Nothing has revolutionized smokers’ expectancies to quit their hazardous habit as the e-cigarette did. From a novelty device back in 2006 the ecig has started gaining popularity a year later and nowadays it helps millions of smokers all across the United States to cut down or kick the habit for good. Its principle is fairly simple – you take a heating element if the form of an atomizer, a battery to power it and a supply of e-liquid and you’re ready to vape. What you get is a flavored aerosol that’s more closely comparable to vapor than to smoke. It mimics tobacco smoke and smoking in general but it does it without the tar, ash and thousands of perilous chemicals and carcinogens.
The strongest point of the electronic cigarette is the fact that it addresses all points of nicotine addiction and it can help people stay away from tobacco in a different manner than traditional replacement therapies. Because you can puff on your e-cigarette, feel that throat hit from the nicotine and enjoy the good taste you also make the same hand gestures as when you are smoking. And, referring to the social aspects of smoking, you can use your e-cigarette while your friends or colleagues puff on their tobacco in breaks and, besides this you may be able to use it in places where traditional cigarette are generally banned.
However, there is an ongoing debate on the safety and social acceptance of these electronic devices. First of all, the Achilles’ heel of e-cigarettes is the fact that they mimic smoking to the last detail. This has made them similar in the eyes of non-smoking advocates and generated a lot of controversy. But with more recent e-cigarette models, the traditional shape was abandoned and instead we have today personal vaporizers that look more like fashionable accessories. Once we start referring to them as ‘personal vaporizers’ and get rid of the cigarette look-a-like stigmatization there’s a better chance for these device to become socially accepted. It’s understandable that people fear they might glamorize smoking once again and vapers would become role models for today’s youths, but when you look at the surveys there is no clear indicator of any gateway effect these ecigs might have. So why is vaping better than smoking?
First of all, let’s compare vaping to smoking and not with breathing fresh air. Vaping does not generate smoke, tar, ash, butts and thousands of chemicals. This from the start means it’s better for your lungs and for the environment. E-liquid is made of glycerol and propylene glycol, substances commonly found in other day-to-day products like toothpaste or inhalers. Nicotine is highly addictive but it’s found in low concentrations in the e-liquid bottles which are usually child proof. The risk of getting a nicotine overdose from puffing on an e-cigarette is virtually improbable because you are inhaling small doses and your body always lets you know when you had enough.
There are currently no fatalities linked to the use of e-cigarettes, compared to the hundreds of thousands of smokers dying each year due to tobacco-related illnesses. Yes, the long term effects these devices might have are still unknown but it’s generally believed that – if they exist – they can’t be as bad as in the case of cigarette use.
Vaping can help you save money on the long run, because the price of one month’s e-liquid supply is far lower than the price of tobacco cigarettes. If you neglect the initial cost of a starter kit (around $75 - $150) a heavy pack-a-day smoker could end up saving from $75-$125 each month. That’s a lot of money that’s getting put to healthier use.
Many people that have made the switch from smoking to vaping have noticed they can smell and taste better and also gained a lot of energy. It has encouraged them to live a healthier lifestyle through exercise and better nutrition products. Puffing on e-cigarettes doesn’t have the same nasty effects on your teeth, skin and hair. No more lingering tobacco smell around the house or inside the car.
Because e-liquid comes in gradual nicotine concentrations, if you want to quit entirely you just have to slowly go for lower levels until you reach the point where you are vaping nicotine free. And with the majority of suppliers selling their e-juices in nicotine free alternatives, you can always enjoy e midnight treat without the perils of addiction or putting on extra pounds.