Electronic Cigarette Under Fire At Westmoreland County Courthouse

A moral problem has arisen, and I am debating how to deal with it.  Which side should I be on?  It is not a small issue, though it might seem small to people who are not involved with it.  It is one of those things, like, is the cup half empty, or is it half full?  Folks who are using electonic cigarettes are not to be allowed to smoke them in this courthouse.  They must go outdoors with the other smoker.  Here is my problem: should those folks who are using E-cigarettes be isolated for still pretending to smoke, or should they be praised for at least trying to quit?  Because, you see, E-cigarettes are used for that purpose really, to help the smoker wean himself off regular cigarettes by using cigarettes that have no tobacco and no nicotine.

Electronic cigarettes get the gavel at the Westoreland County courthouse

Westmoreland County courthouse workers and visitors trying to quit smoking by using electronic cigarettes will have to go outside with the rest of the smokers.

County commissioners on Thursday updated the county’s smoking ban to include electronic cigarettes, devices that emit water vapor to simulate cigarette smoke. The ban includes other smokeless devices that mimic traditional lighted tobacco products such as cigarettes.

Court officials had complained that several visitors were using the electronic smokes in the courtrooms. Read more about electronic cigarette getting the gavel here…

BUT! The purpose of banning cigarettes inside is to prevent the building from being contaminated by tobacco smoke and nicotine.  E_cigarettes, in contrast, have neither.  The opposite argument, which is also not unfair, is that allowing even false cigarettes into the building creates an atmosphere in which smoking is normal, and it might cause others to backslide on their resolve not to smoke.  See what I mean?

The current policy prohibits all smoking in the courthouse and limits it to designated areas outside the building.

I am puzzled about how to think about this issue.  Please help me out by telling me how YOU feel about it!

Smoke Free Country?

We have tried all the weapons we can think of or invent to get people away from cigarettes, but yet people stil smoke.  One of the most potent is undeniably taxation.  As has been said, the power to tax is the power to destroy; we are now using taxation for exactly that purpose: the destruction of the tobacoo industry.  Most countries tax cigarettes very heavily, but New Zealand has gone much farhter than anywhere else, and it seems to be inclined to go farther still, as this interesting article demonstrates.

A smoke-free country? New Zealand taxes aim for it

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — There are smoke-free bars, smoke-free parks, even smoke-free college campuses. But a smoke-free country?
New Zealand’s government on Thursday squeezed smokers more than ever by announcing a 40 percent hike in tobacco taxes over the next four years. Prices here are already among the highest in the world, and by 2016 they will top 20 New Zealand dollars ($15) a pack on average. Officials hope higher taxes and new restrictions will bring the nation of 4.4 million closer to a recent pledge to snuff out the habit entirely by 2025. Other countries have lauded the idea of trying to wean their populace off tobacco, but few, if any, have been willing to put a date on it.

Health officials here are so serious they recently considered hiking the cost of a pack of cigarettes to 100 New Zealand dollars ($75). Although that idea was dismissed, another measure, which will force retailers to hide cigarettes below the counter rather than putting them on display, will come into effect in July.

Smoking rates among New Zealand adults have fallen from about 30 percent in 1986 to about 20 percent today. Cigarette sales have fallen more sharply, suggesting that even people who haven’t quit cut back as prices rose. People who are still smoking aren’t happy about where prices are going.

For some people who are genuniely addicted and cannot stop, the tax burden can become truly onerous.  IT can damage their finances enormously, to the point even at which they might contemplate committing crimes in order to finance their habits.  This does raise a moral question that puzzles even me, a diehard antismoker if there ever was one: to what extent does the government have the right, much less the obligation to intervene in its citizens’ liveseven if it is for their own good?

Chris Hobman said the cost is “horrendous” and could drive some low-income people to commit crimes to support their habit. He said the government needs to provide more support and alternatives to smokers if it’s serious about making them quit.
Wellington resident Hayley Mauriohooho, who has smoked for about 20 years, said that although it would be good if more people quit, higher taxes won’t stop her.

“It’s quite ridiculous for the government to be concentrating on that,” she said. “They have bigger things to worry about.”
New Zealand’s Cancer Society reacted to Thursday’s announcement by sending out a press release titled “Thumbs Up!”
Michael Calhoun, a spokesman for the anti-smoking lobby group ASH, said the fact that a higher percentage of low-income people smoke will mean the tax increases will force many to cut back or quit entirely because they simply won’t be able to afford their habit.

