Let’s face it; smoking just isn’t cool. For some reason, it seemingly used to be. With Hollywood stars like Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and, in more recent times, the likes of Johnny Depp and Kate Moss seen smoking, the habit has been in the limelight for years. It wasn’t necessarily meant to be and it definitely wouldn’t have become the multibillion pound industry it is today if all of the health implications had been known from the off. People still choose to stick with them, many as though they are martyrs to a cause, defending their right to use something that will cause them health problems, is an expensive habit and makes them stink. Naturally why would you want to pack them in, right?
For those who realise that they’re not cool and want to change their life for the better the latest alternative to the market has been electronic cigarettes. They come in a range of different shapes and sizes with a whole host of different flavours from tobacco to apple and even sweeter options such as chocolate. They are currently all over the news as companies push to advertise them in order to inform people of how they work and their benefits. So here’s a quick run through:
How do they work?
There are two different options. The first is the standard ‘cigalike’ style e-cig. This is made up of two parts, a cartridge which contains e-liquid and a battery that heats the e-liquid inside the cartridge when the user inhales. When the e-liquid is warmed it produces vapour which looks like smoke and provides a fairly realistic smoking sensation.
The other is a vaping device which is slightly larger like Freshcig’s eVolve. This has a bigger battery and a refill that the user adds e-liquid too.
Although there haven’t been any long term studies, there has been a lot of support from senior medical professionals to suggest that they are a healthier alternative as they don’t contain any tar or the 4,000 chemicals in tobacco cigs. Professor Robert West, Director of Tobacco Studies at the University College London, believes that electronic cigarettes have the potential to save millions of lives.
You can also save a lot of money, with an average 20 a day smoker standing to save around £2,000 by switching. And of course, you won’t smell any more…
Adding some style
Like tobacco cigarettes, celebrities are now being snapped with electronic versions. Most recently, Leonardo DiCaprio was pictured at the Golden Globes using his e-cig along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. In terms of devices, there are some more fashionable one’s available including the new eVolve Pastel Range in a variety of four colours; pink, purple, blue and green, from Freshcig. If you’re going to switch then having something a little different could well be for you, although with the benefits mentioned above, some would argue they’re already stylish enough.