Thinking About Trying Electronic Cigarettes? Find Out If You'll Like Using Them

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Cigarette smoking is accountable for around 1 in every 5 deaths. That adds up to more than 440,000 annual deaths in just the US. Because smoking traditional cigarettes has so many harmful effects, most smokers know that it would be in their best interest to quit. However, the reason so many don't is because smoking is a very addictive habit. Attempting to quit cold turkey for good can be a nearly impossible task. And even when people use cessation products or other strategies for quitting, the standard success rate is only around 25%.

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Until recently, those realities meant that anyone who started smoking was probably going to be stuck with that habit for the rest of their life. But the good news for anyone who's a current smoker is there's now an alternative to actual cigarettes. That alternative is the electronic cigarette. And while this device comes in a wide range of shapes, sizes and styles, all possess the same trait of providing a way to get nicotine that offers the same tactile experience as a traditional cigarette.

What Makes Electronic Cigarettes So Appealing?

Over the last five years or so, sales of e-cigarettes have absolutely exploded. The most obvious reason is because they cut out issues like fire and smoke that make regular cigarettes so harmful. While that reason alone is enough to convince many people to switch, it's actually just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what e-cigs have to offer.

Anyone who smokes knows that it can be a very expensive habit. And while there is some upfront cost associated with getting the right electronic cigarette setup, once you have that, the ongoing cost of replenishing your supply should be noticeably lower than if you were regularly buying packs of cigarettes.

The next big benefit of these devices goes back to the issue of smoke. In addition to not inhaling smoke yourself, you don't have to worry about exposing others to secondhand smoke. This means you can enjoy using e-cigs in your home or most public places without any concerns about having a negative impact on those around you. The freedom to use an e-cig just about anywhere is also a refreshing change of pace from the hassle that often accompanies trying to smoke a regular cigarette.

Getting Started is Easy

One of the main concerns that people have about making the switch to electronic cigarettes is they're going to be too complicated to use. Given the nature of many tech products, that's a valid concern. However, what's nice about these items is a lot of effort has been put into making them very easy to use.

When it comes to the options that are available, there are two main types you can choose. Popular brands like ZEMOcigs offer both kits and disposables. The kit features an e-cig with a rechargeable battery and cartridges you can replace, while the disposable can simply be thrown away after it's done. Trying out a disposable is a simple and affordable way to see if you like the e-cig experience. And if you do, you can make an investment in a kit so you'll be able to enjoy lower costs over time.

If you like the idea of this type of device but are still on the fence about making a purchase, it's worth noting that there are even more benefits you will be able to enjoy. One of those benefits is getting to control how much nicotine you want in the cartridges or disposables that you use. Another is not needing to worry about having breath that smells like tobacco. The same goes for not having issues with yellow teeth.

Two other benefits worth noting is you don't have to deal with ash, and there aren't any concerns about accidentally burning something or even starting a fire by dropping an e-cig. Thanks to everything that electronic cigarettes have to offer, it's easy to see why so many people have made the decision to say goodbye to traditional cigarettes and hello to e-cigs!

Cynthia Hawthorne is a freelance journalist and blogger. Like many writers, she picked up smoking early in her career. And while she still enjoys the ritual of having a coffee and something she can hold in her hand as she thinks, she's very happy what she now holds is an e-cig.