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What Is An E-Cig?

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Editor’s Note: Welcome to the newest post in our blog series on electric cigarettes, written monthly by guest post contributor Lucas McDonough of METRO Electronic Cigarette. – AT

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The Electronic Cigarette Buzz
With pending regulation from the FDA and big tobacco jumping in on the action, electronic cigarettes are quite the buzz these days. So what exactly is all the buzz about? What are electronic cigarettes and how do you use them? 

What Is An E-Cig?
Introduced in the United States in 2007, electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that emulate smoking traditional combustible cigarettes. Often referred to as “vaping”, the act of using an e-cigarette occurs when the user or “vaper” draws on the device like they normally would with a traditional cigarette. When they draw on the e-cig an atomizer vaporizes the nicotine and converts the liquid into a smoke-like vapor that the user then inhales. 

Also known as e-cigarettes, e-cigs, smokeless cigarettes or vaporizers, electronic cigarettes allow the user to vape whenever and wherever they like. With no ash, no smell and no offensive secondhand smoke, vapers are able to enjoy their smoking habits without offending others.

How It Works
When understanding electronic cigarette parts, the battery is the simplest part of the equation. Like most batteries, the e-cig battery is a lithium-ion battery. It provides power to the heating mechanism in the cartridge that creates the vapor you inhale and exhale. 

The Cartridge is the most complex portion of the two e-cig parts. It contains a chamber that holds the nicotine that has been dissolved in propylene glycol. The cartridge also contains a heating coil that is activated only when the cartridge is screwed into the battery and the cartridge is inhaled, by pressing to the lips, simultaneously. While inhaling, the liquid nicotine is heated up and vaporized so that what you inhale and exhale is a vapor, not a smoke. This makes the evaporation of the vapor easy and there is no lingering smoke.

Electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco, which allows you to get your dose of nicotine without ingesting the 4,000 plus chemicals that you normally would with a combustible cigarette. You are also not inhaling over 40 known carcinogens that are found in the burning of tobacco. With the look and feel of a traditional cigarette, you experience the same oral fixation and hand-to-mouth action of smoking that you are accustomed to. METRO Electronic Cigarettes actually offer different levels of nicotine with their cartridges, including a 0.0% nicotine cartridge to help out those who truly enjoy the act of smoking without the nicotine.


Many Options Available
A great way to introduce smokers into the e-cig market is the disposable electronic cigarette. At a value price, it’s an inexpensive way for current smokers to get acquainted with e-cigs and how to use them. Once they are familiar with how they work and want to delve deeper into the market, there are cartridge options and designer kits to satisfy their smoking needs. One great thing about using the cartridges is that they are cheaper than traditional cigarettes and the amount of waste is considerably lower than traditional cigs too. Also, some companies like METRO Electronic Cigarettes offer a recycling program that rewards the consumer with free cartridges after turning so many in, which helps keep the e-waste out of landfills. 

With the FDA considering new regulation on e-cigarettes and big tobacco emerging into the electronic cigarette world, the e-cig buzz is proving to be more than a fad. Since it’s introduction in 2007, sales of electronic cigarettes have nearly doubled every year and there is no sign of slowing down in the future.

From one-time disposables to custom designer kits, make sure to offer your customers an e-cig brand that allows many options to meet their smoking needs all while increasing your bottom line.


{Guest Post} Guest post provided by Lucas McDonough of METRO Electronic Cigarette, a product line provided by NATSO Allied member TNT Sales. METRO Electronic Cigarette offers quality and affordable e-cig disposables, electronic cigarette starter kits, e-cigarette build your own kits, smokeless cigarette cartridges and more. To learn more about electronic cigarettes and METRO Electronic Cigarette visit

The opinions and advice given by guest post contributors are not necessarily those of NATSO Inc. The posts should not be considered legal advice. Qualified professionals should be sought regarding advice and questions specific to your circumstances.

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Lucas McDonough

Lucas McDonough

METRO Electronic Cigarette offers quality and affordable e-cig disposables, electronic cigarette starter kits, e-cigarette build your own kits, smokeless cigarette cartridges and more. With over four years’ experience in the electronic cigarette industry, METRO provides a product that meets every vapor’s needs. With very competitive pricing, a strong Customer Service team, and a solid reputation of standing behind its products, METRO has quickly grown into one of the premier E-Cig providers in the industry. 

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