Thursday, 20 June 2013

eCigs Pros and Cons: Health, Money, Smell, Smoking Bans and Regulations

Health Benefits

The primary reason many people consider vaping is the potential health benefits.

eCigs typically have three or four ingredients: 

  • propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin and sometimes polyethylene glycol 400 (Theses have been widely used as food additives, toothpaste, and in medical devices such as asthma inhalers)
  • nicotine 
  • food-grade flavours. 
For newbies it's worth noting propylene glycol’s ability to absorb and trap water can cause feelings of dehydration, it’s a good idea to drink a little extra water or juice whilst vaping to counter act this. In addition, some e-smokers may be sensitive or allergic to propylene glycol, using e-juice made entirely from vegetable glycerin can help avoid this. However any tightness in the chest will usually stop once your body gets used to propylene glycol, the same thing happens to people using asthma inhalers for the first time.

There seems to be conflicting information regarding whether or not nicotine on its own is a carcinogen most studies tend to find nicotine beneficial to health when all the other cigarette nasties are taken away. However nicotine can have unwanted effects on the circulatory system and blood sugar levels. Nicotine appears to be dangerous during pregnancy and can interfere with breastfeeding. So it is important to consider all of these factors; consulting a doctor before using eCigs may be a good idea.

Cigarette smoke on the other hand contains substances such as carbon monoxide, tar, arsenic, ammonia, cyanide and acetone among many others. I doubt you need me to tell you why they're bad.


If you aren’t considering switching to e-cigarettes for the health benefits, the cost of cigarettes is likely a motivation. I addressed this in my previous post Are eCigs cheaper than Rolling Tobacco in the UK.


E-cigarette vapour has a mild scent that lingers in the air for just a few seconds before fading away permanently, it smells nothing like smoke. In most cases, you can’t smell e-cigarette vapour at all unless you're next to the person vaping.

Some non-smokers hate being around cigarette smoke, sometimes due to legitimate allergies or group-think; the lingering odour of tobacco can offend. Since I started vaping my sense of smell has improved slightly but  awareness of cigarette smoke is in a league of it's own, even walking down the street I can detect if someone is smoking at great distances, although I don't find the smell offencive many do.

Smoking Bans and Regulation

There is no Government Regulation forbidding vaping, any business respecting their customers have no reason to forbid it. Furthermore there's no lingering smell so, for example, a car rental place would have no way of knowing or passing judgement once a car is returned.

One of the potentially greatest drawbacks on this list of e-cigarette pros and cons hasn’t occurred yet, but it may soon. Currently uou can buy e-cigarettes online or in shops and they aren’t subject to tobacco taxes. Further more the e-cigarette industry enjoys very little regulation.

All of this is likely to change, the MHRA announcement this week says eCigs should be regulated as medicine. TV and newspapers presented this as shocking news eCigs may be bad but other than catchy headlines there still isn't any evidence of that. The problem is this will, if it all comes to pass, make eCigs more expensive for no good reason, after all Tobacco and Alcohol aren't regulated as medicine!


  1. Sales are a good opportunity to try something new. You risk less financially because if you end up not liking a particular flavor or device, you won't lose as much cash.

    This debate over health may never be over but I am sure that ecig users can look out for good deals and make use of them. There are so many flavors offered by companies such as V2. I've seen fruit flavors and even those that you might associate with coffee, such as vanilla or mocha.

  2. Smoking is banned now a day’s that’s why many people switched over electronic cigarettes. My father also used this product and I don’t think so there is any disadvantage of using this product. It doesn’t produce smoke and save money also because it is cheaper than tobacco cigarettes. It doesn’t contain any tobacco like product and good for our health. Smoking is banned, but not electronic cigarettes. For more information you can visit here-

    1. I had a quick look at best4ecigs I see they offer simulations of British Tobacco brands, Silk Cut, Golden Virginia etc. Very interesting I may consider trying some of these in future.

  3. As more places now ban smoking and more tobacco-related health hazards are discovered, smokers should try switching to and trying e-cigarettes. Visiting your trusted doctor is also helpful to help determine your health status before trying e-cigarettes. The overall cost of cigarettes are also more expensive compared to e-cigarettes.It's great that this article also include warning that e-cigarette newbies may feel a little dehydrated at first attempts. However, this shouldn't be a major problem. Jose -

  4. Smoking is dangerous for smokers as well as people who around them. But if we talk about electronic cigarettes, they are safe to use as they do not contain harmful toxins and tar. I am also using smoke relief e cig to quit my smoking habit and it really effective to reduce my addiction of tobacco filled cigarette.

  5. Smoke generated from the electronic cigarette does not disturb those around the smokers. They will not smell like the burnt tobacco in traditional cigarettes. Deb -

  6. This looks like such a helpful product. I didn't realize these came in multiple strengths, so you could taper down while still having the smoking 'experience'.