Ever since the electronic cigarette has been marketed properly, it has taken hold in the marketplace in such a way that has not been seen since the Hula Hoop. There are times when products are just a fad, but the e cigarette started out with a purpose, and has grown into the next best thing.

E cigarettes are usually cylindrical in shape that contain a glycol eliquid that is heated and atomized, giving off a harmless vapor that is inhaled and exhaled just like a real cigarette. The only thing, the user is not inhaling the dangerous tobacco smoke that causes so much death and disease.

There is little doubt today that tobacco smoke from cigarettes is the major cause of lung cancer which causes over 160,000 deaths each year in the United States. Tobacco smoke contains over 200 chemicals that are cancer causing, and the tar that it deposits on the inside of the lungs destroys the small alveoli, the small air sacs that transfer oxygen from our lungs to the blood stream.

So, it is no wonder that many people have looked upon electronic cigarettes as a viable alternative and as a way to get off of smoking tobacco. The vapor that is generated in an e cig can be flavored with many different flavors such as strawberry, lemon, lime, orange, cinnamon, chocolate, menthol, peppermint, and a host of other flavors. It can also be laced with different strengths of nicotine.

Nicotine is what is so addictive in regular cigarettes, and it is what makes it so difficult to quit, because there is actual nicotine withdrawal symptoms when a person attempts to quit smoking tobacco products.

So what many people have done is to either get a level of nicotine similar to what they have been using, and gradually taper it down, or just leave it and continue to smoke it with an e cig. Nicotine is not particularly good for us either, but at least the user is not inhaling the tobacco smoke, which is the really deadly element of tobacco smoking.

When the electronic cigarettes were first introduced in 2009, the annual sales were in the 50,000 to 60,000 range. In 2014 it is estimated that over a billion will be sold, with the major cigarette manufacturers playing a role in that.

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the electronic cigarette, but if it is anything like the past few years, it is literally a market that is waiting to explode.