The New Zealand branch of cigarette company British American Tobacco says the tax increases will force consumers to turn to the black market.

“Consumer demand is far better served by legitimate companies than by the illegal operators that will surely grow as the government makes it increasingly difficult for people to buy their product of choice,” wrote Susan Jones, head of corporate and regulatory affairs, in an email.

So far, New Zealand officials have seen few cases of illegal tobacco sales.

The South Pacific nation’s smoking statistics are similar to those in other developed countries. According to a 2011 study by the World Health Organization, about 20 percent of adult New Zealanders smoke. That compares to about 16 percent of adults in the U.S., 17 percent in Australia, 23 percent in China and 27 percent in France.

New Zealand already charges more than 70 percent tax on cigarettes, compared to 41 percent on average for China, 45 percent on average for the U.S., 64 percent for Australia and 80 percent for France. Read more about a smoke free country..

So think it over and let me know how you feel about this.  I am not being coy hee; I am genuinely puzzled about whether or not the government should view its place as in the lives of all its own citizens – even when it really is right, and that folks should not smoke.

Children Addicted Smoking!

The time has come, and for a long time already, for us to fight back against companies that sell cigarettes, and especially to children.

A major weapon in our war of liberation from cigarettes is “lawfare”, which means that we must sue the enemy at every opportunity,  This weapon is now extending itself to use in countries like Indonesia.  China, VietNam, Thailand, and other Far Eastern countries have higher percentages of smokers than do we, and it is therefore urgent and useful for us to attack there as well.  This is now happening.

Child addicts at heart of Indonesia anti-smoking suit

KARAWANG GIRANG, Indonesia (Reuters) – Anti-tobacco advocates in Indonesia plan to file a class action lawsuit this month using cases of child addicts in the hope of forcing tougher regulations on a society where one in three people smokes.

It is a rare attempt of its kind to constrain a tobacco industry which looks to the world’s fourth most populous country and its growing appetite for cigarettes to replace dwindling sales elsewhere.

The suit against tobacco companies and the Indonesian government argues that feeble regulation has left children dangerously exposed to the risks of smoking.

“There are … kids who have fallen victim to the impact of cigarette companies and smoking. They are addicted. In the context of people’s rights, the society has been disadvantaged by the tobacco industry,” head of the National Commission for Child Protection, Arist Merdeka Sirait, said.

Indonesia is something of a paradise for both smokers and tobacco companies, with the world’s fifth largest population of smokers. It is a widely tolerated habit and one which even in this relatively poor archipelago most can afford to feed.

And it is getting more popular as the economy grows.

Sometimes I get mad, and reading this article was one of those times!  In fact it made me VERY mad to read about this little child, an addict of smoking since the age of FOUR.  If you read about his health, about his black teeth, anbout how his freiends see him as a broken down child who is unable to play ball anymore, while the Indonesian fat cats in their ofices at the cigarette compaies are enoying all the money they make off kids like this one – how can you become anything BUT mad? It is not every day that you see something as ugly as this bit of exploiting a child for money is.

ADDICTION TRANCE

Ilham Hadi has become something of a poster child for the anti-smoking campaign.

He began smoking aged four when his mother Nenah said she gave him 3,000 rupiah ($0.32) to buy snacks at school. He bought a cigarette instead.

The addiction has since blackened his teeth, damaged his skin and, his friends say, made the now nine-year old a useless soccer player and slow, wheezy runner.

“He sometimes bangs on the window at 4 a.m. in the morning to buy a cigarette,” said Iin Indriyani, who runs a tiny store from the front room of her home around 100 yards (meters) up a winding path from the two-room house where Hadi’s family lives.

“Whenever he wants a cigarette he looks like he is in a trance,” she told Reuters, saying that he sometimes hit her and her daughters to demand cigarettes.

Hadi smokes two packs a day, adding to the financial stress on his parents given that his father earns only $5-6 per day as a laborer and part-time motor bike taxi driver.

“If there is no money left at home, nothing to sell anymore, he would go to the grocery shop, get money by helping park cars and come back home with cigarettes, sometimes a pack, sometimes two and expensive brands too,” said his father Umar.

