Useful information about e-cigarettes
I was in the exact same place in my life one year ago. I could not quit smoking, I had tried many times, and I almost accepted that I was going to be a smoker for the rest of my life. I understand what you are going through and what you are looking for.
You are looking to see if e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to smoking. You know smoking is killing you and the people you love, and you heard about how e-cigarettes could be a smarter alternative to smoking tobacco. I can help answer some of your questions.
My name is Brian and I was a smoker for almost 20 years. My life has changed for the better since I had my first e-cigarette. I believe e-cigarettes have saved the life of my wife as well as my own, and I hope you will find this website useful and valuable. I have seen many friends and family members switch to e-cigarettes in the last few years, and I wanted to teach other smokers about e-cigarettes so they could benefit from my trials and errors.
In this website, you will find the information you cannot find in other e-cigarette websites, quality information and direction. My goal is to help you find the best electronic cigarette and help you reduce or eliminate tobacco from your life.
While I cannot make the claim that e-cigarettes are 100% safe, I can offer information and resources to help you make an informed decision for yourself. I cannot legally promote e-cigarettes as a quit smoking product, I promote them as a smarter alternative to smoking for current smokers who cannot quit through other means.
The e-cigarette was born when Herbert Gilbert patented a simple smokeless cigarette, but at that time people were not fully aware of the dangers of smoking. It was the beginning of the peak of the cigarette era, and the mass production of tobacco and strong marketing overshadowed any benefits to a complex device. In addition, technology for a portable electronic device was not commercially available. Without a marketable product, Gilbert’s idea faded within 5 years.
Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik developed the first modern-day e-cigarette after his father passed away from lung cancer as a result of smoking. He was researching methods of delivering nicotine to smokers while eliminating the smoke and tar produced by the act of smoking. His method involved an intermittent stream of nicotine injected onto a heating element that produced a vapor of nicotine. This was the beginning of the electronic cigarette. Hon Lik is considered the godfather of the modern-day electronic cigarette.
Today there is an estimated 2.5 million American e-cigarette users with an undisclosed international audience. Many of them have switched to electronic cigarettes to reduce the harm caused by tobacco, others have switched for the money savings, and others have switched because of the social pressures and convenience. Smokers all over the globe are starting to look to e-cigarettes as a smarter alternative to smoking. The e-cigarette industry is growing at an amazing rate.
Tobacco Abstinence vs Tobacco Harm Reduction
Every day 1,200 people die from tobacco related cancer. Smoking tobacco is the biggest cause of preventable death in the world. We all know smoking kills, yet for some strange reason smokers still smoke. There are two types of thought on how to address this problem:
- Tobacco abstinence and tobacco harm reduction.
- Tobacco Abstinence Theory
When it comes to preventing tobacco related deaths and diseases, there has always been one goal, get smokers to quit smoking, or tobacco abstinence. It makes sense, if you can stop the cause (smoking), you can stop the effect (harm). Simple cause and effect thinking, right?. Tobacco abstinence = no tobacco harm.
But there is a massive problem with this idea of abstinence. Smokers who want to quit face extremely low odds. Less than 7% of smokers this year will succeed. (see casaa.org) Of the smokers who do succeed, many risk relapsing for the rest of their life.
The stark truth is, nicotine is one of the most additive substances there is, if not the most addictive substance in the world. It does not help that tobacco companies adds over 601 chemicals to tobacco to make them more addictive. It is extremely difficult to keep people from smoking once they start.
This same cause and effect theory tells us that: if the likelihood of quitting smoking is low, smoking will continue to kill people. It is like the system is broke, and we are foolish to continue to use the same tactics and expect different results. We continue to try to get smokers to quit, but as long as tobacco is available, people are going to suffer from the effects of smoking.
Tobacco Harm Reduction Theory
The theory of tobacco abstinence is currently being challenged by a new idea called tobacco harm reduction (THR). THR splits tobacco into two parts: the harm caused by smoke and tar, and the harm caused by nicotine. Because nicotine addiction is the main problem when it comes to getting smokers to quit smoking, THR theory looks at the harm caused by nicotine itself compared to the harm caused by smoking. The good news is that nicotine is fairly safe in low doses, comparable to caffeine in effects and dangers. So in short, THR aims to give smokers who are unable to quit smoking an alternative source of nicotine to reduce tobacco harm.
Any type of smokeless tobacco is considered a form of tobacco harm reduction because it does not involve smoke or tar. This typically includes snus, chewing tobacco, tobacco strips-lozenges-stick-gum, and electronic cigarettes. These products can provide nicotine without lighting tobacco on fire and inhaling it, thereby reducing the harm caused by the smoke and tar from tobacco. Nobody is going to claim these products are 100% safe, but many claim they are safer than smoking tobacco. It is another way to approach the problem, and it is gaining popularity quickly thanks to e-cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes are not a cure for nicotine addiction, they simply give smokers another option opposed to inhaling burning tobacco.
Are electronic cigarettes safe? There is no claim of 100% safe e-cig, but the harmful effects of smoking is well documented. I am not a doctor and I am not qualified to give medical advice. I only share my own opinion and experiences within this site. I do not condone electronic cigarettes for non-smokers, underage people, or pregnant women.
Why People Use Electronic Cigarettes Instead of Tobacco
- Smokers can still puff their nicotine without inhaling tar or smoke.
- The amount of nicotine can be adjusted to satisfy ANY craving
- No smoke. The second-hand “smoke” that is produced is simply water vapor.
- The hand-to-mouth action electronic cigarettes provide is unavailable with any quit smoking method.
- Smoke almost anywhere. In the office, at home, in the car without the smell or the mess.
- Over 60% less expensive than buying cigarettes.
- More convenient. Have a puff then put it away.
- Many “vapers” breath better, taste more, and smell better than when they smoked cigarettes
- Hundreds of flavors of E Juice (nicotine liquid) to choose from to satisfy any taste
- No ashtrays
- No butts
- No dangers of fire or burns
- No cigarette smoke on clothes
- You can use indoors in most public places where smoking is banned
- You can reduce your nicotine all the way to 0% nicotine