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  • on 09.08.2011
  • at 09:24 AM
  • by Jessy Troy

Smokers, Here’s How You Can Live Longer – and It Doesn’t Involve Quitting Nicotine!

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Regular cigarettes are well known to contain almost 4000 chemicals, many of which are dangerously carcinogenic and known to cause a range of diseases. The life expectancy of smokers is also well known to be much shorter as a result of their addiction.

But while research into the effects of e-cigarettes is still ongoing, it’s hard to deny the anecdotal evidence that their use can provide great benefits to smokers who would otherwise find it impossible to give up their harmful habit, largely because electronic cigarettes are a far more benign method of getting a nicotine fix.

No Cough

Many smokers have noticed a definite improvement in their general health, sometimes within only a week, after switching from analogue cigarettes to e-cigarettes. Some have reported that their smoker’s cough cleared up, their sense of smell and taste returned, and their lung function improved dramatically after only a short period of using e-cigarettes exclusively.

One online survey of smokers who had either switched entirely or partly to e-cigs showed a range of improvements in general health and ability to exercise as a result, and none reported any change for the worse.

Harm Reduction

The benefits of quitting smoking for good are well established, but the problem will always remain that smokers are addicted. Despite knowing that smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable deaths worldwide, nicotine is still a highly addictive chemical that causes physical and psychological dependency.

The effects of withdrawal include irritability, headaches, increased blood pressure, and cravings, and any smokers who reduce or cut down on their daily habit are likely to experience these and other symptoms.

The greatest advantage to e-cigarettes is that they can provide smokers with a viable alternative to the analogue cigarettes that cause them so much harm without having to go through the stress and pain of nicotine withdrawal. They provide a smoking experience so close to the norm that it’s quite common for users of e-cigarettes to switch completely with no ill effects. This represents a huge reduction in the harm that nicotine addiction can cause, simply because a smoker can use a device that simulates the taste, feel, and smell of an analogue cigarette without the danger of cancer, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, and an increased mortality rate.

Promising Research

Studies of the effects of e-cigarettes are still ongoing. A 2009 paper from New Zealand tested a Ruyan V8 brand e-cigarette for over 50 cigarette smoke toxicants, benchmarked against several common analogue brands, and found none present in the e-cig vapor. An overview of studies conducted by the Boston University School of Public Health found that “few, if any, chemicals at levels detected in electronic cigarettes raise serious health concerns… a preponderance of the available evidence shows them to be much safer than tobacco cigarettes and comparable in toxicity to conventional nicotine replacement products.”

This article was produced by ECigaretteDirect, the manufacture and supplier of the Smoker’s HALO electronic cigarette.

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