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I like many people succumbed to peer pressure in my early teens and took up smoking. Most of my fellow underage smoking friends simply grew out of the habit as they got older but I was one of the few who remained with a cigarette constantly in my hand or in my head. At twenty years old I was smoking thirty a day, sometimes more. I always smoked roll ups to which meant the inside of my fingers were stained yellow, my teeth were not much better and my non-smoking friends would always comment on the fact I smelt of smoke. I decided something really had to change when I joined the gym. A twenty year old girl of a healthy weight really shouldn't have been struggling to breathe after a few minutes on a treadmill like I was!
Prior to purchasing an e-cigarette I have attempted to quit smoking using patches, gum, throat spray, nasal spray (by far the worst!) and inhalers. None of these methods worked for me and I don't think lack of willpower was entirely to blame for that, I've really wanted to quit for rather a long time now. It just always seemed and felt impossible. I assumed the e-cigarette must have been doing something right as everywhere I looked someone seemed to be 'smoking' one of these things.
----- What is an E-cigarette exactly? -----
Quite simply it is a fake, electronic cigarette. Using a battery, liquid nicotine, vegetable glycerine and flavourings an e-cigarette recreates the smoking experience in a very realistic way. The user gets their nicotine 'hit' as well as fulfilling the addiction of holding something, inhaling and exhaling smoke (actually vapour with an e-cigarette). The difference is these e-cigarettes contain no tar or other harmful chemicals contained in tobacco. They don't smell or cause anyone around you to passively smoke. They don't stain your skin or your teeth and usually they work out cheaper than smoking tobacco. They're legal to 'smoke' in public places too which means no more freezing to death in the cold when out and about whilst your mates are snuggly sat in the warmth of a public building. This being said, everywhere obviously has the right to ban people from using them in their property if they wish to do so.
----- There are hundreds of models, which is best for me? -----
There seem to be two types of e-cigarette, one which uses a cartomizer and one which uses a clearomizer. The cartomizer e-cigarettes seem to be the most popular probably because they're easier to get hold of. These are the e-lites and nicolites and generally tend to look like a usual cigarette. Personally I use a clearomizer e-cigarette. These types tend to look more like pens with a mouthpiece at the top. These also come in just about every colour you can think of with changeable mouthpieces in a variety of colours, shapes and patterns so if what your e-cigarette looks like is massively important to you you'd do well with one of these.
Both work more or less the same. They both use liquid nicotine which is heated up with a battery when the user sucks on the mouthpiece. This then allows the user to inhale the nicotine and exhale a smoke like vapour making the experience feel more like smoking a real cigarette. E-cigarettes using the cartomizer tend to have a light up tip which glows when the user inhales too again making the experience feel more 'real'.
The real difference between the two types is how you refill your cigarette with nicotine. The likes of e-lites and similar brands use the cartomizers which contain the nicotine and simply screw on to the battery; these tend to look like the filter of a real cigarette. The cartomizer types, however, are filled with a liquid often referred to as 'e-liquid' or 'e-juice'. With these you simply pull off the mouthpiece and pour the liquid into the e-cigarette to refill it. The liquid is again made of liquid nicotine and contains some sort of flavouring. Flavours of cartomizers tend to be fairly limited to tobacco flavours, menthol flavours and a few fruity flavours whereas e-liquid comes in just about any flavour you can think of from pepsi to popcorn, strawberry cheesecake to redbull and even rum and whisky flavours! I personally find that e-liquid works out a fair bit cheaper than the cartomizers too.
----- Price and Availability -----
E-cigarettes are readily available. E-lites seem to have a stand in every shopping centre now days and my local Tesco store sells Nicolites as does WH Smiths. I've seen them in plenty of corner shops now too. As usual though you get the most choice by looking online. The clearomizer types don't seem to be sold very much in usual shops; I can't recall ever seeing one. My local Sunday market has a permanent stand which sells them which is where I purchased mine but if you're looking for this type of e-cigarette (and after trying both types I do think these ones are much better) your best bet is online where there are plenty of options from plenty of different sites.
Prices vary significantly and you can pretty much pay whatever you want for one of these. The vast majority of people purchase a starter kit for their first e-cigarette. Typically these will contain the actual e-cigarette along with a charger and some cartridges/liquids to start you off. My starter kit came with all of the above as well as a zip up carry case to keep everything together and I paid £25 for mine. The Nicolites starter kits cost £20 in Tesco and these tend to be the lower price ranges. Other models of e-cigarette cost around £40-£50 for a starter kit and I've seen some online costing more in the region of £100. Personally I don't find you need to spend an awful lot, as mentioned I paid £25 for my starter kit and it's served me perfectly well (I have the eGo CE4 model).
