E cig users say they are the best solution to lifelong smokers conscious of the health effects of real cigarettes on themselves and those around them. No 2nd hand smoke, lower costs and ease of use are the most commonly cited reasons for using an e cigarette.

Due to the many nicotine strengths of e liquid, you can personalize your e cig to provide the nicotine level you are accustomed to. All E cig starter kits come with battery charger, rechargeable batteries, e liquid and any other supplies you need to immediately start vaping. Lets look at the benefits that make the e e cig an ideal alternative to real cigarettes.

Benefits of E Cigs over Real Cigarettes

Cleaner Air
E cigs do not contain any of the 4000 plus chemicals associated with tobacco. E cig liquid (e liquid) contains either vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol. This liquid is what contains your nicotine. The only thing you exhale is a water vapor which dissipates into the air almost immediately. The vapor leaves behind no smoke or odor an those around you are unaffected by the vapor. You can enjoy your e cig in the house, restaurants, your car and at work without worry of annoying second hand smoke.

Cost Effective
E cigs are cheaper than real cigarettes. A pack of real cigarettes costs from $6 to $10 dollars while one e cig cartridge (equivalent to 15 cigarettes) costs about $2.00. You can save even more by buying bulk e liquid and refilling your own cartridges. An e cig does not require the purchase of lighters or matches and no ashtray is needed. As your personal smoking habits will vary, the cost savings can be quite substantial. You can do a quick calculation of your savings below

1.) Cigarettes Smoked Per Day x 365 Total Cigarettes Smoked Per Year

2.) Divide Total Cigarettes Smoked Per Year by 15 to get the number of cartridges you’ll use yearly

3.) Multiply cartridges used yearly by $2 to get an approximate cost of using an e cig for one year

4.) Compare this amount to the amount you spend on cigarettes yearly (Make sure you’re sitting down to avoid injury from excessive surprise).

Smokers are reporting plain packaged cigarettes taste worse than branded – abc perth – australian broadcasting corporation

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Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney, Simon Chapman, says he’s not surprised by the reports.

“We know from internal tobacco industry documents that were made available about 10 years ago after legal action in the US that the companies knew that there is nothing between the brands and that the differentiation is all in the coloured boxes,” he said.

“I think the industry knew that all along, and they knew that a very big rug was about to be pulled out from under them, and that looks like precisely what has happened.”

“From a public health perspective, we couldn’t care less whether smokers are moving from one brand to another, but if people are quitting, which was the whole intent of the plain packaging legislation, then that is a fantastic result.”

While the tobacco companies say they haven’t changed the contents of cigarettes, Professor Chapman says there is nothing to stop them doing that.

“Companies can put whatever they want into cigarettes, including increasing the nicotine, and they don’t have to apply to anybody to do that.”

“Nicotine is out there on its own, unlike pharmaceuticals, food or drink, which has to be approved by regulatory authorities. There is no boundary as to what they can put in.”

Professor Chapman says the major goal of the plain packaging legislation was to discourage young people from taking up smoking, but the bad taste effect has been an unexpected bonus.

Whether the measures are effective on young people will be seen over the next few years.

Research is also taking place into cigarette pricing.

“There’s a large amount of research going on into what the industry is doing in terms of price manipulation,” Prof Chapman says.

“They pay good money to get the brands up at the top of the price boards so people can see them more easily.”

A study of 4,500 Victorian smokers by the Cancer Council has also found that one in four smokers still believe the health effects of smoking have been exaggerated.

The study also found the vast majority of smokers could not link tobacco use with an increased risk of throat cancer and mouth cancer.

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