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Has anyone ever heard of the new electric cigarettes that are tobacco-free?

By Anonymous November 13, 2009 - 3:13pm
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I just started using this new electric cigarette because I wanted to quit smoking for my birthday. I didnt want to take any drug or the patch because of all the side effects. So far, I really enjoy it and it really has seemed to give me a better handle on getting over my addiction to smokeing. Has anyone tried this? Or is there any evidence to suggest that it isnt as good for you as they have been advertising?
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Thanks all!

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I currently use the Nicotrol Inhaler (perscription required) it is nicotine inhalation system. You get cartridges that have 10 mg of nicotine but only delivers 4mg when used. One cartridge is good for up to 20 minutes. You can inhale on the cartridge as if you were smoking or as I do, when ever the addiction tries to take control just inhale for a second. I understand the need to beware, however the need for me to stop any way possible was my only focus. I have smoked for 30 plus years and have tried everything to quit. I myself can say "this is the best experience I have had when trying to quit". The best part of my experience, when I realized I did not live to change the cartridge! Most of the time I had the same cartridge in for days, I believe I was more addicted to the physical act not to mention the security blanket of grabbing that pack of cigarettes for my every more.....

November 16, 2009 - 2:39pm
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Dear Anon

Thanks for your question. I'm not a fan of these cigarettes since they are loaded with nicotine and also contain propylene glycol - a dangerous property used in anti-freeze.
The manufacturer's took out the tobacco so that the "smoke" is actually a vapor.

The manufacturer's advertising campaigns are nearly identical to the tobacco companies. Gorgeous, mysterious, sexy young people....the reality is that they are as addictive as a cigarette and contain many harmful ingredients, no matter how much the manufacturers try to claim it as a "safe alternative". It is NOT. It's full of addictive and toxic ingredients and no amount of hot and sexy models used in their campaigns can prove otherwise.

As a long time (and former) smoker, my answer is to stay away from these things. They are not a crutch or transition to help kick the habit altogether. They are merely a dangerous substitute that's just as addictive. And like cigarettes, there will be those who claim they are safe, they don't cause disease, nor are they additive - none of that is true. Buyer beware.

November 15, 2009 - 8:19am
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