It’s almost New Years again, which beckons the question what will this year’s new resolution be? Each year thousands of people make the decision to try and kick the habit of smoking with the New Year and if you’re one of those taking that step this year, you may consider the benefits of using e-cigarettes to assist you in your journey of quitting smoking.
As a Quitting Method?
E-cigarettes are a relatively new invention, only becoming available for purchase in the 2000s. However, in that short time they have proven their worth as a tool many have used to quit smoking. For years doctors and pharmaceutical companies have offered alternative forms of nicotine delivery designed to help those addicted to smoking kick the habit. Patches, gums and even inhalers that contain nicotine have been on the market providing alternative sources of nicotine to help a user gradually decrease their nicotine levels and quit in a successful way. These products are proven to have some success; however, recent studies are showing that e-cigarettes may provide an even greater chance of winning the battle against smoking. A study published by the Society for the Study of Addiction just this August delved into e-cigarettes as a quitting method. The study reports that, “a large cross-sectional study showed that smokers who wanted to quit without professional help were significantly more likely to report abstinence using e-cigarettes than with traditional cessation aids or going ‘cold turkey.’
E-cigarettes provide the user not only with an alternative nicotine delivery method, but they also help users with the addiction to the “ritual” of smoking. Unlike patches and gum, vaping provides users with an experience similar to smoking, helping users wean off not just the nicotine dependence, but also the addiction to the habit of smoking. Even the American Heart Association supports the use of e-cigarettes as a cessation method. If you want to quit the habit altogether, considering using e-cigarettes may be the right option for you.
As a Replacement to Cigarettes:
Some people may not even want to quit, but perhaps their resolution just involves making healthier choices. Considering e-cigarettes a straight across replacement for regular cigarettes is a decision many users are now making. E-cigarettes are often referred to as harm reducers, meaning replacing your smoking habit with e-cigarettes may not be completely “quitting,” but it can reduce the potential harm that would be present if you were smoking regular cigarettes instead.
Making the decision to replace your smoking habit with e-cigarettes, truly can have a positive impact not only on your own health, but on the health of people around you. Researchers at the University College London estimate that for every million smokers who switch from tobacco to electronic cigarettes, more than 6,000 premature deaths could be prevented each year. With approximately 42 million smokers in the United States, switching to e-cigarettes from traditional smoking could potentially save over a quarter of a million lives in the US alone.
Benefits of E-Cigarettes
So whether you are replacing your habit or quitting altogether, it is important to know why you should include e-cigarettes in your New Years resolution. As it turns out there are many benefits to e-cigarettes, especially when compared with their combustible counterpart.
Many View E-Cigarettes are a Healthier Alternative
Of course it is not that hard to be healthier than cigarettes. With high levels of toxins, tar and carcinogens, cigarettes are well known to be dangerous and deadly. A recent report in the British Journal of Medical Practices believes that e-cigarettes are remarkably safer than combustible smokes stating: “The vapor contains nothing like the concentrations of carcinogens and toxins as cigarette smoke. In fact, toxin concentrations are almost all well below 1/20th that of cigarette smoke.” With cigarettes claiming 480,000 lives each year in the United States alone, having e-cigarettes as a replacement is possibly a better alternative.
You Can Choose Your Own Nicotine Level
One benefit of e-cigarettes is you can control your own nicotine level. Different e-liquids and cartridges contain different levels of nicotine. You can use this to gradually decrease your nicotine intake. Nicotine levels in e-liquids range from high to low. Non-nicotine or 0 mg/ml is designed for users who just want to enjoy the vaping experience, without the side effects of using nicotine. On the other end of the spectrum there are e-liquid that have as much as 48 mg/ml, which is designed for users who smoke heavily and primarily strong cigarettes. Most users will be in the medium to high density range, 12 to 18 mg/ml, designed for users who smoke regular cigarettes at around half a pack or more a day. These levels allow the users to tailor their vaping experience to their specification, providing not only a more pleasurable experience, but also the ability to lower your levels easily if you desire to do so.
E-Cigarettes Can Save You Money
Prices vary depending on where you live. In some states the price of a pack of smokes is nearing or above the double digit line, meaning that if you smoke a pack a day your smoking habit could range from around $180 to almost $400 dollars a month. Comparing this to the average prices of e-cigarette usage, that range from around $25 to $100 a month, and the saving are undeniable.
E-Cigarettes Can Be Less Offensive
One of the first thing users who switch to e-cigarettes will notice is the less offensive smell. E-cigarettes produce a vapor, not a smoke, which is not only much less offensive when vaping, but also vapor doesn’t have the staying power that smoke has. Gone are the days of smelly cars and clothes, as e-cigarettes have no smoke to permeate all of your belonging. In addition, second-hand smoke is no longer a huge health risk as it is with combustible smokes. While people are still studying the effects of second hand vapor, it is already known that it does not contain same cancer causing carcinogen that are in second-hand tobacco smoke.
In fact, vaping is so much less offensive that it is allowed in a variety of places where smoking is outlawed. While many cities and states are enacting bans on vaping in public, e-cigarettes are still far more accepted than traditional cigarettes and simply do not affect the people around them in the same way smoking does. Of course, proper etiquette still applies, but the e-cigarette user enjoys far more freedom than traditional smokers do.
No matter whether you are planning to quit altogether, or just to replace traditional cigarettes for vaping, including e-cigarettes in your New Years resolution may be the best decision for you. It is easy to get started and e-cigarettes can help you make the transition from smoker to non-smoker with much more ease. It’s a new year… you can do it, and e-cigarettes can help.