Electronic Smoking Cigarettes – A Healthier Alternative?

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I guess we all realize that smoking is an addiction, and it is an addiction that’s powerful enough to keep millions smoking tobacco and jeopardizing their health. The tar in cigarette smoke is a carcinogen and tobacco contains many other harmful substances. That’s why no matter how pleasant smoking may be, almost every smoker has thought about quitting. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. But there is an alternative now – in electronic smoking cigarettes.

With just about everything else benefiting from the rapid advances in technology, electronic cigarettes should come as no surprise. Let me explain the idea behind it. If you’re a smoker who has tried to quit, you know that it’s not just the rush from the nicotine that makes it hard to kick the habit. It’s also a psychological thing. Holding the cigarette, lighting up after dinner or during a break, tasting and twirling the smoke. So what if you could have all that, but without the tar and other carcinogens of tobacco smoke?

This is where electronic smoking comes in. It doesn’t do away with nicotine, so there are no withdrawal symptoms. Unlike patches or gum, it also doesn’t take away the physical aspect of a cigarette; it does replace them with an e-cigarette. These smoking products use sophisticated, patented technology to vaporize special liquids, not surprisingly called an e-liquid, to produce smoke and deliver nicotine just as if you were smoking a real cigarette. For those who like the comforting glow of burning tobacco when they inhale, those e-smoking products even have a little light that simulates the glow when you inhale. Not necessary as far as I am concerned, but the makers apparently thought it added a nice touch.

So the idea here is to simulate smoking, down to getting that nice nicotine rush and the smoke, without actually burning tobacco with all its associated negative health aspects. But if there is still smoke, isn’t that bad for you anyway? Well, it’d probably be better not to smoke at all, but if tar from smoking is the primary concern, there is none.

How does one use electronic smoking products? Do you just flip out an e-pack, smoke and then discard the cigarette butt? Nope; it’s all different. Since the e-cigarette has a rechargeable battery and a liquid container for the smoking liquid, you use it over and over again. In that sense it is more like a pipe where you don’t discard the pipe but simply put in more tobacco. Likewise, you don’t discard electronic smoking products; you simply put in a new e-cartridge and occasionally recharge the battery (there’s even a USB-eCig that doesn’t need a battery; you just plug it into a USB port on your computer).

Do all e-cigarettes (there are also “e-MiniCig” tiny cigarettes) taste the same? They don’t. There are a couple of dozen tastes to select from, including those of some leading cigarette brands, and there are also different nicotine levels, from none at all to extra-high. There is no doubt that electronic smoking cigarettes require getting used to, and the technology is probably still in its infancy, but smokers who are really concerned about tar may want to take a look at e-cigs.

So the question is should you just switch to e-cigarettes or quit. Well my opinion is you need to quit. With e-cigarettes you are still putting the chemical nicotine into your body and are still addicted to the chemical. There are no studies to show that e-cigarettes are safe to use, and the cost of smoking is still high. You could put the money you spend on smoking to better uses in your life.

4 Responses to Electronic Smoking Cigarettes – A Healthier Alternative?

  1. efpierce says:

    I think that by using the electronic cigarettes, people are much more prone to quitting smoking since it still feels and acts like a real one. Add in the fact that they have nicotine and it’s a win/win.

  2. jon terns says:

    I have seen these popping up everywhere I go and it seems like a good idea. If only these were around when I quit smoking! It would have made it much easier on me!

  3. sarah evanston says:

    Are these really just as healthy as they say? I know their is no harmful smoke but I wonder about the effects on the nicotine. I suppose if a doctor says nicotine patches are safe, why wouldn’t these be?

  4. Mick Wright says:

    Yes Sarah they are for the most part known to be utterly harmless, well let me add the caveat that nothing is completely harmless, even toast with your coffee in the morning is carcinogenic, more-so than e-cigarettes too!

    But we do know now that all the scare stories being put about are instigated by both the pharmaceuticals and big tobacco to try safeguard their market.

    Nicotine is not harmless of course… not in its pure form, but ecigarettes do not contain 100% pure nicotine… that would be mightily dangerous. They contain about 0.6% to at most 3.6% nicotine and the rest is glycerol, water, flavoring and PG.

    Since there are only four ingredients then evaluating the dangers is easier and has been done repeatedly… there are no health issues that need to be addressed.

    However some people simply don’t like ecigarettes or ANYTHING that looks like a cigarette…. and thats fine, but they shouldn’t have any say in what others do. Especially if its pretty much harmless.

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