There has been lots of brouhaha about electronic cigarettes in the past few years. Groups ranging from the tobacco industry to various stop smoking groups have tossed around some pretty wild assertions that have confused the general public quite a bit. What’s true? What’s false? In this article, we will explore some of the myths and truths about e cigs. Read on to learn more.
Lots of people have expressed concern that electronic cigarettes will encourage people (especially young people) to smoke because they come in a variety of flavors. The fact is, electronic cigarettes are not marketed toward minors. Advertising for e cigs is limited toward a target audience of adult smokers. Electronic cigarettes are not intended to be taken up as an initial habit. Instead, they are intended as a safer smoking alternative for adults who already smoke and wish to reduce the amount of harm caused by tobacco and save money.
Another myth about e cigs is that they are “just as bad” as cigarettes. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cigarettes are flaming objects that are responsible for the vast majority of fires worldwide. Cigarettes contain more than 4000 toxins. Cigarette smoke harms the smoker and everyone around the smoker. Electronic cigarettes, on the other hand, cannot set anything on fire because there is no flame. They contain three plain ingredients that have been safely used in foods and medications for decades (water, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin and food grade flavoring) and pharmaceutical grade nicotine. The vapor that is produced by electronic cigarettes only affects the user and does not harm anyone or anything else.
Lots of smokers who are considering electronic cigarettes are concerned because the cost of starter kits seems to be expensive. The fact is, you can get a very basic starter kit for about twenty dollars, and because most electronic cigarette components are interchangeable from brand to brand you can add onto your collection a piece at a time if you want to. This is one way to do it; however, it is not the most economical way. Most complete starter kits contain a great value and provide you with enough equipment and supplies to enjoy your e cigs for a very long time without having to re-order e-liquid, cartridges or cartomizers. When you do reorder, you will find the cost of supplies very affordable. In fact, you can save as much as 75% over the cost of tobacco cigarettes when you switch to e cigs.
Another concern many people bring up is that, when you vape (enjoy an e cig) you are still using nicotine. This is true, but the big difference between e cigs and tobacco cigarettes is that with electronic cigarettes, the user is in complete control. E liquid is available in a wide variety of nicotine levels from a very high amount to none at all. Lots of smokers begin vaping with a fairly high amount of nicotine and gradually reduce it to nothing. Then the choice is up to the user to just keep on enjoying the e cig or to set it aside.
All in all, switching from tobacco cigarettes to electronic cigarettes is positive, empowering and smart.