For people who are trying to quit smoking, the journey is a long hard one. This is especially true for people who have been smoking for many years; sometimes even decades. Some people say that quitting cold turkey works for them, but for others, the process needs to be gradual and consistent in order to prevent the person from backsliding.  Some former smokers rely on the help of gums, others use nicotine patches.

For more and more people though, e-cigarettes are becoming a viable alternative.

The Benefits of E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes are handy, electronic versions of cigarettes with no tobacco. Instead of smoking, users are “vaping” because they inhale and exhale vapors made from flavored liquids. The e-cigarette is a small stick or tube which runs on battery power. Inside it is a flavored liquid of the user’s choice. When a person inhales, the switch inside the e-cigarette is turned on and the liquid is heated up to produce the vapor. The liquid can be replaced or refilled when it runs out.

The beauty of an e-cigarette is that it does not produce actual smoke when a person is vaping. Unlike regular cigarettes where there is a danger of second hand smoke because of the burning tobacco, the vapors from an e-cigarette is mostly water based so it dissipates quickly. Second, it isn’t really smoke rather only scented water. Third and most importantly, there is no nicotine in e-cigarettes. This makes e-cigarettes safe to smoke in areas where smoking is banned.

Of course, smoking an e-cigarette inside restaurants depends on the discretion of the management or the restaurant owner. There are some establishments which still frown upon the practice no matter how safe and environment friendly e-cigarettes are. Imagine no ash and no cigarette butts to pick up. There’s also no use for matches or lighters because the e-cigarette is battery operated.

Where Can E-Cigarettes Be Bought?

E- cigarettes can be bought in stores that carry all kinds of electronic gadgets. There are online stores which carry them along with e-shishas, e-liquids and other paraphernalia related to it. But if you don’t have the time to go to the mall or if you are wary of buying items online, it is nice to know that the vending machine business has already included e-cigarettes in their line up of items.  If before, vending machines sold cigarette packs and lighters, they are now offering the healthier and more environment-friendly alternative.

Vending machines that offer e-cigarettes can be found in shopping centres, casinos, near restaurants and even train or bus stations. You will not only find the e-cigarettes but also refills of the vaping liquid in different flavors or scents.  You can also buy the tips if you do share your e-cigarette with your significant other.Some e-cigarette vending machines also sell the batteries used to heat up the liquid.  You’ll know when it’s time to replace the batteries because there will be a loud beeping sound, an alert when the battery is about to die out. On the other hand, you’ll know when it’s time to replace the liquid when you are no longer able to draw a puff. It’s ideal to keep a spare battery and an e-liquid refill with you when you go out. But in case you do run out, it is convenient and reassuring to know that there’s a vending machine nearby.