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When Is a Smoking Ban Not a Smoking Ban?

It’s been seven years since the United Kingdom embraced a smoking ban in public places, cafes, bars, restaurants and places of work. In a move that was designed to outlaw the smoking of cigars, cigarettes and pipes in public, the government hoped to put an end to what is widely considered to be an anti-social and harmful habit.

Opposition to the Smoking Ban
Naturally, the tobacco industry was both alarmed and threatened by the introduction of restrictions to smoking in public places. The biggest worry was that their industry would suffer severe losses, and they have been at pains to point out the massive amounts of revenue their products generate for the economy. According to the Tobacco Manufacturer’s Association sales of tobacco and associated products generate around £10 billion annually for the Treasury. The organisation is keen to emphasise the losses that the country would face were tobacco products to be outlawed completely.

And they are not the only ones. Committed smokers understand the medical risks associated with smoking tobacco and feel aggrieved that they are no longer allowed to choose for themselves what they spend their hard-earned cash on. The usual argument of the beleaguered smoker is that thrill-seekers, performance car owners and the morbidly obese are all allowed to make their own lifestyle choices, so why not smokers too?

The Rise of the E-Cigarette
It was only a matter of time before someone somewhere thought of a way to circumvent the smoking ban. The honour falls to Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist who developed and patented the e-cigarette in 2003 only to see the market develop and thrive beyond his wildest dreams.

Smoking an e-cigarette is known as ‘vaping’ and it’s catching on up and down the country as dedicated tobacco smokers look for an alternative to the traditional cigarette. Tired of standing outside pubs and restaurants in the cold and rain, the smoker now has an alternative option which is proving incredibly popular.

E-cigarettes come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles, from a copycat traditional cigarette format to more high-tech designs, but for all of them the principle is the same. A battery pack heats a special liquid which contains nicotine and flavourings, and this is inhaled and exhaled just as with a normal cigarette. The difference is that it is vapour which is inhaled, rather than smoke. Smoke is the culprit which contains the harmful chemicals known to damage lungs, whereas the vapour containing nicotine is relatively harmless.

It’s not just smokers who are turning to vaping either. With a host of flavours available and nicotine-free options too, people who would never have dreamed of lighting up a ciggie are discovering the fun of inhaling a variety of vapours as a way of socialising and relaxing. Sites such as enjuice offer a dazzling array of flavours, from traditional tobacco and menthol through to exotic cocktails, coffee and dessert-themed vapours.

With almost one and a half million people now turning to vaping rather than smoking traditional cigarettes, this is a growing market which looks set to increase in popularity. Cheaper and less harmful than smoking cigarettes, vaping is becoming the pastime of choice for many people

How the Best Electronic Cigarette Can Help You Kick the Smoking Habit

Everyone knows how bad cigarette smoking is for you, and if you are a smoker you hear about it all the time – if your mother isn’t nagging you about it, that doctor on TV is.  No matter who you are talking to, everyone agrees that now is a great time to quit smoking.  Well, anytime is a great time – but now may be the best time because of electronic cigarettes.  They are all the rage right now, and for good reason – they are affordable, easy to buy, and easy to use.

Here are some reasons that e-cigarettes may be just the method you’ve been looking for to help kick the cigarette smoking habit:

  1. E-cigarettes look and feel a lot like regular cigarettes.  After years of grabbing a cigarette several times throughout the day, many smokers just like the feel of that little cylinder between their fingers.  E-cigarettes can duplicate this feeling.
  2. E-cigarettes satisfy the urge to puff.
  3. The vapor in your throat from an e-cigarette feels a lot like cigarette smoke.

Of course, there are other benefits to electronic cigarettes.  They don’t smell like regular cigarettes, and don’t make your clothes and your home smell bad.  The liquid solution you use in an electronic cigarette comes in a variety of tasty flavors, from candy to soft drink to fruit.  And, you can buy the liquid with different levels of nicotine.

E-cigarettes also don’t have the toxins that regular cigarettes do, and as soon as you stop smoking your body starts to heal itself, no matter how many years you were a smoker.

And of course, perhaps the best benefit of all is that your mother won’t have an excuse to nag you anymore!

Find the best electronic cigarette for you!