Electronic cigarettes – or “eCigs” for short – are all the rage these days. They have taken the world by storm due to their stylish design, range of flavors, and assumed relative healthiness compared to traditional cigarettes. For this reason, they have become a new addiction for many smokers, with a lot of people moving away from traditional cigarettes in favor of eCigs. However, eCigs are not only an alternative to cigarettes, they are also a useful tool to help people who are trying to quit smoking altogether.
What Are Electronic Cigarettes?
Electronic cigarettes are just what they sound like: they are vaporizers attached to a tube through which a flavored vapor can be inhaled. They make use of special liquids called ‘e-liquid’, which contains different amounts of nicotine depending on the user’s selection and comes in a range of different flavors. One of the major draws to these devices is the fact that this liquid does not contain all of the different chemicals and carcinogens found in traditional cigarettes, which makes them a somewhat cleaner alternative.
How Can They Help You Quit?
So far, these devices sound more like an alternative to cigarettes. However, there are many things about them that make them brilliant for helping you quit altogether. Here are a few of the ways in which switching to an eCig can be effective in helping you on your road to a nicotine free life.
1 – The Range of Nicotine Levels
As mentioned before, the e-liquids contain a range of nicotine concentrations. This means that if you are looking to quit, they can be treated like nicotine patches and swapped out to gradually lower the amount of nicotine introduced to your system. This makes them particularly effective in weaning people off of cigarettes.
2 – They’re Not Nicotine Patches
Nicotine patches are great for many people, and their discreet nature makes them especially good for business environments. However, for some people the withdrawals from smoking are not just nicotine withdrawal. People experience discomfort from the oral and manual withdrawals of not physically smoking. Luckily, eCigs work just like cigarettes do, allowing you to continue to use your hands and mouth to deliver your hit of nicotine without so many of the carcinogens.
3 – They’re Relatively Cheap
Electronic cigarettes are cheaper in the long run than traditional cigarettes, with the actual device being the most expensive part with its up-front cost. However, in the long term smoking an electronic cigarette are a lot cheaper than smoking traditional cigarettes, but slightly more expensive than nicotine gum or patches. This makes it a good balance for those looking to wean themselves off a bit less suddenly while also seeing some of the saving benefits at the same time.
4 – They Don’t Poison Those Around You
For many people who are looking to quit, the major reason for quitting is the effect smoking has on those around you. For some, it’s their children. For others, it’s everyone. Whatever the reason, the output of an eCig is mostly flavored water vapor, which makes it a lot less damaging for people in the surrounding area. Similarly, eCigs don’t produce the smells associated with cigarettes, which is great for helping you to stay away from the smell which could draw you back in.
Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe To Use?
As with anything that is inhaled, there is always going to be some sort of risk associated with the use of an eCig. They are not as unhealthy as cigarettes, but they do carry with them some element of risk because they are under-researched. Similarly, for those that vape using nicotine e-liquid, there is the added health effect of consuming nicotine. However, it makes a good stepping stone for those looking to kick the habit for good.