Yes, smokeless cigarettes are real. They might even look like the old-fashioned cigarettes you want to stop puffing on, or the ones that killed a relative. Your dad could be coughing so bad you worry, but he refuses to give up smokes. Thanks to the risks of second-hand smoke, there are few places to enjoy a cigarette anyway.

The Alternative

A smokeless cigarette creates vapor instead of smoke. Cigarettes create smoke because they burn tobacco plus countless chemicals which are what cause so many health problems in smokers and people who inhale cigarette smoke by proxy. Yet, if nothing is being burned, how does a cigarette work at all?

A smokeless cigarette works by heating liquid containing nicotine and flavoring. It is called an electronic cigarette.

Smoke and Vapor

Smoking is hard on a user, but it is also tough on people who live or work with smokers. Unless you get used to the odor, it can be nauseating to be around someone who smokes. Even if you never inhale the smoke, noxious fumes cling to hair, skin, and clothing. They hang around a person’s mouth and his breath stinks.

Vapor created by electronic cigarettes is different. It does not come out until the user blows vapor rings, and even then it is white instead of the dirty grey plume left hanging by smokers. Vapor looks and smells clean.

In fact, like an air freshener, vapor can make a place and a person smell quite nice. This depends on the brand of e-liquid, some of which have been likened to unpleasant aromas, but most e-liquids get positive reviews where aroma is concerned. Electronic cigarettes are otherwise odorless.

Comparing Environmental Impact

Not only does burning a cigarette create a nasty smell; it also produces ash and a butt. This butt has to go somewhere, whether litterbugs drop them from car windows, deposit them along sidewalks, or responsible consumers put them in garbage bags.

Somewhere down the line there is an environmental impact from leaving toxic garbage to leach into the earth. No one knows for sure what this does to the ground, to animals, plant life, and air quality. There is scientific evidence to suggest, though, that smoking contributes to climate change.

Electronic vaping, however, does not leave this kind of toxic waste around. Batteries are the only issue here and they are very toxic, but consumers can deal with this in two ways. One is to purchase re-usable electronic cigarettes with rechargeable batteries. The other is to recycle old batteries at special locations which accept e-waste.

Health Comparisons

It is too early to make grand claims about smokeless, electronic devices being healthy, though they are proven to produce fewer chemicals. Many consumers, when they write reviews about products they have tried, claim to have stopped coughing or to have noticed a definite reduction in lung problems. Some doctors advocate the switch because the benefits to asthma sufferers, people with heart problems, anyone with lung issues, etc., are obvious.

Whatever evidence will emerge in the coming years about e-cigs, it has been proven without doubt that regular cigarettes are deadly. For vapers, however, the signs look good.