Smoking is an addictive business, and, as with all addictions, it comes with a fair share of drawbacks. Being addicted to chocolate leads to an expensive gym membership, just as being addicted to smoking leaves you with a slimmer wallet and yellow stains on your teeth and around your home.
If you’re eager to ditch the habit but still need convincing, here are five pretty big reasons you should consider the swap to e-cigarettes.
1. AVOID THE TAR PIT
Tar is that nasty and toxic by-product of cigarettes which can lead to severe illness. Before that it will stain your teeth and fingers, and leave ugly patches of a yellowish tinge wherever and whenever you choose to smoke in your home. It’s incredibly difficult to get rid of the stains once you’ve got them, and very quick for everyone else to identify you as a smoker.
2. Unknown chemicals
This one goes hand in hand with tar. Tar is a bracket term that applies to the carcinogen causing chemicals found in cigarettes. In e-liquid you are guaranteed to find three things; vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol and food-grade flavouring. A fourth optional component is nicotine, which is not in itself a carcinogen.
What makes up a cigarette however, is quite a different story, with a number of lethal additives being included in a cigarette’s makeup. Just a few of these are carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and formaldehyde, with the words cyanide bringing up a mental image of a skull and crossbones for many.
3. KEEP YOUR PRETTY PENNIES
Now we come to one of the biggest factors for any nicotine addict; the cost of your addiction upkeep. Now, paying for an e-cigarette may be a bigger expense than you’re used to at first, but the monthly -and then yearly- savings you will make over time are massive.
According to the American Lung Association the average smoker smokes 15 cigarettes a day. The cost of a pack of 20 cigarettes is £9.40 (2016, pre-budget). A top quality e-cigarette will set you back around £100, with e-liquid costing around £13-14 for a set of three 10ml bottles. As just one of these bottles can last for up to 7 days that’s a considerable saving per month once you’ve bought the e-cigarette. Yearly that adds up to thousands of pounds sitting pretty in your bank account. Just think of all the things you could buy!
4. Don’t Be An outcast
Back in the day it was acceptable to smoke indoors, with pubs and gigs full of people with a pint in one hand and a smouldering cigarette butt in the other. Fortunately for non-smokers, the arrival of the smoking ban now means indoor public spaces are free of second-hand smoke, with most people generally smoking outside when it comes to private spaces, too.
Many places also prohibit the use of e-cigarettes, but it’s nice to know that there are certain places where you can vape comfortably without having to stand in the freezing cold to get your nicotine hit. There’s also the chance you can vape in your place of work, and social gatherings need no longer be interrupted by you excusing yourself for a cigarette break. Finally, you can vape at ease in front of the television, without needing to worry about any stains or smells as a result of your comfort.
5. What’s that smell . . .?
Finally, and most importantly for non-smokers, the stench of cigarettes is no pleasant thing and is something that doesn’t come with vaping. Cigarette smoke pervades everything, leaving an unmistakable odour on breath, hair, furniture and clothes. When switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes you get rid of many problems, with the smell of a smoker being a big factor for others around you.
Are there any other problems you think smokers have that vapers don’t? Let us know in the comments.