It seems incredible that you might be able to continue enjoying your usual nicotine fix but without all the adverse health effects of smoking. Over the years many quit smoking methods have been developed and even a smoking ban was enforced. However, none of this has made much impact on the 10 million or so smokers in the UK whose numbers have remained steady for the last six years according to The Independent. Yet there may finally be a way for smokers to keep their habit without sacrificing their health. E-cigarettes being one of them.
What is an E-Cigarette?
You might have heard of e-cigs, seen them advertised, or read about them but still be none the wiser to how they work so here is a brief summary of what an e-cigarette is.
An electronic cigarette is a battery powered inhaler which is shaped just like an ordinary cigarette. The nicotine is contained in a flavoured liquid inside a cartridge. An atomiser, which is a small heating coil, vaporises the liquid which is then inhaled by the user. As there is no smoke involved the e-cig is sometimes referred to as a smokeless cigarette. Only a small amount of vapour is released which quickly dissipates into the air.
How do E-Cigarettes Compare with Tobacco Cigarettes?
Let’s make an average comparison between cigarettes and e-cigs:
- Contains more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke
- Has more than 250 harmful chemicals including cancer causing toxins
- Causes harm to passive smokers
- Banned in most public places in the UK and other countries around the world
- Contains 4 basic elements: nicotine, water, propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine (the latter two found in many food items) along with flavourings
- Does not produce smoke
- Is not banned in most public places and you can smoke it indoors in pubs, clubs and bars
The Smokeless Cigarette
The greatest benefit of e-cigs is the elimination of tar and other cancer causing toxins which tobacco contains. This obviously has many health benefits for the user and also for the non-smoker.
The whole point of the smoking ban, which is now in place in many countries around the world, is the proven impact that smoking has on passive smokers, especially children. According to the BBC, passive smoking kills around 600,000 worldwide every year and a third of those killed are children. Children who come into regular contact with tobacco smoke are more at risk from sudden infant death syndrome, pneumonia and asthma.
As well as the dire consequences for passive smoking, tobacco smoke also lingers on in the air and in our clothes. It stains our teeth (leading to tooth decay), our fingers and our homes. Little wonder then that smokeless cigarettes are increasing in demand.
Other Benefits of E-Cigs
If you smoke, you increase your risk of developing a smoking related disease or illness. You might not be aware of it, but your insurance premiums will reflect this additional risk. If you quit with the help of e-cigs then your perceived risk goes down, along with your premiums.
You’ll enjoy better health along with your nearest and dearest, your bank balance will be healthier and you’ll no longer be a social outcast. How many more benefits do you need?