His habit has also brought the family unwanted celebrity as media crews troop to their house on a hillside beside a rice paddy in the village of Karawang Girang around 40 miles south of the capital.

The child protection commission paid for Hadi to be treated in March and he quit, but last week he ran away from home – not for the first time – in search of cigarettes and has not been seen since.

His case has triggered a debate among the village’s 344 residents about smoking and an attempt by the head of the village to make Karawang Girang a smoke-free zone, said Husein, a local government health worker. Read more about children addicted to smoking.

My reaction to this story was in my guts; the kid’s reaction was in his lungs.  Where was yours, reader?  We all have to get tough and sometimes pretty emotional about these topics, and I would like a little support and knowing whether or not I stand aone on this subject.

New Stop Smoking Drug

Special Drug Tricks Your Brain Out Of Liking Tobacco

Here is an article I read just this morning, and it really made my morning and set me up for a happy day.  I hope it will have the same effect on you – it really should, because it is a good article, and we both deserve a little happiness in life, especially during the morning.  Some folks just do it right; this doctor Hogan is one of them.  How many people, doctors or otherwise, can wake up in the morning and say, I saved lives today?  There are probably few folks on this planet who have done as much for humanity as has this doctor Hogan.  We must all be inspired and glad to read of such a man, a truly holy brother to his brothers in the human race.

49,000 people free from tobacco, thanks to him

A legal drug that tricks the brain into letting it attack the body offends Dr. Patrick Hogan III. It offends the Tacoma doctor so much that he’s volunteered the last 20 years, dragging its victims back from addiction.

He got his thank-you note last weekend. It came complete with scrollwork, the state seal and a fancy typeface.

Gov. Chris Gregoire proclaimed May 19 Franciscan Health System Freedom from Tobacco Day. Gregoire cited the 49,000-some people who have gone through the four-week class and stuck with the support group Hogan founded in 1992. These thousands are, without exception, happy they got the help to quit.

We should be, too. They have saved us millions in health costs we’d otherwise help pay through our insurance premiums and taxes.

Hogan shares the honor with colleagues and volunteers at St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Anthony, St. Francis and St. Clare hospitals. Franciscan takes smoking cessation seriously, so much so that last year it adopted a policy requiring all new employees to have a tobacco-free lifestyle.

Forty thousand graduates of this program!  That’s forty thousand lives lengthened, forty thousand more men and women who will live into old age now, and be with their grandchildren.  The articlecorrectly points out that the health of these forty-thousand folks will save society and the country enormous sums of money, which can then be spent on education and on enriching the lives of others.  How must Doctor Hogan feel, knowing he has done so much for humanity?

“Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in our country,” Hogan said last week at the office where he practices neurology.

Neurology, by the way, is not one of the fields in which docs fight the damage smoking does to the body. But a neurologist is the right person to explain to smokers how they’ve been suckered by the tobacco industry.

“Nicotine binds with the brain, which releases dopamine, which makes you feel really good,” he said. “Initially, you get the buzz from dopamine.”

That buzz is addictive, he said – addictive, short-lived and stingy. “After a while, you’re not getting the dopamine. You’re getting the discomfort of withdrawal. You have a very powerful urge to get that return of the dopamine level.”

Steve and Diana Anderson had smoked for 27 years when Steve’s brother bugged them to see what the Hogan’s Freedom from Tobacco Support Group at St. Joseph Hospital was all about.

“We went for a month or a month and a half before we set our quit date,” Steve Anderson said.

As with manyof the best preachers and the greatest teachers, they had been there themselves, and they worked their system on themselves.  He and his wife, his God-given helpmeet, worked on their problem together.  How’s that for setting an example, both for their own children and for the community, and indeed for the whole world.  They understood the suffering that it could cause to quit, but they undertook that suffering voluntarily and for themselves.

They founded Freedom From Tobacco and saw real results from their work.

Thanks to them, if there were a cake with 20 candles, there are many thousands of people in Pierce County with enough breath to blow them out.

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Are Electronic Cigarettes Better Than Tobacco Cigarettes

Electronic Cigarettes are a major success story.

They have become the method of choice to quit smoking. With all the attention being given to Electronic Cigarettes, people are beginning to wonder if they are really better than all the other quit smoking products on the market.

