are several factors to consider before buying an electronic cigarette. First,
it's important to note that neither the FDA nor the WHO consider electronic
cigarettes to be an effective method of quitting smoking.
you decide you'd like to try out electronic cigarettes, you'll need to choose
between disposable e-cigarettes or a starter kit. Many experts and long-time
electronic cigarette users say that disposable cigarettes are a poor value. These
models can cost between $10 and $20 and cannot be reused. They typically last
about the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes. Full starter kits range from $30
to $150. For more information about e-cigarette kits, see that section of the
are some things to keep in mind when considering electronic cigarettes:
- Most e-cigarettes
contain nicotine, which is considered to be addictive by the FDA.
- E-cigarettes may
contain known carcinogens and toxic chemicals, according to a study
by the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation, Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis
- Electronic cigarettes
have not been approved by the FDA as an effective smoking-cessation device.
- Evaluate cost. While the upfront
cost of various models typically varies between $60-$90 (though some brands
cost as little as $30), it's important to also factor in how many batteries the
starter kit has, whether it includes a USB adaptor or wall charger and how many
cartridges are in the kit. You'll also want to look at the cost of refill
cartridges, which can vary dramatically from brand to brand.
- Consider battery life. Replacement batteries can be pricey and set you back as much as $50. Look for brands that
are backed by warranties to avoid disappointment later.
- Check the return
you haven't tried electronic cigarettes yet, be sure the store you choose has a
good return policy in case the product is defective or you simply don't like it. Customer service is also an important
consideration -- see the sources section for user reviews.