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An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is a handheld electronic device that imitates the experience of smoking a cigarette It works by heating a liquid which generates an aerosol, or “vapor”, that is inhaled by the user.

One of the advantages of e-cigarette is that you can get your nicotine fix in variety of flavours, ranging from cinnamon, vanilla, buttered popcorn, mango, coffee, mint – the list goes on.

The liquid in the e-cigarette is known as e-liquid and it is usually made up of nicotine, glycol, glycerine, and of course different flavours. It is important to note that not all e-liquids contain nicotine.

E-cigarette has been a controversial topic in the public health industry as most people have often wondered if e-cigarette a substitute for cigarette or if the risks are lower than cigarettes and safe to use, or if it helps reduce the nicotine addiction,

There have been some accidents involving e-cigarettes in the past, as a matter of fact a Texan man died in February of this year as a result of an e-cigarette explosion.

According to CNN, William Brown, 24, died of a massive stroke after the e-cigarette he was using exploded. The death certificate says he died from cerebral infarction and herniation after debris from the exploding vape pen dissected his left carotid artery.

Albeit the risks involved, is e-cigarette a substitute for regular cigarette?  Listen to the audio below from an e-cigarette user. 

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