Quit Smoking With Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, that provide varying levels of nicotine without the use of a lighter appear to be an effective tool for people who want to stop smoking.  The advantage of an e-cigarette is that it looks like a cigarette and simultaneously deals with nicotine withdrawal, psychological factors and behavioral cues, such as going out to smoke with your friends.

A new study found that 31 percent of smokers who were first-time buyers of “Blu” e-cigarettes reported that they had completely stopped smoking six months after buying them. More than two-thirds (66.8 percent) said they smoked fewer tobacco cigarettes and nearly half (49.3 percent) said they had reduced their nicotine use.

In contrast, the success rate of most other nicotine replacement methods is as low as 17.8 percent after six months, the study said.

The “Blue” brand of e-cigarettes provides nicotine to users without any combustion or smoke and doesn’t have any of the chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes, some of which are carcinogenic. The “Blue” e-cigarettes come in normal tobacco flavor and the more exotic Cherry Crush, Java Jolt and Magnificent Menthol. They are an alternative to  nicotine patches that some smokers use to wean themselves off cigarettes.

The study worked by contacting 5,000 buyers of the e-cigarettes via e-mail seven months after they first bought them. Most of the participants had been smoking for six years or more. One flaw in the study may be the low response rate of 4.5 percent, which could mean that those who were unable to quit smoking didn’t respond to the invitation. Another shortcoming was that the e-cigarette smokers self-reported their answers and nothing was done to verify their reports.

If your a smoker, maybe puffing on a fake cigarette could help you quit.

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  • I was one of those people who has been smoking for over forty years. Never could quit. Just liked it too much. Then one day I happened to notice electronic cigarettes on sale at Highs. Skeptic that I am I figured this was just another scam to rip off people who are desperate to quit. But it seemed interesting enough to take a look at it on the net. Well it turned out that I was at least partly right. There wasn’t much chance of quitting with the e cigs sold at this convenience store. My research on the net did convince me that there were other brands that were worth a try. After a week or so of reading about the safety of these things and which ones were worth trying I ordered a starter kit from V4L. Not that I believed it would get me off of cigarettes but even if I cut down a bit it would be worth it. Was I ever wrong. After about three puffs I knew my smoking days were over. Never again did I have any real desire for a cigarette. I still take a few on the water when I go paddling but then the rest of the pack I bought a few months age sits in the truck and I never even think about having one. For me it was easy but I put a lot of time and effort to research and find the most effective way to do use e cigarettes. I also found a forum on the internet where I was able to get the help and information I needed from people who went throught this before me. other people who use E cigarettes still get cravings for a cigarette but it’s nothing like trying to go cold turkey. From what I can tell the majority of smokers who do some research and get a good product wind up quitting. It really helps to get information and support from places like: http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/ from those who have been through it all and can give unbiased advice. By unbiased I mean no financial incentive. They are definitely not unbiased when it comes to their health and E cigarettes. All in all I believe this the easiest and most effective way there is to quit smoking. I want to encourage any one who is still smoking to try these. If you want to know more go to: http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/ecf-library/36180-wonderful-world-vaping-illustrated-guide-e-cigs-part-1-6-a.html

  • @Traver well placed add. All other brands, other than blu, from this study, get their liquid from untested, unsupervised and unregulated factories in China. It may help you quit or at least switch but you have NO idea what the folks in China are putting in their liquids. Beware of China made juice!

  • Had the reporter been paying attention when asking the ECITA for a comment, she would have been able to respond to Mrs. Miller’s question. There are no oils in electronic cigarette liquid. Therefore, Mr. Miller’s use of an e-cigarette did not cause the oily residue on his lungs. Even if Mr. Miller had decided to add some type of oil to the e-cigarette liquid he purchased commercially, he would not have inhaled any oils. E-cigarette atomizers are not constructed to vaporize volatile oils.

    ECITA provided these facts to the reporter. Why are these facts omitted from the story?

