They go by many different names: electronic cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigarettes, smokeless cigarettes – but they all provide the same vapor based alternative to cigarettes that smokers seem to be flocking to. There are several reasons for the e-cig craze, and after even a cursory examination, it’s not hard to see why these cigarette alternatives are becoming so popular with so many smokers and former smokers.
The first and most obvious reason is that the e-cig is far healthier than smoking tobacco since it’s only water vapor. This obviously helps by not having as many negative health consequences as regular tobacco, for the smoker or for anyone surrounding them.
E-cigarettes are also seen as a great stepping stone to quitting smoking altogether. While some smokers love the habit and the psychological calm that comes from years of having a cigarette to relax or calm down, others see the e-cig as more than a permanent alternative. They see these as a great first step to finally being able to quit smoking.
Many states that have laws against smoking in public or smoking inside of buildings like bars and restaurants only apply those rules to tobacco products. This means that someone who likes to enjoy a few drinks after work at a bar can use their e-cig without worry. This is especially a bonus for smokers living in places with very cold and harsh winters.
While many smokers just prefer a water vapor flavor that simulates tobacco, they do have choices with “flavored cartridges” for many e-cigs that have flavors like chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, and more.
While there are a few states looking at the possibility of banning e-cigs indoors, it’s not hard to see that there are a wide range of reasons that these are clearly superior to traditional tobacco cigarettes. There’s little question in many consumers’ minds that the popularity of the e cig will only continue to grow.