Electronic Cigarettes – Smoke Without Fire

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Asked recently to write about electronic cigarettes, I have to confess that I had never heard of such a thing. Some internet research later and I discovered that electronic cigarettes are very much a quickly growing concern. A Google search revealed there is no smoke without fire as almost six million results just for the phrase “electronic cigarette” were returned.

What is an electronic cigarette?

The electronic cigarette has been in existence for almost three years and is a clever device aimed at providing smokers with a healthier option. Apparently also useful in helping to reduce and indeed quit smoking altogether.

Now in a fourth generation, electronic cigarettes have become much more user friendly than earlier versions which perhaps were a little too large to encourage a mass market appeal. The “mini” is the most realistic e cigarette to date with its length of 100mm being the same as a conventional cigarette.

An electronic cigarette contains a taste of tobacco but none of the harmful substances found in normal cigarettes allowing smokers cravings to be satisfied without inhaling the many dangerous toxins. Is it all smoke and mirrors? Or can this item really be the saviour it wants to be?

A battery, an atomiser and a renewable nicotine chamber allows the smoker to hold and smoke the electronic cigarette just as they would any other cigarette, even creating a “smoke” like vapour and glow at the end as they draw. The nicotine chamber proves very useful as cartridges are available in different strengths, permitting the user to reduce the amount of nicotine they intake until if they wish, can quit completely.

A nicotine cartridge typically lasts the same time as 15 to 20 cigarettes, thus creating a huge saving to normal costs. Standard, medium, low and no nicotine at all are the various cartridge strengths.

A healthier option altogether it seems, though the benefits don’t end there. Due to the electronic cigarette not emitting any dangerous substances, toxins or real smoke for that matter, they are perfectly legal to smoke in public. In winter in particular, normal cigarette smokers have to brave the freezing cold and the rain just for a quick smoking break but this alternative will allow them to stay in their offices, restaurants and pubs.

None smokers also will benefit, as their worries about passive smoking are rendered null and void by the electronic cigarette. A much more sociable environment then!

Upon reflection the electronic cigarette is a healthier, cheaper and environmentally friendly alternative to smoking and as the awareness and the market grows they have great potential to successfully replace the harmful cigarettes we have all come to know and many of us have come to dread and fear.

The electronic cigarette really does seems to be a good idea.

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Why It Is So Difficult to Quit Smoking

Most smokers have tried to quit in the past. And most have attempted to quit more than once! Whether they go “Cold Turkey”, use nicotine patches, gums, e-cigarettes or even with prescription drugs, it seems that, within a few days, weeks, or months, they are right back to their old habit, just as strong as ever! Why do you suppose that is the case?

Smoking is a very complex habit. Actually more than a simple “habit”, smoking involves many physical, chemical, psychological, sociological issues that are all intertwined. Whereas, everybody seems to be focused on the addiction to nicotine, smoking goes far deeper than that. Because of the huge profits generated by the pharmaceutical industry as they produce drugs, patches and other alternative ways of introducing nicotine into the human body, they are able to do the most advertising and make the most noise.

Of course, doctors can treat the chemical issues with drugs and patches, but they seldom go much deeper than that as those psychological and sociological issues are out of their realm of education or clinical experience. On the other hand, psychologists can deal with the psychological and sociological issues, but are handcuffed when it comes to treating the chemical or physical issues. The poor smoker seems to be left in the middle!

Therefore, most efforts to help smokers quit tend to overlook, or just give lip service to, the most difficult part of quitting smoking! Any smoker can quickly attest to the craving they have for a cigarette immediately after a meal or with a caffeine beverage. Likewise, a smoker’s life is full of other linkages and connections to cigarettes. They “have to” smoke while driving a car, or watching TV, or talking on the phone. When they are in an emotional state, whether a crisis, a disagreement, pain, or even a celebration, smokers have come to depend on the “comfort” provided by their trusty cigarette!

All of these factors must be dealt with in order for a smoker to quit smoking for good. “For Good” includes not ever thinking about or wanting another cigarette! Whenever a smoker quits simply by “Cold Turkey”, NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapies, such as patches, gums or e cigarettes), or drugs, and fails to address these other, “softer” issues, they remain vulnerable to future smoking relapse as they encounter one or more of these emotional “traps”, as they surely will. Even if they are able to withstand and overcome the cravings and temptation, they remain controlled, to some degree, by their old smoking habit!

Any real, comprehensive solution to help a smoker overcome his or her smoking habit must include all of the issues that comprise the problem. Quitting Smoking is a learning process! Just as a smoker initially learned how to smoke, now they must “learn How to Quit”! Breaking an established habit that crosses so many disciplines is not easy, but it also need not be difficult.

Resources: Don Seibert is founder of Smokenders Online, LLC which produces online video based smoking cessation training that teaches smokers How to Quit.

After 30 years of smoke free life since graduating from the Smokender course, Don is passionate about helping others learn How to Quit – easily and comfortably without patches, drugs, gums, sprays or other artificial means. An avid entrepreneur, he now teaches others how to enjoy a smoke free future. Visit the site for a complete discussion of Smoking Cessation.

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