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Electronic Cigarettes: More Questions Than Answers

  
  
  

Am I Quit Yet?

Is smoking defined as the inhalation of nicotine, the use of tobacco, the exhale of smoke-like vapor/smoke, the ritual and emotional attachment of things one does as a smoker, or a combination of all those things? Who decides, and once decided, what happens next?

Electronic Cigarettes: More Questions than Answers

The use of electronic cigarettes is an evolving situation, one in which treatment protocols will change as new information is revealed. Currently, research is limited. The effects of long term use have not been studied, product safety is unknown, and e-cigarettes lack quality control oversight. That means marketing claims about e-cigs may not be/are not correct.

Depending on how one defines smoking, using an E-cig may or may not be considered smoking. The act of vaping is behaviorally identical to smoking, minus the tobacco and the smoke. E-cig manufacturers have declared their use a safer form of smoking. Some employers, states, towns, and insurance companies consider vaping to be smoking, and people who use the E-cig will test positive for nicotine. On the other hand, those who quit smoking tobacco cigarettes and use the E-cig often consider themselves quit.

Some establishments allow E-cigs only in designated smoking areas. Others allow their use in  areas where smoking traditional cigarettes is prohibited. An increasing number of states are passing E-cig use and age of purchase restrictions. E-cig marketing promotes 'restriction-free' smoking among many other claims that may not be true. Nicotine free E-cigs may not really be nicotine free, but if they are that adds further question to what is or is not considered smoking.

From a tobacco treatment standpoint, the main components of a successful quit involve breaking the behaviors, habits, and emotional attachments surrounding the act of smoking.  Letting go of nicotine is part of the quit process. Many E-cigs contain nicotine. All the FDA approved quit support options are designed to help a person quit smoking while breaking their lifelong behaviors associated with smoking. Lifestyle change is a necessary part of remaining a nonsmoker. By comparison, E-cigs are for the most part 'smoking to quit smoking'. Use of them does not offer room for new habits, new behaviors or new emotional coping tools. Depending on the E-cig chosen, it may not even remove inhaled nicotine from the equation.

Some people might quit smoking tobacco by using E-cigs. While vaping is currently believed to be safer than smoking a traditional cigarette, that is not the same as saying vaping is safe or healthy. E-cigs may or may not have a place in smoking cessation. There are no statistics available that measure actual quit success rates, relapse rates, or the number of would be quitters that now use E-cigs in addition to regular tobacco products. E-cig users may have a higher potential for relapse, given the perpetuation of smoking attachments and behaviors.  

If you are contemplating using an E-cig to quit smoking, established research demonstrates your chance for success increases by choosing NRT, Zyban or Chantix instead. If you are already using an E-cig, it is wise to work towards becoming completely nicotine and cigarette free. Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health. There is no safe way to smoke. The smartest choice is to stop inhaling from any type of cigarette.

KTQ! 
 
