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E-Cigarettes: Like the Real Thing, or Too Good to be True?

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E-Cigarettes For Quitting Smoking?

There’s a lot of things wrong with smoking—the smell, the yellow teeth, the coughing, the social effects, and, of course, the cancer. But one thing that smoking has going for it is the sensation. While it’s not for everyone, many of us simply enjoy how it feels to smoke. We like the perfect size of a cigarette, the soft warmth of the inhalation, and the sense of comfort and calm that it gives us.

For as long as we’ve known about the harmful effects of cigarettes, smokers have dreamed of the possibility of a safe and clean type of cigarette without the carcinogenic effects, the noxious smoke, or the lingering odor. But we knew that this was just an unrealistic fantasy. After all, without these negative things, smoking wouldn’t be smoking.

But what if the best way to quit smoking were to keep using cigarettes, but without the smoke? Are these smokeless cigarettes possible, or just a fairy tale?

Electronic Cigarettes

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Electric Cigarettes

Thanks to the magic fairy dust of technology, we now have e-cigarettes. In case you’re not familiar with them, e-cigarettes (aka electric cigarettes or electronic cigarettes) are a growing field of products that all have one thing in common: they simulate the cigarette experience, without the smoke. In other words, here are the mythical smoke-free cigarettes we’ve been dreaming of.

When I first heard about e-cigarettes, I was skeptical. I thought they’d be expensive, that they wouldn’t work right, and that the sensation would be completely different from real smoking. I hate to say it, but one of the things that makes smoking so great is the smoke—so how could a smokeless cigarette possibly compare to the real thing?

When I actually tried e-cigarettes, I found my skepticism was at least partially justified, but with a caveat. Yes, the sensation is not the same. There’s no smoke, and at first you do miss it. But after using e-cigarettes for a while, you stop missing the smoke so much, and you start appreciating the advantages. You feel better, you cough less, and you’re able to “smoke” anywhere you want.

It may not be as good as the real thing, but it’s a step in the right direction.

E-cigarettes as Quit-Smoking Aids

E-cigarettes usually aren’t promoted as quit-smoking products by electronic cigarette companies, but some people do try to use them this way. They seem custom designed for this purpose insofar as they allow people to get their nicotine fix with no smoke and without the negative side effects of quitting smoking. It certainly has worked for some people, but the results have been mixed.

Basically, if you want to quit smoking permanently, the most important thing is to end your nicotine addiction. Obviously, electronic cig doesn’t help you to do that. So if you choose to quit this way, you may be facing a long-term e-cigarette addiction to replace your smoking addiction. And as long as you’re still putting nicotine into your body, there’s always that chance that you’ll relapse into smoking whenever you have a bad day or a weak moment. Check out some withdrawal strategies to get rid of nicotine dependency completely.

So, yes, e-cigarettes can help to stop smoking, and it’s definitely worth trying. But they’re not going to end your nicotine addiction, which will leave you vulnerable to relapses until you cut it out entirely.

Disclaimer: Electronic smoking products and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Electronic smoking devices are not a smoking cessation products, they are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or offer any therapeutic benefits.

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