Recently, we wrote an article comparing DIY vaping to pre-filled cartridges. However, one very good question to ask about this stuff is “why should I start vaping in the first place?”

This is actually a better question than you might initially think. On one hand, cigarettes are legal, ubiquitous, and generally controlled. On the other hand, e-cigs are currently not subject to controls, uncommon, and comparatively complicated.

Electronic cigarettes are a relatively new, but growing, market, worth about $3 billion worldwide, and it is estimated that 4 million Americans use them. Some vapers use e-cigarettes as a replacement for cigarettes, and some use them to try to quit. Whichever description best fits your situation, here are some reasons why you might want to consider switching.

Lower Cost

According to the American Lung Association, the average cost of a pack of cigarettes in the U.S. in 2013 was $5.51. For a pack-a-day habit, that means that the average American smoker should expect to spend over $2000 a year on cigarettes. By contrast, a package of 5 pre-filled electronic cigarette cartridges usually costs between $10 and $15, with each cartridge being good for about a day’s worth of vaping. At this cost, switching to electronic means a savings of about $1000 annually, or even more if you go DIY.

No Mess

Electronic cigarettes do not leave ash, butts, or smoke residue. Cleaning up is easier, and even if you vape in the same location habitually, you will find that you won’t have to clean yellow gunk from your walls, or from your teeth!

Fewer Incidental Hazards

Although it is possible to argue that electronic cigarettes are a risky habit to get in to, they are no more risky than smoking analog cigarettes. According to the American Lung Association, cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. In addition, many respiratory problems contracted by smokers are consequences of the method of smoking: setting a rolled tube of organic matter ablaze and inhaling what is produces. When you use an electronic cigarette, you will not be exposing yourself to the effects of smoke inhalation, because you are not inhaling any actual smoke.

Adjustable Nicotine Levels

E-cigarettes and e-liquids are available in a variety of nicotine strengths, and these strengths are almost always known at the time of purchase. Some e-liquids even contain 0% nicotine. If you want to wean yourself off of your nicotine addiction, all you have to do is gradually reduce your dose.

Adjustable Flavor

Sometime, cigarettes just taste…bad. Especially if you are trying a new brand and you are unfamiliar with the kind of tobacco it uses. Because e-cigarettes do not contain any tobacco, it is very easy to buy flavored e-liquids, and you won’t have to worry about how your breath smells when you’re done!

If you’re not sure whether you want to try vaping DIY, or try with pre-filled cartridges, I think it’s still a good idea to pick one and try it out. Now that e-cigs across the country are working with a mature technology, there’s nothing to be afraid of, and I think you’ll enjoy the difference!