And, G.G., I've never noticed a smell from them at all. I'm surprised your mother thought so. That's the wonderful thing about them...no one notices because there's no smell, like real cigs. And now that I've quit smoking, I have superhuman sense of smell...so I'd notice.
It's entirely possible that your E-Cig is different than mine though....I use The Safe Cigarette, which I love, and it has no smell whatsoever....to me, that's a great thing.