With the new year almost upon us are you gearing up to make a New Year’s resolution to better your life? What have you got in mind for yourself in the coming year? Have you come up with something, new or let’s be honest, are you just planning on recycling last year’s resolution? Maybe this isn’t the first time you’ve adopted a quit smoking resolution, but even if it is, maybe it’s time to try electronic cigarettes.
They’ve been out for a while so you’ve probably heard a little bit about them and with Vape stores popping up around the country at this point you’re bound to have developed an opinion. There are all sorts of stories that circulate the media, some bad some good, but often times these stories are blown out or proportion or sensationalized just to attract readers or viewers. These stories have created misconceptions that keep smokers away from trying these potentially helpful devices. Don’t let popular misconceptions fool you, the reality behind e-cigarettes may be different than you think.
Misconception 1: They aren’t any Healthier than Regular Cigarettes
Some headlines may have reported about the dangers of e-cigarettes in ways designed to scare you. These stories claim that e-cigarettes have everything from formaldehyde to diacetyl (a chemical flavoring linked to lung disease) however what these fail to mention is that regular cigarettes themselves contain the same ingredients and, in fact, in much larger quantities.
Many experts confirm the fact that e-cigarettes are safer as well. Previous studies have shown that e-cig vapor contains 1/20th fewer carcinogens than the cigarettes they often replace. Most recently and notably, Public Health England published reports stating that e-cigarettes are in fact 95% less harmful than the old-fashioned cigarette model.
While research is still needed to determine the exact effects of long-term e-cigarette vapor exposure, the initial findings seem to show that there is little doubt they are leaps and bounds healthier than regular cigarettes.
Misconception 2: They Will Explode
First off, this is not a misconception, just an exaggerated concern. There is an explosion risk with e-cigarettes, but there is also an explosion risk with any rechargeable devices. When devices are not used as directed and with the correct charger, the risk of explosion increases. While well-made devices that are properly cared for should have little risk associated with them at all, there are a few practices you can take that ensure you will have a safer e-cigarette device that is less likely to malfunction. First, buy from a reputable source preferably the USA made brand. Beware of counterfeits that may have been produced in substandard factory conditions. Secondly, only charge your device with the provided charger in a wall outlet. The cases of explosions that we do see often come as a result of improper voltage or malfunctioning during charging.
Even after you’ve taken these precautions, always remember to never leave the devices charging overnight or unattended. In the case of a spark, you will want to be nearby to lessen any potential damage or spreading of the possible fire that could result from an overheated or malfunctioning battery.
Misconception 3: Costs too Much to Get Started
There is an initial startup cost with e-cigarettes if you opt for something other than the disposable cig-a-likes. However, with cigarettes costing as much as $12 to $15 a pack in some states, the costs accrues rather quickly. While it is true that most e-cigs have a startup cost, due to the overall saving you will accrue with e-liquids, e-cigarettes become much cheaper over time. On average a user who once smoked a pack a day can save around $1800 a year, which more than makes up for the small startup cost.
Misconception 4: You’ve Tried One Before and Didn’t Like Them – so They Are Not for You
A lot of people who keep clinging on to their cigarette pack do so because they have tried e-cigarettes before and decided they didn’t like them. Maybe you tried e-cigs years ago before the technology advanced, or maybe you tried a device or e-juice that just wasn’t right for you. In either case, many vapers will tell you it takes a little bit of trial and error before you find the device and e-juice that is right for you. Think about it, do you still smoke the first brand and strength of cigarette you started with? Don’t get discouraged and think about giving it another go. Try a different kind of device or flavor, in fact, you’ll probably want to try several flavors to find the combination that works before for you. Once you find that winning pair of a device and liquid, you will likely find a few other choice e-juices that you add to your rotation as well.
Misconception 5: The Lingo and the Choices are too Overwhelming
Vape… Cartomizer… OHMs… Drippers…. PV or VG… ADV… APVs… what does all this mean? I know it can seem overwhelming at first, but before long these terms will be clear to even a novice vaper. And while the wide range of choices in e-juice can be daunting to undertake, try and remember that it can be fun as well, something you probably haven’t experience with regular cigarette experimentation in the past. If you feel overwhelmed there are always reviews and articles that can help clear up any questions you may come across.
There is a lot of mystery surrounding e-cigarettes and whether they actually can be used as cessation devices for those looking to quit. However, thousands of people are finding that they are able to reduce their harm and cut back or quit smoking completely. Regardless, even if you aren’t trying to quit, it might be time to put those popular misconceptions about e-cigarettes to rest. With e-cigarette clocking in as cheaper, healthier and, in all honesty, more fun than regular cigarettes, there really is very little reason not to give them a shot this new year, especially if you’ve struggled in the past. Let this year be the last year you recycle that old “Quit Smoking” resolution and finally kick that habit for good.