The E-Cigarette vs. the Traditional Cigarette
The e-cigarette has been on the market for more than ten years, and it has been steadily gaining in popularity. The reasons for this climb are the many benefits of the e-cigarette over the traditional cigarette. The e-cigarette produces fewer odors and less waste, and it is often cheaper than heavily taxed cigarettes.
The odor from cigarettes often lingers for hours after you've finished smoking. If you smoke inside your car or home, the space quickly takes on that burning odor. This is due to some of the other chemicals that are being burned along with the tobacco in your cigarette—tar, nicotine, formaldehyde, and arsenic, to name a few. With the e-cigarette, you no longer have to worry about "smelling like cigarettes" because the e-cigarette lacks many of the chemicals in traditional cigarettes.
No Ash or Butts
In addition to odor, traditional cigarettes create ash, which can burn the skin or singe clothing if not properly disposed of. And, once you are finished with the cigarette, you have to dispose of the butt. The waste associated with an e-cigarette is limited to the battery and unit replacements. You no longer have to worry about having ashtrays in your car, home, and the places you visit.
In 2009, the federal tax on traditional cigarettes was raised from $0.39 to $1.01 a pack. Coupled with state taxes, which vary between states, about a fifth of the cost of your average pack of cigarettes is just taxes. An e-cigarette is not subject to these taxes. The expenses related to your e-cigarette are for the batteries and cartomizers, which cost about $20 per replacement. The oil is relatively inexpensive. Depending on what type of e-cigarette you use and how often you use it, you could spend as little as half the amount of money as someone smoking a pack of traditional cigarettes a day would spend.
There are many short- and long-term health risks associated with smoking traditional cigarettes. These risks range in severity from bad breath and difficulty breathing to increased chances of osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, lung cancer, and heart disease. These dangers are believed to be caused by the many carcinogenic chemicals contained within cigarettes: chemicals like arsenic, formaldehyde, and ammonia. The e-cigarette was originally developed by a pharmacist seeking to avoid the lung cancer that ultimately ended his smoking father's life. As such, e-cigarettes do not contain the tar or tobacco used in traditional cigarettes.
With all of these things in mind, consider making the switch to an e-cigarette. Begin enjoying all of the benefits this piece of technology has to offer.