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Electronic Cigarettes. Safer? Greener? Or Just Weirder?

| Thursday June 25th, 2009 | 8 Comments


They look like cigarettes, act like cigarettes, give smokers their nicotine fix. And yet, they’re not cigarettes. They’re electronic cigarettes, or “E-cigs.” According to this CNN report, sales of e-cigs have been increasing over several years in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden and Brazil.
The claimed benefits? Instead of inhaling smoke, “e-smokers” (I just made that up) inhale a mixture of vaporized water, nicotine and propylene glycol (a common additive in food coloring and cake mixes). Yum. Their exhalation is not odorous second hand smoke, but just water vapor. According to the e-cig sellers, these battery-filled butts do not contain tobacco, tar, carbon monoxide or any of the other thousands of cancer-causing toxins in real cigarettes. Like the patch or the gum, e-cigs claim to help smokers kick their habit.
So are they healthier? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not entirely convinced. E-cigs are still an unapproved new drug due of a lack of scientific proof that they’re safe or effective.

So are they greener? While smoking is a pretty unsustainable habit at its core, it’s true that e-cigs produce no smoke, ash or air pollution. Switching to e-cigs will help cut-down on the over four trillion cigarette butts that litter sidewalks around the world each year. Plus, e-cigs aren’t made of natural resources, such as paper and tobacco plants. However, they do use electricity, obviously. But the batteries are rechargeable and one cartridge contains enough nicotine and water to smoke the equivalent of at least a pack of cigarettes.
AND, they come in six flavors: tobacco, menthol, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and cherry.
Companies like Green Smoke, a more recent e-cig company to enter the market, and Green Cigarette are branding their products as the green alternative to smoking. What do you think?


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  • http://suitablydespairing.blogspot.com Despairing

    My girlfriend has just quit by using an e-cig. She was up to about 40 cigs a day, and in the first few weeks of using the e-cig she sucked furiously on it. It has a cut-out so that you can’t overdose on the nicotine, which was probably just as well!
    5 months later, and the e-cig hasn’t been touched for over a month. In fact, it’s not even charged. She carries it in her bag in case she needs something to “play with”, but never has.
    Given the poisons and toxins that are contained in a normal cigarette, as well as the un-degradable butt litter, the e-cig is infinitely greener. Plus my gf is proof that they do actually work!

  • http://www.perfectelectroniccigarette.com/green-smoke-electronic-cigarettes Green Smoke User

    I personally own a Green Smoke electronic cigarette and love it. I have been using mine for darn near a month and don’t even feel like I really need to smoke one anymore. I have a few other electronic cigarettes but the Green Smoke hits a lot better and the cartridges last a lot longer.

  • Green Smoke User

    I should of put this in my first comment but I forgot. Here is a code that will get you 10% off your order from Green Smoke electronic cigarettes.
    10% Off Your Green Smoke E-Cig Order When You Use Coupon Code: disc10-1885

  • http://www.greensmoke.com/purefreedom Raymond

    If you would like to purchase a green smoke electronic cigarette you can get them by visiting:
    and also if the code given before this comment the coupon code for $15 off is:

  • http://ecigarettenews.info E Smoker

    Have to agree with the people who made the previous comments, the greensmoke is the finest on the market. Pretty expensive though, but I guess you get what you pay for.

  • The dude

    Yep, they seem pretty interesting to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nguyenhuynh.ngocdiem.7 Nguyễn Huỳnh Ngọc Diễm

    Nothing’s more green than burning leaves to begin with, no?

  • http://www.youtube.com/Steamlite Latest News Of E cigarette

    E cigarette is safer and greener option for smoking. It is helpful to quit smoking with tobacco cigarette and as it produce vapor instead of smoke it is also useful to keep environment clean.