Using E-Cigs to Quit Smoking – Three Things to Consider

Despite our best intentions, as February rolls around most of us have abandoned our New Year's resolutions. Sure, we want to do things like lose weight, get our finances in order, and quit smoking. But when it comes right down to it, we neither know exactly how to go about it or we fail to muster up the amount of willpower it takes to succeed.

Fortunately – at least in the case of smoking – you don't have to go cold turkey and deal with all that goes along with that. Several recent studies from medical researchers have found that e-cigarettes and vaporizers can help a tobacco smoker quit for good.

Tobacco cigarettes are a proven health risk. Tobacco smoke contains thousands of chemicals and many are known cancer-causing carcinogens. Smoking also can promote a variety of other ailments, including heart disease, vision loss and stroke. Beyond the health risk, tobacco smoke leaves behind a stench that clings to hair, clothing and furnishings and can be hard to remove.

E-cigs and vaporizers, on the other hand, take the dangerous tobacco smoke out of the equation. A 2015 study by Public Health England found that e-cigs are 95 percent safer than tobacco. So much safer, that as of this year health practitioners in England are now allowed to write prescriptions for e-cigs as a smoking cessation device in the same way they prescribe medication or nicotine gum and patches.

Here in the U.S., e-cigs are not yet available by prescription and there are many options to consider if you want to make the switch from traditional tobacco cigarettes.

To get you started, here's three things to consider when choosing the right e-cig or vaporizer for you:

E-cig or vaporizer?

When a user puffs on an e-cig or vaporizer, a liquid is heated and a smoke-like vapor is inhaled. The experience is meant to simulate traditional smoking, which can be critical when it comes to quitting tobacco. As most smokers know, the act of smoking can become as appealing as the effects of the nicotine, which is a stimulant similar to caffeine. Smokers who use nicotine patches and gums often report that while their cravings are reduced, they miss the process of inhaling and exhaling smoke or the communal experience of enjoying a cigarette with others. Since e-cigs and vaporizers simulate the smoking experience, converts say they miss smoking less and are less apt to pick up tobacco again.