By Ryan Whitehead
While switching to electronic cigarettes will not completely eliminate an addiction to nicotine, the smokeless habit provides a great alternative for the public to be rid of harmful secondhand smoke.
Smoking tobacco is harmful and threatens individuals through secondhand smoking. Vaporizers, on the other hand, do not affect anyone in the vicinity after exhaling, according to a study by BioMed Central, an open access science, technology and medicine publisher.
E-cigarette consumers also have a choice of whether or not they want to use nicotine at all. Nicotine serves as a nonoptional active agent in cigarettes, while it can be excluded in vapor solutions.
Most people who have been around cigarette smokers can attest to the smell and disruption they cause. Vaping is a better option for those who just want their nicotine fix while being considerate to the public.
To the smoker, there is minimal difference between real and electronic cigarettes. One of the major changes is the smell, from nicotine and tar to vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and more. The second is the effect vapor has on the lungs versus cigarettes.
Cigarette smokers are 15 to 30 times more likely to develop lung cancer than nonsmokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The more often a person inhales cigarette smoke, the more likely his or her chance of lung cancer jumps. Cigarette smoke has been the No. 1 cause for complications in the lungs and accounts for 90 percent of all lung cancer cases, according to the American Lung Association.
While e-cigarettes also contain harmful substances that could lead to lung cancer, the amount of nicotine concentration depends on the brand users purchase.
Additionally, those who vape can control nicotine intake with vaporizers, which can help squash the addiction.
Cigarettes can be improperly disposed of, contributing to litter and adding heavily to the $11.5 billion cleanup effort the U.S. spends annually, according to Keep America Beautiful (KAB), a non-profit organization that aims to help communities improve their surrounding environments. Cigarettes account for 38 percent of litter items worldwide, according to KAB.
During the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup, more than 2 million cigarette butts were collected.
E-cigarettes are reusable and only a small amount of oil is needed to refill a vaporizer. Vaping is much more eco-friendly than its burning counterpart.
Users will do the environment a favor by decreasing the amount of cigarette butts being littered.
Along with being eco-friendly, e-cigarettes also help save money for a smoker who could spend anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 a year on regular cigarettes, according to Dallas News. Because of the low-cost, refillable nature of smoking vapor, converted cigarette smokers can save an average of $1,800 a year.
With all of these great benefits for smokers who switch to vapor, it’s hard to convince someone that cigarettes are still the best option for a nicotine fix.