Can Electronic Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit?

First manufactured in China, electronic cigarettes have been embraced globally by former tobacco smokers as a healthier alternative. But just how effective are electronic cigarettes at helping cigarette users kick their habit?

Electronic cigarettes are typically composed of three main components: the cartridge, atomizer and battery. The battery provides the smoking simulation device with power while the cartridge contains the e-liquid to be vaporized. E-liquids commonly contain a propylene glycol solution along with various flavors as well as variable nicotine concentrations. The atomizer component of the electronic cigarette is responsible for vaporizing the e-liquid contained in the cartridge to be inhaled by the user. Modern electronic cigarette companies often consolidate the cartridge and atomizer into an appropriately named cartomizer, which offers the advantage of being a bit more user friendly and less technical.

Electronic Cigarettes

A recent study headed in part by Dr. Riccardo Polosa followed hundreds of tobacco smokers as they attempted to transition entirely to electronic cigarettes. 300 smokers were involved in the study and arranged into 3 different groups. All participants in the study were unaware of which group they were in and what their electronic cigarettes contained. The first and second group initially received 7.2mg nicotine content cartridges while the third group was given cartridges lacking nicotine completely. The second group was then unknowingly switched to a lower nicotine content cartridge. Alle-liquids used in the study were tobacco flavored but did not actually contain any tobacco.

The study showed that a whopping 13% of the first group (highest nicotine) and 9% of the second group were no longer smoking tobacco cigarettes. 4% in the zero nicotine content subgroup were able to do the same. Furthermore, the study indicated that of the remaining smokers, a good majority of them cut back on smoking. Researchers state that although the study is the first of its kind that it shows a great deal of promise for using electronic cigarettes as a means to stop smoking.

For now, we do know that electronic cigarettes are void of the detrimental effects of tobacco-containing products and that smokers should look forward to additional studies.

What is an electronic cigarette

On first hearing about electronic cigarettes many people dismiss them as nothing more than a novelty item or fad. But once they delve a little deeper into the subject it soon becomes apparent that there is more to these devices than they first thought. In fact these revolutionary electronic cigarettes can completely change the way people smoke.

What is an electronic cigarette?

Simply put, an electronic cigarette is a battery powered device that acts that acts like a real cigarette simulating its action, right down to a water vapour simulated smoke. In fact they can often be mistaken for real cigarettes when seen from a distance.

They also deliver the nicotine that smokers crave by suspending the liquid nicotine in a mixture of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine which is vaporised as the user inhales or draws on the electronic cigarette. But unlike real cigarettes there is no harmful smoke, tar or other chemicals associated with smoking.

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Anatomy of the electronic cigarette

These ingenious devices can be broken down into three basic parts:

1 Battery
2 Atomiser
3 Nicotine Cartridge

The electronic cigarettes battery is of the rechargeable variety and powers the atomiser and glowing tip, if it has one. Many are designed to resemble the body of a cigarette, whilst others can be more cigar sized or bigger. Depending on the model of electronic cigarette a fully charged battery can last anywhere from an hour up a full day or more of fairly continuous use before needing a recharge, with a life expectancy of around 300 re-charges. However most people won’t be continually inhaling on their electronic cigarette.

The atomiser in the electronic cigarette produces the simulated smoke effect, by heating up and vaporising the liquid nicotine mixture. Inhaling this vapour produces a sensation very similar to inhaling real cigarette smoke but without the associated health risks of tobacco smoke. The smoke effect mist that is produced when you exhale is just a form of condensation that quickly evaporates into the air, leaving no visible or harmful residue behind. [Read more…]

Types of Electronic Cigarettes

E-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes are a revolutionary invention which are designed to help smokers quit smoking as well as a healthier alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. Because electronic cigarettes do not contain any of the more than 4000 carcinogens and dangerous chemicals which are found in regular cigarettes and regular cigarette smoke, they definitely offer a better nicotine fix as you go through your journey of kicking the bad habit or even if you just want to stop smoking traditional cigarettes due to health or some other reasons.

After deciding that you want to purchase and use electronic cigarettes, you then need to choose which among the three types would be best for you. To help you out in making a decision, read on for some information about the three types of electronic cigarettes.

One-Piece or Disposables: These usually come as a single piece and a pre-charged battery which is ready for use as soon as they are taken out of their packaging. They are thrown away after being used just like a traditional cigarette. The good thing about this type is that they are often the cheapest among the three types and are best for those who are trying out the idea of smoking electronic cigarettes first. For instance, if you want to try out electronic cigarettes, you can buy a disposable one first before buying the reusable or the refillable one.

Two-Piece or Cartomizers: This type of electronic cigarette has an atomizer which is built right into the nicotine refill cartridge. Two-piece electronic cigarettes are quite convenient as they just need to be recharged and refilled with nicotine as maintenance. Also, because the atomizer is built in the nicotine cartridge, it gets replaced every time the cartridge is replaced, ensuring a better and cleaner experience.

