It is a chilly autumn evening, and you're making your way across a designated no-smoking area. Out of the corner of your eye, you notice a woman leaning against a wall with what, at first glance, appears to be a cigarette wedged between her fingers. "Did she not see all of the 'Smoke-Free Zone' signs? Does she just not care?" you wonder. As you get closer to her, you notice the distinct lack of tobacco smell. It turns out, the woman is actually using her e-cig that she replaced her cigarettes with months ago.
More and more smokers are trading in their cigarettes in favor of e-cigs, which begs the question: What is it about the e-cigarette trend that allows it to attract so many followers?
More Money in Your Pocket
It is no secret that smoking cigarettes is one of the most expensive habits one can have, but are e-cigarettes the answer to the crippling cost of smoking? It turns out they are, and in more than one way. The obvious area where e-cigs save you money is in the cost of cigarettes themselves. While a pack of traditional cigarettes costs an average of $7 to $19, you can expect to pay around $3 for an e-cig cartridge, which is about the equivalent of a cigarette pack. Just think about the long-term saving potential when you are saving as much as $16 per pack.
Another major area where e-cigs save you money is the cost of insurance. Medical insurance companies charge smokers higher premiums than they charge non-smokers. Since e-cigs do not contain tobacco, you are no longer a smoker in the eyes of your insurance company when you switch to e-cigs. Imagine all of the new things you can afford with lower monthly insurance payments.
Reclaim Your Personal Freedom
More and more indoor and outdoor businesses are switching to smoke-free zones, which greatly limits the number of places you can travel with a cigarette in your hand. While many college campuses, bars, and restaurants require you to refrain from smoking tobacco, most of these places do not have the same ban on e-cigs. Switching to e-cigs means you no longer have to choose between smoking and your freedom to go wherever you want.
Lose Your Reputation as the Smelly One
Ever walk into a room and have to pretend you don't hear the disapproving voices uttering things like, "Gross! Who smells like an ashtray?" No matter what efforts you make to mask the smell, as long as you smoke cigarettes, your house, your clothes, your hair, and even your pets will reek of tobacco. E-cigs, on the other hand have little to no scent. The slight smell they emit is a pleasant aroma reminiscent of cotton candy, so you can stop offending noses everywhere.
Given the many profound benefits of e-cigs over tobacco cigarettes, it is really no wonder that they have achieved such a large fan base. Who doesn't want to be richer and liberated while smelling nice?