The refills again, vary significantly in price. Nicolites, for example, sell their refill cartridges in packs of three which cost £7 in Tesco. These three cartridges are approximately the same as sixty cigarettes.
E-liquids are a different story entirely. I purchase 20ml for £5 and this amount of liquid is approximately the same as two hundred cigarettes. Having said that I do purchase mine from a site which seems to sell their liquids much cheaper than any other site I've come across (www.smokshop.com if interested). Other sites I've looked at have sold 20ml for £7, 18ml for £6 and 10ml for £3.50. Again though, this varies significantly and those are just a few examples.
For roughly £7 you can purchase disposable e-cigarettes. These don't have a rechargeable battery or any way of refilling them with nicotine. Once they're empty you just throw them away and are a good buy if wanting to try an e-cigarette without forking out too much money in case it isn't for you.
----- Do they work? -----
In my experience, yes. I know a number of people who have switched to the e-cigarette and haven't smoked in a long time. This being said, I don't see that they have entirely worked for these people.
The e-cigarette appears to have a massive success rate in getting people off of tobacco and out of everyone I know who has purchased one of these I don't know a single person who has gone back to 'proper' cigarettes. The problem is, however, I know a couple of people who purchased one of these about two years ago and they're still smoking them with no intention of getting off of them. Granted they are no longer smoking tobacco but the nicotine addiction is still there thus you could argue that these don't really work.
Whether you refill your cigarette with cartridges or liquids you'll be able to buy your refills with varying amounts of nicotine. For me at least, the idea is to gradually lower the levels of nicotine you're taking in until, eventually, you're not addicted to nicotine anymore. Many people, however, don't do this. This isn't meant as a criticism; just a fact I feel is relevant before deciding if this is the method you should pick to quit smoking.
I purchased my e-cigarette eight weeks ago now. I continued to smoke tobacco first thing in the morning and last thing at night for the first week and had the odd one or two in the second week but I haven't smoked a real cigarette for six weeks and two days now. For the first two weeks I was using e-liquids containing 18mg of nicotine. I then lowered to 11mg and I'm currently using e-liquids containing 6mg of nicotine and, from that point, have been using my e-cigarette as little as possible.
This brings me to the next point against the e-cigarette. I haven't seen cartridges containing no nicotine but I have seen many 'zero nicotine' e-liquids, a lot of them actually so I assume people must be buying them. A smoker isn't just addicted to nicotine. The whole act of smoking is in itself an addiction. The e-cigarette does nothing to combat that addiction. I do think, however, getting rid of the addiction to nicotine before kicking the habit of drawing something to the mouth, inhaling and exhaling is a much easier way of doing it. It still requires willpower, but much less of it. The only time I really struggle with not using my e-cigarette now days is after a meal. Aside from those times I really don't use it that much at all just recently and I've every intention of stopping using it permanently in the near future. I should point out also that many people who have switched to the e-cigarette have already been successful in stopping using it altogether. I'm not suggesting I'm the only one who uses these as a quitting tool altogether rather than just something different to smoke!
In short, I would say that the e-cigarette does work if you're willing to let it. If you decide that this is just a safer, cheaper way of smoking rather than a quitting aid though then it is very easy to be smoking using these as often and for as long as you were smoking tobacco.
Whether it matters or not is uncertain. Nicotine itself isn't any more harmful than caffeine, it's just very addictive. What the effects are of long term e-cigarette smoking no one fully knows as no solid research has gone into it yet. Of course, there are plenty of daily mail type claims about how it's just as harmful and dangerous but until there's scientific, concrete evidence to support these claims I'll ignore them.
----- Would you recommend an e-cigarette? -----
Yes. Whether you just want to swop tobacco for an e-cigarette or want to use one to quit all together I feel they are worth using. Once you've spent the initial cost of a starter kit these tend to be much cheaper. The scent of my perfume lasts longer on my skin and clothes now I'm not smoking tobacco, my teeth are visibly whiter and that yellow/orange stain on my fingers has gone completely. I feel healthier and fitter and am financially much better off. I do believe the positives far outweigh the negatives and I've found mine to be much easier in terms of allowing me to quit than any other method I have used. This is by far the longest my quitting attempts have gone on for and I honestly cannot see me going back to tobacco. So yes, I would recommend the e-cigarette.
well all i can say is with the new year coming up and most people will be making new years resolutions to quit smoking but then the next day they have a cigarette on the go, I am one of those people.