The simple answer to the question is yes. Electronic Cigarettes are easily the most effective way to quit smoking tobacco and they are providing smokers with better results than they have previously been able to achieve. Smokers who have tired to quit many times, only to fail over and over, are now tobacco free thanks to the Electronic Cigarette.

When a smoker tries to quit using a nicotine patch or a pill, they may be getting the nicotine their body craves but they are missing all the other activities that are part of the deeply imprinted smoking ritual. This is the key to why Electronic Cigarettes are better and more effective. When you use an Electronic Cigarette, you are able to duplicate all the various functions of smoking a cigarette but without actually burning any tobacco.

The Electronic Cigarette looks like a real cigarette, you hold it like a real cigarette, you drag on it like a real cigarette and you inhale a nicotine vapor that mimics the smoke from a real cigarette. This allows you feel as if you are actually smoking but without burning tobacco and filling your lungs with 59 known carcinogens and over 5000 other chemicals. Not only does the Electronic Cigarette help you quit smoking but it is significantly better for you lungs and your health.

If you are looking for a way to quit smoking that really works, try the Electronic Cigarette. It is better for your health, better for your lungs and better than any other method of quitting smoking. Your lungs will thank you, your friends will thank you and your family will thank you for finally giving up tobacco with the Electronic Cigarette.

Are E Cigarettes Are The Wave Of The Future!

I recently found this very interesting, concise, and serious analysis of the fascinating topic of E cigarettes.

E cigarettes are an inherently fascinating product, because they are something new and electronic that the human mind has created for an ancient, famous product that has been around for thousands of years in different forms.  When the Ccavemen first began chewing tobacco, and then the Indians and other tribes began smoking it, who would ever have believed that w would some day see an electronic machine used to mimic the traditional product known as tobacco?  Ecigarettes have now been on the market for some time; they have reached the point at which it is necessary to examine their success in that market, to see how they are doing and what their prospects are.  This article does exactly that: it reviews the latest surveys and statistics to see how likely it is that E cigarettes will survive and prosper.  Every retailer must have this information.  

This little article concisely provides facts and figures in a way that anyone who reads it can use them.

E-Cigarettes Important New Niche Category: Survey

Wells Fargo reports retailer confidence in e-cigs, concern that regs, taxes will slow down growth

NEW YORK — “I believe that e-cigarettes are a viable category and will continue to grow with the major brands rising to the top … with Lorillard purchasing blu, some validity has been added to the category.” This was the response of just one of the tobacco retailers and wholesalers interviewed for Wells Fargo Securities’ “Tobacco Talk” survey, according to analyst Bonnie Herzog, but the sentiment was shared by many.

While previous “Tobacco Talk” surveys had also included positive attitudes towards the growing category, Lorillard’s acquisition of blu ecigs has further convinced many that e-cigarettes are here to stay.

The May 17, 2012, survey results had 73.1% of the respondents believing that e-cigarettes are not simply a fad, but a lasting “trend,” similar to the energy drink phenomenon.

There’s good reason for such enthusiasm: one retailer described an impressive 193% increase in sales from the first week to the second week of offering NJoy e-cigarettes at its stores.

Not all retailers have seen such success, but the category is continuing to prove its worth with 2.5 million e-cigarette users, according to industry group Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, and an estimated $300 million in revenue currently at retail, and the possibility of increasing that number to $1 billion in the future, according to Lorillard’s CEO Murray Kessler.

We must of course know what those people think who are a bit less positive about it all – it is so early in the E cigarette game that they might turn out to be right after all.

 

Other respondents were more cautious about the ability of the e-cigarette industry to continue such impressive growth, citing new product boom, the possibility of further U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and the addition of state and federal excise taxes as obstacles to the category.

One respondent went so far as to describe e-cigarettes as an “extreme liability risk,” noting the lack of regulation in both the United States and in China, where most of the products are manufactured.

Besides regulation and taxation, just how much space e-cigarettes will take from cigarettes and OTP has yet to be determined; 65% of survey respondents said e-cigarettes are not currently encroaching on traditional tobacco products, as most e-cig companies encourage self-service counter displays. As the category grows, however, many believe e-cigarettes will be required to move elsewhere. While some respondents predicted “other tobacco products” (OTP) as the ultimate landing spot for e-cigarettes, others see cigars as the natural victims of e-cigs moving off the counter, as cigar shelving can typically be adjusted to accommodate a variety of sizes.

