Electronic cigarettes and the act of vaping have become big business in recent years. In fact, it has grown so rapidly that the science has yet to catch up! Though vaping in Australia is still only legal if one is over 18, it has become known as a healthier alternative – and even a replacement – to traditional tobacco smoking. Even the large tobacco and cigarette companies, having been under fire for many years now, are scrambling to catch up to the vaping trend and are even releasing their own vaping kits and range of flavours. Still, this effort seems to pale in comparison to the larger number of independent online companies that now stock vaping kits and e-cig flavours at affordable prices. Such is the power of the web!
The Fundamental Advantages of Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping
We all know that taxes on tobacco products have increased dramatically in Australia in the last few decades. In fact, the Government gains so much revenue from the sales of cigarette packets alone that it makes sense for them to keep them on the shelves rather than ban them outright! Despite the financial windfall that they represent, the health warnings and a consistent advertising campaign over many years have resulted in a steady decline of sales of tobacco products.
The fact that the negative health effects of smoking are so widely known and accepted has meant that many smokers have sought a replacement or alternative. Of course, for many this takes the form of nicotine patches, nicotine gums, and a commitment to quitting altogether, but the e-cig in Australia and other countries offers an attractive alternative with the following advantages:
- Affordability: First and foremost, vaping kits and e-liquids are far more affordable than buying cigarette packs every week. Once a vaping kit is paid for, the ongoing costs are largely for the flavoured liquids, and the trickle of electricity that it requires to recharge the lithium ion battery.
- Environmental: Cutting down on the sale of cigarette packets also translates to fewer cigarette butts filling our streets and bins. It may seem like a small benefit, but it is a benefit nonetheless.
- Smell: We all recognise that stale smell of nicotine-drenched fabrics. It is a smell that lingers for many years and is difficult to remove with generic off-the-shelf cleaners. The vapour from flavoured e-liquids, by contrast, dissipates much faster and actually smells much better. In fact, the committed vaper can choose from a number of online stores and from a wide range of flavours – including menthol, vanilla, cherry, apple, and many more.
- Health: While science has yet to come to solid conclusions about the long-term effects of vaping on human health, first impressions seem to indicate that they are at least far better than tobacco products. The e-liquids do not contain the cocktail of carcinogenic chemicals that cigarettes do, so it would seem that their long-term prospects as a healthier replacement for tobacco products have some merit.
Making the Switch
If you are currently a cigarette smoker, it might be time to seriously consider investing in electronic cigarettes. Vaping kits can be bought at very reasonable prices and include everything you need in order to get started.