Its possibly one of the hardest habits to quit and some people try and fail and say they will start on monday.
The wait is now over my friends. this electric cigarette is great. It isnt like any other quite smoking products. Nothing like patches or the chewing gum. This is the deal.
The electic cigarette looks like a cigarette and feels like one too. Its a small white stick with a filter coloured end which is changable when it runs out. i have also found that you can buy different flavoured filters. there is apple, vanilla, mentol, mint and just your ordinary cigarette taste. For a box of ten filters it costs only £2.
The white stick is rechargable so you will never need to buy another one. right at the end of the cigarette stick there is a light which glows red when you draw on it.
The electric cigarette comes with its own car charger, a USB charger and also a three pin charger. the charge lasts about two hours depending on how often you use it.
When you inhale the vaporise smoke it just feels as if your having an ordinary cigarette. When trying this electric cigarette for the first time it does have quite weird taste to it but it doesnt take long until you get used to it, It takes about a day or so.
These electric cigarette are brilliant esspecially if your in a public place like a pub as they are allowed by law. which is great as you wont have to stand out sided in the nasty cold wheather.
You can buy these ciggarettes online for about £20. I got mine from Trotters Traders for £10 and it comes with 10 free filters, all three chargers.
You can also now buy the disposable electric cigarettes from tesco for £6 each and you can get atleast 30 cigarettes out of that one disposble cigarette.
I've been smoking for nearly fifteen years, and before I tried these I had managed to cut down to about 12.5g of rolling tobacco per week, usually mostly smoked during the weekend.
I had tried to quit and I could stop at work and everywhere else through willpower, but as soon as I got a drink in my hand/down me I got cravings really bad, especially with others around me smoking.
I was forwarded an offer of these e-cigs from the VIP range of £19.99 for a starter kit and since I've been using them I haven't needed real cigarettes. Refills are quite expensive, with each manufacturer spouting the usual line that 'using any other manufacturer's cartomiser will damage our battery, because our one is better'.
The white bit of the cigarette is the battery which is recharged by screwing it into a USB charger. Fully charged this will last you about 20 good pulls. The orange bit is the cartomiser which contains the drugs. The energy from the battery is activated once the cartomiser is screwed in and you take a pull, and the liquid in it is converted into vapour. There is a taste to this vapour and you breathe it out, but there's no lasting odour or staining.
This vapour gives me the same hit I crave with a normal cig, going to the back of the throat satisfyingly. Each cartomiser lasts for about 15-20 pulls, but usually my cravings are satisfied after about 5 pulls.
I know there hasn't been any concrete research done on the health risks, but it can't really be any worse than proper smoking. After 10 weeks off the cigs and on these techsmokes my chest feels lighter, I can stay longer at the gym and I no longer get irritable at work.
If you've ever tried to stop smoking, you may have at some stage used a pen as a comforter for fingers and mouth. Better than nothing, but requiring a bit too much imagination, I would have thought. Just think how much more effective it could have been if it had looked, tasted and behaved the same as a cigarette. Step forward the electronic cigarette and take a bow.
I bought one for my wife from miniciggy.com a few years ago, knowing that she would at least appreciate the quirky novelty value of it, but also in the hope that it would encourage her to stop smoking.
The e-cigarette consists of a battery, an atomizer and a nicotine cartridge that slot and screw together. It came with a mains charger and ten cartridge refills, the whole package costing £19.99. As it contains no tobacco and isn't lit, it is less harmful to your health and legal to 'smoke' in establishments where smoking is prohibited. Caution: The jury is still out as to how much less harmful this therapy is, in depth studies not yet available.
At first glance an assembled e-cigarette looks like the real thing. It's nicotine cartridge is a similar shade of brown to a filter, the rest of it is white and the end glows orange when 'a draw' is taken. It also emits a vapour that replicates smoke and releases a shot of nicotine. The orange light also flashes in certain sequences to warn of either overuse or the need to recharge. On closer inspection it is about an inch longer, twice as thick and a fair bit heavier than a conventional 'Superking' cigarette. A mini ciggy it certainly aint!
Cartridges come in three strengths: high, medium and low. However for someone with a serious habit, nothing less than the high strength will really hit the spot. As each cartridge is said to be equivalent to a packet of 20 and a pack of 50 cartridges can be bought for £17.99, the potential for saving is immense.
