Cigarette Smoking: Why Electronic Cigarettes?
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A Few years ago, a survey about the most powerfully addictive substances in the world placed nicotine at the top. Smoking was ranked even above cocaine and alcohol as the stickiest addiction.
Numbers in the survey revealed that while rehab helped addicts quit other addictions for good, de-addiction of nicotine (with cigarette as its main method of delivery) was much lower and with a much higher rate of relapse than any other substance surveyed. It appeared then, that the highest cancer and heart-attack causing agent had caged its victims for life. Many addicted to smoking were struggling with no support for their will to quit, despite the clear benefits of stopping smoking.
What’s in a Cigarette?
There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 4,000 chemicals. At least 50 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous.
Many of these chemicals are also found in consumer products, but these products have warning labels. While the public is warned about the danger of the poisons in these products, there is no such warning for the toxins in tobacco smoke.
Here are a few of the chemicals in tobacco smoke, and other places they are found:
- Acetone – found in nail polish remover
- Acetic Acid – an ingredient in hair dye
- Ammonia – a common household cleaner
- Arsenic – used in rat poison
- Benzene – found in rubber cement
- Butane – used in lighter fluid
- Cadmium – active component in battery acid
- Carbon Monoxide – released in car exhaust fumes
- Formaldehyde – embalming fluid
- Hexamine – found in barbecue lighter fluid
- Lead – used in batteries
- Napthalene – an ingredient in moth balls
- Methanol – a main component in rocket fuel
- Nicotine – used as insecticide
- Tar – material for paving roads
- Toluene – used to manufacture paint
As Found At: http://www.lung.org/ – What’s In A Cigarette
Even if they did quit, it was a lifetime of conscious struggle against relapse to this strong emotional and physical association. Then, many people attempting to plug this addiction with a better lifestyle choice, a viable alternative to cigarettes – in many ways the ONLY statistically viable cigarette alternative ever – have begun to find their way in the last few years to the ‘electronic cigarette‘ and found the ecig effective at satisfying cravings.
Electronic cigarettes (other common names include “smokeless cigarettes” or water “vapor cigarettes“). They have become popular as a substitute for traditional smoking. E-cigs (short for electronic cigarettes) are by many today, although still controversial, considered as a purposeful step towards the gradual and statistically easier and more successful quitting of smoking. Or as some say, and is my personal view, make a switch for “Harm Reduction” – whether or not the E-Cig can be considered as safe, it certainly agrees with both common sense, and several studies beginning to emerge, that ‘vaping’ and electric cigarette is much less harmful than smoking (involving combustion) tobacco and traditional cigarettes. These cigarettes do not have smoke but a heated vapor – a crucial difference as many of the most toxic elements in cigarette smoke are a direct result of the burning, which does NOT happen with ecigs; which most accurately can be described as mimicking the experience of smoking but ultimately are “Smokeless”.
So unlike the regular cigarettes that produce extremely toxic smoke – a cocktail of thousands of life-threatening chemicals, e-cigs do not contain or emit most harmful chemicals – with nicotine itself being arguably the only one (and one which is not shown to be cancer causing itself). Those who are phasing out smoking from their lives can select the precise percentage of clean pharmaceutical grade (same as used in NRT patches, gums, etc) pure nicotine that suits their specific need, carefully choosing the amount of nicotine to intake and if desired tapering if off to low or no nicotine at all over a period of weeks or months.
There are many advantages to e-cigs in addition. Actual cigarettes leave a horrible odor hanging about at your home, office, car or office. The odor clings unapologetic on to your fingers, clothes, breath and settles for a long time any object you touch. It’s not rare that now and then, your girlfriend, wife, friend, colleague or boss is put off with the smell that cigarettes create in and around you. But e-cigs leave no unpleasant odor (it is somewhat of a myth that ecigs produce no smell – it very much depends on which if any flavor ingredients are being ‘vaped’ – but if anything the vapor smells slightly sweet and doesn’t linger). In general ecigs can be used almost anywhere in private or public places. Similarly, e-cigs cannot cause passive smoking, another major harmful effect created by actual cigarettes.