I’m a smoker. I also am a longtime resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia. I read this advertisement for electronic cigarettes and it hit me, the is a real war on smokers. I recently left Atlanta, GA where Mayor Kasim Reed signed a ban on smoking in public parks in the city. This means that people who are smokers can face serious charges for smoking in these parks.
Now, before I go any further I must admit that I am aware that cigarettes:
cause heart disease
cause breathing problems
second hand smoke is equally as dangerous to non-smokers
and other dangerous damages to the human body
However, as a smoker I don’t see the benefits of this electronic cigarette that supposedly:
Has no tar
No Carbon Monoxide
and No ash
Along with these great perks the electronic cigarette is cheaper (per cartridge) than a pack of tobacco cigarettes, has no “smoker odor”, and doesn’t produce any second hand smoke, which has become public enemy number one in the war on smokers. The biggest plus is that the electronic cigarette has been approved by the Doctors. The ones who have a TV show. So, overall the electronic cigarette is the cigarette of the future. And smoking tobacco has become a thing of the past. Meaning more pressure to stop smoking, now!
Smoking E-cigarettes has won approval from employers, airlines, and all sorts of other indoor facilities because of the e-cigs lack of toxic, second hand smoke. This leads me to think that the e-cig is not an real alternative for smokers who enjoy smoking cigarettes, but rather another quitting mechanism that only plays into the hands anti-tobacco players.
So, I wrote this post only to see if anyone has tried the electronic cigarette and if it is worth trying in the first place. I have recently “come-out” as a smoker and it has been one of the hardest things that I have ever done.