With the price of tobacco cigarettes continuing to rise, many smokers are looking for a way to quit. The National Conference of State Legislatures announced that at the beginning of 2009, the average cost of a pack of cigarettes was $ 4.35. Additionally, with the proposed state tobacco tax increase, this amount will undoubtedly be higher by the end of this year. This leaves a large group of smokers unable to financially support their habit, and are left with no choice but to quit smoking. While this will be beneficial for their overall health in the long run, users will be faced with the uncomfortable side effects of nicotine withdrawal in the process.
Obviously, there are major health risks associated with smoking. Everyone is aware of them, but for those that have smoked for years, it doesn’t make the process of quitting any easier. There are those that truly desire to quit smoking, but simply cannot break their addiction to nicotine.
What if you were offered a product that would allow you to continue smoking, and was available at a fraction of the cost of traditional cigarettes? What if you could enjoy this product without the worry of the negative health risks associated with regular tobacco smoking? Sounds to good to be true, doesn’t it? There is actually a product that claims to do those very things, and many smokers have already replaced their traditional tobacco cigarettes with this healthier alternative, and are reporting no signs of withdrawal.
So, what is this magic solution? They’re called electronic cigarettes, or e-Cigarettes for short. E-cigarettes are reported to look, and taste like a regular cigarettes. They are said to replicate a regular smoking experience, without emitting any of the hazardous chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes.
Here’s how they work. E-Cigarettes are designed of three components that work together in mimicking the look and feel of regular cigarettes. The first component is a battery, which operates the light at the end of the cigarette. The light ignites when you puff on the end, giving the same appearance you get when you smoke a real cigarette. The second component is the nicotine cartridge, which is where the liquid nicotine is stored. The third component is a micro-processor that vaporizes the liquid nicotine into a substance that resembles smoke. When all the components are put together, they realistically resemble a cigarette. The e-Cigarette is fully rechargeable, safer than traditional cigarettes because they pose no fire hazard, and contain none of the poisonous substances and chemicals found in real cigarettes.
Because a water vapor is released from e-Cigarettes, in place of tobacco smoke, it is said to be safe to smoke in public places, or even enclosed areas like cars. There is reportedly no concern of second hand smoke, or other stigmas associated with smoking in confined or populated places.
One alleged benefit of using e-cigarettes is that they will save smokers money. So obviously, one valuable piece of information is their cost. To find out the price, we visited E-Cig.com. For a basic package which contains two batteries, one charger, five nicotine cartridges, one USB adapter, and an instruction manual; you’ll pay a price of $ 59.95. Smokers can select their battery color, coordinating cartridge color, the nicotine density, and the flavor of the e-Cigarette. Depending on the length of the battery, each one is equivalent to 6 – 8 cigarettes. Replacement cartridges are available four to a pack for a price of $ 6.55.
While there are certainly skeptics to the e-Cigarette, there are also a vast number of supporters. Websites dedicated to socializing with other e-Cigarette smokers are wide spread. Users can meet and support one another at places like e-Cigarette-Forum.com, which also has a Facebook page, and discuss the best brands of e-Cigarettes and exchange tips and tricks of the trade.
According to News Scientist.com the first e-Cigarettes was invented in Beijing, China, by Hon Lik, of electronic company Ruyan. The first electronic cigarette was sold in 2004, and just four short years later, in 2008, Ruyan claimed to have sold over 300,000. Sales are expected to see a substantial rise in that amount, as news of e-cigarettes spreads rapidly across the world.
The users of e-Cigarettes enjoy the versatile flavors available, such as cherry, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, menthol, cigar, Marlboro, regular tobacco, and light tobacco. Another option preferred by e-Cigarette users is the ability to select the nicotine density of the smoking experience; densities are available from extra- high to all non.
With the smoking ban in place at most restaurants, business, and even bars, will traditional cigarettes become a thing of the past? Is it possible that e-Cigarettes will one day replace tobacco cigarettes?
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