  • Had the reporter been paying attention when asking the ECITA for a comment, she would have been able to respond to Mrs. Miller’s question. There are no oils in electronic cigarette liquid. Therefore, Mr. Miller’s use of an e-cigarette did not cause the oily residue on his lungs. Even if Mr. Miller had decided to add some type of oil to the e-cigarette liquid he purchased commercially, he would not have inhaled any oils. E-cigarette atomizers are not constructed to vaporize volatile oils.

    ECITA provided these facts to the reporter. Why are these facts omitted from the story?

  • Had the reporter been paying attention when asking the ECITA for a comment, she would have been able to respond to Mrs. Miller’s question. There are no oils in electronic cigarette liquid. Therefore, Mr. Miller’s use of an e-cigarette did not cause the oily residue on his lungs. Even if Mr. Miller had decided to add some type of oil to the e-cigarette liquid he purchased commercially, he would not have inhaled any oils. E-cigarette atomizers are not constructed to vaporize volatile oils.

    ECITA provided these facts to the reporter. Why are these facts omitted from the story?

  • Had the reporter been paying attention when asking the ECITA for a comment, she would have been able to respond to Mrs. Miller’s question. There are no oils in electronic cigarette liquid. Therefore, Mr. Miller’s use of an e-cigarette did not cause the oily residue on his lungs. Even if Mr. Miller had decided to add some type of oil to the e-cigarette liquid he purchased commercially, he would not have inhaled any oils. E-cigarette atomizers are not constructed to vaporize volatile oils.

    ECITA provided these facts to the reporter. Why are these facts omitted from the story?

  • The official cause of death reported by the coroner was interstitial lung disease. As a pulmonologist, Dr. Allcock, should know that most cases are caused by smoking. Dr. Allcock should also know that endogenous lipoid pneumonia, also called cholesterol pneumonitis, is generally observed in persons with chronic bronchial obstruction, as often occurs in smokers.

    So why did Dr. Allcock mislead the poor widow? Why did he fail to mention that the most likely cause of Mr. Miller’s demise was accumulated lung damage from his decades of smoking?

    I repeat, for those who may have missed it the first time: There are no oils in electronic cigarette liquid.

  • I’m not in business, just want to inform people who use tobacco that there is a safer alternative. ECF is just a forum made up of E cigarette users. Unfortunately brands like Blue are not the best for someone who wants to get off of tobacco and I am actually surprised that so many people have been able to quit with them. As far as the liquid goes it simply isn’t true that all brands get their liquid from China. Personally I mix my own and every ingredient is either USP or GRASS. I know exactly what is in my liquids. If I wasn’t mixing my own I would still have a lot of confidence in the American brands that are registered with ECF. In the past there have been ingredients in some Flavorings that I wouldn’t want to vape and because of the objections of ECF members all of the flavoring companies have removed them. So when you say we don’t know what is in our juice you are speaking as someone who hasn’t bothered to become informed. If you do want to know more about the safety of e cigarettes, this is a good place to start: http://www.casaa.org/

  • @ ttiotman: Actually, none of the linked places there actually sell stuff (other than the standard t-shirts to support the site, etc. 😉

    And your information is incorrect, or at least incomplete. Many vendors for e-cig stuff in the US make their own juice, using food-grade flavorings and USP grade Propylene Glycol and Glycerin (both recognized as safe for food additives by the FDA.) Some of them also sell the Dekang juice (one of the “main” brands of Chinese e-liquid,) but that stuff is recognized as safe by the community (even if half the people also say it tastes terrible.)

    While you’re correct in saying Chinese vendors are unregulated (naturally,) most of the “large” US vendors (VB, FSUSA, and the aforementioned V4L, just to name the initials of a few) have health certificates/inspections and proper laboratory setups for creating their e-liquid. If you’re inclined to do so, you can even make your own flavors like I do – that way, you know exactly what you’re putting into your e-liquid since you’re the one who did the research on the bits and pieces. You can even get everything needed in your local grocery store if you’re lucky*.