It therefore seemed to tick all the boxes, but heavy smokers are a curious and fussy breed, with their own customs, vocabulary and a constant supply of excuses.
The major grumble seemed to be that it lacked the consistent output of a traditional cigarette, sometimes giving you 'a gob full' and at other times 'hardly owt'. Approximately one in ten of the cartridges turned out to be duds that wouldn't yield anything at all. Another comment was that 'it doesn't hit the back of the throat', surely a good thing. It also seemed to be frustratingly out of charge when it was really needed...come to think of it, not much different to a mobile phone!
The three heavy smokers of my acquaintance - wife, wife's best friend and daughter - seemed enthusiastic about it to start with, but never attempted to use it instead of buying their normal cigarettes. In reality it only really supplemented their intake and tangible savings never really materialised.
It came into its own when we were out socialising in smoking free zones or to make a packet of 20 stretch until the shops opened. For me, it was worth the outlay just to see a succession of bar persons and bouncers come scurrying over and stop mid sentence when they realised it wasn't real.
It begun to get used less and less often until one day, after a particularly long spell of inactivity, it started to respond erratically after coming off charge. This ultimately brought to an end the last shred of interest in the product, it now being stuffed in a drawer. Replacement parts are advertised prominently on the manufacturers website, suggesting they do commonly fail, but not knowing whether it was the battery or atomizer at fault and considering its dwindling usage, this avenue was never explored.
Don't let that put you off giving it a try though. I believe that someone who is either not quite as heavily addicted or more committed to giving up, would find one of these very, very helpful.
* There is now a newer model out that is said to address some of the shortcomings of the original - a so-called 'Maxi Ciggy' - intended for seriously heavy smokers, with a stronger, longer life cartridge and a charge lasting five times as long. However the starter pack for this one is much more expensive at around £50.
I will take you on a journey when I was trying to give up smoking. Breifly I was trying to give up smoking I went to the doctors and they put me on a course of tablets champix they were called. Brillant they done the job and I was of the smokes then for six months. Although the side effects was a list as long as your hands but I found myself smoking six months later it was really hard when I was socailsing having a beer.
So I was browsing the web and came across the electronic cigarette company. I bought the mini cig kit which was twenty seven pound reduced to fourteen pound and then a bottle of fluid cost me ten pounds.
How it works the cig comes in three parts a filter which is usally black and has a sponge filter inside it. You fill that up with the bottle of fluid that comes like a bottle of ear drops only it is nicotine fluid. You can get all different flavours I go for tobbaco and you can buy different strengths.
Then the automiser ataaches to the tip and the end bit that has the led light which gives it the effect of a lit cigarette has to be charged. Then you put it together and smoke it I have been of the smokes for six months again now and it still gives me the nicotine but cuts out the four thousand chemicals that is in normal cigs. I feel healthier and fitter and breathing better. I am now going to wean myself down of the cig to the weakest strength. It is good because you can still go outside and have a smoke with your friends when they ask you so it is good as it is still giving and feeding you the habbit of smoking. Also you can smoke it inside bars and in public places as smoke comes out but it is more or less water vapour. Honestly try this a bottle of fluid last me two months my cig paid for itself the first week.
I'm forever trying to give up smoking - I've been smoking since I was 13, so after 15 years it's become a bit of an ingrained habit . I've had varying degrees of success with various nicotine replacement products, but something always happens that makes me start smoking again, and it's become very clear to me that my addiction to nicotine is not going to be broken anytime soon.
So now, rather than trying to quit smoking, I'm trying to smoke more healthily, which has led to me buying an electronic cigarette . There are various brands available, the brand and model I am focusing on in this review is the I-cig I100 , which is available in three colours, white,black, and purple .
Not being one to draw unwanted attention to myself, I opted for the white one, which bears the closest resemblance physically to a real ciggie . It's the same length and width for a start, although it is noticably heavier to hold, and comprises a nicotine cartridge (there are 10 in the starter pack), an atomiser, and the main body which houses the battery. The kit also comes with a handy charger, more about that later.
Putting the Icig I100 together is simple - simply remove the dummy cartridge, and slot a nicotine cartridge in it's place, twisting to make sure it is firmly affixed to the main body. Then, take a deep drag, and enjoy the nicotine rush - complete with steam vapour, and a glowing end for a real smoking experience .
