There are more than 47 million smokers worldwide. Many of these are trying to quit smoking for various reasons, especially due to the negative effects on your health that smoking cigarettes causes. Some of course are more serious than others, but each is harmful and negative to your health. Nicotine is a stimulant that is addictive, when people smoke cigarettes they intake this nicotine but also intake harmful tobacco when they do.
There are lots of different ways to quit, some of which have been around for a very long time and other methods that are newer and more innovative. Each of these comes with various pros and cons and each is favoured by different people for various reasons.
Some of the most popular methods to quit smoking include nicotine patches, hypnosis and one of the newest tools called electronic cigarettes.
Nicotine patches have been on the market for years and millions are sold worldwide each year. They are small sticky patches that you place on your arm which release nicotine into your bloodstream. The nicotine released matches the equivalent that you would intake through cigarettes and so this can take a while for you to reduce your addiction to nicotine. Using patches also ensures that you become used to carrying out the ‘action’ of smoking, so not having an oral association or being used to holding a cigarette in your hand.
Hypnosis is another successful methods to quit smoking, less popular than nicotine patched but proven to be successful all the same. Through hypnosis your mind is convince or tricked into not craving nicotine any more. This means that after hypnosis you won’t experience any cravings for nicotine and will most likely not have nicotine again. However hypnosis does require going to see a hypnotist who will perform this act on your mind which many people feel fearful of due to the strange nature of it. There is nothing to be afraid of; it’s simply a way of training your mind not to act in a certain way.
The latest solution to quitting smoking is e-cigarettes. These look and feel like cigarettes and allow you to continue your intake of nicotine, though a reduced amount and give you the physical sensation of smoking still. This way it is easier to quit progressively, slowly reducing your nicotine intake, enabling you to, over time, reduce and eventually stop your smoking of them altogether.
Different methods suit people in various ways and you might find that you want to try a number of then before deciding which is right for you. If you are unsure about any of these methods then do consult your doctor.
What’s your favourite flavor? Peppermint? Strawberry? Cinnamon? Or your favourite drinks; coffee, whiskey, orange?
Well now you’re not just able to eat or drink these flavours, you can smoke them too. Traditional tobacco cigarettes are becoming a thing of the past and are rapidly being replaced by electronic cigarettes. Rather than smelling badly, creating lots of smoke and suffering from negative health consequences caused by tobacco electric cigarettes have the same look and feel but only better.
By smoking electronic cigarettes you still have an intake of nicotine but without all the other negative side effects.
And with electronic cigarettes you can pick and choose your favourites flavours. More and more flavours are being developed by different manufacturers, each trying to outdo the other on variety and difference.
Some of the best flavours mimic popular foods and drink from beer to candy floss, fruit to spices. Global flavour are now becoming global electronic cigarettes with millions of people around the world choosing electronic cigarettes.
And if you’re worried that you’ll miss the taste of tobacco, some manufacturers are even creating electronic cigarettes that taste like popular brands of cigarettes so if you wish you don’t have to miss out of the taste element if you switch to electronic cigarettes.
There are a number of critics of the flavoured electronic cigarettes who argue that creating different flavours and colours of electronic cigarettes makes them more fashionable and appealing to younger generations that are too young to be smoking. Particular those who did previously smoke normal, tobacco filled cigarettes. However electronic cigarettes have minimum legal age limit of 18 so as long as manufacturers and outlets adhere to this law this can be avoided.
So if you want to stop your tobacco intake but continue to enjoy the look, feel and sensation so smoking perhaps you should give electronic cigarettes a try. Done be afraid to try new flavours, if you don’t like it you can easily decide upon another flavour.
It is widely recognised that tobacco is incredibly harmful to your health. However as millions of people are addicted to nicotine they continue to smoke normal cigarettes for their nicotine intake, cigarettes which are filled with tobacco. Although nicotine itself isn’t without its side effects, it is the tobacco that is most damaging to your health.
If you’re thinking about quitting smoking due to the effects that tobacco has then read below.
- The smoke from tobacco contains over 4,000 harmful chemicals including carbon monoxide and tar. It has been estimated that each time a smoker smokes a cigarette it takes away five minutes from the life of the smoker. This is something to seriously consider.
- Of these chemical compounds found in tobacco smoke, there are an estimated 11 chemical compounds. Smoking can cause numerous different types of cancer including kidney, lung and pancreas.
- Each year millions of people across the world die due to smoking related causes. Research indicates that around to 50% of long term smokers die due to smoking.
- Research on the financial implications of smoking indicates that for someone smoking one packet of twenty cigarettes a day, they spend up to $2,000 US dollars annually.
- Every eight seconds a person dies due to a smoking related causes. This is a huge figure. Imaging how many people that means smoke worldwide.
- When smoking a cigarette a person only intakes up to 2% of the nicotine of each cigarette, the rest is wasted and burned off.
- Toxins such as nicotine and arsenic make tobacco more addictive that many drugs including amphetamines.
- Passive smoking is incredibly harmful to people, especially children. There are thousands of children each year that suffer from bronchitis and other related illness due to passive smoking.
- Nicotine is poisonous and it only five cigarettes there is enough to poison a grown adult.
- There are a number of popular methods available to quit smoking. Those which are used most widely are patches and electronic cigarettes, which allow you to continue to intake nicotine but without tobacco and the related health effects.
As with any product that’s new to you, the vocabulary and terminology used can seem confusing. But most of the terminology you’ll hear used when talking about electronic cigarettes will actually seem familiar and you’ll have seen it or used it previously with other electrical items.
The most commonly used vocabulary for electronic cigarettes has been summarised below and will make even more sense to you once you see an electronic cigarette and see that it isn’t confusing at all.
There are hundreds of manufacturers of electronic cigarettes and many different brands that exist but they all use the same technology.
The cartridge on an electronic cigarette acts like fuel to it. The nicotine is stored in the cartridge and then used as required. When the nicotine has run out you can replace the cartridge or use liquid to refill. There are loads of different flavours available so you can choose which suits you most and if you change your mind buy another cartridge and have a different flavour.
With electronic cigarettes you don’t smoke in the same way as normal cigarettes but instead the nicotine is vaporised through water. This is why smoking electronic cigarettes is sometimes referred to as vaping/vaporising.
Juice or Liquid
The liquid or juice is that is found in an electronic cigarette’s cartridge. You can pick lots of different flavours and you can also choose which strength nicotine you want to have. You can increase or decrease according to your preference. Being able to decrease can assist you in slowly giving up nicotine altogether.
An atomiser is the clever section of an electronic cigarette that works to vaporise the nicotine. It heats the nicotine when the signal is received from a microprocessor (when the cigarette is ‘smoked’) and the nicotine becomes vaporised.
A Light Emitting Diodes, more commonly known as LED, is a really commonly used light. You often find LED lights in electrical items such as your television or remote control. They light up when the device is in use or has been activated. In electronic cigarettes when the cigarette is ‘smoked’ the red light will come on at the tip.
Electronic cigarettes are powered by lithium batteries. It is these batteries that comprises an electronic cigarette and provides the power for it. These batteries have a long life however are cheap enough if need replacing and you can also charge some of the newer electronic cigarettes with USB chargers.