Smoking is an incredibly difficult addiction to overcome. The nicotine in tobacco is the particular agent responsible for the craving and dependence. Still, nicotine isolated in gum, patches or lozenges isn’t enough to satisfy the itch for many people trying to quit smoking. By taking away the smoke, but keeping the nicotine, an electronic cigarette market has emerged with growing popularity in the United States. This feeds an appetite for nicotine without the inherent dangers associated with smoking.
This new device basically provides a safer addiction to nicotine. The delivery system of an inhaled vapor, instead of toxic smoke, removes the health risks of smoking tobacco drastically. The real danger of tobacco cigarettes is mainly a result of carcinogens created when the leaves of the tobacco plant burn. Isolated nicotine heated to a vapor – without any combustion – has none of the ~ four thousand chemicals found in cigarettes. Inhaling and exhaling a water-based, smoke-like vapor gives an electronic cigarette a feel extremely similar to smoking – both psychologically and physically. This new approach for nicotine delivery is a tough blow against the pharmaceutical products for smokers attempting to quit. The new approach has many people asking themselves, “Is there really any need to quit the nicotine as well?” Considering that nicotine itself is generally considered as dangerous as coffee, this becomes a less urgent question. Removing the smoke essentially removes the main risk factors of traditional tobacco cigarettes.
These modern nicotine devices work in a very simple way. An atomizer, combined with a battery, heats the liquid nicotine to a temperature that doesn’t actually burn. There is no combustion at all. The nicotine solution turns into vapor, which is inhaled and exhaled resembling the experiential feelings of smoking – without actual smoke. The vapor is short-lived and resembles a type of nicotine steam. Essentially water vapor, there is nothing lingering behind as the steam or vapor dissipates into the air. Laws restricting the use of tobacco don’t apply for nicotine vapor in most places., but sometimes common courtesy and good sense negates use of such products. A courtroom surely isn’t the best place to pull one from your pocket. Relatively speaking, most venues that would never accommodate cigarette smoke are in no opposition to nicotine steam. The vapor is simply not dangerous as a delivery system, and doesn’t have any offensive smells or fire hazard risks as tobacco does. The properties of the nicotine vapor don’t even allow the opportunity for second-hand inhalation at all. Once exhaled it quickly evaporates into the air, leaving no trace behind at all.
Even more impressive is the basic idea that maintaining a nicotine dependency is really not that bad. The price of vaporizing is dramatically less than smoking traditional cigarettes. The electronic version provides only one basic need: the nicotine juice and the means to heat it “just right”. In this context, a person is no longer a smoker. The defining characteristic of a “smoker” is in the lexicon of the word itself. Without consuming smoke, a person dependent on vaporized nicotine only is a non-smoker. This is a vast improvement, and the ability to withdrawal nicotine levels slowly over long periods of time allows a personalized taper, should a person decide they wish to give them up. So by having vapor containing nicotine, the smoker can quit smoking without quitting nicotine. Even better, the physical actions that also bring a strong psychological pull – i.e. holding something, inhaling, exhaling, etc. – are still maintained as well.