I've been a smoker For longer than I want to remember and I've been subjected to an industry fossilized by it's own arrogance and a government intent on taxing smoking into oblivion. I can't do much about the latter, but the former is now being challenged by the E-cigarette. A mini vaporizer that delivers not smoke but water vapor with flavors and nicotine. While medical science has not evaluated the e-cigarette, it is glaringly obvious that there is less compounds in an e-cigarette that can cause harm since it's just water vapor. When I found out that I had to write this article I decided to go out and buy a Blu E-cigarette from Walgreens.
The "cigarette" itself is a bit thicker than a normal cigarette and heftier as well due to the battery and vaporizer. This is just a disposable one, good for 1 1/2 - 2 packs worth of puffs. It's a little weird to get used to initially because of the weight and no need to light it, simply pull a small drag and the vaporizer immediately delivers. The taste is pure, flavorful and lacks the ashtray taste of a normal cigarette. Also speaking of ashtrays, none is needed as there is no ash and no butts to put out. You simply puff a few times until you are satisfied and put the e-cigarette away for the next time. When I stops delivering flavor just toss it out. For the serious vaporist there is a starter kit with rechargeable vaporizer and flavor tubes. Now, a word about cost. I spent $10 for my disposable and if it gives me 1 1/2 packs worth of puffs that still makes it $6.67 per pack, a price increase from the $3.45 I spend on Pall Malls. However if I had my druthers I think I might actually stick with the e-cigarettes since you really get your hit after 3-4 puffs, I suspect I might actually "smoke" less with it, a fact that other users have pointed out.