Ultimately, the Wells Fargo analysts agreed with the majority of respondents that e-cigarettes are more than just a fad, but are also expecting increased regulation and taxation to slow down enthusiasm.

Or, as one respondent put it, e-cigarettes “are a real opportunity, but not quite up to the hype.” Read the full story on E Cigarettes Important New Niche

How will it turn out for retailers who stock E cigaretes?  My own experience has been neither as good as the most enthusiastic, nor as bad as the unhappiest.  I look forward to reading respnses from other readers,and I shall most certainly share mine with you.  We can all help each other out with this new product, in terms of finding ways to display e cigarettes and sell them.

Final Shareholder Meeting For Altria Tobacco

It is not that common to find an article that so perfectly expresses what I feel and need to read, but this one does perfectly! Here is a company that is competing with itself, and winning, which is to say, it is losing.  Marlboro, like any cigarette manufacturing giant, is painfully aware of the cultural shift away from smoking, and how that which was once looked up to is now frowned

upon.  And so, what does this compay do?  The only logical thing!  They go into the kind of tobacco business to which people turn when they are trying NOT to smoke!  They make chewing tobacco, cigars, and other things that are known to help folks break the habit.

Altria CEO conducts his final shareholder meeting

RICHMOND, VA.

Outgoing Altria Group Inc. CEO Michael E. Szymanczyk finished his final shareholder meeting on Thursday much the same way as his first — fielding attacks against the nation’s largest tobacco company.The owner of top-selling Marlboro cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, held its annual meeting Thursday in its headquarters city of Richmond. It marked the last day for Szymanczyk, who has served as chairman and CEO since March 2008 and in the same capacity for Philip Morris USA from August 2002 through July 2008 before the company spun off Philip Morris International Inc.  “It has been an honor to lead the reshaping of Altria,” said

Szymanczyk, who got choked up during his closing remarks about his 23-year career. “Altria and its companies have experienced significant change since I first joined the company. Change is not new for our companies. They have been successful for more than a century because they have demonstrated the ability to adapt in dynamic industries and to the world around them.”

Martin J. Barrington will replace Szymanczyk as CEO and chairman, and David R. Beran will serve as president and chief operating officer.

During his presentation to shareholders, Szymanczyk touted Altria’s premium brands like Marlboro and said the company is well-positioned for future growth in a changing industry. In addition to Philip Morris USA, Altria owns U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co., maker of brands such as Copenhagen and Skoal, and Black & Mild cigar maker John Middleton Co. The company also owns a wine business and holds a voting stake in brewer SABMiller.

In 2011, the company saw its net income fall 13 percent to $3.39 billion on lease, legal and restructuring charges. Its net revenue excluding excise taxes fell nearly 2 percent to $16.62 billion. Shipments fell 4 percent to 135.1 billion cigarettes, largely on declines from its premium brands.

However its 2012 first-quarter profit rose almost 4 percent as higher prices and cost-cutting helped offset declines in cigarette volumes. Shipments fell 2.6 percent to 31.1 billion cigarettes, but the Marlboro brand gained market share and ended the period with a 42.3 percent of the U.S. retail market.

“For nearly 60 years, Marlboro has been the cigarette that men smoke for flavor, and adult smokers have been invited to `Come to where the flavor is. Come to Marlboro Country,’” Szymanczyk said, adding that the company is evolving the brand to try to keep it growing and steal smokers from its competitors.

Like other tobacco companies, Altria is focusing on cigarette alternatives — such as cigars, snuff and chewing tobacco — for future sales growth because the decline in cigarette smoking is expected to continue.

Altria also has been forced to cut costs as tax hikes, smoking bans, health concerns and social stigma make the cigarette business tougher. After completing a $1.5 billion multiyear cost savings program last year, the company rolled out a plan to cut $400 million in “cigarette-related infrastructure costs” by the end of 2013 in advance of anticipated cigarette volume declines.

Szymanczyk said cost-cutting “continues to be a priority.”

