If you are a smoker, especially if you are a passionate one who doesn t plan on quitting any time soon, you should definitely consider switching to electronic cigarettes. You will still get the nicotine your body craves but in a considerably cheaper, safer and easier way.

One of the reasons why people start using electronic cigarettes instead of traditional ones is that they are not illegal Of course, tobacco is not illegal either, but in most countries smoking in almost all public places is not prohibited. You can no longer smoke in a bar, in a restaurant or in a club. Many hotels now only have non smoking rooms. Smoking is prohibited in public institutions, in universities, colleges, office buildings and in many public outdoor spaces. Many property owners rent their apartments and houses only to non smokers so some people can t even smoke in their own home. The smoking ban makes sense because it protects the health of other people. However, with e cigs you are not hurting anyone or endangering anyone s health. This is because e cigs are basically smokeless. What comes out of them is not smoke, but a clean, odorless and quickly dissolving vapor. Because of this, using e cigarettes in public places is not prohibited and you can enjoy them whenever you want after dinner, with your coffee or a drink with friends in a bar. You can forget about freezing outside a bar frantically dragging on a cigarette while your beer is waiting for you inside. You can also forget about not being able to calm your nerves during a stressful day at work. For many people, this factor alone is the crucial one for switching to electronic cigarettes.

Another major factor and a great advantage of electronic cigarettes is their price. E cigarettes use refillable or replaceable cartridges with nicotine solution in them. One cartridge costs only a dollar or two (depending on the manufacturer and the quantity you purchase) and lasts as long as a pack of cigarettes. Buying and ordering e cigs is simple, easy and quick. You can choose a set or a kit that suits your needs the best, in terms of nicotine content, flavors and the number of cartridges.

E cigarettes are by no means healthy or safe for you. They do contain nicotine, a dangerous, harmful and addictive substance. But unlike tobacco cigarettes, electronic ones don t hurt your lungs, don t cause smoker s cough and shortness of breath. With them, you will no longer run out of breath after running a block or wake up in the morning with headache.

Another advantage of electronic cigarettes is that they are safer because they don t burn. No more burn holes in upholstery and clothes, no more singed eyebrows and eyelashes and, most importantly, no more worrying about accidentally starting a fire with an unattended cigarette.

To sum up, electronic cigarettes are cheaper, more convenient, safer and somewhat healthier than traditional cigarettes. A better smoking experience is now just a click away.

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In order to aid the restriction of sale of tobacco to minors, cigarette machines are regulated in many countries.

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Since July 2008, in Japan machine companies could be prosecuted if tobacco is sold to anyone under 20 years old. To avoid such legal prosecution, Japan has introduced a government registered electronic smart card, called Taspo, that allows the user to purchase from the machines. To get a Taspo card, the purchaser must present their passport or ID to any government authorized business offering the service. The Fujitaka company is developing a technology that allows the vending machine to determine, using a digital camera and based on the facial wrinkles and sags of the potential buyer, whether the buyer is old enough to purchase cigarettes. The system compares facial characteristics including bone structure, sags, and crow’s feet against a record of more than 100,000 people. However if the user fails they can still use the machine with a Taspo card. 1

Tobacco vending machine prevalence by country edit Country/Territory Situation regarding cigarette vending machines Australia Sales prohibited to under 18s. Can only be located in liquor licensed and gaming venues, must display health warnings and cannot contain images of product only description and price on black and white label. Austria Sales prohibited to under 16s. Machines must attempt to verify a customer’s age by requiring the insertion of a debit card or mobile phone verification. Belgium Sales prohibited to under 16s. Machines need to be locked/unlocked by a responsible adult. Bulgaria None present Croatia Banned Cyprus Banned Czech Republic Sales prohibited to under 18s. Machines situated in bars and similar places only. Denmark Sales prohibited to under 18s. Machines generally situated in restaurants, bars and hotel lobbies. Age verification monitored by staff. England Ban came into force on 1 October 2011 2 Estonia Banned Finland Due to be banned on 1 January 2015 France Banned Georgia Banned Germany Sales prohibited to under 18s. Machines contain an electronic bank card/ID card reader to verify age of buyer. Greece Banned Guernsey A ban was approved on 1 July 2010, following an amendment to the existing tobacco advertising law. The exact date of implementation has yet to be decided. Hungary Banned in 2006 Iceland Banned Ireland Sales prohibited to under 18s. Restricted to licensed premises only since 1 July 2009. Vending machines are operated by a token or card obtained from the bar once the age of the buyer has been identified. Israel Ban came into force on 1 January 2014 Italy Sales prohibited to under 18s. Machines must contain an electronic device to verify age of buyer. Latvia Banned Lithuania Banned Luxembourg Sales prohibited to under 16s. Age has to be proven at the counter or bar before a token is issued so that the machine can be used. Malta Sales prohibited to under 16s. Netherlands Sales prohibited to under 16s. Token issued at counter once the purchasers age has been verified. New Zealand Sales prohibited to under 18s. Machines situated in bars and similar places only. From 10 December 2004, machines can only be operated by staff. Northern Ireland Ban came into force on 1 March 2012 Norway Sales prohibited to under 18s. Machines are token operated. Poland Banned Portugal Sales prohibited to under 18s. Machines must contain an electronic device to verify age of buyer. Romania Banned Slovakia Banned Slovenia Banned Spain Sales prohibited to under 18s. Scotland Ban came into force on 29 April 2013. Sweden Sales prohibited to under 18s. Switzerland Sales from machines are age restricted in 17 out of 26 cantons (11 cantons under 16 6 cantons under 18). The remaining cantons have no age limit. United States Only in facilities where people under 18 are not allowed 3 Ukraine Banned Wales Ban came into force on 1 February 2012 See also edit

  • Clark Whittington, creator of the Art o mat, a project to convert disused cigarette machines into art vending machines
  • Taspo, a Japanese system for age verification at cigarette machines
  • Action on Smoking and Health

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