As an ex-smoker, I often think about what it would be like to smoke again. It’s not something I would ever do, for SO many reasons, but when there are times of stress and even happiness, I still get the urge to reach for the nicotine, even though it’s been almost a decade since I gave up. However, it got me thinking about e-cigarettes and vaping (CLICK HERE for more information) and how they could potentially be a viable option if I ever did decide I wanted nicotine in my life again, and also about the ways in which it would be SO much better than smoking. Here’s what I came up with:
When I stand behind people in a shop and see how much cigarettes cost nowadays, I genuinely blanch at the idea of spending THAT much money on smoking. Don’t get me wrong, cigarettes weren’t exactly cheap when I was a smoker, but they cost roughly double now and it’s an expense that I could never justify. In 2006, I was smoking around 20-a-day, which these days would cost about £9 – that’s £63 a week, £273 a month or over £3200 a year! By comparison, vaping costs the average user around £8 every ten days, which equates to £292, giving you a mind-boggling almost THREE GRAND saving!
Apart from the very obvious health benefits of switching to an e-cigarette for both you AND the people around you, vaping has actually been shown to aid weight loss. I remember reading this Reddit thread a few months ago about someone who replaced their evening sweet snacks with a dessert-flavoured liquid and it satiated them to the point that they lost over a stone in a month! I know that when I quit smoking, I also missed the hand-to-mouth action and replaced cigarettes with food, so this could be massively beneficial to anyone who wants to quit smoking but doesn’t want to gain weight.
I don’t know about you, but I hate the smell of smoking. The way it lingers to clothes and hair is awful and I never knew how bad it really was until I quit and started smelling it on other people. A friend of ours vapes and has all sorts of sweet-smelling liquids that he uses and they are all fabulous!
I grew up in a house of smokers, as did Husband, and we BOTH remember incidents where one adult or another would doze off in the armchair with a cigarette in hand, only to wake up seconds later to a smouldering arm of the sofa and singed fingers. Research done by the Government showed that poor disposal and care of lit cigarettes was the LEADING cause of fatal housefires for decades – these are odds that I just don’t like.
Finally, and one reason that I like the most, is that vaping is SO much better for the environment than smoking cigarettes. Cigarette butts are still responsible for much of the litter that we see on the streets and the smoke itself is a huge contributor to air pollution. One study showed that “discarded cigarette butts are non-biodegradable and they are also the most common form of litter found in beach clean ups. It is estimated that around 4 trillion cigarette ends are discarded across the world each year.” – imagine how much cleaner our air and seas would be without cigarettes?
Have you switched from cigarettes to vaping? Have you taken up vaping despite no longer being a smoker? Leave me a comment below.