As with any habit, smoking of course carries with it a heavy financial cost, along with the already well-known health consequences of those that indulge in cigarettes. With many people across the country though on the verge of enacting some sort of resolution as part of a New Year’s resolution, the time really is at hand for smokers to make a real positive change to both their lifestyle and to their wallets-by replacing their chosen smoking method with an e-cigarette of some variety,
Whilst alternatives to the classic cigarette have been available for a long time, it’s only over the last few years that a genuine contender to the status quo has really gained traction. Prized for their reduction of toxic ingredients such as tar and carbon monoxide, e-cigarettes provide their users with an intake of nicotine along with the flavoured vapour of their choice. Although not totally without health implications, these devices have been recommended by the NHS for those looking to quit smoking, with the official perspective being that ‘they carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes’.
Financially speaking, whilst an e-cigarette of any type will cost more than a pack of cigarettes, a single e-cigarette will last far longer than the traditional alternative. Unlike cigarettes which burn up after a single usage, the e-cigarette itself will last for as long as it is properly maintained with the only component needing replacing being the e-liquid that supplies the taste of the vapour produced.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that due to the health backlash against normal forms of smoking, the Government has repeatedly raised taxes on tobacco and other such accessories. Due to being the option that’s better for users and with far less negative press, e-cigs are not currently subject to these same additional expenses which passes long-term savings onto those who opt for such a product.
From a health insurance perspective as well, providers unfortunately still consider those who use these alternatives as smokers due to the presence of nicotine in the process. However as we touched on earlier, e-cigarettes are a great option for anyone looking to stop smoking and should this method of breaking the habit prove successful, then you’ll be able to let your health insurance company know you’re now lower risk as a non-smoker.
Overall with public and political attitudes shifting in favour of e-cigarettes as more evidence comes to light regarding their benefits compared to the comparatively archaic alternatives, both the health and financial arguments should get smokers thinking about their New Year’s resolution. Whereas smoking is a constant ongoing source of outgoings along with a shortcut to lung cancer amongst other horrible diseases, e-cigarettes will last far longer and enable users to reduce their nicotine consumption over time at their own pace, until they no longer feel the craving. Hopefully by this time next year, smoking will no longer cost you a penny if you ditch it through such a manner, and can put your money to work on a more healthy pastime.