February 20th, 2014
Technically referred to as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), the electronic cigarette or e-cig is a device used to simulate and act as an alternative for tobacco smoking. It is a battery-operated device, meaning you do not have to use flame or a match.
Some e-cig models contain nicotine (one of the most heavily used addictive drugs which can be found on tobacco products) that becomes the mist or fume that the user inhales. But not like tobacco, e-cigs does not consist a lot of noxious chemicals such as carbon dioxide and tar.
Just a very brief recap…
Back on 2003, Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik invented the first generation of e-cigs. After a year, e-cigs were introduced to the Chinese market. They eventually became known around the world and a lot of companies started selling them. Manufacturers have this tendency to imitate the usual tobacco cigarette appearance in designing several e-cigs, as they believe that this will appeal more to buyers. The venture was a huge success as the e-cigarette sales records showed that from 50,000 on 2008 it increased into 3.5 million last year.
A time to change a bad habit…
Non-smokers often whine not only about the health risk that they can get from second-hand smoking but also about the smell. In addition to that, the smell remains even after the smoker has left the room!
It is truly possible that you may not be aware of how you smell because smoking the usual cigarette can decrease your sense of smell. But a non-smoker can really tell how bad you smell, even if you are not opening your mouth.
So, if you are a smoker who experienced a lot of complaints from your family, friends or roommates, you are not just be affecting your relationship towards them but also affecting yourself as a person. You are putting everyone else, including yourself on certain risks when you smoke and chances are that you will not be able to get your dream job because you smell bad or you are not fit enough (there are still companies today that are against smoking).
To get rid of that nasty cigarette smell, you have two options: either (1) you buy lots of gum (or breath mints, perfume and whatever that can cover up the smell or (2) simply decide on cutting the habit by acquiring yourself an e-cig.
You do not have to worry because with e-cigs, you still get the same “smoking” feeling with a less toxic dose of nicotine. The device releases a non-toxic vapor that does not leave a strong odor behind. So it would never make you smell bad, or your clothing, room, upholstery, etc.
You may be hearing or seeing some news and articles that e-cigs contains a highly-toxic chemical that is commonly used in “antifreeze” or someone telling you that using one will poison your blood. The good news is that it is not true!
E-cigarettes are completely safe and does not contain diethylene glycol or any other compound used for antifreeze.
The device comes with e-liquids, some of which are of candy flavor resulting that releases a faint aroma when exhaled. The smell may also vary depending on the flavor you choose – from chocolate, mint, strawberry and more. So basically, e-cigs do not smell like normal cigarettes do and will not make you stink or give you bad breath!
The smoke is just water vapour, there may still be some sort of smell but it is mild and vanishes in the air instantly. You do not also have to trouble yourself for leaving cigarette butts or ashes behind after you have smoked.
The guaranteed results…
As of last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that they have not done any particular study to tell if the e-cig is an effective way to help people quit smoking.
But there are several observational studies that tell that there are such possible benefits and it was then guaranteed that e-cigs are a lot safer and healthier to use than smoking tobacco. There have been claims from regular users that e-cigs have helped reduce “smoker’s cough”, there is improvement in their sense of taste and smell and that they are spending longer sleep hours too.
That being said, e-cigs are proven to be safe to use and studies showed that many tobacco smokers have quit smoking. Countless testimonials, opinions and reviews showed that e-cig users have a better lifestyle than with tobacco smokers.
It is quite understandable that cutting the habit can be quite hard, especially if you are a regular tobacco smoker. But if your life is already at stake, then you should start thinking for the better right now.
Making the switch is not just a way to cut your cost on your usual cigarettes and fresheners or all sorts. It can help you with your health and it is not just about giving yourself a favor, but also for everyone around you.