Vikki Q CTTS-M

Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist

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smoke cigeretts for 48yrs coughed  
every morning baught e cigertte 1/20/14 have not smoke or caugh since then started at 18mgs now at 
6mgs goal is to be 0mgs by the middle of summer then nothing 
after that.I don'think I could not 
do with nothing still have the  
crave but don't give .Proud of myself because I didn't think  
I could last this long without  
tobacco. When the smoke clears 
Iwill win the battle
Posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 4:24 PM by gene cortez
Stopped smoking cigarettes 23 days ago cold turkey. I am using a vape pen w/o nicotine and not on a daily basis. I am extremely proud of myself due to the fact that i went from smoking tobacco everyday to vaping only with a glass of wine or out with friends. its safe to say i have no nicotine in my system and the goal was to kick the habit of being addicted to nicotine. My vape liquid is flavored with three ingredience. None being tobacco, nicotine or any other harmful chemical found in traditional smokes.
Posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:43 PM by Cassandra
If you smoke an e-cig you still smoke. To truly be a non-smoker you have to break the physical addiction and mental addiction, such as holding the (e-cig), taking a draw off the (e-cig). You did not quit cold-turkey if you are using an e-cig. In fact, you are still a full blown smoker. Try really quitting, and not taking the easy way out.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:06 PM by Giles
It is always is been a contradictory topic for discussion that whether the e-cig really help in quit smoking or it just switching to some other option which is suppose to be save and cheap in comparison to tobacco cigarette, and i think it is true if we really want to quit we should not depend on any of the option.
Posted @ Friday, April 25, 2014 1:00 AM by Lionel Harrington
I'm so proud of each of you who are trying to quit. I don't care if you have to quit everyday for the rest of your life! and if e-cigs help than so be it! as long as your long term goal is to one day be free of those also.... never quit quitting! and keep on quitting!!!
Posted @ Friday, April 25, 2014 10:54 AM by Tari Martin
Hooray to everyone that has stopped buying and using tobacco products. I was a 1 1/2 pack a day smoker for over 40 yrs. I have stopped as of 01/01/2014. I would not have been able to do this if not for e-cigs....no matter what method you choose if it works then it works, goal was to become a quitter for your life and not a quitter of life.
Posted @ Sunday, April 27, 2014 10:33 AM by Ed
This article seems to address both sides of this argument well! 
My goal, for now, is to be completely tobacco-free. This is how I define my quit. 
 
I thought the part about no long-term effects research yet available was important. 
I will only buy e-juice that's Made in the U.S.A.!!
Posted @ Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5:33 PM by DevinerDorje
I read some of the comments here. Easy way out? I agree, but I can say this is the best I have ever done. I am desperate and have been registered on this site for many, many years and never have been successful. For me, 75% of the battle is not knowing what to do with myself and my hands. I have been vaping and I know this is still risky because we don't know the long term effects. I will take that risk because all the meds and tools have not helped my weak mind. I envy those who are strong enough. If I don't do this, I will likely die of cancer so knowing this is still risky, it is the best I have done and I am willing to take that risk.  
 
