Traditional (analog cigarettes) are a great health threat because of the carcinogenic fumes/chemicals inhaled during smoking. Millions have died from lung disease (cancer, emphysema, heart attack, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Researchers have identified at least 4000 chemicals in cigarettes at least 43 are carcinogens. The only tools in the past to reduce the risk have been:
- Never start smoking
- Cut down
- Use a nicotine substitute such as the patch or gum
- Stop smoking medications (zyban, chantix, wellbutrin etc…)
- Cold turkey (sudden total withdrawal)
Anyone who has ever smoked long-term knows how difficult it is to eliminate or get the habit under control. Often any attempts have been met with repeated failures and retries some ending in success and some not.
E cigarettes, cigars and pipes may be a safer alternative to the real thing. Sometimes referred to as electronic cigarettes, they do not contain the tar and many cancerous by products of traditional smoking tobacco. Instead, smoke is comprised of water vapor which is inhaled. Flavoring may or may not contain nicotine depending on the cartridge solution. Nicotine strength for refill cartridges come in low 6mg, med 11mg and high 16mg. If you choose to refill your own cartridges nicotine strength can be as high as 48mg depending on where you purchase. E liquid used to refill cartridges come in a variety of flavors for example:
The atomizer heats up the solution to form a virtually odorless vapor.
Electric cigarettes will help rid you of tobacco bad breath odor and smell.
The initial cost of a starter kit can range from $26-$200 depending on brand, model, quality of taste and any additional accessories bought at the time of purchase. The average starter kit contains:
- 1 or 2 ecigarettes which contain a rechargeable battery
- 4 or 5 cartridges
- USB adapter
- Instruction manual
Rechargeable cigarettes eliminate smoke odor from your clothes, carpet, furniture, home and car; they are fire safe because there is no flame.
FDA Tests And Controversy
At this time E cigarettes are not FDA approved. In spite of this, they continue to grow in popularity;especially among those using it as an alternative quit smoking or cut down device.
The FDA has stated that upon testing 2 brands of e cigarettes that it found traces