Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are devices that simulate smoking tobacco, they are usually powered by a battery and have a built-in atomizer that heats up the e-liquid, producing the inhaled vapor. The vapor consists of nicotine (an addictive alkaloid used recreationally as a stimulant and anxiolytic), flavoring, propylene glycol and/or glycerin.
Modern e-cigarettes were supposedly initially produced in 2003 and have since evolved, with some brands re-usable and others disposable, like real cigarettes.
According to recent reports, France, a Western European country, has announced plans to ban disposable e-cigarettes due to public health concerns and their danger to the environment. The report further cites a growing addiction among younger children and teenagers, with countries like Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom, and Ireland, also considering a similar ban.