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Do you think electronic cigarettes are a viable stop smoking method?

Discussion in 'Tobacco / Nicotine' started by Eashow10, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. Eashow10

    Eashow10 Member

    The e-Cig revolution is upon us. I have seen many people claiming it helps them to quit smoking. However, they will still "vape" without nicotine. Are they just replacing one addiction with another?
  2. bsthebenster

    bsthebenster Community Champion

    Of coarse they're trading one addiction for another, but they're trading one that causes cancer with one that doesn't. It's like swapping burgers with celery. Sure, too much of a good thing isn't good, but it's better than too much junk food. same thing with cigarettes in my opinion.
  3. anorexorcist

    anorexorcist Community Champion

    Well, I'm not an expert but I've heard that they are not the best way to stop smoking, besides that the people who use them are remplacing one addiction with another, the liquid of the e-cigs is actually addictive too! I don't know if is that addictive as the cigarette itself but is definitely not the best way to quit smoking.
  4. JadeVengeance

    JadeVengeance Active Contributor

    I have tried them myself and as a smoker, I honestly prefer the real cigarette and not the Vape. I coughed a lot using the vape and I had bad throat colds.
  5. juanperez1990

    juanperez1990 Active Contributor

    There's a technique to it. If you try and puff it like a cig you will cough. You need to take calm, intermittent puffs to allow the vapor to cool down.
  6. Jamesbonner

    Jamesbonner Active Contributor

    Hi, I'm a smoker from a few years ago, and I've tried those electronic cigarettes few times, I didn't really like it, because it contains a lot of chemicals (the substance inside), also after I smoke from this cigarettes I always still have the need for real cigarettes, so it doesn't change anything in me, it just hurts more ! that's why I stopped those electronic cigarettes ....
  7. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    I'm not too experienced with e-cigarettes since I never tried them, but it seems to me like people are trying to substitute an addiction with another. I know e-cigarettes are not as bad as the regular ones, but if you want to quit why not just quit altogether?
  8. Jamesbonner

    Jamesbonner Active Contributor

    Well they say that it doesn't hurt us as much as the normal cigarettes does, but who knows ?? the chemical substances inside the e-cigarette that gives flavors is harmful ! and as you said we can't replace an addiction with another, you need to find something to stop the addiction definitely ...
  9. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    I am not a smoker and never have been. The thing I noticed about people who smoke e-cigarettes is that when they smoked cigarettes they would only smoke during breaks or lunch at work but with e-cigarettes they are puffing on this continuously all day long. They never put them down. Not sure what is in them but they use them way more then they smoked in the first. The addiction seems to be stronger and the need to have it is more.
  10. 6up

    6up Community Champion

    E cigarettes can be a solution for tobacco chain smokers. Their long term effects are still not clear as research is still underway. If they are completely safe, then smokers can be advised to consider using them. But they can also be addictive, which is the problem.
  11. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    Nicotine is the most addictive. Vaping is really not as bad as smoking either. If you use vaping to wean yourself off of smoking it could help. As long as the end result is quitting, you achieved your goal. Weaning yourself off of something is usually the most affective way to quit it.
  12. andrewjames

    andrewjames Member

    Smoking addiction is a little weird; it is both chemically based and behavioral. The act of just having something to puff on can alleviate a lot of people's desire to smoke. So in that sense, vaping might help.
  13. norms options

    norms options Active Contributor

    I Know a few people that the e cigs have worked very well for. Some of them were able to give up cigarettes entirely and only use the e cigs. I do understand that they are still using nicotine, but the dose is more controllable by the user and there are a lot of chemicals that they are not exposed to through vaping that are in cigarettes. I think that, for people who are able to make the switch, it is a much better option than continuing to smoke, but I also know quite a few folks that vaping has not been a suitable alternative for.

    I am a former smoker and have no experience with vaping personally. When I finally quit for good it had been a long time coming and I just gradually reduced the amount of cigarettes I would allow myself daily. Eventually, I was down to 2 a day, and one day I realized I was smoking it just because I had one left, but I was not even enjoying it, and that was the end of it for me. I guess I was lucky to be able to quit that way as I realize most people aren't, but vaping would have been something I would have definitely considered if it was available when I was trying to quit.
  14. eveliner

    eveliner Senior Contributor

    I've tried quitting to smoke with ecigarettes not a very long time ago, and they proved to be very uneffective. The sole effect they had on me was that they prolonged my cigarette craving, that's it. So from there on, I tried other methods.

    I can't speak for others though. Not rarely have I noticed people actually reporting good outcomes as a result of using ecigs, but I don't pertain to them. I guess that some things work out with others, and some don't. Simple as that.
  15. amin021023

    amin021023 Community Champion

    Ecigs are totally different things from real cigs, I had to inhale for like 5 seconds to get a desirable amount of vapor produced, generally they're completely different things, but I guess if you bought a higher voltage ecig with high percentage of PG it'll be better for ex smokers simply because it produces much more cloud and delivers more nicotin...
  16. irishrose

    irishrose Community Champion

    There is a misconception about ecigs that they do not contain cancer-causing carcinogens. While they probably do not contain as many carcinogens as the typical cigarette, the FDA found that two popular brands of ecigs contained trace amounts of toxic carcinogens such as formaldehyde. Also, the University of South Carolina found that the vapor contained toxic amounts of certain metals. (If you're interested to know more about ecigs, check out this link:
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/296572.php)

    There is still a lot to be learned about ecigs and what potential dangers they may cause. We will not know more until we have more data.
  17. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    I think it's just another way of keeping you hooked. I have never met anyone that has stopped smoking this way, at the end of the day you are still taking in nicotine. I think it´s just another way of side stepping the general health warnings you have on regular cigarettes. Very few studies have been made on e-cigarettes so it's still in it's infancy, we will have to wait and see if there are any adverse effects from smoking them.
  18. SLTE

    SLTE Community Champion

    No. You can't just swap one thing for another. That's just redirecting your cravings for cigarettes, and I've heard many reports - at least one cited above! - saying that e-cigs aren't much better for you in the long run. If you want to cut the addiction you need to get rid of the cigarettes and all of their proxies.

    Also, I just heard a story where a dude's e-cig exploded on him. Compare normal cigarettes with e-cigs all you want, but a cigarette sure as hell won't blow up.
  19. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    I am currently unopinionated on this topic. Whilst recent UK studies showed that e-cigarettes were 95% less harmful than cigarettes, studies in the US have shown the opposite. Additionally, one man in the UK recently had a hole burned into his lung after an e-cigarette leaked hot nicotine which went down his throat. These things seriously need to be heavily regulated with strict health and safety measures if they are going to remain publicly available.
  20. zuulspaceman

    zuulspaceman Member

    I tried it and got addicted to trying new kinds, building rigs, and all of that. It ended up costing me more than regular smoking and it was a ridiculous addiction if you ask me. No, it's just the same it's just masked differently. You're now not addicted to chemicals in cigarettes that aren't nicotine, but you are addicted to the process of trying flavors and vaping whatever you can if you're an addict type of person.