Electronic Cigarettes – The Next Green Alternative for Smokers?
With all of the enthusiasm lately for greener alternatives for everything from electric cars to cleaner power sources to compostable cat litter, one has to wonder where smokers fit into the “Green World” we are creating. As a smoker myself, I often felt I was being a bit hypocritical in advocating green alternatives both at work and in my personal shopping choices while exhaling thousands of chemicals into the air and flicking butts on the ground.
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs as they are often called, eliminate 99.9% of the chemicals produced by a burning cigarette. E-cigs emit only water vapor, so there is no pollution at all exhaled into the air by an e-cig user. There are reportedly hundreds of lethal toxins in traditional cigarettes, so e-cigs are definitely a cleaner and greener choice.
You may think that a cigarette butt is just tiny, so what’s the big deal in throwing one on the ground? Well, there are approximately 45.3 million smokers in the US alone, so if each one throws 10 or 15 butts on the ground in the course of a day, that really adds up. Butts are ugly, stinky and dirty and they really pile up over time. The material in the filter of a cigarette is made mostly of cellulose acetate (a plastic) – and can take up to 12 years to break down. The only waste produced by e-cigs is a battery every year or two, and of course, batteries are recyclable. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were no cigarette butts littering the streets, parks and beaches anymore?
Cigarettes are the epitome of disposable! There is just noting renewable or reusable about a cigarette or its packaging. E-cigs on the other hand, last a long long time and do not produce waste. The actual e-cigarette is composed of a rechargeable battery that can be recharged hundreds of times, an atomizer that lasts for months and a tank that is filled with e-liquid. Even the bottles that the e-liquid comes in are recyclable!
How do they Work?
An e-cig is a great alternative to smoking that eliminates the toxins and pollution of cigarettes. You simply fill the tank with e-liquid, which is a mixture of nicotine, flavor and glycerin, press the button to activate the atomizer, which heats up the e-liquid, inhale the vapor as if you were smoking and exhale the water vapor. The sensation mimics smoking perfectly and delivers a hit of nicotine each time to satisfy your craving.
Vixxen is a blog writer for http://www.vaporvixxen.com. Try Electronic Cigarettes for a greener, smarter alternative to smoking.
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