Help your loved ones quit smoking this holiday season
This holiday season, as you’re thinking about what to buy for the smokers in your life, why not consider an electronic cigarette?
Let’s face it. We all hope to buy reasonably-priced gifts that will help others make positive changes to their lives. What’s better than helping your loved ones quit smoking tobacco?
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices that emit doses of nicotine. One advantage of the e-cigarette is that users can control the amount of nicotine they consume. Users can buy a variety of flavors, including those that mimic traditional cigarettes, or foods, such as strawberry or cheesecake.
There is substantial evidence that e-cigarettes may be a useful smoking cessation method. For example, research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that two-thirds (66.8%) of the 222 smokers surveyed smoked less after using e-cigarettes for six months, nearly half (48.8%) quit smoking cigarettes for a period of time, and almost a third (31%) quit smoking completely.
E-cigarettes are also more effective than traditional smoking cessation tools (such as nicotine patches or gum) at helping people quit smoking tobacco cigarettes. Traditional smoking cessation programs tend to have dismal success rates, varying between 19 and 27 percent. According to the Surgeon General, nicotine gum has a success rate of 27 percent, followed by 25 percent with an inhaler, 23 percent with the nicotine patch, and 19 percent with nicotine gum (short-term use).
E-cigarettes have become so popular in recent years because most users believe that they are safer alternatives to tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes, for example, do not emit the cancer-causing chemicals that tobacco cigarettes do, such as benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide.
Most users report better breathing soon after switching from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes.
If you’re trying to helping someone quit smoking, try getting them an electronic cigarette. There’s a good chance that they will lead healthier, happier lives.