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The Benefits of Electronic Cigarettes

Written By: Jones - Feb• 20•16

For many people who has been smoking cigarettes for many years, the worst part of being a heavy smoker is not only suffering the devastating effects of cigarettes, but the tough situation they have to face if they try to quit. This is a consequence of the powerful effects of addiction, which is caused by tobacco, tar, and many other chemicals and toxins present in cigarettes.

Thankfully, as science moves forward and different new technologies are explored, new alternatives start to emerge to help smokers with their addiction. One of the most recent and celebrated ones are electronic cigarettes.


Electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigs, e-cigarettes or green cigarettes) are personal vaporizers that are made of a battery, a mouthpiece and a special cartridge filled with a light nicotine solution. They resemble regular cigarettes in shape and color and, in order to work, the user has to inhale them as he or she would a regular cigarette. When the user inhales, the battery powers the vaporizer, which generates a spark that it uses to vaporize the nicotine solution and produce an extremely light mist, which in finally absorbed by the smoker. All of this happens instantaneously and with no apparent difference to the user.

Now that you know what electronic cigarettes are and how closely they resemble “the real smoking experience”, sure you start to see the potential of them as tools to help smokers quit. But besides their significant improvements health-wise, there are some other aspects that deserve special consideration:


Despite being a little costlier than regular cigarettes, a lot of people actually save money by buying electronic cigarettes, since they last a little longer than traditional ones and also since they are not sold in 200-unit boxes, like their conventional counterparts.

No second-hand smoke or odor

One of the main benefits of electronic cigarettes is that they do not produce any kind of smoke or odor, which instantly allows their users to “smoke” them anywhere regardless if they are indoors or outdoors. This means that smokers who before were unable to smoke at home for example will now be completely free to do so. There was a recent article that looked to see if second hand vapor was bad for you, and the results were really not that surprising.

What makes things even better is that electronic cigarettes produce absolutely no second-hand smoke, which means neither your loved ones nor anyone around you will suffer the devastating effects of second-hand smoke, that is proven to be at the very least, as harmful as if they smoked themselves.

Same experience

Due to their shape, size and nature, electronic cigarettes resemble traditional cigarettes in more than one way. Not only do they provide a similar sensation and flavor when inhaled, but most importantly, they resemble all the aspects of the real smoking behavior, which is something that smoking patches or nicotine gum simply can’t provide. This can have a very powerful psychological effect on smokers and is proven to lessen the impact of quitting by a large degree. This factor alone could well make electronic cigarettes worthwhile for those who have tried quitting before, but couldn’t do it because of the abrupt change.

To conclude, electronic cigarettes are not only becoming a quite viable solution for those trying to quit smoking, they are also offering every single smoker an extremely flexible and customizable alternative that is not only far healthier for him/her, but also for everyone in the surroundings.

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