When the State of California passed legislation making smoking a cigarette in a public place a misdemeanor, they set the groundwork for an all-out battle between smokers and non-smokers in every state in the union. No matter which side you fall on, you couldn’t help but be dragged into the arena when the tobacco companies began their onslaught of slashing cigarette prices and coming up with “kid-friendly” ads and saw a huge increase in sales. But, as with anything else, when big government steps in, the battle goes to another level.
Unable to beat ’em, the cigarette companies have joined ’em. While tobacco-based cigarettes may never die completely, the number of those who have quit smoking put a huge dent right where it hurts – the purse strings of big tobacco. In order to make up for lost profits, a new type of cigarette was born, the tobacco-less cigarette, or electronic cigarette. This new e-cigarette is supposed to give smokers the flavor they crave through water vapor that is non-toxic to those around the smoker. No more secondhand smoke, no more complaints from non-smokers, no more hazards to children in the homes of their smoking parents. Everyone wins!
Now the problem is, which one do you choose? Are they all the same in taste? And what about price? Every smoker knows that the cost of tobacco cigarettes has sky-rocketed over the last few years in an attempt by the government to control the use of cigarettes by making them so expensive, people will think twice before buying them. And at eight bucks a pack in some east coast markets, buying a pack of cigarettes is more costly than buying milk, cereal, and bread for their children. So how does the change from tobacco cigarettes to non-tobacco go for the diehard smoker? Are there different e-cigarettes to choose from? What about taste? Quality? Price?
What are electronic cigarettes?
There are two types of electronic cigarettes. The first is a three-part cigarette and is made up of an atomizer, a battery, and a cartridge that holds e-juice, which can be bought in various flavors and strengths. The second is a two-part cigarette made up of the battery and “cartomizer”. The cartomizer contains both the atomizer and the cartridge for the e-juice and seems to be the more convenient of the two.
Where do you buy e-cigarettes?
The internet has a plethora of sites where you can purchase e-cigarettes and e-juice. And most any place you can buy regular tobacco cigarettes also sells e-cigarettes, but may not sell e-juice to fill the cartridge.
How much do e-cigarettes cost?
The price varies according to which brand you decide to purchase. Starter kits can range from about sixty dollars to over two hundred dollars, depending on which one you begin with. The refill juice is much less expensive after using the starter kit and, depending on the flavors chosen, can cost as little as a few dollars.
Popular e-cigarette brands:
- V2 Cigs
- Smokeless Image
- Smoke Stik
- Green Smoke
- South Beach Smoke
Why try e-smoking?
The first reason of course, is to stop the hazards of tobacco to your lungs, heart, and other organs. The cost of healthcare for cigarette smokers is in the billions of dollars, plus the problems secondhand smoke to children, causing asthma and other lung diseases in early childhood and sometimes, in infancy. E-smoking removes the dangers of secondhand smoke, lowering the susceptibility to lung disease in children.
Dangers in e-cigarettes are mentioned in several articles, but the danger is actually in the e-juice, or liquid, that goes into the cartridge of the e-cig produced through the use of nicotine liquid. It would go to reason if tobacco contains nicotine and is dangerous, using nicotine liquid in your e-cig would also be dangerous. Since e-juice is available in various flavors and the smoker does not have to use nicotine juice, the danger is removed by choice.
Reviewing e-cigarettes has become an internet pastime for some and while each e-cig is similar, there are now many to choose from. Each smoker may want to read the reviews prior to giving the new-age cigarettes a try.
For those who have decided that quitting smoking completely isn’t going to happen, but are worried about their health and that of others, e-cigarettes can be the happy medium for everyone concerned. The savings in cost of purchasing cigarettes, the cost of healthcare benefits, and the lower cost of premiums for healthcare and life insurance all adds up to a good deal.