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Commentary: E-Cigars…What’s the Point?

18 Dec 2012

The key difference, in my opinion, between cigarettes and cigars is what they deliver. Cigarettes are manufactured to deliver nicotine. Cigars are created to deliver flavor.

With that in mind, e-cigarettes make sense. They deliver nicotine in the form of water vapor without smoke, tar, or other impurities ending up in your lungs (because, unlike cigar smoking, cigarettes are inhaled into the lungs). And even though the anti-tobacco zealots at the FDA won’t admit it, e-cigarettes are almost certainly healthier than inhaling real cigarettes.

Which brings me to a product I yet don’t get: the electronic cigar. I’ve had some online e-cigar sellers offer to send me a sample, but I never saw any reason to give one a try. I’m guessing whoever invented these things isn’t an actual cigar smoker. If they were, they’d know that flavorless water vapor misses the point of a product that’s all about flavor, balance, and complexity.

Plus, the best part of a cigar is that it forces you into a slower pace. Smoke it too fast and it burns hot. A slower, more contemplative pace is a necessity, as is sufficient time. All that is ruined by the on-off switch on an electronic cigar.

I don’t begrudge anyone who just wants some nicotine. This is a free country and they should be free to make that decision. Further, I feel some solidarity with cigarette smokes who are oppressed by the same anti-tobacco laws that persecute cigar smokers.

But personally, five minutes of nicotine doesn’t do anything for me. I’d smoke cigars if they didn’t have an ounce of nicotine. So you won’t find me trying any e-cigars, which eliminate the very reasons I choose to smoke cigars in the first place. I just don’t see the point.

Patrick S

photo credit: Flickr

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15 Responses to “Commentary: E-Cigars…What’s the Point?”

  1. Steve K Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    One slight note about your post. electronic cigars (and cigarettes) do indeed have flavor to them. Some e-cigars even do a reasonable facsimile of a cigar. But, generally, it lacks the complex flavors of a genuine cigar. Essentially, I think your argument holds water, but I wanted to point out these devices aren't flavorless. In fact, there are companies that specialize in a whole host of flavors from tobaccos to fruits, to more exotic flavors as well.

  2. Tom Ufer Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    I agree with you 100%. i smoke cigars for enjoyment and relaxation. If I don't have time for a cigar, I wait until I do. E-Cigars are not a suitable replacement as far as I am concerned.

  3. Jaxon Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Don't get it, and never will try one.

  4. George E. Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I've always assumed the e-cigars were intended for people who smoke machine-made cigars and inhale, treating them the same as cigarettes. For those people who want to get off the White Owls or Phillies or whatever, the e-cigar could be an alternative. As for premium cigars, you're right. There's no need. I've never known anyone who wanted to quit smoking premium cigars. if they don't want to smoke them, they just stop doing so. There's no quitting involved because there's no addiction.

  5. James Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 5:09 am #

    I agree with Steve that real cigars are likely to offer complexities of flavour that electric ones don't, but that doesn't mean there is no flavour. In fact, the newer versions are better than the older one, with soft tips that more closely resemble real cigars – and things are only likely to get better. And with e-cigarettes themselves the range of flavour is much wider than with regular cigarettes. Plus, it seems a little unfair to offer an opinion without trying one first 🙂

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    Vapor cigs are the future of smoking, they have saved me tons of cash and I can breathe again!

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