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E-cigarettes and quitting smoking

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I'm hoping this isn't off-topic. I decided to get my Paleo eating habits down pat before quitting smoking. I know, I know, it's the reverse of every advisement I've read, but since I know ME and how I am, I thought this was best. If I quit smoking and gained weight then I would panic and start up again, but if I'm eating Paleo, my weight is under control and I don't mindlessly snack.

My husband and I were introduced to e-cigarettes by a friend and I feel like it's the perfect solution - almost too perfect. Yes, I'm still getting nicotine but I've tried to quit cold turkey in the past many, many times and have never been successful. I thought, let's try nicotine replacement. I've caved in the past because I wanted to "socially smoke" and with an e-cigarette it would allow me to go outside and take a break with my friends, or after dinner, etc. This part has always been the hardest to give up.

Anyway, I feel like besides not ridding myself of the nicotine habit, these are almost too good to be true. I know this community is very scientific and good with research and may know something about the effects of inhaling nicotine vapors that I do not. Has anyone done research on these or read anything that you feel I might want to know?

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on September 11, 2012
at 01:02 PM

I'm weirded out by the flavors at this point anyway, but good thing to keep in mind - thanks!

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on September 11, 2012
at 01:00 PM

Oh, absolutely agree!

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on September 11, 2012
at 01:38 AM

Those "studies" are pretty weak IMO. It would be hard for anything to be worse than a ciggerette.

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on September 10, 2012
at 09:22 PM

I understood that you didn't want e-cigs long term. I was just pointing out that if you find your self not being able to quit them, you still win.

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on September 10, 2012
at 04:17 PM

I agree, this is not a forever solution for me.

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on September 10, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Thanks - I think I forgot to mention that I don't want to use e-cigs as a long term solution, but I do like what they offer me for now.

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on September 10, 2012
at 04:15 PM

Thanks, but I'm kind of done with other people's philosophy on why quitting is wonderful. I know quitting is wonderful, but I need to do what works for me, not 80% of people who buy a particular book :)

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on September 10, 2012
at 03:07 PM

I fully support your idea. Any life change you try to make has to be something you can live with forever. Just think of it this way, if you can smoke e-cigs forever instead of regular cigarettes, your ditching all the cancer causing junk that comes with the tobacco smoke. Your putting your self in a great spot.

Don't worry about fitting some paleo ideal, just live more healthfully.

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on September 11, 2012
at 01:00 PM

Oh, absolutely agree!

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on September 10, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Thanks - I think I forgot to mention that I don't want to use e-cigs as a long term solution, but I do like what they offer me for now.

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on September 10, 2012
at 09:22 PM

I understood that you didn't want e-cigs long term. I was just pointing out that if you find your self not being able to quit them, you still win.

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on September 11, 2012
at 01:12 AM

Nicotine doesnt cause cancer. It may promote it though, and it has other effects on the CNS. But over all its thousands of times safer than cigs. The medium - PG/VG are pretty safe too. Glycerine is a natural byproduct of fat digestion, and polygycol has been used for a long time in asthma medications.

The one thing that mildly concerns me with e-cigs, is that the flavourings are an unknown quantity. I mean they are not at all likely to be as harmful as ciggerette combustion, but its still an unknown. Mind you, if this was a concern, you could always research your own flavourings and make some e-liquid DIY.

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on September 11, 2012
at 01:02 PM

I'm weirded out by the flavors at this point anyway, but good thing to keep in mind - thanks!

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on September 10, 2012
at 03:31 PM

While I think this might be a short-term solution to get you off of cigarettes, I would not plan on using e-cigs long term. There is no such thing as a "safe" cigarette, even an e one.

Because they are newer to the market, there isn't much health research on e-cigs, but there have been some articles published, including:

http://newsroom.ucr.edu/2506

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm173401.htm

Quitting is a difficult task and I would definitely not advise that you make huge changes in every single aspect of your life, but I truly feel that your end goal should be to be nicotine free. If these will help you get there, than go for it.

And I disagree with Dr. Mitch...you have no idea what you are getting in an e-cigarette. For all we know, the chemicals in them could be worse than what you get from a cigarette. There is zero regulation of e-cig contents right now.

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on September 10, 2012
at 04:17 PM

I agree, this is not a forever solution for me.

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on September 11, 2012
at 01:38 AM

Those "studies" are pretty weak IMO. It would be hard for anything to be worse than a ciggerette.

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on September 10, 2012
at 03:23 PM

There is a huge amount of information and news on e-cigs at the e-Cig Forums. You can do searches or ask questions. The moderators are very helpful. eCig Forums

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on September 14, 2012
at 09:47 AM

E cigarettes actually filter out over 4,500 of the dangerous chemicals that cigarettes contain, including tobacco, carbon monoxide and tar. There has been some recent reports stating that electronic cigarettes are harmful to the lungs, but there have been no long term studies to back this up. I personally think that if you use them on a short term basis to help you quit smoking then they really cant be any more harmful than cigarettes. http://www.easyvape.co.uk visit the blog here, there is a really hard hitting infographic, really like the "5,000 sunrises" statement. It hits home!

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on September 11, 2012
at 09:49 AM

hi,

Smoking is bad for your health. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths. Stop smoking aids are among the effective techniques that one can use to crush their nicotine addiction. However, as they say, what works for some may not work for everyone. One of the best products that I have ever come across to quit smoking is Nicorette Gum and I believe in that product because today with the help of that I have quit smoking and from past six months I have not got a single craving... Thanks and Cheers to Nicorette and its Quit smoking Products. http://www.nicorette.in/cut-down-to-stop/4-steps-to-cutting-down
Regards, Neil

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on September 11, 2012
at 12:31 AM

In the smoking cessation class I was part of, the e-cigs aren't any better, they still msy cause cancer (if I remember correctly)

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on September 10, 2012
at 04:15 PM

Thanks, but I'm kind of done with other people's philosophy on why quitting is wonderful. I know quitting is wonderful, but I need to do what works for me, not 80% of people who buy a particular book :)

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