Electronic Cigarettes - A Revolution in Progress

...and like in any other revolution in progress, the powerless majority is being liberated, while the powerful few are being put... out of business.

Since 2004 when the first vapor cigarette, invented by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik, was introduced to the market by the company Ruyan, this whole business has been going more or less under the radar.

However, with more and more people switching to e-cigs, the mighty few have been waking up and consolidating their powers. Please, stay aware of them and their agenda whenever you hear bad news about e-cigarette. They may very well be there behind the scene. Just use your common sense and do the simple math: how much money are the big three – your government, tobacco industry and big pharma, losing if you quit?

Let me help you with my own calculation. The numbers might not be relevant for you – so they are here just to remind you to do your own.

I had been smoking about 1 pack for almost 30 years until I made a switch, with occasional attempts to quit and temporary success lasting from a few to even 20 months once. So, count me as a 25 year-long smoker of 1 pack daily.

My cigarettes cost 4$ - out of it 1.5 going to my government as taxes and 2.5 to tobacco industry.

Let's deal with the latter first – 2.5 x 30 days makes 75$ a month x 12 months x 25 years equals 22.250$ so far for the tobacco industry.

Now let's deal with tax collectors – 1.5$ x 30 days x 12 months x 25 years = 13.500$.

My money to tobacco industry 22.250 $ + my money to my government for taxes 13.500 $ = I smoked 35.750$.

Let me clarify this further: average monthly salary in my country is 1.000$. 35.750/1.000 is almost 36 months of average salary here. I smoked three years of average pay in my country in the course of 25 years and I was an average smoker.

So I am expected to live another 20 to 30 years, probably die 5 years earlier than I would if I didn't smoke and spend even more dollars, then maybe get sick or sicker only to provide big pharma with one more smoker in need of chemoterapy or at least nicorette.

In the table below you can clearly see how much electronic cigarettes cost me compared to tobbaco ones.

So, what have you and I been doing all these years and what are we supposed to do if you ask governments, tobacco industry and big pharma? You bet they wouldn't ask us to switch to electronic cigarettes!

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Written by Ljubica, @Switchtoecig, ex teacher, translator, passionate reader, ex smoker and now vaper, e-cig reviewer and vaping advocate.

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