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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e-cig components

How Exactly Does A E-Cigarette Work?

Every electronic cigarette, or vape,  has three major components:

  1. Battery
  2. Atomizer
  3. Reservoir


Battery– this may be a disposable battery, or rechargeable. Many of the batteries are built into the housing of the electronic cigarette and are not accessible. The bigger the battery, the longer you can go between charges. Most batteries put out around 3.7 volts unless they are variable voltage.

Disposable- throw-away one-time use. Just use and toss in trash when done. These are no hassle and easy to use.

Rechargeable- recharge the battery and replace the cartridge why empty

Vape Pen- bigger rechargeable battery and more powerful than disposable or rechargeable.

Vape – biggest electronic cigarette and usually heavier and bulky. Most have LED screen and adjustable settings such as voltage output. Many have removable rechargeable batteries.

Electronic Cigars– usually one-piece disposable unit that is filled with cigar flavored e-juice. Make to look like …

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Vaping Etiquette 101

Electronic Cigarette EtiquetteBefore you go out into public and start vaping away at the bank or on a plane, you will need to understand some basic vaping etiquette. With the growing e-cigarette movement, many smokers are using their devices in public places, and this can be both good and bad for public awareness and acceptance. Not everyone will understand that the metal tube you have in your hand is a electronic cigarette. People are naturally aggressive to things they don’t understand.

For the vapers who use their e-cig in stores, restaurants, and other public locations, you may be giving electronic cigarettes users a bad name. Just because you are exhaling vapor, doesn’t mean you need to advertise your new-found freedom and force your habit on others. There are people that don’t care how safe e-cigs are. When you use an e-cig, it looks as you are smoking. Many non-smokers …

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