Also known as an electronic cigarette, e-cig, personal vapourising device.
It is a battery powered device that emits a flavored fog containing nicotine (if the user prefers it) when inhaled. It is an alternative to real cigarettes, and contains no tobacco, tar, or the thousands of chemicals in tobacco smoke. It also produces no second hand smoke which makes it legal to smoke in most establishments.
The device uses a liquid to produce the fog. The liquid consists of pharmaceutical grade Propylene Glycol, flavorings, and nicotine. Nicotine amounts are typically available in ranges of 0-36mg per ml. A small amount of users will experience an allergic reaction to PG and should discontinue use if symptoms appear. Care should be taken to keep the liquid out of reach of children and/or pets as nicotine is a poison.
The E-cig comes in various models and colors, most of which are similar to the size of actual cigarettes and cigars.
Although the words E-Cig and E-Cigarette are commonly used, they are not the best terms to describe the device.