If you’re still an avid cigarette smoker in today’s economy, you may really be feeling the squeeze. In the early 1980s, a pack of name brand cigarettes could be purchased for around one dollar. Now, it’s closer to ten dollars. Quitting smoking altogether is likely the best option, but many have tried repeatedly and failed. E cigarettes have rapidly become a lesser evil both with regard to health and cost.
Electronic cigarettes were originally invented in the ’60s, but the public weren’t rife for the change until the last ten years or so when tobacco costs skyrocketed. In 2007, the item was officially introduced to the American public at large. Now, over 250 brands of “e-cigarettes” are on the market in a vast array of flavors, from red velvet cake to chai. You can customize the look of your e cig as well, but one of the most attractive features is the ability to switch between the mind-boggling assortment of flavors and adjust the amount of nicotine infused in the e cig liquid. Finding the best e cig liquid is a subjective search, but if you were to join any popular “vaping community” forum, you would likely get tons of advice about quality.
The electronic cigarette e liquid, commonly referred to as “e-juice” or “e-liquid,” is a solution comprised of vegetable glycerin and two different kinds of propylene glycol that gets mixed mixed with concentrated flavors; the variable concentration of nicotine is just an option.Though they’re designed to look just like regular cigarettes, there’s one major difference: you don’t light them on fire.
The jury is still out on the health risks involved in the use of e-cigarette liquids, but users say, generally, that they fell better than they did as tobacco smokers and that they save money over buying cigarettes by using the e cigarette refill cartridges.
Sales of electronic cigarettes multiplied dramatically between an estimated 50,000 (2008) to a whopping 3.5 million in 2012. Those numbers are expected to quadruple as they continue to gain popularity over tobacco. The best e cig liquid and e cigarettes themselves are likely more expensive than the cheap options, but after the initial investment, it’s a substantial savings over tobacco. It could just be the bridge between an expensive, unhealthy habit and eventually becoming nicotine free altogether!