Let Me Count the Ways The E Cigarette Can Help You Quit Smoking Regular Cigarettes
Everyone knows that smoking cigarettes can be harmful. We have all heard about the many risks of diseases and even death from smoking. We know how it affects us in our everyday life; from the smell of tobacco on our clothes to the shortness of breath smokers often experience from simple acts like climbing stairs. Smoking seriously annoys non-smokers, causes potential health hazards from second hand smoke and costs smokers thousands of dollars a year. Yet people continue to smoke and most attempts to quit end in failure.
Fortunately things have improved in recent years and smokers have been given a great new tool to help them quit called the electronic cigarette.
This remarkable device was invented in China in 2003 and since then it has spread far and wide, bringing new hope to those desiring to quit smoking. The concept is simple. The e cigarette allows smokers to get their needed dose of nicotine without burning tobacco. Since it is the burning of the tobacco that creates the dangerous by-products from smoking, the smokeless cigarette eliminates most, if not all, of the risk while preventing nicotine withdrawal.
The electronic cigarette is a two part device that actually looks and functions much like a real cigarette, albeit without tobacco and the many of the dangers of smoking.
The main section is a metal tube that corresponds to the part of the cigarette that contains the tobacco. Enclosed in the main section is a battery, a microchip and a heating element. The second part of the electronic cigarette, the nicotine cartridge, corresponds to the filter of a cigarette and it is in this replaceable cartridge that the all-important nicotine solution is found. When the user draws on the electronic cigarette, the battery vaporizes the nicotine solution and the user inhales water vapour with a small, measured dose of nicotine. They get the sensation of inhaling without the harmful tars and carcinogens found in tobacco cigarettes. Each nicotine cartridge is the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes and when it is used up, you simply replace it with a fresh cartridge. To add to the sense of realism, the smokeless cigarette even lights up an LED at the tip as the user inhales to mimic the “cherry” at the tip of a tobacco cigarette.
I was able to use the electronic cigarette over an 8 week period to quit smoking and eventually completely wean myself off my nicotine addiction. The disposable nicotine cartridges come in different strengths and every 2 weeks I reduced the strength of the cartridge by 25%. After 8 weeks, I switched to a nicotine free cartridge that allowed me to enjoy the ritual of smoking without taking in any nicotine at all. I experienced no withdrawal and found myself free of my nicotine addiction after 40 years of smoking. While I do believe my motivation was strong and that certainly helped me to be successful, I am convinced that the electronic cigarette made it possible for me to quit smoking. Other than several nights of sleeping more than usual, I had no other side effects after I stopped using the nicotine cartridges with my e cigarette. After a few more weeks using nicotine free cartridges, I decided to give up my electronic cigarette for good and it has been smooth sailing ever since.
The best part of this journey has been the many positive changes I experienced by quitting smoking using the electronic cigarette. As I said, let me count the ways.
1. No longer endangering my health by smoking tobacco.
2. Not creating second hand smoke or dealing with the complaints of non-smokers.
3. No longer smelling like a walking ashtray.
4. Not having to worry about falling asleep while smoking and setting myself or the house on fire.
5. No more shortness of breath from minor physical exertion like making a bed.
6. Improved health and a sense of overall wellbeing.
7. Saving over $3000 dollars a year by not buying cigarettes.
8. Able to sit comfortably through an entire movie or plane flight without pulling out my hair from nicotine withdrawal.
8. Able to kiss my significant other without her going “Yuck, tobacco breath!”
9. Able to actually taste my food again.
10. Sleeping better and not waking in the middle of the night for a cigarette.
11. Starting to engage in sports again. Jogging and riding a bike is now possible without becoming out of breath in a minute flat.
12. Able to actually smell things like flowers and my lover’s perfume. I won’t get caught again saying her perfume smells great to find out she wasn’t wearing any and I failed the test.
These are just a few of the ways my life has improved since I quit smoking using the electronic cigarette. Of course, time will tell and hopefully I will still be a non-smoker a year or 10 years from now. I expect my health to continue to improve and it sure is nice to be able to kiss my woman friend without her telling me to go brush my teeth and gargle first. I honestly believe I never would have been able to quit without the electronic cigarette. If you are thinking about quitting smoking, I suggest you strongly consider using the electronic cigarette to help you become a future non-smoker. Maybe you will even end up saving a few thousand dollars and will be able to buy a brand new computer like the one I am typing this article on. Oh and by the way, the girl friend got a new laptop out of the deal too, you can save so much money with an e cigarette.