In the grand scheme of things, electronic cigarettes are still a fairly new concept.
They were first introduced to the world in 2007, which makes them only eight years old. In that time, several advancements have been made in the science and technology behind e-cigarette production.
Today, I want to share with you some of the most interesting and (I feel) most impactful facts about e-cigs that will help influence your decision to try e-cigs or stick with your tobacco-filled traditional cigarettes.
Fact #1: E-cigs are safer than tobacco cigarettes.
In recent years, several studies have been performed testing the safety of e-cigs versus traditional cigarettes. The results are overwhelmingly positive.
- In 2012, researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute performed a study on 12 different e-cig brands and concluded that the toxicant levels were 9 to 450 times lower than those found in cigarette smoke.
- A 2014 study performed by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) concluded that e-cigs were significantly safer than analogue cigarettes, due in part to having far fewer toxins in the liquid and vapour.
And these are just two of the hundreds of studies that have verified the increased safety of electronic cigarettes versus tobacco cigarettes.
Fact #2: E-cigs are cheaper than tobacco cigarettes.
Calculations have been performed in both the UK and the US that verify how much cheaper e-cigarettes are compared to tobacco cigarettes. The results are pretty astounding.
For instance, the UK-based Blu website breaks down the average cost of smoking tobacco cigarettes and compares it to using their line of products full time. According to their calculations, the average annual cost of smoking in the UK is £1850.52, while the average annual cost of using their cartridges or e-liquid are respectively £332.16 and £142.32 per year.
In the US, the Dallas Morning News reported that the average US smoker spends approximately $2,250 per year on tobacco cigarettes, while the typical disposable cartridge smoker spends only $450 per year on cartridges.
Fact #3: E-cigs can help you quit smoking cigarettes.
It’s true that electronic cigarettes have not been approved by the governing agencies to be a smoking cessation tool. However, there have been a countless number of individual who haven been able to give up traditional cigarettes entirely due to switching to e-cigs.
But that’s not all…
There have also been several reports of individuals being able to stop using nicotine entirely, thanks to electronic cigarettes.
The magic rests in your ability to “step down” in nicotine level as you continue to use your e-cig. Several people have started at a 24mg level and progressed downwards in strengths until their using an e-liquid with no nicotine or not using an e-cig at all. It happens more often than you think.
Fact #4: Secondhand vapour is far less riskier than secondhand smoke.
A study published in the Oxford Journals found that the nicotine concentration in secondhand vapour produced from e-cigs is 10 times less than the average nicotine concentration produced from smoking cigarettes.
While the passive exposure of secondhand vapour does contain trace amounts of nicotine, research has found that it’s most likely not enough to warrant any pharmacological significance.
It’s worth noting that e-cigs are still being extensively studied to further understand and uncover any potential health risks related with both firsthand and secondhand exposure. But as it stands now, e-cigs are significantly safer than tobacco cigarettes in both areas.
Fact #5: E-cigs are not yet regulated in the UK (but they will be).
As of right now, e-cigarettes are not regulated within the UK. However, legislation passed in 2014 by the European Parliament that will place e-cigs under regulation beginning in May of 2016.
This means that individual manufacturers will no longer regulate the production of their products. As a result, we should expect even higher quality from e-liquids than what we currently get from the market (which is clearly already excellent).
But there are also a couple of potential setbacks, mainly in the form of strength restrictions (20mg/ml nicotine being the max) and size limits. I’m sure there will be more regulations to surface as May 2016 draws closer, but that’s still a year away.
The positive to take away from this regulation is an increase in the overall quality of the e-cigs and e-liquids you purchase and the confidence that you’re using a cleaner and more superior product.