I’ve been aware of the existence of electronic cigarettes for a while now but I assumed, on the basis of the degree of hyperbole used in adverts, that they’d be crap. That is until I tried one. I’m not sure what I expected, other than disappointment, but what I found was something that gave the sensation of smoking, albeit with a slightly odd taste.
As a result, I wasted no time in researching the various makes of e-cig available in the UK, and then ordering a two cigarette kit from Mirage, so that I’d always have a fully charged battery. Another feature of this cigarette is that you can refill the cartridges from a bottle of liquid nicotine, with an even greater financial saving than using just cartridges (which, even so, are a lot cheaper than ordinary cigarettes).
There is some debate about how healthy e-cigs are, usually centring on the lack of long term research; they simply haven’t been around long enough for that, having only been invented in 2003. It’s pretty obvious however, and doctors will agree, that not having almost all of the 4000 odd chemicals present in tobacco drawn into your lungs is a distinct improvement. The very first night after receiving my kit, and after only a few hours of using it, I got to sleep almost straight away, without the coughing fits that I had become accustomed to.
A very important side-effect, due to there not being any burning, and therefore no smoke, is that those around you don’t have to suffer either.
My two cats will bear witness to that. They no longer run away when I start “smoking”!