Over the years, the question-and-answer sessions of tobacco company annual meetings typically feature various groups attacking them for selling products that are responsible for about 443,000 deaths a year in the U.S. Szymanczyk’s final shareholder gathering was no exception.

“With your retirement, I’m sure you look at your legacy. Certainly you and the company have a passion for success. I’m not sure about satisfying your customers and their preferences unless they all have a death wish,” Anne Morrow Donley, co-founder of the Virginia Group to Alleviate Smoking in Public, told Szymanczyk. “At some point in the future, you and the company may indeed be charged with crimes against humanity — I look forward to that.”

But did the CEO break down in tears?  Were his feelings hurt?  Did he feel shame and remorse?  Of course not!  Mr. Szymanczyk is a professional, solid, experienced, heavy-duty businessman, and not some kind of namby-pamby who gets sad when business gets rough.  This man does the most logical thing: if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!  He leads a cigarette company whose subsidiaries make anti-cigarettes, like snuff and chewing tobacco!  An example to us all.

The 63-year-old Szymanczyk did not respond to those remarks. He also has declined numerous requests for an interview with The Associated Press.

Shareholders on Thursday elected 11 directors to the company’s board and rejected a shareholder proposal to have the company disclose its lobbying policies and practices.

Altria on Thursday also reaffirmed its full-year adjusted earnings guidance of between $2.17 and $2.23 per share. It also announced that its board declared a regular quarterly dividend of 41 cents per share. The dividend is payable July 10 to shareholders of record on June 15. More about the Altria CEO conducts his final shareholder meeting

And so, for moral as well as practical reasons, live likt Szymanovskki  Fight back in the business world, and build your own competition.  That way, you win either way.  If your customers are addicted to your product and cannot quit smoking, you win, but if they are trying to get off by chewing tobacco or putting snuff up their noses, you still win!

 

Wall Street Up In Smoke

Everyone In Wall Street Taking To Smoking?

As the market continues to sink more and more smokers are taking to the streets of Wall St to have a cigarette smoke.

Shame they didnt hear about the electronic cigarette!!

As Wall Street Burns, Smokers Light Up

bussiness-man-smokingOn the day the Dow plunged almost 800 points, Erick Giliberti was doubling down on his smoking habit.

Before the turmoil, says Giliberti, a manager at Deloitte who works with mortgage-backed securities, “I was maybe a pack a week.” Now? “Probably double that…I can’t stare at my computer screen anymore and watch the market collapse in front of me—I just want to get away from it.”

Giliberti was standing outside the Deloitte offices at the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan, furiously thumbing his BlackBerry with one hand and holding a Marlboro Light with the other. He is, he says, “32 going on 55.”

From the Financial Center to Wall Street itself to the shell-shocked (former) Lehman Brothers building in midtown Manhattan, it’s easy to find stressed-out financial workers sucking on cigarettes, and most will tell you they’re lighting up more often. Nobody is thinking of quitting. Read the full story on how wall street is buring with cigarettes

I wouldnt want to be them, anyway Im sure there are enough people that would rather not have to take to the streets for a smoke, try an electronic cigarette and see if that help..

What would you do?

Get An Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit and Kick Start Your Quit Smoking Program

There should not be the slightest doubt in the mind of any smoker that quitting smoking is a great idea. Unfortunately, like many great ideas, giving up tobacco is easier to talk about than to accomplish. As a smoker for over 40 years, I probably tried to quit at least 20 times. The longest I was able to stop smoking using methods like willpower, nicotine patches and pills was about 4 weeks.

Why did I fail to quit smoking so many times? What was missing in my program? Certainly, quitting cold turkey is the least likely way to succeed but why didn’t traditional nicotine replacement work for me?

The answer to my questions became obvious when I learned about the electric cigarette and ordered my first electronic cigarette starter kit. As I opened the box and assembled the device, everything became as clear as a cloudless day. While nicotine replacement will provide the smoker with the nicotine their body craves, there is so much more involved in smoking than just satisfying your addiction to nicotine. No other quit smoking device so closely matches every aspect of smoking a real cigarette as the electronic cigarette.

Smoking involves a complicated ritual that becomes deeply ingrained in the smoker’s mind. Every step of the process becomes part of the smoking habit. Lighting a cigarette, holding it in your hand, putting it to your lips, dragging on the cigarette and inhaling the smoke. The deep satisfaction of feeling your lungs fill with smoke and the calm that follows as the nicotine enters your bloodstream, travels through your body and finally triggers receptors in your brain.

