Among the quit-smoking aids available are electronic cigarettes, also often referred to as e-cigarettes. Today, there are many safe options of e-cigarettes that are affordable and effective for many people. Consider the following tips about e-cigarettes to decide whether they should be a part of your program to quit smoking.
Electronic cigarettes work with a battery charger to duplicate the experience of smoking through a cigarette or cigar-shaped device that is battery operated. Most use steam often in combination with specific additives to improve the imitation of the smoking experience.
The electronic cigarettes have cartridges that produce different tastes depending on which cartridge you choose, and some also contain nicotine levels to prevent a person from having the physical symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Because smoke from cigarettes and cigars is very dangerous both to the smoker and others inhaling the smoke, there has not been too much focus on the unhealthy aspects of the chemicals used in some of the e-cigarette cartridges. Before choosing an e-cigarette, you should identify and research the ingredients of the cartridge contents.
E-cigarettes have gained popularity because unlike patches, gums, or prescriptions, the e-cigarette addresses the smoker’s habit of engaging in the act of smoking. Simulating the smoking activity has proven helpful to some individuals seeking to quit smoking.
Cartridges for e-cigarettes that contain nicotine work like patches and gums in addressing the dose of nicotine you will get from “smoking” your e-cigarette. Specific doses are advised for individuals who smoke specific numbers of cigarettes or cigars per day, and the doses are supposed to be reduced as time goes on.
There is a wide difference among electronic cigarette products, ranging from their cost to the battery life of the e-cigarettes to the contents of the cartridges used in the e-cigarettes. These tools for smoking cessation have not gained widespread approval among governmental and medical communities, and they are unlikely to be recommended by your physician.
If you decide to try electronic cigars or cigarettes, there are a number of websites that sell supplies for such devices. There are also websites that sell cartridges compatible with different brands of e-cigarettes that may offer such cartridges more cheaply than the manufacturer’s brand of cartridge. Ingredients used in these cartridges should always be considered before choosing a cheaper brand.
Current governmental oversight of the e-cigarette business is easily found on the FDA website. Primary issues the FDA has had with e-cigarette companies to date that are related to the claims made by e-cigarette companies are primarily directed towards claims that anything from being proven safe to being proven effective for smoking cessation have not been sufficiently proven to justify such claims. Important issues to address if you are considering using the products are concerns about the ingredients used in e-cigarette cartridges and alleged deficiencies of quality control used in manufacturing e-cigarettes and their cartridges. It is very important to thoroughly research the risks of e-cigarettes as well as their advertised benefits.
Quitting smoking is difficult, and e-cigarettes are another tool that has been used by smokers to help them quit. Use the tips above to consider e-cigarettes before purchasing them to help you quit smoking.