Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping: A Fad Or A Help?

Today, the health dangers from smoking are everywhere. It is hard to believe that in the fifties and into the early sixties cigarettes were thought to be good for us, in fact, they were said to promote good lung health by some brands! Man, science has come a long way, hasn’t it?!

It wasn’t until the early seventies that the medical field discovered stress was caused by smoking, not eased by smoking. Around the same time, researchers also discovered that cancer was a result of cigarette smoking, but it took another 8 years before anything was agreed upon between legislators and the medical community.

Decades and years later though, despite what we know, people are still smoking. No matter how much and what kind of information has been made available to us, it has become a habit that many can’t help. Anyone that has smoked will tell you that quitting is not easy. But there have become many ways to help us quit that nasty, unhealthy habit.

Within in the past few decades, companies have come up with innovative ways to help us quit smoking. They have manufactured products that can replace that cessation a smoker gets for the nicotine, such as gum, patches, as well as the electronic cigarette.

However, it’s not without its own problems. We know that vaping can cause problems, perhaps milder than cigarettes, but problems all the same. Today, we look up cigarettes or smoking in Wikipedia and we find very little evidence that suggests that electronic cigarettes are safer than old-school, traditional cigarettes. Nor is there much evidence to prove they are addictive and can become habit forming.

Electronic cigarettes feel like a real cigarette. They look like real cigarettes. They even emit a smoke like real cigarettes. Where they differ is they do not have tobacco. The person that vapes (smokes electronic cigarettes) is inhaling a nicotine vapor, which does not have the carcinogens that real cigarettes have, meaning, the stuff that is harmful is missing.

Electronic cigarettes have a nicotine cartridge that is filled with liquid nicotine. An atomizer that is powered by a small battery powered turns that liquid nicotine into vapor. As the user inhales it, they get a nicotine hit quickly and a LED light glows on the tip giving it a real cigarette appearance.

The cartridges come in various strengths of nicotine from minimal to half to full strength. In this way, the person wishing to quit smoking and gradually lower the amount of nicotine they are getting.  A huge advantage between electronic cigarettes and gum or nicotine patches is the nicotine hit is faster.

While the smoker won’t be spending money on traditional cigarettes, using the method of electronic cigarette is a bit costly to get started. There is a small investment to be made in buying the start-up kit and then keeping a supply of the liquid nicotine. But in comparison, it will save them money over time, especially if they stay with electronic cigarettes only long enough to quit the smoking habit altogether.

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