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Electronic Cigarette – Smoke without Fire

Asked recently to write about electronic cigarettes, I have to confess that I had never heard of such a thing. Some internet research later and I discovered that electronic cigarettes are very much a quickly growing concern. A Google search revealed there is no smoke without fire as almost six million results just for the phrase “electronic cigarette” were returned.

What is an electronic cigarette?

The electronic cigarette has been in existence for almost three years and is a clever device aimed at providing smokers with a healthier option. Apparently also useful in helping to reduce and indeed quit smoking altogether. Now in a fourth generation, electronic cigarettes have become much more user friendly than earlier versions which perhaps were a little too large to encourage a mass market appeal. The “mini” is the most realistic e cigarette to date with its length of 100mm being the same as a conventional cigarette.

An electronic cigarette contains a taste of tobacco but none of the harmful substances found in normal cigarettes allowing smokers cravings to be satisfied without inhaling the many dangerous toxins. Is it all smoke and mirrors? Or can this item really be the saviour it wants to be? A battery, an atomizer and a renewable nicotine chamber allows the smoker to hold and smoke the electronic cigarette just as they would any other cigarette, even creating a “smoke” like vapour and glow at the end as they draw. The nicotine chamber proves very useful as cartridges are available in different strengths, permitting the user to reduce the amount of nicotine they intake until if they wish, can quit completely.

A nicotine cartridge typically lasts the same time as 15 to 20 cigarettes, thus creating a huge saving to normal costs. Standard, medium, low and no nicotine at all are the various cartridge strengths. A healthier option altogether it seems, though the benefits don’t end there. Due to the electronic cigarette not emitting any dangerous substances, toxins or real smoke for that matter, they are perfectly legal to smoke in public. In winter in particular, normal cigarette smokers have to brave the freezing cold and the rain just for a quick smoking break but this alternative will allow them to stay in their offices, restaurants and pubs.

None smokers also will benefit, as their worries about passive smoking are rendered null and void by the electronic cigarette. A much more sociable environment then! Upon reflection the electronic cigarette is a healthier, cheaper and environmentally friendly alternative to smoking and as the awareness and the market grows they have great potential to successfully replace the harmful cigarettes we have all come to know and many of us have come to dread and fear.

Electronic Cigarette – The Next Quit Smoking Device

Ever since the public became aware about the dangers of smoking a few decades ago, many people have found quitting the tobacco habit hard. Companies have been innovating and manufacturing smoking cessation products for many years now. From nicotine patches to gum, nicotine addicts have been using them to quit their habit. Electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes and electric cigarettes) are the newest product on the market. They are designed to look and feel like real cigarettes, even down to emitting artificial smoke however they do not actually contain any tobacco. Users inhale nicotine vapour which looks like smoke without any of the carcinogens found in tobacco smoke which are harmful to the smoker and others around him.

The Electronic cigarette consists of a nicotine cartridge containing liquid nicotine. When a user inhales, a tiny battery powered atomizer turns a small amount of liquid nicotine into vapour. Inhaling nicotine vapour gives the user a nicotine hit in seconds rather than minutes with patches or gum. When the user inhales, a small LED light at the tip of the electronic cigarette glows orange to simulate a real cigarette. The nicotine cartridges themselves come in various strengths. Most of the major brands, such as the Gamucci electronic cigarette have full strength, half strength and minimal strength. This is designed for people who want to quit smoking. As they get used to using the electronic cigarette, they can gradually reduce the strength they use until they quit. The main advantages electronic cigarettes have over nicotine patches or gum is firstly, users have the nicotine hit much quicker and secondly, because a big reason why smokers fail to quit suing patches and gum is because they still miss the act of inhaling smoke from a cylindrical object. The electronic cigarette emulates that even down to the smoke.

The electronic cigarette is also beneficial from a financial perspective. A set of five nicotine cartridges costs around £8 and is equivalent to 500 cigarettes. Although the initial investment of an electronic cigarette kit of £50 may seem steep at first, users save money in the long run. As with many popular products, there have been a great number of cheap Chinese imitations flooding the market. They are usually half the price of a branded electronic cigarette and look like the real thing as well. It is inadvisable to use these because they have not been subject to the same rigorous testing the official electronic cigarettes have and can potentially be highly damaging to the user’s health. As electronic cigarettes become more and more popular, they are increasingly used to smoke in pubs and clubs with a smoking ban. Electronic cigarettes seem to be the next thing and may soon replace real cigarettes in clubs.

Quit Smoking – Vaping, The New Insane Habit!

If you smoke artificial cigarettes you are engaging in the new celebrity trend of Vaping. Apparently it’s cool to look stupid in 2015. Most of these Vaping devices deliver nicotine; it would of course be cheaper to buy some nicotine insecticide and just lick the lid. You might die immediately but it’s just a faster way to go than slowly poisoning yourself. In Queensland for good reasons liquid nicotine is illegal so the Vaping is done using Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerin Liquid. Currently there doesn’t appear to be any serious risks just throat and mouth inflammation, vomiting, nausea and cough. But think back or Google back: In the fifties and early sixties cigarettes were considered good for you. Some brands even promoted lung health. In the early seventies it was discovered that smoking caused stress and didn’t solve it. About this time researchers first announced that smoking causes cancer. It took a further eight years before legislators and the medical community agreed to the findings.

Decades later well informed people are still taking up smoking in spite of all the known information. The point of this historical background is that Vaping is an unknown quantity. We know it causes mild problems, but the question is given the history of smoking, why on earth would you want to become just a potential statistic in the history of Vaping. In the words of Wikipedia currently the limited evidence suggests that e cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, and they carry a risk of addiction for those taking up the habit. So safer than cigarettes is like saying that falling of a motor cycle at 100 mph is safer with a helmet on! Which brings me back to the title of Vaping, the new insane habit? Think of all the fun entertaining things you could do instead of inhaling a combusted chemical into your lungs, which your body has to then find some way of dealing with, hopefully, but then I wonder how many smokers have thought the same thing in the past.

Most of the Vaping devices which are promoted to me on the internet come from China, not perhaps the most reliable of chemical sources. Given the numbers of people who are taking up e smoking I’m probably just banging my head on the wall trying to save a few people from themselves. There are many triggers linked to feelings of depersonalization and derealization but lately a high rate of reactivity to Vaping is reaching noticeable levels.

Symptoms of Vaping Use include:

– Feelings of Unreality and Detachment

– Severe Anxiety leading to Panic Attacks

– Severe Chest Pains when breathing (which stop when use is discontinued)

– Lightheadedness, often extreme

– Racing Heart, Palpitations

– Insomnia

– Sweating and Irritability

– Excitability

– Inability to Concentrate

Recovery from Symptoms