Do Electronic Cigarettes Work?
With so many people wanting to quit smoking, the question of “do electronic cigarettes work” is bound to come out eventually.
Everyone is already so wary of advertisement about tools that help people stop smoking that any type of product that has to do with the habit essentially undergoes huge scrutiny. You also have to add to the equation the number of people who are only out to make a profit instead of present legitimate and effective products to the market.
It is outright difficult to judge the effectiveness of e-cigarettes, considering that it is a relatively young product, having been invented by a Chinese pharmacist in 2003. In fact, it only reached the United States market in 2007, which means that there are still relatively few manufacturers proven reliable (and plenty of copycat cloned designs made to questionable – sometimes downright junky, standards).
That said there has been tremendous innovation – and as is currently being argued in regards to the FDA’s attempt to regulate and restrict ecigs (that’s a topic i will leave for another post! its a big one)… but the possibility currently is hanging in the air that the FDA might hypothetically be able to regulate all e-cigarettes designed/developed after 2007.
That might not sound like too huge a deal, but the fact is enormous innovation and improvement has occurred during the few years since then that many fear they would necessarily return to tobacco.
Crucial advancements since ecigs first appeared in the west – in particular elements like the “disposable cartomizer” design – allowing extreme convenience and ease of use – along with huge performance enhancements. Many would argue in response to whether or not electronic cigarettes work, that they do now! but back then, even 2-3 years ago, most ecigs were still somewhat of a novelty item. Pointing to the potential that they have truly (not all brands and models mind you) for the most part now achieved.
V2 Cigs, our top recommended ecig brand (and the best selling in America today) surpassed their millionth customer last summer (2012) – a milestone indicative of just how well ecigs really do work to satisfy smokers urges and tobacco cravings. Many consider it – including myself – nothing short of a completely revolutionary development for smokers worldwide.
In order to have a more acceptable response to the query of “do electronic cigarettes work”, it should be taken within the following contexts.
Not a smoking cessation device.
Electronic cigarettes are also referred to as smokeless cigarettes or e-cigarettes among others. The reference to cigarettes is what confuses many people, especially when there are former smokers who claim to have kicked the habit using the device. The reality though is that they are not considered a smoking device, in fact, even the FDA explicitly prohibits marketing them as such. This means that you cannot judge its effectiveness in terms of the number of people who stopped smoking.
What this device actually is, is an alternative to conventional tobacco cigarettes. Therefore, if you want to know if they work, you have to take a look at the statistics on the number of smokers who have made the shift from conventional tobacco cigarettes. You also have to take into account those who are using both conventional tobacco cigarettes and electronic cigarettes at the same time. In this regard, there is no doubt that it is successful.
However, would it be fair to disregard the statistics on the number of smokers who have stopped smoking because of the device?
Not necessarily so, because even if it is not meant to be a smoking cessation device, the mere fact that smokers get the benefit of kicking the highly addictive smoking habit is a bonus in itself, and a testament that the device works more than it designed to.
So instead of asking ‘do electronic cigarettes work as a smoking cessation device?”, the more accurate question should be, “how do electronic cigarettes help smokers kick the habit?” This can be traced from the fact that it does not only work on the addictive nicotine component like most smoking cessation devices, but also on the social and psychological aspects where smokers mentally still enjoy the habit, but in another form.
Designed to mimic conventional smoking.
The next instance where the concern “do electronic cigarettes work?”, should be poised based on its actual intention. The main goal of electronic cigarettes is to mimic the experience of tobacco cigarettes by replicating the range of motion, taste, and flavor, but without any toxic and harmful chemicals. In this aspect, it is easy to say that electronic cigarettes have achieved tremendous success.
Simply looking at the manner of its use will reveal that the device has to be placed in the mouth, like conventional tobacco cigarettes. Vapers need to inhale and breathe out the vapor that is created by the device, much like in the process of smoking. Because of the varying nicotine strengths, taste, and flavor, it can deliver a realistic tobacco taste using flavorings instead of tobacco leaves.
Electronic cigarettes also make use of a heating element that is powered by a rechargeable battery. The intention is to replicate the smoke created by conventional tobacco cigarettes, but with one huge difference, it does not contain 4,000 chemicals that can pose danger to the smoker and the people around him. Electronic cigarettes produce vapor, which visually has the same appeal of tobacco smoke, but without the offensive odor.
The electronic cigarette vapor also is made up predominantly with water. This means that it will not pose any danger to the people around. This is primarily the reason also why it can be used in many localities where smoking has been explicitly banned. So there is no doubt that electronic cigarettes can mimic conventional smoking and even go beyond it by allowing usage virtually anywhere.
It is also fair to pose the question of “do electronic cigarettes work”, in terms of being a healthier alternative to conventional tobacco cigarettes. After all, this is what its manufacturers and retailers claim. It is interesting to note that the American Medical Association claimed that on January 14, there was a ruling made by a federal judge that electronic cigarettes cannot be subjected to FDA regulations because they are merely alternatives.
There is also equal importance in noting that despite heated arguments on the lack of clinical studies to back up claims of being a healthier alternative to conventional smoking, there are some studies that can be used to make an educated assumption. For example, a study published in the February issue of the Tobacco Control Journal claims that electronic cigarettes do not deliver enough amounts of nicotine to reduce cravings.
This means that the lower nicotine delivery system will not exaggerate any medical conditions brought about by smoking. It may not reverse the condition, but certainly, it will not contribute to its progression or the deterioration of health of the vaper. In this aspect, it can be concluded that it is a relatively healthier alternative. The millions of vapers around the world also claim that electronic cigarettes have made them feel better, something they cannot say with conventional tobacco cigarettes.
When posing the question “do electronic cigarettes work?” within the context of these three factors, there is no denying that it has been an immense success – we can only hope it is not stomped out by industry and corporate interests (i’ll be sure to post on the topic in depth very soon) but there are several key parties that have much to lose should this disruptive technology take over – to leave you with a rough statistic looking at existing NRT Therapies (gum, nicotine patches, etc) the longer term success rates are measly – estimated at about 7-8%.
Of those who make the attempted switch to e-cigarettes amazing rates of that switch becoming a permanent one (and quickly too) is well above 60%, some estimates suggest as high as 80% success making the switch. I for one was able to quit tobacco after a decade+ habit (peaking at about 2 packs a day in my early-mid twenties) – using an early model ecig (well 2, the “super cigarette” and DSE-901 were my kit back then) i was able to stop within 2 weeks.
Now i fully expect there is some aspect or other of vaping that is less than ideal for my health – but compared to smoking tobacco i feel a million times better, ive cut out the carcinogenic gunk, and personally feel – as evidence is slowly starting to confirm – that i have radically reduced the harm i was inflicting on myself with seemingly no way out. E-Cigs work for me, and have for 4.5 years now! And I am far far from alone – if you haven’t tried ‘vaping’ yet, what are you waiting for!?
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