Consider how much is actually involved in smoking and you will begin to understand why it is so hard to quit. It becomes much easier to grasp why patches and pills are rarely successful and why quitting by willpower alone is such a struggle.

The electronic cigarette is a game changer. The electronic cigarette looks just like a real cigarette. It allows you to hold it in your hand, put in between your lips and inhale. The difference is that there is no tobacco involved and nothing is burned. You are not inhaling smoke but rather a vapor that contains a small amount of nicotine in every drag. You are able to satisfy your addiction to nicotine without inhaling the more than 5000 chemicals and 59 known carcinogens you get with every drag of tobacco.

How Does It Work?

Electronic cigarette starter_kit

For those readers who have never seen an electronic cigarette, here is a brief description. The electronic cigarette is a two part metal tube that look just like a real cigarette. The larger part, which corresponds to the part of the cigarette that contains the tobacco, holds a small lithium ion battery and a heating element. The end of this section has a tiny led that lights up when the user inhales in order to simulate the glowing end of cigarette.

The smaller section of the electronic cigarette matches the filter on a tobacco cigarette and hold a replaceable cartridge full of liquid nicotine solution. Each individual nicotine cartridge is equivalent to one pack of tobacco cigarettes. The two sections can be unscrewed to facilitate replacing the nicotine cartridge and to allow the user to recharge the battery used to power the heating element.

When you drag on the electronic cigarette, the heating element vaporizes a small amount of the nicotine solution and the user inhales the vapor. Each drag gives the user an amount of vapor that is equivalent to the amount of smoke you would get from a drag on a tobacco cigarette. You get the nicotine you need without inhaling all the poisons found in a tobacco cigarette and you get the satisfaction of feeling the vapor fill your lungs.

Getting Started: Choosing An Electronic Cigarette

OK! Now you are more determined than ever to try again to quit smoking. Let’s get you started. The best way to begin using the electronic cigarette is to buy an electronic cigarette starter kit. The starter kit will include the actual electronic cigarette, a recharger that plugs into an ac outlet and replacement nicotine cartridges. The starter kit will also include an instruction manual and many come with a second recharger that plugs into the USB port on a computer. Some deluxe kits may include extras like a fancy leather pouch to carry your electronic cigarette or flavored nicotine cartridges.

There are so many electronic cigarettes to choose from and you may be confused as to how to go about finding the very best one. This is where our old favorite, the World Wide Web, can really come in handy. Open up your web browser and do a search on Goggle for “electronic cigarettes” to find a listing of all the most popular brands. Enter a keyword such as “electronic cigarette reviews” to find detailed reviews of many well known electronic cigarettes. There are even several electronic cigarette blogs on the internet that discuss anything and everything about electronic cigarettes.

Once you have done your research, read the electronic cigarette reviews and visited the electronic cigarette blogs, you can order your electronic cigarette starter kit from your chosen brand’s website. If you live near a major shopping mall, there may even be a kiosk that sells electronic cigarettes. While kiosks are convenient and allow you to avoid waiting for delivery, they usually only sell one specific brand of electronic cigarette. The choice between same day service and buying the exact brand you want is one you will have to make for yourself. Personally, I was lucky. I found the brand I had chosen at my local mall.

The Big Question: Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe And Effective?

Obviously, you want to quit smoking in a safe and effective manner. You are probably wondering just how safe electronic cigarettes really are and if they actually work?

Nictone side effects

Here is what respected tobacco researcher,Dr. Michael Siegel of Boston University has to say about the safety and effectiveness of electronic cigarettes: “Tobacco contains about 5,000 known chemicals with as many as 100,000 more that haven’t yet been identified. E-cigarettes eliminate many of those ingredients. The relevant question is not, are these things safe? But are these things much safer than real cigarettes, and do they help people quit smoking? The answer to both of those questions we know is yes.”

Dr.Siegel went on to say, “The other products (nicotine patches and pills) are only replacing nicotine; this product is also dealing with the behavioral aspect of smoking. Holding and puffing are all part of addiction. The beauty of e-cigs is that they replace most of the behavioral stimuli that are associated with the smoking process. E-cigarettes seem relatively safe—at least safer than smoking regular cigarettes. They are a lot safer than smoking tobacco because there is no tobacco in these devices, only nicotine.”

