Electronic cigarettes have been available in the United States since 2007, but many Americans are still not very familiar with e-cigs and many even be suspicious about these "smokeless cigarettes."
This can be confusing for Mistic e-cig users, almost all of whom use e-cigs to replace some of their tobacco or have switched from tobacco entirely. For these people, the lifestyle benefits make the appeal of e-cigs obvious, but they may still face some misunderstanding from non-smokers.
So, why is there a stigma surrounding "smokeless cigarettes"?
Some people don’t understand what e-cigs are. Explain that e-cigs are smokeless cigarettes – that they produce a water vapor instead of smoke. Mistic electronic cigarettes consist of a battery and a cartridge filled with flavored liquid. The battery heats and vaporizes the liquid, creating the thick, rich vapor that Mistic users enjoy instead of harmful, irritating tobacco smoke.
Some people don’t understand how e-cigs are different from traditional cigarettes. Unlike tobacco products, e-cigs don’t contain hundreds of harmful chemicals. Mistic e-cigs contain just 4 ingredients: water, flavoring, nicotine, and propylene glycol (to maintain the consistency of the vapor). Nothing burns, so there is no ash or secondhand smoke. They offer the great taste of your favorite menthol or traditional cigarettes, but without the inconvenience and unpleasantness of tobacco.
Some people don’t understand e-cigs’ potential to improve smokers’ lives. With Mistic e-cigs, neither you nor the people around you have to deal with smoke. The fact that you’re preventing anyone else from being exposed to secondhand smoke will win over many people, but it doesn’t end there. Tell the skeptics why you use e-cigs – no smoke, no ash, no smell, no need to take cigarette breaks, the financial savings, the great taste – your personal experience is the most powerful recommendation you can give!
So what can you do to fight any remaining negativity about e-cigs?
Be an advocate! You know better than anyone why Mistic e-cigs are a perfect alternative to tobacco, so share it with the world!
Want some tips? Check out our blog post about how to talk to non-smokers about e-cigs.
Have you encountered e-cig stigma? How did you handle it? Let us know in the comments!
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