Firstly, we want to make it resoundingly and absolutely clear that electronic cigarettes are a whole lot healthier than tobacco cigarettes! Leading experts and researchers in the fields of cancer, heart and respiratory health agree that it is at least 95% safer to vape than to smoke a cigarette. There are still a lot of arguments over electronic cigarettes though, and unfortunately the media loves to publicise anything controversial, often basing their reports on misinformation or misunderstood information. While some of the arguments presented are justified, such as whether the use of electronic cigarettes should be allowed in public places or if candy flavours may entice children, these comparatively petty issues overshadow one very important fact… Electronic cigarettes have the potential to save millions of lives! No credible health expert or scientist can dispute this, but the enormous public health benefit of electronic cigarettes is getting drowned out by the mess of these other arguments to the detriment of people’s health. That being said, there are many issues and risks associated with poor quality electronic cigarettes- particularly, cheap and inappropriately manufactured eLiquid – both imported and manufactured here in the UK.
Higher Success Rates
As many smokers and ex-smokers know very well, quitting smoking is a daunting task. Many try over and over as new products that claim success hit the shelves. From anti-smoking sprays to quit smoking gums and patches, the truth is that very few people actually manage to quit smoking with these products. Electronic cigarettes have been demonstrated by University College London (UCL) to be far more effective. Part of the reason for this is that as well as being very effective at delivering nicotine, the electronic cigarette also provides the full experience, i.e. the throat hit, the cloud of vapour, the social interaction, and the physical act of putting something to your mouth and drawing nicotine from it. It supports the habit, without the negative side effects associated with smoking.
It’s Not Just About The Nicotine
As well as delivering nicotine very effectively, the electronic cigarette offers flexibility and customisation. The majority of smokers only “think” they like the taste of burning tobacco because when they experience that taste it’s rapidly followed by a release of endorphins from the subsequent nicotine intake. Thus, they quickly learn to associate the taste with the endorphin rush. As ex-smokers progress with electronic cigarettes and as their sense of taste returns, the use of the electronic cigarette as a cold, simple method of nicotine delivery is replaced by the enjoyment of the huge range of flavours available. There is a wide and active community of vapers who love trying new equipment and new flavours.
You Have Already Quit!
Nicotine is classified in terms of risk by the international medical community at about the same level as caffeine. Many smokers and vapers enjoy the effects of nicotine just as much as many non-smokers enjoy a cup of coffee. However, many people do want to kick their nicotine addiction and they too can use electronic cigarettes to accomplish it. eLiquid refills are available in several nicotine strengths, and, as such, it is possible for the electronic cigarette user to reduce their nicotine intake over time, whilst maintaining a constant use of the device. This way it’s possible to reduce the dependency on nicotine with the long term goal of using nicotine free eLiquid and eventually stopping completely.
Healthy Body and Healthy Wallet
Electronic cigarettes are currently untaxed and it is likely that, as government legislation comes through, the inevitable added tax will be significantly lower than that of standard cigarettes as a financial incentive for smokers to make the switch. At present, as a guide to the cost savings through electronic cigarettes use, a standard 15-20 a day smoker would save around £4 per day, £30 per week, £120 per month or £1,500 per year!