Over the past few years a phenomenon called the electronic cigarette has arrived on the scene and it is rivaling tobacco cigarettes for position. An E cigarette is a hollow tube that contains a glycol liquid that is vaporized and the user inhales and exhales the vapor just like the were smoking.
The vapor is relatively harmless and it can be laced with various flavors such as mint, lemon, peppermint, menthol, chocolate, cherry, and many other flavors. Different strengths of nicotine can also be added at will. Consequently, people have used the ecigarette as a cessation device to get off of smoking tobacco products.
Just like using nicotine gum, or patches, a person can switch from cigarettes to an electronic cigarette with a full load of nicotine, and then taper it down over time until there is no nicotine. There have been many people who have rid themselves of the tobacco habit in this way.
It would seem that even if a person never made a change in the nicotine level they would still be better off because of the harmful chemicals that tobacco smoke contains. It is a proven fact that over 160,000 people per year die from lung cancer in the US, and the primary cause of lung cancer is the smoking of tobacco laden cigarettes.
Everywhere you look, you are seeing people with ecigarettes and premium eliquid. They were very prevalent during the most recent Academy Awards Ceremonies, and you are beginning to see e cigs in many places when you are out to eat or at the bar for some refreshment.
Smoking, or ‘vaping,’ as it is also called is a dead ringer for smoking. All of the habitual moves of a smoker are there; the deeply inhaled drag on the tip of the e cig, the moment of holding it in, then the forced exhaling of the vapor. The novelty of the different flavors is just an added excitement, and is lots of fun, as flavors can be mixed. The only thing missing when a person vapes is the act of flipping the ash on the end.
It is going to be interesting to see what happens when big tobacco really dives in with its billions of dollars for advertising. The tobacco giant, Lolliard has already purchased Blu Cigs, one of the earlier companies in the electronic cigarette market. And you can be assured that big tobacco knows how to market and advertise. After all, they have been very successful in marketing cigarettes, which are know killers, and people still buy them by the droves.
You are also beginning to see ‘warnings’from regulatory agencies stating that since ‘it is not known’ what is actually in electronic cigarettes, people should avoid using them until they can be studied and regulated.
Let them regulate, the legitimate e cigarette companies have no intention of putting anything in their products, and since they are harmless now, they are going to let them continue to be harmless and let the public make their decision, as they are doing now, whether they ought to continue buying them.