement occurred in Nazi Germany after German researchers discovered a link between smoking and lung cancer .
Engineering a Dream to Reality
Smoke without Fire?
Cartridges, which hold the nicotine liquid and serve as the mouthpiece, are attached to the vaporization chamber. Within the cartridge is a wick that has been submersed in the liquefied nicotine. The wick absorbs the liquid, to prevent leaking, and allows the liquid to drip onto the atomizer. The atomizer, when activated, converts the liquid into a vapor . Unlike typical forms of liquid, such as water, the liquefied nicotine is of thicker consistency. These cartridges typically last as long as a traditional pack of cigarettes (twenty cigarettes) but vary depending on brand and individual use.
So, What’s This Liquid?
Is This Thing Even Safe?
Murray Laugesen, the head of a study conducted by Health New Zealand, claims that “all pointers so far show the device is safe” . For the user, their study found that each drag released “a few micrograms of water, alcohol, nicotine, PG and flavoring” . Traces of nitrosamines, carcinogens that are found in traditional cigarettes, were also detected, though no more than what is found in nicotine patches .
An Excuse to Smoke?
Sparing Our Environment
Electronic cigarettes are largely a one-time purchase. Unlike traditional cigarettes that must be repurchased, only the cartridges must be continuously replaced. But even then, the user can reuse his or her cartridge by purchasing the liquid, which further reduces waste. As for the vaporization chamber, the lifetime of that piece can be extended by regular cleaning. In any sense, the cartridge and chamber will not likely be found anywhere but a trash bin when disposed.
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