April 19, 2017

You may have seen more people smoking from a slim metal tube or seen advertisements for vaping or vaping equipment. These e-cigarettes, which are battery powered, are becoming more and more popular. According to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, there are already around four million Americans who are currently using e-cigarettes, and that market is only projected to grow yearly. By 2025, the e-cigarette and vaporizer market is supposed to reach over $50 billion and grow at an almost 22%. But why have they come into such popularity recently and how do they work? Who's using them? Indeed, many people wonder if the benefits they provide are much different than that of smoking a regular cigarette. If you've ever wondered these questions, read on to find the answers!

The Facts

Many people who use e-cigarettes used to smoke regular cigarettes at one point or another. About half of current cigarette smokers and over half of recent former smokers had ever tried an e-cigarette, according to a survey, and almost one in four recent former smokers used e-cigarettes at the time of the survey.

E-cigarettes vaporize flavored liquids (called e liquid or e juice) and the user inhales that vaporized liquid (hence the term "vaping"). There are different types of liquid that can be comprised of different materials, such as propylene glycol, glycerine, flavorings, and often nicotine, though there are liquids without nicotine. If there's a particular flavor you enjoy however, that doesn't have nicotine, you can buy liquid nicotine to add.

There are over 250 types of e-cigarettes on the market in flavors that range from watermelon to pink bubblegum, and java. For vegetarian or vegan users, vegetable e liquid is available and if you can also DIY e liquid.

The average starter kit includes the device, a battery, and a few cartridges. Depending on who makes the kit and what model or style you're looking at, the price can range from $30 to $100.

What are the Advantages of Using an E-Cigarette Versus a Regular Cigarette?

According to Public Health England, e-cigarettes are about 95% less harmful to users than tobacco. If you're inhaling the flavored liquid, you're not ingesting many of the carcinogens and chemicals added to cigarettes.

An e-cigarette is also a much cheaper habit than buying cartons of cigarettes. Smokers who have a pack-a-day (or more) habit spend over $1,000 a year to get their nicotine fix, and using an e-cigarette can often be cheaper. Indeed, almost 40% of people who used e-cigarettes said they used them because they were cheaper and could smoke inside.

The social stigma may also lessen for some users with e-cigarettes as opposed to regular cigarettes and the smell is also greatly reduced.

Other survey respondents cited using e-cigarettes as a way to help alleviate cravings and withdrawal symptoms of quitting smoking and over 90% said they saw a reduction in their smoking when they used e-cigarettes.

What are the Advantages of Vegetable E Liquid?

If you're vegetarian or vegan, using vegetable e liquid might be the only available option for you, for ethical or moral reasons. However, there are other reasons that users of e-cigarettes may seek out vegetable e liquid for their e-cigarettes. Many times vegetable e liquids tend to be a bit sweeter naturally, which enhances many e liquid flavors without manufacturers having to add artificial sweeteners. Vegetable e liquid might also have a thicker vapor with a fuller flavor, improving your vaping experience.

Many people who are more sensitive to propylene glycol based e liquids might also find that a vegetable e liquid is a good option, as it rarely causes allergic reactions.

Whether you're just starting to explore the world of e-cigarettes or are a more experienced user looking for a DIY eliquid kit, learning more about your options can open up a whole new and pleasurable world.

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