    Finally, Traver’s links are gold. CASAA is a consumer advocacy organization promoting electronic cigarettes and other reduced-harm alternatives to burning tobacco; ECF is the E-Cigarette Forum, which is a hub (one of a few, actually) for the e-cig community. Finding ECF saved me from getting a BluCig – instead of spending $70 on an e-cig with a low battery life, I found places that sold far better (though larger) e-cigs for half the price, and I’m not locked into using a single vendor’s equipment. I’ve saved a fair amount of money by switching to e-cigs, but that savings would be a lot less if I were stuck with Blu.

    My own history is that I’m relatively new to the e-cig world and was only smoking for nine years. I’ve been using e-cigs for about two and a half months. With that said, much like Traver there, I picked one up, took a couple of puffs, and put away my roll-your-own tobacco for good – I haven’t looked back. In any case, still, quite a good post.

    * Of course, you’ll want to make sure you get pharmecutical-grade and food-grade stuff, but that’s really beyond the scope of this post.

  • @ttiotman

    Actually, none of the linked places there actually sell stuff (other than the standard t-shirts to support the site, etc. 😉

    And your information is incorrect, or at least incomplete. Many vendors for e-cig stuff in the US make their own juice, using food-grade flavorings and USP grade Propylene Glycol and Glycerin (both recognized as safe for food additives by the FDA.) Some of them also sell the Dekang juice (one of the “main” brands of Chinese e-liquid,) but that stuff is recognized as safe by the community (even if half the people also say it tastes terrible.)

    While you’re correct in saying Chinese vendors are unregulated (naturally,) most of the “large” US vendors (VB, FSUSA, and the aforementioned V4L, just to name the initials of a few) have health certificates/inspections and proper laboratory setups for creating their e-liquid. If you’re inclined to do so, you can even make your own flavors like I do – that way, you know exactly what you’re putting into your e-liquid since you’re the one who did the research on the bits and pieces. You can even get everything needed in your local grocery store if you’re lucky*.

    Finally, Traver’s links are gold. CASAA is a consumer advocacy organization promoting electronic cigarettes and other reduced-harm alternatives to burning tobacco; ECF is the E-Cigarette Forum, which is a hub (one of a few, actually) for the e-cig community. Finding ECF saved me from getting a BluCig – instead of spending $70 on an e-cig with a low battery life, I found places that sold far better (though larger) e-cigs for half the price, and I’m not locked into using a single vendor’s equipment. I’ve saved a fair amount of money by switching to e-cigs, but that savings would be a lot less if I were stuck with Blu.

    My own history is that I’m relatively new to the e-cig world and was only smoking for nine years. I’ve been using e-cigs for about two and a half months. With that said, much like Traver there, I picked one up, took a couple of puffs, and put away my roll-your-own tobacco for good – I haven’t looked back. In any case, still, quite a good post.

    * Of course, you’ll want to make sure you get pharmecutical-grade and food-grade stuff, but that’s really beyond the scope of this post.

  • I started smoking when I was barely 13 and smoked for 36 years. I tried every FDA approved cessation method, but always ended up smoking again. Last August I bought an electronic cigarette. I have since upgraded to hardware that looks nothing like a cigarette, and the nicotine liquid I buy is all made in the U.S. from FDA approved ingredients. While e-cigs may not be 100% safe, I know exactly what is in the liquid I use, and after spending hours researching the product, I know that this is a safer alternative. I never thought I’d be able to say this, but I recently celebrated my 50th birthday as a non-smoker. I choose to vape, I know it is healthier, and I am only one of hundreds of success stories. Both ECF and CASAA, as Traver mentioned, contain a wealth of information for anyone interested in replacing tobacco cigarettes with a safer alternative. They have been invaluable resources, along with National Vapers Club, which has raised thousands of dollars to sponsor the Indoor Vapor Air Quality Study (IVAQS) project. Because the FDA is actively trying to ban this life-saving device, current users and vendors alike have donated money towards this endeavor to obtain conclusive evidence about the contents of the exhaled vapor. This product was invented to offer current smokers a reduced harm alternative, and it works. I am indebted to the Chinese pharmacist that put his efforts into creating this, and I will continue to work to ensure that it remains available to all adult smokers who want to find a safer alternative. The FDA is obviously working against my best interests, as it is still actively seizing shipments from China, even after a court order told them to stop.

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