E-cigarettes help people quit smoking.There. I've said it.
In fact, millions of people have quit smoking or switched to e-cigarettes. And yet statements such as this can get me into trouble because the FDA* regulates e-cigarettes as tobacco products. E-cigarette retailers such as Vaping Vamps can't publicly claim that e-cigarettes can be used a method to quit smoking.
And yet my own daughter quit smoking after using the e-cigarette for about a month. So am I supposed to not disclose that, too?
|My daughter Emma quit smoking after using the e-cigarette for about a month.|
Gateway to Smoking?
Anyone who claims that the e-cigarette can be a gateway to smoking traditional cigarettes is sounding a false alarm akin to "the sky is falling!"
Once you invest in e-cigarettes (the most expensive part is the battery), why would you switch to something you know is harmful and that's going to cost you more money? It just doesn't stand up to reason. Vaping is not only smarter than smoking; it's also cheaper.
In fact, research reported in JAMA shows that e-cigarettes are helping people reduce their cigarette use or quit altogether.
Conducted by researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the study randomized 657 smokers into three groups: one group was given a 13-week supply of e-cigarettes with 16-mg nicotine, one group was given e-cigarettes with no nicotine, and one group received 21 mg nicotine patches.
After six months, 7.3% in the e-cigarette group had quit smoking, compared with 5.8% with nicotine patches and 4.1% of those using e-cigarettes with no nicotine.
While these numbers may not knock your socks off, the study also found that the e-cigarette users either reduced or quit using cigarettes in large numbers and were less prone to resume smoking for at least six months.
The reason why e-cigarettes can be effective tools to help people quit smoking or reduce their cigarette consumption is because they deliver nicotine (which, while addictive, is not a carcinogen) while mimicking the sensation of smoking.
Smoke from tobacco cigarettes has proven to be the main causes of cancer. The beauty of e-cigarettes is there's no smoke, no ash, no harmful chemicals. The main ingredient, propylene glycol, is the same stuff that's in asthma inhalers, nebulizers and fog machines and it's even found in foods such as sodas, salad dressings, and cake mixes.
How They Work
Electronic cigarettes heat up a liquid-nicotine solution, which turns into a vapor that the user inhales. The e-cigarette delivers a measurable and predictable amount of nicotine. Vaping Vamps sells e-cigarettes with four levels of nicotine: no nicotine, low (6 mg), medium (12 mg) and high (18 mg), or about the same that's in a traditional cigarette.
People who switch over to e-cigarettes tell us they're coughing less, breathing easier and can taste food again. They enjoy the fact they don't stink like smoke -- no more stale breath and smoky smelling hair and clothing. And they're no longer exposing their loved ones to harmful secondhand smoke.
The main part of an e-cigarette is a battery. There are lots of different styles of batteries, but we found that many women like the lighter weight, "pen-style" 510 battery. However, heavier smokers may eventually want to move to a larger battery which is heavier to hold but that produces more vapor.
Are E-Cigarettes Safe?
We keep hearing from opponents who say that not enough research has been done on e-cigarettes. They'll even tell you to wait and see if e-cigarettes are safe in the long run.
Really? They would advise you to keep smoking and wait? Wait for what? Many people have tried to quit using different methods but have been unsuccessful. We think they're doing you a huge disservice by telling you to wait.
E-cigarettes have been around since 2007. About 3.5 million people have used them. A major study conducted by Drexel University examined the vapor and liquid of more than 9,000 e-cigarettes and found no significant levels of contaminants or anything that would pose any health risk. The study affirmed that e-cigarettes posed no health risk to users or bystanders.
In other words, e-cigarettes are “magnitudes” safer than tobacco cigarettes, according to doctors and researchers who have thoroughly studied the devices.
All you have to do is compare e-cigarettes to the alternative. No one has died from using an e-cigarette. And for many people, the choice is just that: between traditional cigarettes, which kill about 450,000 people every year -- or e-cigarettes, which are 99 percent safer than regular cigarettes.
Obviously, quitting cold turkey is probably the best way to quit smoking. But most people need a little help.
So if you've tried quitting and nothing has worked, try an e-cigarette -- the smarter, safer alternative.
And since I'm a vaping vamp, I hasten to add that it's also much sexier than smoking!
*Fortunately, the FDA lost the battle to regulate e-cigarettes as drug delivery devices, which would have kept them off the shelves for years. E-cigarettes are not currently in the category of smoking cessation products called NRT or nicotine replacement therapy. The raging debate before the FDA is the proposal that they create a new category of products called THR or tobacco harm reduction for e-cigarettes.