Vaping, Vaporing, e-cigarettes, are all terms used for electronic “cigarettes” that seem to be growing in popularity of late. Even though I hate the spam mail & other ads pushing these products, I decided to research and present my view anyway.
I do have some experience with the earlier models, the ones that looked like a cigarette, but they didn’t last very long. So I was intrigued to see how much progress had been made in the last 5 years. It would seem a lot of progress has been made, most importantly in price and improved design.
I’m reviewing the reusable type that’re about the size of a soldering iron, not the ones that resemble cigarettes.
How it works: The basic concept is comprised of 3 main components.
“Fuel”–which is normal vegetable grade glycerine, a Battery, and lastly the “atomizer”.
In a nutshell the battery energizes a coil that’s wrapped around a wick that draws the glycerine in from the storage tank. The coil and wick reside in the atomizer chamber. When you draw air in from the mouthpiece (and across the coil) you end up with vapor as the end result. So you’re not actually creating smoke, you’re creating vapor.
As a former cigarette smoker these things are great. I wouldn’t recommend this product to a non-smoker. If you’re a non-smoker stay that way. If you just got to try it, I’d suggest buying the E-liquid without nicotine.
For you smokers wanting a change, this definitely fits the bill. You get your nicotine fix, of which you can ween yourself off of eventually, but without all the many poisons that accompany standard cigarettes.
No lingering smell.
No staining of the teeth
No hacking up brown globs of goo a.k.a. no more smoker’s cough.
No staining of the curtains or walls.
No side-stream pollution–no smoke.
No horrible breath.
No setting off of hotel fire alarms.
HUGE dollar savings compared to cigarettes.
I bought a basic starter kit plus extra atomizers and e-liquid for under $100. This equates to a minimum of 4 months “smoking” time. The next 4 month purchase I’ll make will only cost me about $25. Using this calculation the first year of daily vaping will cost me $150. One year of standard cigarette smoking would be a minimum of $1200.
There’s some controversy in the media about these e-products and whether or not they’re harmful. I’m NOT a medical physician of any kind so I cannot attest to this claim one way or another. I can say however, with the utmost confidence, that these e-products are far less damaging than standard tobacco cigarettes and will save you a bundle of money.
Here’s what irks me to no end though: Most areas (and/or people) see vaping the same as smoking…to include fines and penalties. How can you get fined for smoking when there’s no smoke? I was on an airplane awhile back and they included no vaping as part of their inflight brief. WTF?! Doesn’t anyone remember why the anti-smoking laws were created in the first place?
Side-stream or 2nd hand smoke being harmful. Essentially the main thrust behind all the no smoking laws was that it’s a health risk to yourself and those around you.
The smell. No one really likes to smell like an ashtray, not even smokers.
Clean-up. Any room with a steady flow of smokers will get dirty, sticky, stained, stunk up, and basically ruined over time–nicotine stains, burn marks, ashtrays, etc… Clean up can be expensive, time consuming, and just plain nasty.
Deterrent. If smokers are treated like the anti-Christ everywhere they go they’re likely to smoke less–if you take away the smoker’s habitat you’re more likely to thin the herd.
All of these examples are reasonable enough…for SMOKING! How can you apply the same guidelines and restrictions to vaping??? It does none of the offenses mentioned above. Honestly chewing gum is far more offensive in public than vaping and the clean up cost on gum is insane.
I was told I couldn’t vape in a bar once, when I asked why the guy said, “because it looks like you’re smoking”. Last time I checked it wasn’t a crime to “look like” you’re smoking—only that you are actually smoking! So I kept “puffing” on it without turning it on (not exhaling vapor)….he didn’t like it, but that was okay. Why? When I mime smoking, it still “looks” like I’m smoking doesn’t it. It’s a good metaphor for how dicked-up everything’s gotten in the States. I challenge everyone to vape up in non-smoking areas (they shouldn’t be hard to find it’s pretty much everywhere) and when you get ticketed, and you will, fight it in court. You can’t be charged with SMOKING if there is no SMOKE. A simple defense. Then counter file for harassment…and get paid yo.
You’ve been ‘Dawged!
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