E-Cigarettes are More Eco-Friendly than Tobacco Smoking

January 5, 2012 Two comments View all articles in General

There's just no denying it: cigarettes are bad for you. The 25 million pounds of pesticides, the 500,000 acres of trees, and the billions of butts littered each year in the US alone also make it impossible to deny that cigarettes are bad for the environment. Each one of the 45 million smokers in America sends more than 4,000 chemicals into the atmosphere when they light up. The 2008 Keep America Beautiful Pocket Ashtray Study found that out of 1,000 smokers, 35 percent littered five or more cigarettes per pack. The filters end up in beaches, parklands, and sewers, where the chemicals are absorbed and found in the stomachs of sick or deceased fish, birds, and other innocent creatures. 

E-cigarettes are electrical devices that use heat to vaporize a glycerin-based liquid solution into an aerosol mist that is inhaled just like regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes have the same appearance and sensation as well as the same flavor and nicotine content of real tobacco cigarettes, but with [purportedly] greatly reduced adverse health effects. Because these devices are often reusable and come with replaceable and refillable parts, and because they do not release harmful smoke, produce ashes, butts, and are non-flammable, they provide a less environmentally harmful alternative to tobacco cigarettes. In fact, according to PowerToSmoke.com, e-cigarettes have prevented around 10 million cigarette butts from littering Spokane County , Washington.

E-cigarettes can provide a gateway to quitting smoking over time, which is definitely the best option for your health and the health of the environment. But in the mean time, here are some more details about the top-rated e-cigarette brands available.


Blu Cigs: $69.95 - $79.95 - Blu is the best selling electronic cigarette currently on the market. The propylene glycol-free flavors (which include Cherry Crush, Classic Tobacco, Java Jolt, Magnificent Menthol, Vivid Vanilla, Peach Schnapps, and Pina Colada) and ingredients are made in Wisconsin by Johnson Creek in their FDA registered facility. The Blu Cigs starter kit includes a pack that holds 5 cartridges and enables on-the-go battery charging; two electronic cigarette batteries; one wall charger; one USB charger; a five-pack of flavor cartridges; a 30 day money back guarantee; and a one year warranty.

South Beach Smoke: $29.99 and up - Unique to the South Beach Smoke e-cigarette is the all-in-one atomizer and cartridge, which eliminates the need for maintenance of a separate atomizer unit. The starter kits come with a SuperMAX Deluxe Battery that creates an increased amount of vapor. South Beach Smoke's battery is regarded as "The World's Most Advanced E-Cigarette Battery" and in addition to higher vapor production, the mechanism also boasts the longest battery life. The e-cigarettes are free of carbon monoxide and carcinogens and come in a variety of flavors such as menthol, vanilla, chocolate, and cherry.

SmokeTip: $59.95 - A SmokeTip e-cigarette model comes with an atomizer and a cartomizer that, together, deliver an easy, realistic smoking experience. The starter kit includes two rechargeable lithium batteries, six disposable flavor cartridges, a wall adapter, a USB charger, and a 100 percent unconditional lifetime warranty. In addition to Regular Tobacco, SmokeTip e-cigarettes come in flavors like Marlboro, Menthol, Almond, Apple, Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee, Clove, Peach, Strawberry, and Vanilla.


Heather on Jan. 6, 2012 at 12:25 p.m.

Woah, guys. I usually love your posts, but I'm kind of shocked you put this one up. In May 2009, the FDA tested the contents of 19 varieties of electronic cigarette cartridges. What'd they find? Diethylene glycol - otherwise known as a poison (think antifreeze). What else? Plenty of known cancer-causing agents. In July 2009, the FDA issued a press release discouraging the use of electronic cigarettes and repeating previously stated concerns that electronic cigarettes may be marketed to young people and lack appropriate health warnings. On 27 March 2009, Health Canada issued an advisory against electronic cigarettes, warning that because of an uneven distribution of nicotine, they can lead to nicotine poisoning. Not to mention the fact that with all of the flavoring, you're inhaling some very dangerous chemicals. Some countries have even gone so far as to ban them. Please, don't support this - the science is NOT yet in, and these can also be very dangerous to people's health.

Chasing Green on Jan. 6, 2012 at 1:36 p.m.

Thanks for your feedback Heather!

This post was not intended to be an endorsement for the safety of e-cigarettes which is why we said, "...but with [purportedly] greatly reduced adverse health effects." and "E-cigarettes can provide a gateway to quitting smoking over time, which is definitely the best option for your health and the health of the environment."

You are correct that the science is not in and that e-cigarettes may be dangerous to a person's health. We would never encourage someone to start using e-cigarettes unless they were already smoking tobacco cigarettes which science tells us are absolutely dangerous to the individual AND worse for the planet.

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