It should be noted that the end glows blue, rather than orange , which is handy as it avoids confusion with a real cigarette if smoking this in a public place . The steam emitted is almost scentless - if you sniff very closely there is a little sweet smell, but even this soon dissipates . For those around me when I smoke, this is great - no longer am I sitting in a cloud of foul smelling smoke- and makes for a much nicer environment for non smokers around me .
It has it's advantages for me too . First and foremost there are the health benefits . Smoking my Icig, I'm taking in nothing more than a little nicotine, alcohol, lactic acid, and food perfume. None of those are particularly scary - in fact, all (barring the nicotine) are edible, and are things I would likely consume in my daily diet.
Were I to smoke a real cigarette, I would be taking in : Tar, Acetone, Ammonia, Arsenic, Benzene, Benzoapyrene, Butane, Cadmium, Formaldehyde, Lead, Propylene Glycol, and Turpentine . That is by no means an exhasutive list -but none of these things are particularly good for me .
Take Benzoapyrene for example - described as " A yellow crystalline carcinogenic hydrocarbon found in coal tar and cigarette smoke." It's one of the most potent cancer-causing chemicals in the world, and certainly something I could do without in my system.
Eliminating all these toxins from my body by not smoking real cigarettes can only be a good thing - reducing my risk of cancer, heart attack, and clogged arteries significantly .
As well as the health benefits , I'm also not going to be staining my teeth anymore . Nor will I have smoky breath, nicotine scented clothes, or tar stained fingers. I can ''smoke" inside a pub, rather than cowering outside in the rain on a night out, and I never have to remember to carry a lighter with me, or have stinky ashtrays littering up my house .
For £21.99 I got a charger, an Icig, and 10 nicotine cartridges, each of which is the equivalent of roughly ten cigarettes . Now, 100 cigarettes would cost me at least £23, and thats if I smoke the rough-as-a-badgers-arse cheap fags .
A further refill pack of 10 cartridges costs just £5.99, so it's certainly going to work out much cheaper than actually smoking in the long run, especially as the price of cigarettes is rising year on year.
It is so easy to put together, and I love the handy pack that it comes with for carrying, the same size and shape as a real cigarette pack. Inhaling, I get that hit at the back of my throat that I would with a real cigarette, although the taste is a little different, ever so slightly sweet. I got used to the taste in a day or two, and found it a good replacement for a real cigarette .
I find I need to charge this once a day, which takes two hours for a full charge, with the charger plugging into a USB port on my computer, and a colour changing light lets you know when this is fully charged .
I would certainly recommend the ICIG I100 . It is inexpensive, and works ouy cheaper than smoking, and is much healthier for you , and allows you to get your nicotine fix without making the environment unpleasant for others. The one small downside might be having to order the replacement cartridges (available in high strengthm medium, and menthol) online , but so long as you're organised, you can keep yourself in stock . 5 stars .
What is it?
The electronic cigarette is a device that simulates the functions of a regular cigarette. It is a completely smoke free device that uses suction to heat an element which makes the cigarette end appear to glow, it generates a mist which can be exhaled giving the appearance of smoke and at the same time gives a dose of nicotine to the user.
How does it work?
The cigarette itself is made up of ....parts. The tip of the device is painted orange to symbolise 'glowing', the main 'white' section of the cigarette is actually a battery whilst the base 'filter' is actually a capsule that screws off, this capsule contains a liquid jelly that itself contains nicotine.
Where can you buy it?
Currently this is only available on the internet but with it's popularity ever increasing I would not be surprised to see it in pharmacies very soon
How much does it cost?
There are a range of 'strengths' available: High, Medium (Malboro Light like), Low, Zero and Menthol. The starter pack is £28.50 and includes the complete cigarette, a USB charger, 4 cartridges and a carry case.
Refills are available in packs of ten (approximately equivalent to 100 normal cigarettes) and are £7.50
Does it work?
Yes however it depends on the desired outcome of the user. Some people use this whilst out in public (e.g. in pubs) to eliminate having to go outside, some use it as an aid to cutting down tobacco intake and some use it as a complete anti-smoking regime.
I have seen and tried this myself and am very impressed. If you were normally a 20-a-day smoker and you decided to give up tobacco and use these then you would spend half as much in one year (and the cost is expected to drop as popularity increases).
It has been suggested that if you are using these whilst drinking in a pub/club that you speak to the bar staff to confirm it is ok to use them. They are still relatively new to the market and therefore could inadvertently upset other customers who are unaware of them.
The small white stick, which looks just like a proper cigarette, contains a chamber that vapourises pure liquid nicotine into a puff of steam.