A possible option for smokers that want to quit is the electronic cigarette, also called the E-cigarette. The E-cigarette is a battery operated cylinder that resembles a cigarette that delivers a spray of nicotine. The sensation of smoking the E-cigarette is somewhat different from smoking a regular cigarette, because the E-cigarette does not have all the harmful gases that the body craves. There is a certain smell and taste that we associate with smoking cigarettes; there is also a sensation in the lungs as smoke is inhaled. The E-cigarette tries to mimic the aroma and taste of regular and menthol flavored cigarettes. The sensation is not the same, but you do adjust to it, and you do a bit of nicotine to satisfy the craving without all the harmful tars and toxins from smoking regular cigarettes.
How the E-cigarette works:
The E-cigarette functions similarly to regular cigarette. There is a sensor that switches on the heating element, (also called an atomizer) when you smoke it. The tiny dose of nicotine is vaporized and you inhale it into your lungs. When you puff on the cigarette the opposite end of the cigarette lights up, just like the hot ash of a cigarette. The light at the end of the cigarette is an LED light that gives you the impression that the cigarette is really burning, but in essence it is a light that indicates the device is working. The E-cigarette is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. You can recharge the battery just like you do a cell phone battery. You can use a car charger, wall outlet charger, and also a USB charger.
The E-cigarette comes with a disposable, but also reusable mouth piece, which is called a cartridge. The cartridge contains a sort of filter that is saturated with a solution of propylene glycol and nicotine. You can either refill the cartridges, or replace it with another one that is pre-filled. It is cheaper to refill the cartridge yourself and just replace the cartridge as needed. The liquid nicotine comes in regular cigarette flavors of specific brands of cigarettes; and the liquid also comes in candy flavors such as mint, orange, strawberry, caramel, coffee, and vanilla.
Does the E-cigarette work as an aid for quitting smoking?
I don’t smoke anymore, so I don’t have a need for E-cigarettes to test them. My neighbor, Bill, has been ‘smoking’ the E-cigarette for two months and he does not feel it has reduced his desire for cigarettes. He reports that the cartridges are about $12 each, and to buy the cigarettes is about $150. He said after the initial cost it was cheaper to ‘smoke’ the E-cigarette than to buy 4 cartons of cigarettes for a month.
After talking with Bill about the E-cigarettes, I am not convinced that the E-cigarette is helping him to quit smoking, though I think if one really has the desire to stop smoking the E-cigarette might be helpful. As with all stop smoking aids one has to want to quit smoking. One has to be willing to put cigarettes down for good an not pick them up again. The E-cigarette is a tool to help those that want to quit smoking. For some people though, they don’t use the device to quit smoking; they ‘smoke’ the E-cigarette as an alternative to smoking tobacco.
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