Smoking is a far more common habit than it should be, giving way to an unprecedented amount of deaths each year. In the United States alone, tobacco smoke accounts for roughly 1 out of every 5 deaths. Factor in the problems with second and thirdhand smoke and it’s a wonder that anyone uses cigarettes.
A recent development, the e-cigarette, is quickly becoming a replacement for many smokers. Here are a few reasons why you might want to switch to electronic cigarettes.
1. You will save money.
While the initial purchase of an electronic cigarette might seem a bit unreasonable, you will actually save money in the long run. Someone who normally smokes a pack a day—over $10 a pack in some states—will spend about $3 a day on an electronic cigarette. That includes refills. You won’t have to worry about buying lighters or ashtrays. Even adding in an e-cig case and other accessories, you are sure to save a ton of money.
2. It feels the same.
Using an electronic cigarette feels the same as smoking a regular cigarette. You get that same smoking experience of holding and drawing from a cigarette, with some minor differences, and you still get your nicotine fix. If you want to quit, you can get refills that don’t contain any nicotine.
3. E-cigarettes don’t contain tar or other harmful additives.
Aside from the nicotine, which is actually optional, an electronic cigarette contains none of the harmful additives found in a normal cigarette. A traditional cigarette contains hundreds of harmful ingredients that have a detrimental effect on the human body. Tobacco, when burned, actually creates up to 4,000 chemical compounds. Imagine all of that wreaking havoc in your body.
An electronic cigarette contains none of that: no tar, no tobacco. In fact, the average electronic cigarette does away with nearly all carcinogenic ingredients in a traditional cigarette. You get the experience and sensation of smoking while cutting out nearly all of the unhealthy components.
4. You don’t have to worry about smoke.
Smoke is unhealthy for others and for the environment. It sticks to everything and smells terrible. An electronic cigarette produces a water-based vapor instead of smoke. Vapor is odorless, doesn’t get stuck in your skin, hair, and clothes, and evaporates in seconds.
No smoke means that you can use your e-cigarette in pretty much any setting without bothering others with harmful secondhand smoke. An e-cig charger or adapter allows you to smoke in your home or your car without creating a stink.
5. Less litter.
With an electronic cigarette, you don’t have to worry about littering cigarette butts everywhere (not that you ever do that, right?). All parts of an electronic cigarette can be recycled, much like televisions, computers, and other old electronics.