electronic cigarette

variants: or e-cigarette \ ˈē-​ˌsi-​gə-​ˈret , -​ˈsi-​gə-​ˌret \ or less commonly e-cig \ ˈē-​ˌsig \

Definition of electronic cigarette 

: a battery-operated device that is typically designed to resemble a traditional cigarette and is used to inhale a usually nicotine-containing vapor

Note: Electronic cigarettes contain a liquid solution typically consisting of nicotine, various chemical substances (such as propylene glycol or glycerol), and often flavoring. The solution is heated by the battery producing the aerosol or vapor inhaled by the user.

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Philip Morris, which introduced IQOS smoke-free electronic cigarettes first in Japan, has reduced inventory in that country as consumer demand has been below forecasts. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Philip Morris Cuts Sales, Earnings Targets," 19 July 2018 Citing a need to protect the health of children and teenagers, Oak Park trustees have asked the village’s board of health to study possible regulations of electronic cigarettes within the village. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park to study possible regulations of e-cigarettes: 'It's a growing concern'," 17 May 2018 The decline is a result of better understanding about the health risks associated with smoke, cigarette taxes and smoking bans and the recent launch and popularity of electronic cigarettes. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: The small HHS agency detaining migrant kids isn't meant for that task," 20 June 2018 Bill Fleischli, executive vice president of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association and Illinois Association of Convenience Stores, agrees that the bill could expand the black market for traditional and electronic cigarettes. Hailey Mensik, chicagotribune.com, "Bill to raise smoking age would hurt convenience stores, vape shops, retailers say," 7 June 2018 In May, Illinois legislators agreed to raise the age from 18 to 21 to buy tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin City Council to consider raising minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21," 9 July 2018 The percentage of tobacco stores selling illegally to minors during undercover stings also went down when 2017 is compared to 2016, but the number of citations involving electronic cigarettes went up. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego sees decrease in stores selling tobacco, hookah lounges, vape shops," 11 July 2018 The policy does not explicitly ban electronic cigarettes, but allows individual public housing agencies to add them. Vikki Ortiz, chicagotribune.com, "As public housing buildings go smoke-free, health advocates mobilize to help residents quit," 2 July 2018 Today’s study shows what works and what doesn’t with a large number of smokers, but some researchers caution about drawing firm conclusions on whether electronic cigarettes help or not. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Money’s better than e-cigs or nicotine gum at helping smokers quit, study says," 23 May 2018

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electronic cigarette

variants: or e-cigarette \ ˈē-​ˈsi-​gə-​ˌret \ also e-cig \ ˈē-​ˌsig \

Medical Definition of electronic cigarette 

: a battery-operated device that is typically designed to resemble a traditional cigarette and is used to inhale nicotine vapor Another new product is the electronic cigarette (e-cigarette), a battery-powered device that aerosolizes nicotine for inhalation but does not burn tobacco.— Nancy A. Rigotti, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 17 Oct. 2012 — see vape

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