MAK wrote:No one really broke this down for me. Is this like a healthier way of smoking or some shit?
Kind of. Essentially what you've got is a small device which contains at least a battery and a button. You attach to that device a small tank to contain the e-liquid, which is made up usually of a combination of Propylene Glycol (an anti-microbial, flavor enhancer, and food additive), Vegetable Glycerin (a higher viscosity glycerol derived from vegetable oil, which helps bind the vapor "clouds" together and thicken the liquid), nicotine in a liquid base (either PG or VG), and food-grade flavorings. Inside of the tank is what's called an "atomizer", which is the actual bit doing the vaporizing. It consists of a small metal housing that contains a coil usually made of kanthal wire (an alloy of Iron, Chromium, and Aluminum), and stuffed with cotton as a wick for the juice to soak into and make even, direct contact with the coil. When you press the button, it sends electricity through the atomizer and into the coil, which heats up the liquid around it and begins to create the vapor that you breathe in, pulling in air through airflow holes in the tank, which pass through the center of the atomizer (the cool air keeping the coil from overheating and immediately burning the wick), and up the "chimney" which connects to the drip tip, the part where you actually put your mouth.
Functionally that's how most vaporizers work. There are others with other features like variable voltage/wattage, temperature control, different types of coil and wick materials and designs, etc. People have done some crazy stuff with vaporizers these days, but what I've laid out is about the gist of it. Yes, it has been used as a smoking cessation method for MANY people so far, and I have heard nothing but positive results from them. Every "accident" I have seen, where a mod just suddenly exploded or something, always seems to boil down to user error or user ignorance.