If you are considering using electronic cigarettes, there are probably a lot of things you are wondering about. Certainly anything new is going to seem mysterious at first. So to help take some of the mystery out of the equation, we hope some of these FAQs will help answer your own questions.

Q. What exactly is an electronic cigarette?

A. An e-cig is an electronic cigarette or e-cigarette. Unlike the standard cigarette you may be accustomed to smoking, e-cigs create a vapor instead of smoke. This vapor is actually created by barely heating up a mixture of glycerin, propylene glycol, water and either nicotine or a nicotine free liquid. Many also include flavoring, and these choices can range quite a bit. This heated mixture vaporizes, and users inhale this like smoke from a regular cigarette. What is included with your particular e-cig or e-cig kit depends on the brand and what you choose. Generally, though, you will have the e-cig, a battery for it, a travel pack that looks similar to a cigarette pack and a charger. Additional reading, see diagram of how e-cigs work.

Q. Will I notice the taste difference?

A. This is a tricky one to answer because it can range so much. The bottom line is if you want them to, you can find a brand which offers flavors that taste like classic tobacco. In fact, with the right vapor volume, there are some brands available that really help create a feel, look and taste that closely mimics the real smoking experience.

There are some brands that even offer different tobacco flavor blends, such as Turkish for example. On the other hand, some users actually like electronic cigarettes that do not taste like regular cigarettes. For instance you can choose from a wide range of e-cig flavors that you do not generally find for tobacco. From vanilla and coffee to cherry and kiwi there are many choices available.

Q. Will I still want to smoke tobacco?

A. This is individual to different former smokers. The truth is if you can find the right brand, you really may not notice that big a difference. Of course, for some people nothing can replicate the feel and taste of a real cigarette. However, many who switch do claim that those electronic cigarette brands that offer a thick vapor volume are close enough that they do not really miss the experience. The bottom line is that while nothing else may be exactly like smoking a cigarette, you may get plenty of satisfaction from using a e-cig. For many even being able to use an electronic cigarette in public actually makes using this approach more enjoyable. For each person, it is a unique experience. Many enjoy electronic cigarettes as much as standard cigarettes. Many others may still miss smoking at first but often enjoy e-cigs almost as much once they get accustom to them.

Q. Where can I use e-cigs?

A. While there are some places electronic cigarette usage is not permitted, such as airplanes, for the most part you have the freedom to inhale wherever you like. The reason for this is that there is no second hand smoke, ash or flame so you are not longer a social outcast when it comes to enjoying an after dinner “puff.” It’s just that now that puff will be vapor not actual smoke. Not only that but people will actually be curious and ask you about your e-cigs as opposed to shunning you, giving you dirty looks, making comments and responding to your lighting up with a dramatic and loud cough to remind you what they think of it.

Q. What is the deal with two-piece and three-piece designs for an e-cigarette?

A. You will notice when you shop for your starter kit that you have the option of either a two or three piece design. Some brands offer both options. Other times you will notice when you shop you will notice that different brands offer different styles. With all the other choices to consider and make, you may be wondering what this is all about. The three piece is basically a system in which users fill up the cartridge with the e-juice themselves. The two piece eliminates the need to do this. Many people prefer the two piece because it removes that step and often also has a smoother drag.

Q. Do electronic cigarettes still contain nicotine?

A. There are some that do and some that don’t. For many brands, you have the option to order smoke juice or cartridges that do contain a small amount of nicotine and those that are nicotine free. The difference in how much or little nicotine is contained could be compared to ranging from ultra lights to full flavor when it comes to standard cigarettes. The taste, fullness and overall effect are affected by how much nicotine the e-cig cartridge has.

Q. What flavors can I expect to find?

A. Depending on the brand you choose, you can expect to see anything you can imagine while you browse. The key to this is deciding which types of electronic cigarettes you want. If you intend to stick to the classic tobacco flavor, you don’t have to worry much about which brand you choose as they almost all offer classic tobacco flavor. If you want even menthol though, you will realize not all brands carry this option. If you are more into exotic or fruity flavors, such as cigarellos, then you may have to do a little more shopping around. There are several brands that carry a wide assortment including vanilla, cola, coffee, cherry and energy drink. Decide which type of flavors you want and then seek a brand that carries them.