We’ve all heard the horrible statistics about smoking cigarettes. In fact, we hear them almost every day. Nearly half a million people die each year in the U.S. from tobacco-related diseases such as the following:
- Cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke
- Emphysema, bronchitis, and asthma
- Lung and other types of cancer
In addition, smoking promotes and/or exacerbates such things as:
- Eye damage, including cataracts and macular degeneration
- Low-birthweight babies is you’re pregnant
- Skin weathering
- Tooth decay
Obviously, you have many, many reasons to stop smoking. Yet, nearly 38 million American adults still smoke. Of these, 28.4% smoke a pack or more per day, while another 25% smoke only 10 or fewer cigarettes per day.
No one need tell you that quitting smoking is extremely difficult at best, and well nigh impossible for many people. Nicotine is highly addictive, and cigarette manufacturers add other things to the tobacco in their cigarettes to make it even more so. But despite all the ads and commercials for smoking cessation products, and the billions we spend on them, for the most part they don’t work. Unfortunately, neither nicotine gums, lozenges, and patches, nor pills that supposedly make smoking unpleasant for smokers make 93% of the people who use them quit smoking.
E-cigarettes and Vaping
So what about using e-cigarettes to engage in vaping as a way to help you stop smoking? Here the news is much better. Electronic cigarettes and vaping systems address smokers’ needs on multiple levels, rather than focusing just on the nicotine.
A recent year-long study of 900 smokers, half of whom were given e-cigarettes and the other half given other nicotine-replacement products like patches and gums, resulted in the following findings:
- Eighteen percent of the vapers had stopped smoking, while only 10% of the other group had stopped.
- Of those who quit smoking, 80% of the e-cigarette group were still vaping, while only 9% of the other group were still using those products.
- Coughing and phlegm production dropped significantly more in the e-cigarette group.
Smoke vs. Nicotine
Remember, nicotine is not the bad guy when it comes to causing or exacerbating smoking-related diseases. Instead, it’s the smoke. Of the top three smoking-related diseases resulting in death, here are the findings:
- Lung cancer results from the direct exposure of the lungs to the carcinogens in tobacco smoke.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) results from the irritant effects of smoke.
- Cardiovascular disease results from the effects of smoke on the walls of your blood vessels.
E-cigarettes and vaping systems represent a completely different approach to smoking. You inhale no smoke when you vape. You inhale vapor instead, which is why it’s called vaping instead of smoking. In addition, the vape juice contains only the following ingredients:
- Vegetable glycerin (VG)
- Propylene glycol (PG)
- Your choice of nicotine level (25 mg, 50 mg, or none at all)
- Food grade flavoring
In other words, there’s nothing in vape juice that that can hurt you. Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concedes that vape juice does not contain harmful levels of toxic chemicals or carcinogens.
Another way in which vaping helps you quit smoking is that vape juice comes in a variety of flavors. Some of the most popular ones include:
- Blue Raspberry Lemonade
- Strawberry Kiwi
- Green Apple
- Iced Honey Dew
- Iced Juicy Watermelon
- Fresh Pineapple
- Sweet Caramel Tobacco
- Iced Green Apple
- Georgia Peach
- Iced Winter Green
- Fruit Punch
- Iced Red Mango
- Strawberry Acai
- Oatmeal Cream Pie Cookie
- Carrot Cake
Bottom line, if you want to successfully quit smoking, you really should check out the vaping alternative. You may well find vaping to be a life-changing experience.