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Do Electronic Cigarettes Really Help You Stop Smoking? Vaping E-Cigs

Updated on October 29, 2014

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What Is An E-Cig?

An e-cigarette is an electronic device with a nicotine delivery system designed to provide you with a predetermined amount of nicotine in the form of vapor rather than actual smoke. The e-cig generally uses a heating element known as an atomizer that vaporizes a liquid solution known as e-liquid. E-liquids usually contain a mixture of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine, and flavorings. The electronic cigarette first entered the market in China in 2004 by a pharmacist a from China invented the device-his name is Hon Lik.

Vaopr E-Cigarette (Electronic Cigarette)

Vapor E-Cigarette *Vape Pen
Vapor E-Cigarette *Vape Pen

E-cigarette and What's It's All About

E-cigarettes are rechargeable devices that allow you to inhale nicotine in a propylene glycol vapor, which can be blown out with the look and feel of real smoke.

Most of the models are automatic - as you suck on the mouthpiece, just like a cigarette, a sensor activates a heating element that vaporizes the liquid that is held in the mouthpiece.

You can choose whether or not to have nicotine in the flavored liquid solution. In older models (manual models), there is a little button which turns the heating element on and off. An LED indicates whether the device has been activated when the user inhales.

The liquid turns into vapor, which is then inhaled, (which is also called "vaped"). While some argue that vapor offers health advantages over traditional cigarette smoke, regulatory agencies and some health experts aren't so sure that's true. There is a lot of controversy on electronic cigarettes as to the health benefits to the risks.

Now, keep in mind, there are a ton of flavors that the e-liquid comes in and you can decide how much nicotine you want. I started off at 24 mg and then slowly decreased. Actually, I don't use any nicotine in my liquid now, it's just flavor. Some may ask why I continue to "smoke" the e-cig then and my answer simply is because I still have the urge to smoke and this takes care of that urge. I get the hand to mouth, throat hit and smoke (vapor) that I still crave.

Basic E-Cigarette

Basic e-cig
Basic e-cig

Comparing E-Cigs to Smoking Patches

There was a randomized study reported in last year and the study showed that the six-month quit rate at 7.3 percent for those who used e-cigarettes, compared to 5.8 percent for those who used nicotine patches.

The researchers believed that e-cigarettes were moderately effective at helping smokers to quit.

My Personal Experience With The E-Cig

We all know that cigarette smoking is bad for you and as a former smoker, I understand. I use the e-cigarette and have been "smoke" free for almost 9 months now. I first started off with the basic e-cig and still continued to smoke my regular cigs. The basic e-cigarette had a tobacco flavor still and the end of the e-cigarette lit up. It did produce some vapor, but not enough for the throat hit that a smoker needs.

I tried the actual liquid "vaping" and quit right away. I never picked up another real cigarette. I must confess, there was an occasion or two where I tried to take a drag of a real cigarette, but rest assured, I dropped that thing right down back in the ashtray is it was the worst tasting thing I ever had.

I smoked for 30 years and was a pack and half day smoker. I don't miss smoking cigarettes and to be honest, I can't stand the smell of my husband when he walks in the house. They say a former smoker is the worst critic and I am a critic! I used to use the nicotine patch and I never benefited from it.

There are a couple things you need to know if you decide to switch. Please keep in mind that I am not encouraging e-cigs for the flavor or to have anyone start these. I am giving you my personal experience and it's up to you to make a decision. I do not recommend these for anyone who doesn't even smoke or for young teenagers to be "cool." This should be strictly used for an honest to goodness smoker who is trying or needing to quit. I have spoken with a lot of people and everyone I know that has quit smoking, went to vaping.

Please consult with your Dr. before trying any new product. My physician was fine with the e-cigarette.

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      Emma Johnson 16 months ago from Denver, Colorado

      Great piece and video!

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      Lisa 21 months ago from Central USA

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      Lisa 21 months ago from Central USA

      Thanks blacklightvapes-- still not smoking and it'll be 2 yrs this year. Have no desire and its nasty smelling now. Can't stand cigarette smoke. Can't believe I did that to people. I smoked for almost 30 yrs. if I can stop, anyone can. Still vaping!

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      Blacklightvapes 21 months ago from Stockbridge, USA

      Nice post. Thanks for sharing such a nice information.

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      Lisa 2 years ago from Central USA

      I wish the FDA would come out with the words "they're safe", and I really do not understand why it's taking so long to really find out. I have read everywhere words how if the govt regulated them like they do cigs, the govt can reap the millions. It's all about money- not if it helps us stop smoking

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      amy 2 years ago

      E-cigs are really safe for quiting smoking habit and they don't cause any harmful effect to health and helps in quiting smoking habit.

      http://www.atmosrx.com

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      Lisa 2 years ago from Central USA

      I was a dedicated 1 1/2 packs a day. If I can stop, anyone can. I went right from the cigs to these. I ran out of cigs and contemplated on purchasing a pack to stash away. I really didn't want to quit that's the best part. Now, I am nicotine free because I purchase the eliquid without nicotine. So far, everyone I speak with has quit using the ecig with the liquid. Thanks teaches!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Glad to hear a personal testimony of success using these new ecigarettes. Good for you! Thanks for sharing from your personal experience. I hope it helps someone to take that important step.

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