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Pros and Cons of E-Cigs: Are They Right For Me?

If you want to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes for health or for social reasons, then you’ll have heard all the promises before about various quit smoking methods. You get sucked in by the hype, part with your well-earned cash and discover all too late that it’s yet another quit smoking gimmick that just doesn’t live up to expectations. So what makes e-cigarettes so different?

Benefits of Electronic Cigarettes

Let’s not beat about the bush here, quitting smoking is hard and a lot of it comes down to whether you really want to quit or not. For most, smoking is an enjoyable habit which helps to round off that meal, relieve stress and complement drinks with friends, so the usual quit smoking methods such as patches and gum simply aren’t that effective.

E-cigarettes offer the following benefits and advantages:

  • An e-cig can be used just like a real cigarette
  • Nicotine is inhaled in vapour form giving you that warm, back of the throat kick
  • E-cigarettes come in various nicotine strengths and flavours
  • You can legally smoke them in public as there is no second-hand smoke
  • Electric cigarettes don’t contain many of the harmful chemicals that tobacco cigarettes do

Cost of E-Cigs

So what’s the catch? Are they expensive? Well let’s put it this way, in 2011 the UK NHS calculated that smoking 5 cigarettes a day costs around £46 a month which is £548 a year (or about $850 for our US readers). If you smoke 10 a day, then this figure is doubled and smoking 20 a day costs over £2k ($3100) a year. That’s quite a significant nest egg you could be saving!

Those are just the personal costs, as the cost to the NHS and medical industry is more. ASH calculate that smoking related diseases cost the NHS £2.7 billion a year, rising to almost £5.2 billion. The total cost to society is £13.74 billion, which includes productivity loss to due to smoking breaks, sick leave, cost of cleaning cigarette butts, cost of fires started by cigarettes and the loss of economic output due to the death of smokers and passive smokers.

A simple kit such as the South Beach Smoke Deluxe Starter Kit costs less than £40 or $60. Once you get going all you need to buy are your cartridges and each cartridge is equivalent to around 20 normal cigarettes. You can get 20 such vapour cartridges for less than £30 ($45) which works out at around £1.50 ($2) for 20 cigarettes.

Who Uses E-Cigs?

E-cigarettes were not designed for non-smokers and the ASH briefing on e-cigs states there is no evidence they are used by non-smokers. They are primarily targeted at smokers who have tried to quit before but have found other quit smoking methods to be ineffective. They deliver the joy of smoking with a full range of tastes from tobacco to fruit along with a safe nicotine hit to help you wean yourself off harmful tobacco cigarettes. Heavy smokers can start with the highest nicotine strength and gradually work down to zero nicotine

E-cigs don’t claim to work miracles, they simply offer an alternative quit smoking method which is enjoyable and which works. The only way to find out for yourself is to try it.