Weird Wood Pusher
I am curious if anyone has tried E-Cigarettes.
The first I ever heard of them was when I saw Johnny Depp in the movie "The Tourist".
Some time went by then a week ago one of the workers was puffing on something with a blue light at the end.
Looked like he was blowing smoke so I had to ask. It was an e-cigarette.
On my way home I stopped at the drug store and asked the pharmacist about them.
I told him that I have been smoking for a long time and thought they might help with quitting smoking.
He encouraged me to try using e-cigarettes as an aid to quit smoking.
They didn't sell them there but he told me a couple places in town that sells them.
All I found were the cheap versions but I thought I would give them a try.
Well.....it was not the same as a real cigarette. But it was better than I expected.
The taste is off a bit, and I drop it when I just hold it in my lips.
It does give me the nicotine like a cigarette and gets rid of the desire for a real one after a few puffs.
I haven't quit smoking the real ones yet.
But since I got the e-cigarette I am only smoking half as much as usual.
I am heading to San Diego next week and will see if I can find a better e-cigarette and get serious about quitting smoking for real.
I am curious to hear if anyone else has tried them.
What you thought and any suggestions.
No personal experience, but I can tell you that the health professionals have conflicting views. My position? Whatever helps you to reduce or even stop smoking cigarettes is good. The nicotine is mostly what keeps you addicted, all the other stuff in the cigarette smoke is what kills you. So, switching to e-cigarettes and then eventually fading those also out eventually, seems to be a strategy that is promising. Not that many studies out there, yet, but it would make sense.
On the other hand, be careful with those capsules. Nicotine is highly toxic, and in each one of these capsules is enough nicotine to kill you if ingested all at once. Someone told me once that his e-cigarette leaked a bit, so he kept licking it off - not a good idea... There are also no regulations of what can be in there and that gives the - predominantly Chinese - producers a lot of freedom to put all kinds of crap in there that may also not exactly be healthy for you.
My point of view it still stinks. But on the other hand if it does get you off the cancer stix then I'm all for it. Interesting point Stefan had about China being the manufactures.
Crothipt, the e-cigs have little or no smell and no residual smell. Three days into using them, I could not stand the smell of a heavy smoker close to me.
Mark, I posted my response on BF if you haven't seen it yet.
Don't get me wrong. I have never smoked and can smell when some one lights up, right away. I can smell these too. Being around everyone in my family that smoked, growing up I could even tell what flavors they were. I have been told I am very susceptible to the smoke.
I found no success with the regular e-cigs (the ones that look and "taste" like a cigerette) just made me wanna smoke more. A few months ago I ran into what people around here call a e-hookah though and it's made all the difference, this is a rechargeable unit that you just change the reservoir in and can be refilled. I found none of the cigerette flavors to be anything close to the real thing but with thee-hookah there are thousands of different flavors, my favorite is proprietary to the shop that I buy it but its basically a mentholated cinnamon flavor, it gives you the full mouth flavor like a cigerette but tastes delicious, smells great and the shop will add nicotine to it so you can work yourself off the addiction now I'm down to the equivilant of an ultra light and will soon switch to no nicotine. The unit I own is a LEO pro by Innokin and I love it would recommend it to anyone trying to quit.
Hey, I am a huge advocate of e-cigs. Good ones...not the cheap ones you will find in a grocery store. However, there is so many different brands and "mods" and stuff in this world...I don't have the inclination to learn about everything.
I highly suggest you check out http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/ and make time to read through the newbie stuff and get something to get you started asap.
I didn't have time to read all that stuff and just ended up buying a kit. Mine is called EGO-C or something...anyways, its good enough for me and as long as I don't read about all the cool stuff I'm missing out on, ignorance is bliss...
Anyways, its completely turned me off smoking real cigarettes (they call them analogs, but i find that stupid). After a couple days of using ecigs, I tried a normal cig and it was gross...disgusting! Now I hardly even use the ecig, I'm 100% positive I could just drop it all together. But I don't because...its nice! You get a nice nicotine hit, but without the coughing and breathlessness after a quick run.
Really though, the forum has lots of info and the people there are super helpful. If I had more money, I would be buying this kit for everybody I know that smokes.
And there is absolutely no smell on these...well, sometimes you can smell something lingering, but it vanishes quick (its only water vapor being released) and is nowhere close to a "smoke" smell. its almost like a perfume that lingers for a minute. One advice, don't get flavors that try to simulate a cigarette. They don't work. Just get flavors of things you like, there are hundreds of flavors. I'm partial to citrus-type flavors, especially one called lemon-lime.
You can even get into making your OWN nicotine juice, so you know exactly whats in it.
From what I understand, several of the e-cigarette forums are openly or not openly organized by the producers of the things and I would try to take some infos there with a grain of salt. But, as I said above, from a health perspective, anything that can get you away from regular cigarettes is most likely a good thing.
Alternatively, one could just stop smoking. There are harder things in life.