It’s a common occurrence; so common, in fact, that should you be a smoker you’ve probably encountered it before – deciding and declaring to all and sundry that your New Year’s resolution is to give up those tobacco-packed cigarettes and yet, owing to how difficult it is to kick the habit, you just can’t seem to do it. In fact, you fail before the end of February. So, have you been through it before? Have you seen this movie before? There’s a good chance you have; after all, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 70 percent of smokers want to quit at any one time.
Well, if you have and, regardless, should you be trying again this year, there may be one thing you haven’t tried in times past that really is worth trying this time. That is, switching your standard ciggies for e-cigarettes.
Tobacco harm and quitting issues
Yes, successfully quitting is tough, to say the least. But it’s of paramount importance that, if you’ve decided it’s time for you do so, you don’t relapse and give back in to the tobacco. Because (not to patronise, as you’re no doubt aware of it, but still) smoking is linked to many very serious ailments – cancer, heart disease, lung disease and many more conditions; most of them life-threatening in one way or another. As such, smokers, on average, tend to live as much as 13 fewer years than non-smokers do – and included in that ‘non-smokers’ bracket are ex-smokers who’ve succeeded in kicking the habit.
And when you quit smoking, the improvement in your health can be genuinely dramatic in rapid time. For instance, just consider the fact that, once you stop smoking tobacco, your heart and blood pressure will drop after a mere 20 minutes. Additionally, within three months (just a quarter of a year) circulation and the function of the lungs improves and begins to normalise and within a year the risk for an ex-smoker developing coronary heart disease drops by 50 percent. Finally, after five years of quitting, the danger of mouth, throat, oesophagus and bladder cancer diminishes by half as well.
Taking the vaping route
But what is it about e-cigs and vaping then that gives smokers looking to quit such an advantage in their efforts? What makes them such a desirable alternative to going ‘cold turkey’ at the start of a new calendar year?
Well, in all their many and various forms that are on the ever-expanding market nowadays, e-cigarette devices enable smokers to receive the oh-so addictive kick they always seek when they reach for a pack of conventional smokes and light one up, but don’t contain the über-harmful, carcinogenic toxins present in tobacco smoke. This is because e-cigs are fed the contents of a bottle of what’s referred to as e liquid; this liquid dripping down on to a device’s ‘wick’, which is heated by its battery, thus transforming the ‘e-juice’ into a vapour and enabling users to ‘vape’ this vapour (more often than not deliciously flavoured) and get their nicotine hit.
And don’t doubt it; multiple respectable, independent studies cite vaping – and so its related devices, e-juices and other paraphernalia (all available from a quality physical or online vapor shop UK) – as one of the most effective nicotine-replacement sources for those looking to quit tobacco. So much so that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now claimed they’re a helpful tool for smokers. Which, frankly, is about time. After all, a recent study conducted in the UK (its findings having been published in the ‘Addiction’ medical journal) came to the conclusion that smokers who turn to e-cigarettes as a method to quit tobacco enjoy a 60 percent better success rate than those who rely on old-fashioned over-the-counter therapies likes nicotine patches and nicotine gum.
So, are you looking to kick-start a tobacco-free future this New Year, but are already struggling? If so, you not want to do – give vaping a go!