E-Cigarettes rapidly became a viable alternative to smoking regular tobacco cigarettes. As many smokers are becoming more interested, we put together an overview with the benefits and drawbacks that are associated with the use of an e-cigarette.
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It‘s healthier - No Tar, Toxins and Tobacco
One of the main reasons smokers turn to e-cigarettes is because it is a viable healthier alternative to burning tobacco. E-cigarettes work by vaporising a liquid made of nicotine, flavouring and an inert carrier. This means that the vapour inhaled from an e-cigarette does not contain any of the tar, carbon monoxide or any of the other toxins found in the smoke from tobacco cigarettes. This allows smokers to get an enjoyable nicotine fix without many of the health risks associated with smoking tobacco. The Boston University School of Public Health has concluded that “few, if any, chemicals at levels detected in electronic cigarettes raise serious health concerns.”
Some reported health benefits of using e-cigarettes over smoking tobacco include:
- Significantly less coughing
- Improved breathing
- Increased energy levels
- Felling more physically fit
- Smaller chance of lung disease
Saving money with E-Cigarettes
One of the most appealing aspects of using an e-cigarette over regular tobacco is the financial aspect. Although they come with a reasonable initial investment, when used to replace the use of tobacco cigarettes altogether, it‘s possible to save thousands with E-cigarettes. This is because the liquid nicotine refills are fairly cheap and last substantially longer than their tobacco counterparts, meaning you have to spend less to get the same fix.
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Second hand smoke is not an issue
As e-cigarettes deliver a nicotine vapour, there is no second hand smoke to speak of. And the vapour does not linger or smell the same way that tobacco smoke does. As a result, it is often legal to use an e-cigarette in places where it would normally be illegal to smoke regular cigarettes.
Tobacco smoke can leave clothes, personal possessions and the living space smelling of smoke, as well as littered with ash trays. This is not a problem with e-cigarettes. They do not produce any ash or lingering smells, ensuring that you maintain a fresh and clean lifestyle - and self-image.
Superior to nicotine gum and patches
Part of the problem faced by those using nicotine gum and patches is the lack gratification gained from them. There is a psychological element in smoking that causes relaxation and pleasure from physically holding a cigarette in the hand and exhaling smoke. Using an e-cigarette can effectively simulate this experience and deliver that gratification.
Whilst e-cigarettes may be preferable to smoking tobacco, they do have their own health risks - but fortunately these are rather minor. Whilst they are minor, it is still a good idea to know what they are. One anecdotally reported risk is that e-cigarettes can cause dehydration. For this reason it is important to drink bit of extra water when using them.
The main ingredients of most liquid nicotine is propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine, which are both common food additives. Although rare, some people can have an allergic reaction to these.
Whilst there are fairly minimal short term risks to health, it is worth noting that the long term effects of inhaling the vapour produced by e-cigarettes is not known, as it is a relatively new invention. There is also conflicting information as to whether nicotine itself acts as a carcinogen.
Government and the law
Currently the production of most e-cigarettes goes unregulated. This means that there is very little control over manufacturers of these products, making it can be hard to ensure that e-liquids and cigarettes meet a certain standard. At Zamnesia we recommend using a reputable brand such as Stigx, as they use only highest quality, pharmaceutical grade ingredients.
Although there are few regulations currently in place, governing bodies are taking a particular interest in the rising popularity of e-cigarettes – with many looking to put introduce more rules. On one side, this would ensure that the e-liquid market becomes safer, but it could also result in them becoming restricted in the same way tobacco is – something that many users would like to see avoided.