Are e-cigarettes really better for you?

Are e-cigarettes really better for you?

*Disclaimer* I don’t smoke. I never have, and at this point in my life I probably won’t start. So I’m not going to pretend to have all the answers. I do know a lot of people who use e-cigarettes and that’s why I wanted to look into it.

With the price of cigarettes up to almost $10 a pack, people are now looking into ways to save money without having to give up smoking. So they are now turning to e-cigarettes. These are touted as less expensive and a healthier alternative to regular cigarettes.

I almost feel like this is cheat smoking. You’re still smoking, it may not be a traditional cigarette but you’re still smoking. Nicotine is bad for you and these have just as much and sometimes more than a regular cigarette. 

Not to mention, there is no regulation on these. Makers of e-cigarettes can put whatever they want in them and none the wiser for us. There are no rules and no limit to what they can put in these things.

If you really want to give up smoking, than do that. I know that is way easier said than done but it is possible. To think that going from a traditional cigarette to a e-cigarette is going to help you stop smoking sounds crazy to me.

I know this is starting to sound like an anti smoking campaign, it isn’t. I really don’t care if you or anyone smokes. What you do is your business and I honestly mean that. But I feel that the makers of these things need to be honest.  No one really knows the health risk or benefits yet so they should slow down on the “this is healthier” track they’re on.

2 thoughts on “Are e-cigarettes really better for you?

  1. Great blog topic! The e-cigarettes debate is a very interesting one. It sounds like many establishments here in Minnesota are already working to have them banned as part of the cigarette ban that exists in this state.

    I am also a non-smoker. I know a lot of people who smoke or used to smoke. It is very, very difficult to quit. Some say cigarettes are more addictive than hard drugs. I think a lot of smokers are actually trying to quit and therefore are fairly willing to try any number of methods to achieve success. While going “cold turkey” can work for some, my guess is that it’s much easier said than done.

    My mother-in-law tried e-cigarettes as a way to quit. It didn’t work for her. However, she has managed to stay smoke-free for the last six or seven months. Her secret? She’s worried that, as a life-long smoker, her health insurance premiums are going to up under Obamacare. You never know what’s going to be the trigger for some people! Isn’t that interesting?

    Josie Jesinoski

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