My husband and I were long time smokers. I admit that last year when he said he was ready to quit I was not exactly on board. But I also know that trying to quit when you live with a smoker is near impossible. So I agreed to try and quit.
We looked into lots of different ways to help us quit and in the end we decided to try electronic cigarettes. There are a lot of different types of ecigs but they all work the same way.
Electronic Cigarettes work a lot like regular cigarettes. But instead of using a lighter or a match, there is no fire involved. These are battery powered and contain a vaporization chamber and a cartridge filled with liquid nicotine. You puff on the device as you would a regular cigarette. In turn the electronic cigarette heats the liquid and changes it to a nicotine-filled vapor. Inhale to deliver the nicotine to your lungs, and then exhale the vapor. It looks like you’re smoking a regular cigarette, but there’s no smell, because nothing is burning.
An electronic cigarette can contain as much nicotine as a regular cigarette and even more. The amount of nicotine an electronic cigarette delivers depends on the content of the liquid nicotine cartridge. You can choose the nicotine in a range of strengths from full flavor, to mild and even ultra light. You can also get no nicotine so you still have the flavor and action without the nicotine.
When we first started using an electronic cigarette, we got ours with the same nicotine as an ultra light cigarette. We are now using no nicotine and can’t tell a difference.
Do they work?
We made the switch over the 4th of July weekend in 2013. While the craving still strikes for a real cigarette for me, my husband has gone from smoking 3 packs a day to no nicotine.
I call that a huge success.