E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, are the latest alternative to smoking and if you’re thinking about trying them out, here are 10 things you need to know before making your first purchase:

What Are Electronic Cigarettes?

E-cigarettes are electronic devices, designed to mimic the effects of smoking. Instead of burning tobacco, they convert liquid into a vapor, which is inhaled in a similar way to cigarette smoke.

How Do They Work?

When you use an electronic cigarette, your inhalation activates the device, which them heats up the liquid held in the cartridge. As it heats up, it creates a vapour. This can then be inhaled, just like you would when smoking a traditional cigarette, but without many of the harmful health effects.

How Much Do They Cost?

The price of electronic cigarettes varies, according to things like the strength of the vapour, the flavour, and whether you opt for a disposable or a refillable device. It’s important to only buy from a reputable provider, which may be slightly more expensive. However, the cost is still likely to be significantly less than you spend on traditional cigarettes. A standard starter kit is available, from a good supplier, for under £20.

Are They Safe?

The safety of electronic cigarettes is widely contested, with many people claiming they shouldn’t be available until the industry is better regulated. However, whilst the harmful effects of nicotine can’t be eradicated entirely, research has consistently demonstrated e-cigarettes contain none of the normal substances that cause cancer in traditional cigarettes.

Can They Help You Quit Smoking?

To get the best results, you should ensure you purchase an e-cigarette with the most appropriate strength for your current cigarette usage.

Are They Better For You Than Cigarettes?

Traditional cigarettes contain tobacco, which is burned to create smoke, which smokers then inhale into their lungs. The act of smoking has been consistently associated with a long list of health problems, including:

  • Cancer,
  • Respiratory problems,
  • Heart disease,
  • Dental problems,
  • Increased risk of stoke,
  • Fertility problems.

As these harmful effects are associated with the inhalation of smoke, they can be significantly reduced when you switch to e-cigarettes.

Can You Use Them in Public?

Electronic cigarettes create a vapor, rather than smoke, which means they can often be used in places where smoking is banned. However, you should use your common sense when vaping in public. Have consideration for those around you, and refrain from using your electronic cigarettes in confined spaces. The vapour still contains nicotine, so non-smokers may still be offended if you use them without consideration for those around you.

Where Can I Buy Them?

There is a wide range of suppliers, both online and on the high street, but you must take time to research the provider before you commit to a purchase. Look for a company committed to research and development, which prioritises the health and wellbeing of their customers. Look for knowledgeable staff, who should be able to help you when you’re ready to make a purchase.

What Do They Taste Like?

The answer to this question is simple: what would you like them to taste like? Electronic cigarettes are available in a variety of flavours, making the process of vaping much more enjoyable than smoking. Some popular flavours include:

  • Coffee,
  • Strawberry,
  • Vanilla,
  • Cinnamon,

If you’re sold on trying your first e-cigarette try the Vape Room as they have an excellent selection of fantastic electronic cigarettes, starter kits and e liquids available in the UK.


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