Desperately seeking Vapor and decreasing my nicotine each time I buy the oils. USA only and sorry I am weak
Posted @ Thursday, May 01, 2014 12:28 PM by Lisa
RE: "If you smoke an e-cig you still smoke. To truly be a non-smoker you have to break the physical addiction and mental addiction, such as holding the (e-cig), taking a draw off the (e-cig). You did not quit cold-turkey if you are using an e-cig. In fact, you are still a full blown smoker. Try really quitting, and not taking the easy way out." 
Comments like this are a slap in the face. 
Don't criticize people who use an e-cig as a cessation tool. There is a stigma around addiction that allows for,even invites people to send a message to addicts that their efforts to quit aren't 'good enough' It's very discouraging and unwarranted. People don't quit to become more acceptable, or to please people like the commenter, they quit because they want to live. With all due respect, it's 'life and death' for some of us, so back off? :)
Posted @ Wednesday, July 02, 2014 11:46 AM by Deborah
Im 58 yrs old, 10 th day no smoking. i catorgize myself as a non smoker now although im on step 2 nicoderm patch ive smoked for approx 40 yrs, i tried to quit a few times,( only had a few short quits). i told myself this time around im done for good that was my goal 10 days ago, its 1 day at a time or less if need be, i could be doing this for my g-kids, and wife, but mostly im doing it for myself, after abusing my body with smoking for so long im finding the triggers are gradually going away, although they will never end, at this stage my anxiety, stress. mood swings is definately a concern for me ,as time goes by im sure this will subside, i guess you could say my body is giving my mind the finger at this point in my recovery, i hope these side effects go away soon, but they are better than smoking, thanks to Q. Patrick
Posted @ Wednesday, July 09, 2014 12:17 PM by Patrick
Very impressive article on e-cigarettes.
Posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:25 AM by Lauren Bond
I am 56 and smoked heavily (2 packs a day) for many years and tried to quit several times, I am on day 6 without smoking a real cigarette but have been using the e-cig as a help aid, my intention is to gradually stop them as well. I suggest that anyone who wants to quit do it using ANY method that will help them because at the end of the day nothing could be as harmful as actually smoking real tobacco
Posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:56 AM by Sue
I have been off smokes ten days yes I use a e cig but all I am doing is getting used to not buying cigarettes at present it is working for me and am going to be reducing the e cig over the next few months and I feel the comment on using e cigs as still smoking a load of crap I have been smoking 36 years and I have not felt as good as I do for the last ten days so please god it will work.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 08, 2014 10:06 AM by a kiely
Hello all! I just wanted to share a little today. Easy way out? Still a full blown smoker? NO, I am not! I am 46 years old and like many, I picked up that first cigarette as a teen. I believe I could say I was a full blown smoker at 15... to be cool? LOL! What a laugh! I have tried many times throughout my life to quit and I believe I never made it more than 3 weeks and even then, I cheated I am sure. This was my last attempt. I told myself if I couldn't do it this time, I was giving up. I know that is negative and I would never tell anyone to give up... ever! I am happy to say, I have not cheated and I have not had a cigarette since April of this year. I am so excited I have been 6 months smoke free! I am so proud of myself. I do vapor. There it is! The sighs and oh, you haven't quit. This is my battle. Say what you will, but I feel better, sleep better and I do not feel like I am in bondage any longer. If this is as good as it gets for me, I will take it. I didn't think I could even do this so I am patting myself on my back as I am typing. However it works out for you, good job! One day at a time and before you know it, it is 6 months later. Have a wonderful day.
Posted @ Friday, October 10, 2014 2:19 PM by Lisa
I am 20 years old and smoked cigarettes for 3 years starting when I was 16, until I got an e-cig. It's been 1 year and I'm terribly addicted to them. In fact, I think the addiction to these e-cigs is actually worse than regular cigarettes. Who would of thought the gift of these cigs would be their exact burden. You can smoke ANYWHERE, at ANY LEVEL OF NICOTINE, ANY FLAVOR, NO TAR, NO CARCINOGENS, AND COST EFFICIENT! Sounds like paradise, right? Well, that is until you abuse that power and hit the e-cig constantly. Inhaling a vapor of 24mg of concentrated nicotine in a blend of vegetable glycerin and propyl glycerin on a daily basis, constantly all day everyday isn't healthy. That's what I did. Now, I am finally coming off of them. I quit once, but of course then the E-cig junkies got on me, "There isn't anything wrong with it. They haven't found anything bad about it" so I hopped right back on. It's been a year and half since i've been on them and I'm finally quitting. I started nicotine gum about 3 days ago, I like it, but I notice the same addictive tendencies I have with that as I did with the e-cig, constant usage. So I'm determined to quit cold turkey. Wish me luck!
Posted @ Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6:17 PM by Cory
If we talk about electronic cigarettes without nicotine, it is very safe. Without nicotine base E-Cigs there is no any nicotine based material or solution is used. Instead nicotine base material there is food flavour or some flavour based solutions are used that does not injurious our health or others. It is a very safe way to smoke without effecting health. It is the main advantage of nicotine frees E-Cigs.
Posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 4:41 AM by jerry Page
I started the e-cig last week and after replacing it twice Ive broken it a third time, now Im just over it. I caved this past Saturday night out with friends and ended up having two cigarettes. I have been cigarette free since and am now trying cold turkey. I actually enjoyed the e-cig but really could see that being a permanent solution and I want to truly be smoke free. So wish me luck! Its only been two days...so far so good
Posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 1:02 PM by Janel
The best electronic cigarette is not only a healthy alternative but also cheaper than the cost of ordinary cigarettes. This is why e cigarettes are being popular all over the world. Best Electronic Cigarette
Posted @ Monday, October 27, 2014 6:27 PM by Joshua Lindley
If E-cig contain no nicotine and also if it's able to satisfied cravenness for smoking so it would be amazing to use .
Posted @ Thursday, November 13, 2014 1:34 AM by Kevin Johnson
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