We all agree smoking is bad for us and there is no reasonable line of argument that can lead to any other conclusion: smoking kills many people, roughly about 50 percent of its long-term users. But on the other hand, people love getting their nicotine fix daily, it’s something they crave for and this is why smoking, even though it has become socially unacceptable, is still part of the daily routine of millions of people worldwide.

Hon Lik vaping But what if there was a new method available for delivering that much needed nicotine, but without the perils of smoke, tar, ash and carcinogens and without even the nasty effects of second hand exposure? Today we are going to talk a bit about e-cig vaporizers and their essential role in our society.

These devices have been around in various forms since the 1960s, though, in those times the sets were more of the tabletop variety and not very pocketable. After his father died of cancer, Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik developed a gizmo that could deliver nicotine without cigarette smoke and is still credited today as the inventor of the modern vaporizer or e-cigarette.

Vaporizers are battery powered devices that use an atomizer to heat up drops of a nicotine based liquid (called e-liquid or e-juice) and transform it into delicious vapor. Breathing in the nearly-odorless vapor gives the smoker their nicotine hit, but with only four or five chemicals, most of which present in our day-to-day lives in different forms and safe for human health.

E-cigarette technology is simple and consists of a power source (the rechargeable battery), some coils inside the atomizer that heat and vaporize the ejuice, and an LED light at the tip to make you feel like puffing form a real cigarette. Mods on the other hand are a whole other thing, solid, featuring huge batteries and at times handmade coils for optimum performance. Come to think about it, there is actually a subculture within the vaping community called ‘cloud chasers.’ where folks strive to make the biggest craziest clouds of vapor possible, though this isn’t without risk. Using sub-OHM resistance setups in their atomizers can push their batteries hard enough to cause them to explode. Of course, the people involved typically know the risks and the science behind a safe setup and the processes is usually done without harm.

However, nothing is yet considered as 100% safe, and studies to determine the potential health and safety issues long-term need time; vaping is so new that this time has not elapsed yet. The fact alone that you’re not burning tobacco and breathing in the smoke ‘sounds’ like it should be healthier, right? In fact, Mitch Zeller, director of the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products said in mid-May 2014, ‘If we could get all of those people [who smoke] to completely switch all of their cigarettes to non-combustible cigarettes, it would be good for public health.’

The thing we need to do now is to understand that there are still few unknown possible side effects of vaping and using these vaporizers on a daily basis, but the fact of the matter is that doctors and scientist all over the globe agree in one topic: vaping is far safer than smoking.