While the fact that there is no tobacco in electronic cigarettes is certainly a positive step, you may be wondering what benefit there is to using a device that keeps you addicted to nicotine. Happily, there is an effective solution. To make giving up nicotine easier, the nicotine cartridges used in the electronic cigarette come in a wide range of strengths. The user can reduce the strength of the nicotine cartridge every few weeks until they are finally nicotine free as well as tobacco free. Many users have found that by reducing the strength of the nicotine cartridge every 4 to 6 weeks, they were able to slowly and successfully wean themselves off of nicotine completely.

Using the electronic cigarette and following a program of reducing the strength of the nicotine cartridge is certainly one of the safest, most effective ways to quit smoking. Electronic cigarettes have enabled thousands and thousands of smokers to give up tobacco and free themselves of their addiction to nicotine. This has allowed them to live a healthier life without the expense and risks of smoking. If you are ready to kick the tobacco habit, then you really should consider the electronic cigarette.

Electronic Cigarette Smokeless Smoking

During the last generation, the percentage of people who smoke has greatly declined, and it is likely to do so even more. For some, it is easy to stop – they just throw away their last pack, and they think no more about it. For others, and indeed for most others, giving up smoking is far harder. There have been many ways invented and introduced to help them. Some methods have worked better than others.

We have all heard about Electronic cigarettes, and how they can help people quit smoking. They are said to do some truly good things and to help those who try them. Electronic cigarettes are becoming more common as more and more people try to stop smoking. Do they work?

I was just poking around SurfKY, when I found this personal testimonial: I think it might help people decide whether or not to try e-cigarettes as a way to stop smoking.

E-Cigs—Just Blowing Smoke?

John Bond, a former smoker of 25 years, explains that he was previously consuming between one and two packs of cigarettes each day. As a result, Bond says that he was coughing up large amounts of phlegm nearly every morning—a habit that was quickly becoming an annoyance. While he was well aware of the many health and safety risks associated with smoking, as nearly all smokers are, Melissa notes that acommercial about the effects of secondhand cigarette smoke on childrenfinally broke the camel’s proverbial back.

His wife said, “I always told him that he needed to stop, but it was a TV commercial that prompted him to finally call it quits,” says Melissa. “It shows a mother putting a child in a car seat, making sure all the safety straps are locked down. Then she gets in, rolls up all the windows, and lights a cigarette.”

Surely such a brilliant commercial would motivate anyone to want to stop smoking, no? It was such an effective piece of anti-smoking propaganda that I felt it in my lungs just from reading about it.

“It tasted bad and the battery life was terrible. I didn’t like it at all, but I knew I wanted to go to something else other than cigarettes,” says John. “I tried a few different things, but they just didn’t work. Then, after I tried one of my friend’s E-Cigs for about a week, I went online and ordered one like we sell today. I’ve been cigarette-free since October, 2011.”

Along with a complete lack of cravings, John notes that the E-Cig allowed him to avoid the intense phases of irritabilityassociated with quitting cigarettes cold turkey. His decision to quit even made it possible for him to run an entire 5K race earlier this year without any problems whatsoever—a feat he says would have been next to impossible when he was still smoking 20-40 cigarettes every day. Read more on e cigs Just BLowing Wind

So, it looks like electronic cigarettes are indeed worth a try. I am sure there is no one method of giving up smoking that is appropriated to everybody, but I am equally certain that one of the smoking-cessation techniques that should be high on everyone’s list should be this one, the most recently developed – electronic cigarettes. They worked for John – they really helped him turn his life around, so that he can run races now. It is very possible that e cigarettes added years to his life. Modern technology has done this for John.

Is your life less precious than John’s? I am sure mine isn’t! I have been using these electronic cigarette for many months now, and I have managed to cut down on my use of regular cigarettes. It worked for John, it is beginning to work for me, and I hope it will work for you as well. I share my experience with you; now tell me about yours! We can all stop smoking and be healthy together. It gives me a warm, happy feeling to share my experience with you, and it would be a warmer, happier feeling to know that I have helped you at least this little bit.