The newest product available to get nicotine into the blood stream is called electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). Consumers seem to love them to the point they are being used all over the place, even in many locations where the smoking of regular cigarettes have been banned for years. The neat thing about e-cigarettes are that the really bad cancer causing materials have been removed and all that is left is the nicotine, which is the addictive part most people are interested in. So what are the pros and cons of e-cigarettes? On the pros side is the fact that e-cigarettes do not produce that terrible smell of smoke which is so irritating to people nearby. In fact - most of the anti-smoking laws that have been passed at the federal, state and local levels were initiated because non-smokes were offended by the smell of tobacco burning in their proximity. Another huge thing on the pros side is there is no second hand smoke, because all that is exhaled is harmless water vapor. The cancer causing materials, which make cigarette smoking so dangerous to both the smoker and others around them, are no long in the product. What are the cons of e-cigarettes? The biggest thing on the cons side is the fact that nicotine is still a very addictive substance. For that reason alone, e-cigarettes should never be sold or consumed by minors. For an adult, who is already hooked on nicotine, to switch from harmful regular smoking to e-cigarettes might make a lot of sense. However - for kids who have made the choice not to smoke, because it is bad for their health, to now believe it is okay to consume e-cigarettes, because they do not cause cancer, would be a terrible mistake. Another issue on the cons side of e-cigarettes is the water vapor that is released from the lungs when a user exhales. It has been proven that this water vapor is not harmful to people who are nearby, because the cancer causing agents have been removed. However - being close to someone spewing out huge sums of water vapor in a public place would, at the very least, be extremely annoying to many people who will be irritated by it.