If quitting cigarettes is your big project for 2014, you might consider going ‘electronic.’
The e-cigarette, which has been catching on with smokers across the country, has become an outlet for those who are trying to quit or limit their nicotine intake.
“A few of my friends have started using the e-cig,” said SAIT student Terran Dollan.
“I’ve heard it is just as bad as smoking but I haven’t really looked into it.”
The battery powered cigarette vaporizes a chemical mixture of nicotine, propylene glycol and other chemicals.
There are various types of electronic cigarettes. The devices that have nicotine can be disposable or refillable depending on the brand.
The cylinder shaped device imitates a cigarette in appearance however the electronic cigarette, also known as an e-cig, does not contain tobacco.
The e-cig is made up of a cartridge that contains the nicotine, water, and a flavoring base. The atomizer contains a heating element that turns the liquid into vapor.
Although most of e-cig users are using the device to lower their nicotine intake and cut out tobacco, there are e-cigs on the market that have nothing but vapor and flavoring in them.
The use of the e-cig is popular among students at SAIT, some of whom you could never tell smoke the device indoors.
There is no actual rule through SAIT that the vaporizing device cannot be used on campus, however, some teachers are becoming aware of the e-cig being used during class time.
“I started substituting the e-cig instead of my cigarettes only a couple weeks ago, and already I’ve noticed a difference with less coughing, wheezing and I generally feel better,” said trades student Zach McClain.
The e-cigs are permitted in most public places, but authorities are looking into the issue as it becomes more popular throughout society.
“The usage of the e-cig doesn’t really bother me, however I don’t think it should be used in the classroom. But anywhere else is fine,” said former teacher Ron Guenette.
Second-hand smoke in a cigarette has 43 known carcinogens, whereas the e-cig emits a mist or aerosol into the air.
Using the e-cig is also a lot cheaper than buying normal cigarettes. On average people who smoke cigarettes spend $15 a day, depending on their usage.
After the starter kit has been purchased for the e-cig, it costs approximately $40 a month for the liquid nicotine refills for the rechargeable device.
The Canadian Lung Association encourages people who want to quit smoking to use scientifically proven methods and avoid unproven methods such as the electronic cigarette.
More research is being conducted on the hazards that could be associated with smoking electronic cigarettes.