Most people know that smoking is one of the most dangerous things a human being can do. For several decades smoking has been looked upon as “cool” or “classy.” Smoking is the thing that keeps you skinny, and overall the thing that kills you.
Dozens of companies today have attempted to come up with alternative methods to smoking cigarettes, but none have been able to replace smoking entirely. It seemed as though gum, patches, inhalers and medication weren’t cutting it for either the companies or the buyers.
In 1963, inventor Herbert A. Gilbert created an alternative that so far seems successful: the e-cigarette.
The e-cigarette is a battery-powered device that simulates tobacco smoking. The e-cigarette uses a heating element that vaporizes the liquid that is placed inside, and unlike a regular cigarette, users can choose the flavoring. Some of the liquids contain nicotine and flavoring while others just have flavoring.
Some say it depends on one’s purpose for using the e-cig.
“You can adjust the level of nicotine that is distributed out of the cigarette as well, which helps with quitting. It’s also more convenient, tactile – it isn’t just burn, smoke, toss, and I can smoke in public places,” said smoker Donny Rose.
Rose has smoked since he was 13 years of age, and he said he started because “my parents were doing it and I wanted to be like them.”
He said there was really no other reason for his newfound habit, but “it made him look cool and everyone else was doing it, so why not.”
His brother Buddy Rose has been smoking just as long.
“I have been smoking since I was 14 years of age and started for pretty much the same reason,” said Buddy Rose.
Nearly 40 years later, these brothers are still going at it.
“It’s not so much the addiction to the nicotine, it’s more of a need to have something in my hands,” Donny Rose said.
“I tried the patch and chewing gum but it wasn’t working. I still had the craving for nicotine, and the hand-to-mouth trigger that made it so difficult to quit.”
Roughly eight months ago, Buddy Rose decided to switch from a regular cigarette to an e-cigarette, which he said he heard about on Facebook.
“The main reason I decided to give the e-cigarette a try was the health benefits, and it was a cheaper alternative,” Rose said. A carton of cigarettes comes out to about $53 dollars and an e-cigarette is roughly $210 dollars.
That’s not the only reason the e-cigarette has become a popular choice. “It doesn’t necessarily curb my craving like a regular cigarette would, but it’s something besides a cigarette,” Donny Rose said.
“It’s a better alternative and I get more satisfaction out of it, because of all the other great qualities it has.”
Unlike a regular cigarette, the e-cig smoking brothers agree that it doesn’t produce such a harsh smell or taste.
It’s also less litter on the streets, as there is no reason to throw in on the ground. It doesn’t have any crazy chemicals like the tobacco in a cigarette.
“We definitely favor the e-cigarette more than a regular cigarette, and it’s not hard to see why,” Buddy Rose said.