Vaping to kick the cigarette habit

28 Nov

About 43 million Americans including the President smoke cigarettes. Everyone knows the habit is extremely addictive and causes many health problems for the smoker and the people around them. It is said cigarettes are more addictive than heroin and during rough times, such as the current economical struggles, more people start smoking. There are many products to help smokers quit but now there’s something that has a great success rate for kicking the habit.

Sorting out the information

I have smoked for 14 years and have been trying to quit for the last 4 years. I have used nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, and pills to no avail but now I am smoke free with vaping.

What is vaping?

It is using a vaporizing device (VP) that produces a mist from a solution of nicotine that is inhaled.

Are they safe?

That is heavily debated. First it should be noted that these E-cigarettes are not for anyone under 18 and are not for non-smokers. They are not healthy but studies indicate they are much healthier than cigarettes which contain 5,000 known chemicals many of which are toxic. Vaping doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals and nicotine without the smoke is as harmful as caffeine (everyone has nicotine in their system because it is naturally found in many foods). The main ingredient in the liquid nicotine solution is propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin which produces the vapor. These components are used in inhalers, nebulizers and medications. The food and Drug administration has propylene glycol on their list of safe substances.
The American Association of Public Health Physicians are in favor of e cigarettes stating “A cigarette smoker can reduce his or her risk of future tobacco-related death by 98% or better by switching to a low risk smokeless tobacco product. He or she could cut that risk by 99.9% or better by switching to a nicotine-only delivery product like one of the pharmaceutical products or E-cigarettes. Experience suggests that E-cigarettes may be more acceptable to smokers than the currently available pharmaceutical alternatives. A smoker can secure almost all the health benefits of quitting if he or she transitions to an E-cigarette.” See their full report here.

Who should use e-cigarettes?

Over 18 years of age cigarette smokers that want to quit or find a healthier alternative.

Where can I find e-cigarettes?

There are a few places in Wyoming to obtain disposable e-cigarettes (smoke shops and gas stations) but they do not work as well as rechargeable, refillable vaporizers. These need to be purchased online.

How much do they cost?

Using a rechargeable VP and refilling with e-liquid is much less costly than smoking cigarettes. I personal spent $6 a day on cigarettes and now spend about $1.25 a day with e-cigarettes.

Do they smell like cigarettes?

They produce a vapor instead of smoke so there is no smell and the vapor disappears quickly. The vapor feels very similar to smoke and can be bought in an array of flavors from tobacco to cinnamon sugar cookies.

I am over 18 years of age and smoke and want to quit or find something better,  where do I start?

This site has all the information you need to quit smoking by using e-cigarettes and how to get started, where to go and what to buy.

Summing up the details

I was a heavy smoker for a long time and I made the switch to vaping easily. The e-cigarette satisfies the smoking ritual with keeping your hands busy and simulating the cigarette experience. The mist feels and looks very similar to smoke. There are hundreds if not thousands of flavors available in different strengths of nicotine including no nicotine so people have quit nicotine using a gradual decrease in strengths and just vape zero nicotine e-juice for the ritual. It’s not better than just quitting cigarettes but for those that cannot it’s a enhanced alternative.


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