Anatomy of an e-cigarette
E-cigarettes are made up of three core components: a power source, a way to heat the liquid, and a mouthpiece. They come in different types and sizes, including disposable and rechargeable options.
If you would like help choosing the right e-cigarette and e-liquid, a specialist vape shop will be able to give you lots of advice. Remember to always refer to the manufactures instructions for information on your e-cigarette and e-liquid.
Watch this video to find out more about the anatomy of an e-cigarette and how they work.
A drip tip is the mouthpiece you use to inhale the vapour from the e-cigarette. There are hundreds of different shapes to choose from, so you can find which you like best.
The atomiser is the part of the e-cigarette that heats up the liquid until it turns into a vapour. It’s usually made up of a heating coil, similar to a kettle.
The battery is what powers the atomiser in the e-cigarette.
Different e-cigarettes have different batteries, some lasting longer than others. Most can be recharged.
E-cigarette use and storage
It is worth making sure that all e-cigarette devices, chargers and batteries display a CE mark. This is a certification mark that indicates conformity with European health, safety and environmental protection standards.
E-liquids should be stored in a cool, dark place out of reach of children and pets, and empty bottles should be disposed of safely.
To reduce the risk of fire, like any electrical device, the correct charger for the device should always be used and e-cigarettes should not be left charging unattended or overnight. Also, avoid placing spare batteries in your pocket with loose change or keys as this may cause ignition.
There is lots of support to help you quit smoking from health advisers; they are ready with tips, information and encouragement.
Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT)
NRT are products that provide you with a low level of nicotine and so can help you fight nicotine cravings as you quit.
There are two types of prescribed medication that can help you quit: Champix and Zyban - they both come as a pill to be taken daily. Both medications can roughly double your chance of quitting smoking for good.