The popularity of electronic cigarettes or ‘e-cigs’ as they are more colloquially known as, have risen in popularity over the past few years as more people are deciding to take the plunge and give up tobacco.
Even though for almost a decade now, horrifying images of diseased lungs have been plastered all over the packaging of cigarettes, still the addiction wins over the desire for health and people continue to puff on the tobacco filled cylinders although many wish they didn’t.
Giving up smoking is infamously one of the hardest things a person can do despite how much they want to and for years, the NHS and lay people have been working out the least painful ways to do so. Options over the years have included going cold turkey, nicotine patches and nicotine gum. Up until recently these were the only options recommended by NHS until a few months ago when they announced that they will be giving out e-cigs on prescription for those trying to quit.
Up until relatively recently, people were ignorant of exactly what e-cigs do, how healthy they are and how they help smokers quit. The NHS choosing to give them out on prescription has sparked a number of studies and debates about the healthiness of e-cigarettes with the outcome being that e-cigs are 95% healthier than normal, tobacco cigarettes.
Here are the actual facts on how e-cigarettes can help you quit smoking:
- Feels like a cigarette
One of the hardest things about giving up smoking is that smokers miss having something to hold which is what makes e-cigs so perfect. Smokers can still hold something in their hands rather than just getting their fix of nicotine.
- Hasadjustable nicotine levels
Whilst the aim of e-cigarettes is to wean off smoking and nicotine altogether, e-cigarettes give an amount of nicotine to the vaper. This amount can be adjusted and eventually changed to nothing which makes it a fantastic tool for weaning yourself off nicotine and the addiction.
- Produces smoke-like vapour
Smokers tend to enjoy the satisfaction of producing the smoke from a puff which is another reason why e-cigs are so great for quitting normal cigarettes. They replicate normal cigarettes to a large extent, particularly the smaller ones. This makes the transition much easier.
Everyone knows that smoking is an expensive habit which drains money like nothing else. They are purposefully taxed incredibly highly to put people off buying them. E-cigarettes on the other hand do not have this tax (especially when bought on prescription). You can also purchase reusable ones which you can use again and again using e-liquid which you can buy relatively cheaply.
The popularity of e-cigarettes amongst smokers is climbing with the realisation of just how effective and how much of a healthier option they are compared to normal cigarettes. They can be purchased online or in shops around the country as well as now on the NHS.
We hope this has enlightened you and if you are a smoker looking to quit, that you will try and see if e-cigs will do the trick for you.