E-Cigarettes: What are they?

E-Cigarettes: What are they?

We’re all heard of them but what actually are they? The Cheapest Life Insurance takes a closer look…
E-cigarettes have become the latest gadget for those wanting to giving up smoking. The term e-cigarette is actually short for ‘electronic’ cigarette which have been developed to move people away from smoking actual cigarettes whilst maintaining the habitual element of smoking until the smoker is at the point of ‘giving up’. E-cigarettes have even taken on the look of a normal cigarette, even allowing the smoker to exhale smoke (vapour) as they usually would. They are available in a variety of flavors and are sold as a ‘healthier’ alternative to normal cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are battery operated nicotine inhalers containing a rechargeable battery, cartomizer and an LED light. A cartomizer or rechargeable cartage is filled up with the flavoured liquid that you smoke through the e-cigarette. When you puff on the e-cigarette a heating element inside boils the liquid to produce a vapour. You will have to re-fill the e-cigarette as you use them.
Let’s find out more…
This type of cigarette can set you back anywhere from as little as a few pounds at certain discount shops to around £20 and up. You will have to buy re-fills for your e-cigarette and depending on the style and brand the prices may vary. E-cigarettes are a lot cheaper to manage then ‘normal’ cigarettes. Using one could help you to save anywhere between hundreds and a couple of thousand pounds per year depending on how many you usually smoke per day and the brand/quantity you buy.
Although e-cigarettes have been around for a while it’s only within recent times that there popularity has surged and therefore it’s hard to tell how safe they are until we have enough figures to properly evaluate them. It’s definitely fair to say they are less harmful than normal cigarettes. Unlike normal cigarettes e-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco, they only nicotine which is highly addictive but less harmful. E-cigarettes certainly don’t seem perfect; researchers are concerned with the other chemicals contained within them. What does seem clear is e-cigarettes may not be harm free but they are a lesser of two evils in comparison to smoking normal cigarettes.
It’s fair to say don’t know everything there is know about e-cigarettes just yet. We don’t have years of studies, research and findings like we do for normal cigarettes but the popularity is certainly one everyone seems to have noticed-smoker or non-smoker. They allow smokers to maintain the ‘habit’ element of smoking whilst reducing the amount of harmful chemicals being taken into their bodies. According to Cancer Research UK, a lit cigarette actually contains £4,000 chemicals including more than 70 cancer causing chemicals, hundreds of poisons and nicotine which gets you hooked! The NHS website can’t yet answer the question as to whether e-cigarettes actually help us give up but says ‘the evidence so far is promising, but not strong enough to draw any firm conclusions.’
E-cigarettes have certainly become recognisable to all of us and for smokers they can provide a great middle ground between smoking and being a non-smoker. If e-cigarettes have a positive influence on the amount of people giving up it seems only fair we shine some light on something which could eventually have a positive effect on people all around the world. E-cigarettes seemed to have had an effect on people who may not normally have been driven to quit smoking using the more common practices such as patches, gum and tablets. But it’s important we find out more about the risks to our health because after all that’s what is most important.

Check out this article about e-cigarettes for under 18s: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25900542

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