Most of us have experienced the cigarette-smoke-filled bar, or going out to eat and sitting in the smoking section just to avoid the wait. Yes, most cities now have smoking bans but most of us are old enough to remember what it was like before these bans were put in place. As with most products, technology has touched them. Welcome to the world of electronic cigarettes. A smokeless cigarette that delivers nicotine to its user. E-Cigs, as they are called, have been around since 2004. They have grown in popularity in the United States since 2007. You now see them on shelves at convenience marts, big box stores, on television shows, and even in movies. Remember that scene in The Tourist?
To better give you an understanding of these E-Cigs, I went to the source: a sales representative for a electronic cigarette company that has a small chain of stores. The rep’s name is Vanessa and she has been dealing with E-Cigs with 21 Century Smoking, based out of Chicago, for nearly three years and has learned a lot along the way. She has kindly shared her knowledge of this product. The following is what she shared:
“First, I want to educate people on the pros of electric cigarettes. I know there are a lot of myths and horror stories out there, so lets clear them up first. There is not any tobacco in an E-cig; no, you will not drown from smoking them; no, you will not get pneumonia from using them; and no, the vapor is not toxic. What you will get is all the benefits of these products. I have been employed with 21 Century Smoking for three years. In that time, I have personally witnessed at least 50 different customers who have either quit smoking completely or at least quit smoking regular cigarettes. I have heard customers say things from, “these are great they really did help,” to a tear filled, “Thank you this product has saved my life.” The beauty of this product is there is NO tar, NO tobacco, and NO carcinogens. You still get what you’re addicted to, which is the nicotine. A main question I am asked is, “How can this be better for me?” The answer is simple actually. Nicotine is a stimulant like caffeine, addictive, but not harmful to your body, unless taken in mass quantity. Nicotine is not the cause of cancer in cigarettes. That comes from the tobacco and additives in cigarettes. No harmful side affects have been reported.
“E-Cigs are easily the closet thing to being a cigarette without actually smoking. The beauty of this product is that if you have lung cancer or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) you can still smoke without continuing to harm yourself or others. There is absolutely no scent, no odor; it is just a water vapor that you blow out. No matter what brand you smoke, be it Marlboro, Camel, menthol, or you want the hooka experience… they offer a flavor for you. With the different levels of nicotine offered, you can step down and gradually work yourself completely off, if you so desire. What are the different levels of nicotine offered? A regular pack of cigarettes has roughly 22mgs of nicotine. We offer 24mg, 16mg, 11mg, 6mg, and zero mg. Each company offers their own variation of nicotine levels but most are within the mgs we carry.
Since joining this company and helping the people I have helped, I have found this product to be very helpful for those that either just want to quit smoking or are at that stage in life where they must quit, either due to Cancer or some other medical reasoning. The freedoms my customers gain from using this product are: being able to smoke in most public places, no longer having that cigarette smoke stench, and most importantly, have more money in their pocket. Using an electronic cigarette saves the pack-a-day smoker around $1300 if you pay $5.50 a pack. Through my company, you purchase roughly eight packs of cigarettes for $15. We have many customers that are doctors and nurses who smoke this product, and inform their patients about the benefits. I ask you: Do you want to change your life or the life of someone you know? If you do, then please visit one of our locations which are listed at 21centurysmoking.com. Any sales rep will be more than happy to help you and explain even more about this wonderful, life-changing product to you.”
One thing is for sure: a person’s health is their greatest asset. With a product like this, you can help yourself or someone you know. Obviously, there are many companies out there to choose from. Do your research and find which company fits you best. Prices for what each company calls a “starter kit,” range from the low $200’s down to a pocket-friendly $19.99. By Steve Kish