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E-Cigarettes and the Environment

Tobacco cigarettes, also known as “analogues”, have been on the market since 1865, and were popularized by James Bonsack’s invention of the cigarette-making machine in 1881. Although numerous studies since that time have illustrated the harmless effects on the human body caused by the thousands of carcinogens stuffed into cigarettes, so many users still continue to use them and detriment their own health. However, electronic cigarettes have sprouted up worldwide as a healthier alternative, and many individuals are taking notice.

Also known as “e-cigs” or PV’s (Personal Vaporizers), they lack the combustion, smoke, and most importantly, carcinogens laced throughout the traditional analogue. While studies are ongoing, Public Health England (PHE) researchers have found them to be 95% safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes. While this is not to say that e-cigarettes are entirely safe, inhaling vapour from food-grade flavourings, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, and nicotine is far less damaging to one’s body than thousands of chemicals in analogues which many smokers cannot even pronounce. Many companies are producing e-liquids, which produce the flavourful vapours in electronic cigarettes, that so many former smokers depend on for their non-cancerous nicotine fix.

While an ecigarette does have a direct environment impact from processing to shipping, it has reduced waste from traditional cigarette litter. Cigarette butts are the number one cause of litter in the world! Cellulose acetate, a form of plastic found in cigarette butts, takes an extremely long time to decompose. Since many landfill ground linings are not checked regularly for tears, over time some of the trash will make its way into the soil or nearby moving water, eventually carrying it out into the ocean. This is also common through general littering. Plastics release harmful toxins that harm the same marine ecosystem on which many humans base their diet. By consuming the plastic toxins that are in our seafood, we are harming not only the environment under the water but ourselves as well.

If you live in the Victoria area of Australia or are seeking a reputable vape shop that provides online service, check out Soulblu Electronic Cigarette! They can be found at www.soulblu.com or by stopping by to visit their shop at 673 High Street, Preston, VIC 3072. Since 2011, they have been Australia’s #1 “One Stop” Online and Front Shop. Its electronic cigarettes are compliant with Australian Electrical Safety Standards. Ranging from starter kits for those new to vaping, to tanks, spare parts, and compatible e-liquids, they have everything needed to start or further your vaping experience.