I’ve been participating in a discussion about quitting cigarettes and I’ve changed my mind about a few things. One thing I’ve realized is that it doesn’t pay to tell someone that smoking is bad for you. You’ll either get a “so what else is new” comment, or a “yeah, but I could get hit by a truck tomorrow” comment.
I was once on the side of the “general public” in the U.S. who basically maintain that smoking in public is a violation of the rights of non-smokers. After all, second hand smoke is just as harmful as first hand smoking, (right?) and smoke stinks up the place, your clothes and your hair and creates an all-around distasteful environment for those who can’t stand tobacco or tobacco smokers. But there is another side to this.. and that is that smokers have rights too.
Smokers Are Now Stigmatized
According to studies cited in a recent article in New Republic, smokers are now perceived as “lacking in cleanliness”. Smoking is even regarded by some as a sign of personal failure.
Smokers are not second-class citizens. Many started smoking when it was still OK to smoke in public spaces. A lot of them are offended by those who think they can just change the rules to satisfy a bunch of special interest groups.
Cigarettes are still enjoyed by millions who would rather “fight than switch” (remember that one?). I maintain that it's nearly impossible to convince a die-hard smoker that smoking will kill them. There are lots of stats, true, but only the smoker can decide if and when they want to quit. Giving up something one finds really pleasurable (and is addicting to boot), is hard! Being told they can't smoke, just makes them mad.
What about Electronic Cigarettes?
Millions of people have started using electronic cigarettes. One reason they choose to vape is that they can now smoke at home indoors, in some restaurants and in their cars without the smell or smoke associated with tobacco cigarettes. Vaping is proving to be a very pleasurable experience that makes sense to millions of people. Still, there are many who still think vapers should be treated with the same contempt as smokers, but that's another discussion.
I'm glad e-cigarettes are becoming hugely popular because I, like many die-hard vapers, have a distaste for the smell, the butts and the smoke of cigarettes and ecigs have none of those unpleasant features.
E-cigarettes are sometimes marketed as an alternative to smoking tobacco, but vaping is really in a class of its own. Being able to enjoy savory flavors, with or without nicotine, while blowing clouds of vapor is what makes the difference.
Vaping can also save you a lot of money.
A typical ecig cartomizer (filter) provides a smoker with up to 360 puffs of smoke-like vapor – equivalent to up to 30 traditional cigarettes or 1.5 packs of traditional cigarettes. They usually retail for only $12.99 for a single pack of 5 cartomizers or as low as $9.97 per pack of 5 when buying in bulk. Conservatively speaking, that's about 1/5th the cost of regular cigarettes depending on where you live.
If you’re looking to try out an electronic cigarette you should know that the most reputable kits are sold on-line and they’re all different. Not only do the styles vary, but the distributor’s return policies and general customer service varies greatly.
If you’re ready to try e-cigarettes, I recommend V2 Cigs, South Beach Smoke, or Halo Cigs. They all sell high quality products. Need the details? Check out our Best Selling Electronic Cigarette Comparison Chart.
Whatever space you're in, smoking or non-smoking, I wish you good health and happiness.