The Oxford Dictionary definition of an electronic cigarette ( e cigarette) is “a cigarette-shaped device containing a nicotine-based liquid that is vaporized and inhaled, used to simulate the experience of smoking tobacco.”
Many people have taken to using electronic cigarettes to help them quit
smoking traditional ones. Others have switched in order to be more socially acceptable. Whatever one’s reason for choosing to use e cigarettes, they are becoming increasingly popular all over the world.
A Lesson on E Cigarettes *
Though they have only caught on over the last few years, electronic cigarettes have been on the market in the United States since 2007, after they were created in China in the 1960s. Despite the fact that they look like traditional cigarettes an e cigarette is actually nothing more than a tiny vaporizer. The fact that electronic cigarettes work by heating up the juice inserted in the device rather than burning tobacco is one reason that many people feel it is a healthy alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. In fact, almost 1/5 of people who smoke have at least experimented with e cigarettes.
This could be one contributing factor in the success of electronic cigarette sales. Throughout the world e cigarette sales have reached close to $3 billion. This includes profit from selling smokeless inhalers and other smokeless tobacco products.
While electronic cigarettes do not include tobacco and don’t give off smoke, the e-liquid still contains nicotine. Different e-liquids have different amounts of nicotine in them. There can be just as much nicotine in e-liquids as there is in traditional full flavor cigarettes. There can also be an amount of nicotine that is equal to the amount the light version of a traditional cigarette would have in it. Other e-liquids have no nicotine in them at all.
Many smokers don’t realize that the liquid nicotine is worse for them than the leave extracted tobacco found in traditional cigarettes. Not only can it be inhaled it can also seep into the skin and is dangerous if ingested. The exposure to liquid nicotine can be lethal. As little as one tablespoon of liquid nicotine or less can actually take the life of an adult.
For those who choose to smoke electronic cigarettes anyway, it is possible to reuse them if they are properly cared for. The key is to keep the cigarette’s battery charged at all times or to purchase refillable electronic cigarettes. The refillable version allows smokers to change the flavor of their e-liquid with little hassle. Many e cigarette smokers make bulk purchases of e-liquids, which can save them money. The Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association reports that the average smoker spends $600 every year on replacement cartridges while smokers who buy a pack of cigarettes each day spend an average of $1,000 every year on those cigarettes.
In many cities around the world, public places that ban smoking traditional cigarettes on their premises allow people to smoke electronic cigarettes. This is one of the many reasons that people are making the switch from traditional cigarettes to electronic ones.
A study was conducted in 2013 that showed smokers who used electronic cigarettes to try to quit traditional ones and smokers who chose to use a nicotine patch to help them quit; both options were found to be equally successful. However, according to the FDA, electronic cigarette companies are banned from claiming that electronic cigarettes can help smokers quit the habit.
E Cigarette Facts and Statistics *
Statistics show that in 2011, 3.3% of youths in the United States had smoked electronic cigarettes once or many times. That number jumped to 6.8% in 2012. Other countries’ youth started smoking electronic cigarettes as far back as 2008. In Korea, 5% of youths had smoked an electronic cigarette once or multiple times and by 2011 that number rose to 9.4%. A report published in “Circulation,” the journal of the American Heart Association, stated that the majority of electronic cigarette smokers, both youth and adults, still continue to smoke traditional cigarettes.
Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association *
In response to the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes a non-profit organization called the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association was launched. The goal of the organization is to present people all over the world with the facts on electronic cigarettes in an unbiased environment. The organization believes in creating the proper standards that all vapor cigarettes should meet. Recent electronic cigarette conferences have included speeches from members of the organization. The CEO of the organization has taken steps to ensure that electronic cigarettes are regulated and can freely be sold to smokers in overseas countries. Serving as the electronic cigarette industry’s voice, TVECA has strict requirements that each of its members must adhere to. They frequently engage in public speaking and participate in interviews discussing electronic cigarettes.
The organization provides consumers with the facts they need to know about electronic cigarettes and the e-liquid that allows smokers to experience a tobacco free option. One of the facts they pointed out is that there are only five ingredients found in e-liquid and that all five of those ingredients are FDA approved.
The Advantages of Smoking a Vapor Cigarette *
Unlike smoking traditional cigarettes there are advantages of smoking a vapor cigarette. Aside from the lower cost of doing so, vapor cigarettes don’t contain second hand smoke, carbon monoxide, tar, ash or harmful tobacco. In addition, unlike with traditional cigarettes, there is no flame from an electronic cigarette to catch nearby objects on fire. Smokers also avoid suffering from bad breath, yellow teeth and stained fingernails.
Electronic Cigarettes Take Off in Oklahoma *
One example of the rise in the popularity of electronic cigarettes is the effect it has had on the state of Oklahoma. The reason electronic cigarettes have skyrocketed in use throughout Oklahoma is that many of the state’s residents are smokers who desperately want to quit. This has created a demand for electronic cigarettes that local shop owners have filled. As of 2012, 23.3% of Oklahoma residents over the age of 18 were smoking. At the time there were less than a dozen other states in America that had more adult smokers. However, that 23.5% was down from 26.1% in 2011. At that time, three states in America had a higher rate of adult smokers. The smoking rate in Oklahoma was at its highest in 2001, with 28.7% of adults smoking.
As of 2014 roughly 5,000 vape shops were spread out over the United States. Of those 5,000 shops only 6% of them
were actually located in Oklahoma. Despite those numbers, Oklahoma vape sh
op owners have found much success. Throughout the state, 18% of all the students enrolled in an Oklahoma high schools had tried vapor cigarettes. This was close to twice the national average in 2014.
The smoking of vapor cigarettes in Oklahoma is proven to have helped many residents quit. A study was conducted on 215 Oklahoma residents that were customers of vape shops that determined 64% of them had successfully given up smoking. Each study participant agreed to take a breathalyzer test to determine the levels of carbon monoxide in their bodies.
Electronic, or vapor, cigarettes have found their fair share of fans and detractors. As a thriving industry, they continue to attract the attention of smokers all over the world. Consumers can easily purchase these cigarettes online from countless retailers.