An elderly man smoking a tobacco cigarette

Converting a Long Time Smoker

My father in law has been smoking for most of his life, starting at the age of 12 and possibly earlier considering how easy it was to get cigarettes back in the day. We were always able to bond because of the fact that I enjoyed smoking as well. He was a two pack a day smoker where I smoked only half a pack a day or less (depending on the day). Nevertheless, it was a way for us to step outside and catch up after dinner or every half hour (yes that man can kill a pack very quickly) of the day.

I made my switch back in December and when they visited us, I partook in the “stepping” outside ritual but not as often as I used to as I could quench my nicotine cravings indoors now instead of having to step outside and get tar in my …

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Molecule structure of nicotine used in e-cigarette liquid

A Simple Overview Of Nicotine

Nicotine is a stimulant. Similar to caffeine it is safe in small doses but dangerous in larger amounts. The main difference is nicotine is a very addictive substance. What nicotine does is when it enters into your bloodstream is tells the pleasure centers of your brain to release dopamine, causing a relaxing and calming sensation. This calming sensation will eventually lead to an addiction to nicotine. Nicotine has been associated with cancer-causing consumables such as cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and etc. For many years nicotine was available only in the form of tobacco (that wasn’t a tobacco quitting aid), only recently has nicotine been available in the form of E-Juice (or E-Liquid). It’s a tad bit surprising that the government wants to classify electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product even though it actually contains no tobacco at all. But with the bad name nicotine have gotten in the decades …

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Do E-cigs Help?

Do E-Cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking?

Most users of electronic cigarettes claim that they help them to stop smoking. Many of them, myself included give credit to these electronic vaping devices for helping them kick the habit. But do they really help smokers kicked the habit?

Technically, if you do not smoke tobacco you should not be considered a smoker, so electronic cigarette users (vapers) are technically not smokers. However vapers still indulge in the same act of smoking, they just use a different medium. So is a “Vaper” the same as a “Smoker”? To what extent are the similarities and the differences between these two habits? Are we just switching out one bad vise for another?

Most smokers are completely addicted to nicotine and want to quit smoking. The reason they want to quit smoking in most cases is due to the health implications from smoking. Everybody knows that smoking reduces …

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Switching To E-Cigs

How I Switched To Electronic Cigarettes

I had tried to quit smoking many times. I tried going cold turkey, the patch, the gum, hypnosis, the pill, and even a mild form of shock therapy using a rubber-band on my wrist. I could not quit. I hated cigarettes, but I did not have the willpower to quit using them. I felt weak and depressed. But when I found electronic cigarettes, everything changed.

I literally cannot smoke cigarettes anymore. I cannot stand the smell of a cigarette. If the driver in front of me is smoking, I can smell it. I can smell cigarettes everywhere now.

I can smell a lot of things since I switched to electronic cigarettes. I smell the rain, the coffee in the morning, and mushrooms in the yard.

Once in a while I will grab a cigarette from a friend and try to smoke it. I can’t get more than 3 drags before …

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Abstinence vs Harm Reduction

Every day 1,200 people die from tobacco related cancer. Smoking tobacco is the biggest cause of preventable death in the world. We all know smoking kills, yet for some strange reason smokers still smoke. There are two types of thought on how to address this problem:

Tobacco abstinence and tobacco harm reduction.

Both of these methods have their pros and cons, however in light of the recent electronic cigarettes popularity, tobacco harm reduction is gaining support from tobacco users and professionals.

Just like the topic of sex education was changed forever when people started talking about preventing diseases and unwanted births by using condoms and birth control, the topic of smoking is also changing with new discussions about tobacco harm reduction instead of just talking about tobacco abstinence.

 

Tobacco Abstinence Theory

When it comes to preventing tobacco related deaths and diseases, there has always been one …

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