Smoking is old: really old. People have been smoking on one form or another for hundreds of years. Pipes, hookahs, and cigarettes have existed in various forms for almost as long, and the march of progress hasn’t left smokers behind. Traditional tobacco-burning methods of smoking are quickly becoming a legacy technology however, with the emergence of e-cigarettes and advanced glass pipes.
Know Why You’re Switching
E-cigarettes themselves have often been marketed as a quit-smoking aid, though it seems uncertain whether this is actually the case. What is certain is that e-cigarettes will only help people to quit if they’re already intent on quitting – switching to e-cigarettes isn’t going to do anything for your habit if you’re not convinced on quitting in the first place. Smokers who are thinking of making the switch to vaping should consider all the pros and cons of both before investing in expensive merchandise. While it’s possible to purchase inexpensive packs of e-cigarettes as one would a traditional cigarette, one of the benefits of vaping is the high-quality electronics themselves; with a bit of maintenance and care a single device can last you a long time indeed.
The Benefits of Vaping
The immediate benefit of vaping is the absence of combustion – traditional cigarettes are smoked by igniting the 4000-odd ingredients (including tobacco) and inhaling the smoke created. This produces second-hand smoke and harms those around the user. Vapers inhale vapor and steam rather than smoke, and the product emitted into the atmosphere is arguably less harmful to those around you.
Drip-Tipping and Mods
If you’re drip-tipping with your e-cig be aware that insufficient e-liquid will result in burning, and not all e-cigarettes are completely effective at dispersing their product without combustion.
E-cigarettes aren’t yet as available as cigarettes themselves – to purchase high-quality products you’ll likely have to be going to a designated e-cig store or vape bar. Fortunately these are beginning to pop up everywhere with astonishing speed. Vaping also has a social aspect, and many e-cigarette shops will include a bar and social activities for customers and regulars to interact while experimenting with flavours. Vaporizers can also be modified to suit your tastes, both in terms of output and aesthetics. Casings, tanks, and atomizers can be purchased alongside traditional glassware online from sites like GlassHeads.
Know the Law
Traditional cigarettes are quickly becoming a strictly controlled substance – in the UK it’s illegal to smoke indoors, including in bars and restaurants. This law doesn’t apply to vape pens, and it’s largely left to the discretion of private establishments whether they allow vaping or not. In the U.S. the debate over vaporisers is raging, with an increasing number of states implementing the same laws for vapers as smokers. This equalisation is likely to continue until vape pens are as strictly controlled as cigarettes.
The American Heart Association published a statement in 2014 where they noted that e-cigarettes contain lower levels of harmful material than traditional tobacco cigarettes, and pointed out the potential for harm reduction if users switched.
If you’re considering making the switch from traditional cigarettes to vaporizers, then it’s worth bearing in mind the ramifications; e-liquids are often an expensive option, and you’ll be paying both in time and money to maintain your vaporiser. The trade-off is a potentially safer, more hygienic smoking option which may even help you to reduce your smoking habit in the long run.