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Quit Smoking: Cold Turkey Better Than E-Cig?

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Quitting smoking is hard, always has been and always will be. No matter how much additional tax is levied on each pack or how many videos go up on youtube to discourage smoking, there will be people who struggle to kick the habit.

Right now, these e-cigarettes are all the rage, with signs going up in liquor stores and convienience stores, as well as bars. Some have opened bars themed around the e-cigarette. But, is it the best way to quit, a safer alternative, or simply another set of problems?

According to the New York Times, it could be the third. In case you’re unfamiliar with the e-cigarette, it looks like a normal cigarette, but instead of emitting the nicotine as a nasty smoke, it heats it up and emits it as a clear vapor.

The e-cigarette was invented in 2003 by a chinese scientist, but has only recently caught on in the US as a means to help smokers resist cigarettes, which they need to do, as we all know, for health reasons. Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, remarked,

“Even 50 years after the first surgeon general’s report on smoking and health, we’re still finding out new ways that tobacco kills and maims people. It’s astonishing how bad it is.”

However, there are a few kinks in the e-cigarette that are worth looking into before you go out and buy one of the 200 brands that are on the market right now.

For example, Dr. Frieden said that these e-cigarettes admittedly “have the potential to help some people quit,” but, the method could possibly backfire “if it gets kids to start smoking, gets smokers who would have quit to continue to smoke, gets ex-smokers to go back to smoking, or re-glamorizes smoking.”

Also, he adds that e-cigarettes produce 30 known carcinogens, and the long-term effects just haven’t been studied. Therefore, it’s probably safer just to go “cold turkey” when trying to kick the habit. You would be in good company.

There was a Gallup Poll last year in the US which found that only 8 percent of ex-smokers attributed their success to patches, gum or prescribed drugs, while 48 percent attributed their success to quitting ‘cold turkey’ and 8 percent to willpower and commitment.

Something to think about.

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Quit Smoking: Cold Turkey Better Than E-Cig?
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  • Dan

    Please stop spreading this misinformation. There are no known carcinogens associated with e-cigs. There is no combustion and therefore no smoke. You are merely inhaling water vapor like you would in a sauna.

  • James

    I’m pretty sure its big pharmaceutical companies panicking about decreasing sales in thier ineffective (for most) nicotine replacement solutions. The eliquid contains nothing more than products that have been used in our food for years. I would rather breathe ecig VAPOUR than exhaust fumes and pollution from power stations. This is nuts!!

  • Louise

    I agree that the pharmaceutical companies ARE panicking as James said. I was in Shopper's Drug Mart yesterday and all the nicorette products are on sale, but not just a small sale either. $35.00 dropped to 10.00. They know that the ecig IS taking over.

    I am so thankful that the ecig has come. I was finally able to quit smoking and for a month now. It has been easy and i will never smoke again. I have also lowered my nicotine too from 18ml to 12ml and next week i am going to lower to 6 ml.

    Hon Lik , thank you for getting these ecigs rolling!

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