I am not a smoker, but I have noticed that more and more people are switching to e-cigarettes. What do we know about them? Are they safe? They still contain nicotine, although the amount can be chosen, depending on your needs. Nicotine free e-cigarette liquid is also available, although I image very few people use it. The base has to be plugged in and recharged and the vapor produced from the liquid has no smell.They have been banned in some places and in other places even minors are allowed to buy them. I believe that not much enforceable legalization has been put in place as yet regarding these kind of cigarettes.
My concerns would be
1) How safe are they really for the health and will we discover hidden health issues at a later date?
2) More and more younger people are trying them out due to the 'flavors' offered and how they are packaged, it seems they are being are targeted towards the younger age group.
Here is a video that explains a little more about them:
17 Facts About E-Cigarettes That Might Surprise You
The thing that "amuses" me the most is that they make them resemble real cigarettes although there is no technical reason for that. I think they would annoy me less if they had been designed in some new and mysterious form.
It is looking as though the EU will probably ban use of them in the same public places as cigarettes before the year is out. I was totally shocked to see a television commercial for them the other day after not having seen a cigarette commercial for about 20 years.
They are quite bulky looking though. Nothing cool about them really. I hear that some people are using them to try and quite smoking real cigarettes. The method used is that they plan to gradually go from the high nicotine to the zero nicotine. So by the end all they are smoking is water vapor basically, maybe with a little scent to it. Maybe it does work for some?
I can see the commercials for them being banned very soon.
New Yorkers who've latched on to electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix at the local bar had their hopes snuffed out Thursday as the New York City Council overwhelmingly voted to add the smokeless smokes to the city's ban on smoking in public places.
Even though the electronic cigarettes don't produce secondhand smoke, the council voted 43-8 to ban the use of e-cigarettes in restaurants, bars, city parks and any other places where smoking is already outlawed.