Three-Piece: These are the standard type of reusable electronic cigarettes and come with three main parts, the battery, the atomizer and the nicotine cartridge. These are recommended for both the seasoned and the novice electronic cigarette smokers because they are easy and convenient to use. Their e-cig refill cartridges can also be easily replaced and refilled with liquid nicotine flavor of your choice.

Stop smoking tips

People who prepare a strategy before they set about actually giving up are always the most successful. So why not set yourself some goals………

Goal 1 – You have achieved this one! You are already thinking about giving up.

Goal 2 – Think about why you smoke

Goal 3 – Think about how you can stop – Prepare a plan and you will be much more likely to succeed.

Goal 4 – Set a quit date and stick to it.

Goal 5 – Stay stopped – change your attitude to smoking and your lifestyle forever.

The first few days

The first few days can be the hardest so try some our tips and hints………

Problem Solving

– Be honest with yourself – what’s the real issue
– Think about what you could be doing differently – then try it!
– Talk it through with someone you trust

Manage your time

– Sort out your daily goals and tasks
– Plan your time so that you can do the most important things first
– Make realistic plans for achieving your short and medium term goals

Put yourself first

– Do one thing everyday that’s ‘just for you’
– Say ‘No’ and don’t feel guilty about it
– Try to get plenty of sleep


– Take 10-15 minutes per day just for you
– Take long, slow, deep breaths
– Take quite time away from the family
– Do exercise – go swimming or walking or join a group
– Listen to music, read a book or do another of your hobbies

Keep motivated and happy

– Put the money you have saved in a jar and watch it grow
– Keep a diary or calendar and mark off each ‘Smoke free Day’
– Treat yourself – you deserve a reward!

NRT – Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Does Nicotine Replacement Therapy Actually work?

Yes is does. Simply put. Or does it? The trouble with smoking is that it is an addiction. As a result you are addicted to nicotine and continuing to consume that drug will not stop you being addicted to nicotine.

So does NRT work?

No. By smoking you are taking nicotine into your body. By using nicotine patches, nicotine gum or other nicotine replacement products you are continuing to absorb nicotine into your blood and so continuing the addiction.

Why do so many people say they quit smoking then?

The one thing that NRT does is help take away the desire to smoke cigarettes. A smoking cessation will be a whole lot easier with NRT. By using a nicotine replacement you are removing the poisons from cigarettes. You are actually being healthier but you are still a nicotine addict. Most nicotine replacement products will help you to rid yourself of the addiction to nicotine.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

However, as we have mentioned before the only true way to quit smoking forever and rid yourself of the nicotine addiction to quit utterly and completely. No patches. No gum. No inhalator. No nicotine.

Many people, find this tough. It isn’t as hard as you would think but if you still have the mental block that prevents a complete smoking cessation then you should consider the NRT on offer.

How does NRT work?

Small amounts of nicotine are contained within the gum or patch. This is absorbed into the blood and giving your body (and mind) the nicotine it thinks it needs. The purpose behind most nicotine replacement therapy system works by slowly reducing the dosage your body thinks you need. Little by little you give yourself less nicotine till, eventually, you don’t need it anymore.

As nicotine addictions is mostly psychological this system makes you believe that you are gently giving up on your cravings for cigarettes and nicotine. It is exactly the brainwashing reversal technique that got you addicted to smoking in the first place! Clever?

In fact NRT helps more people quit smoking that any other method, other than a full and instant quit. If you still feel addicted to nicotine but want to quit or save money then NRT can also help. Similarly dedicated smokers can use NRT on long flights or journeys to satisfy their cravings.

As with any medication you should consult a doctor before proceeding with any NRT course as well as discussing which method may be best for you.

Advantages of Electronic Cigarettes

It can be very difficult to give up smoking and there are many tools that you can use to help you. One that is growing in popularity is an electronic cigarette.

Electronic cigarettes can be a good replacement for real cigarettes. They can feel quite similar to smoking which means that the problem of having nothing to do with your hands is resolved. They can also provide some comfort in the sense that you can put nicotine in them so you still get that fix that you need.

The advantages are massive. You will not get that smoke and tar that does so much damage to your body. You will still be able to get some nicotine, but you can gradually reduce the amount that you have so that you can cut down slowly. There are many different brands and designs as well, which means that there are plenty to choose from. They have different flavours as well and so this means that you can pick something that will suit your taste.

There are concerns about electronic cigarettes, but for someone trying to give up smoking, they are a really good substitute for the real thing. This is because they are healthier and it is possible to reduce nicotine amounts so that you can slowly wean yourself off. It can be a better alternative to smoking for some people than the alternatives.

You can buy them from a variety of places, mainly online. This means that it is easy to find one as well as to compare prices so that you can get good value for money. You are also able to find a good selection of reviews online, which will help you with picking the right one for you.

It really is worth trying electronic cigarettes if you are having difficulty in giving up. Most people who smoke, want to give up and if you can, you will save a lot of money as well as improve your health, your quality of life and your length of life. It is really worth working hard to give up and so by finding a great alternative, you will be able to improve your health and more easily give up the habit. It could be the best investment that you ever make.