Information for smoker’s wishing to cut down or stop!


Hi, this blog is slightly off topic to my usual posts.  I conducted and interview with a friend and wanted to share the experiential nature of her answers in relation to how and why she has chosen to use electronic cigarettes and how useful or not she has found them.

In this economic climate smoking is an expensive life choice to make both financially and health-wise.

It is a personal choice but it is also becoming more and more socially unacceptable as people do not like other people’s choices affecting them.

Smoking is an emotive issue and I am not opening up a debate on whether or not people should smoke or where they should be allowed to do so, I am just presenting the information as I have it for you to do with it what you like.

So here goes.

Q. Do you smoke less while on the computer if you have your electronic cigarette?

A. Yes, definitely.

English: Electronic cigarette charger

English: Electronic cigarette charger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Q. Do you use an electronic cigarette exclusively or do you still smoke cigarettes as well?

A. I smoke both.  The electronic cigarette is very good to stave off cravings but it is a little bulkier and heavier than a normal cigarette, otherwise I would exclusively use the electronic cigarette.  I do buy less cigarettes as the imagined ‘Oh my god, I’ll have no cigs in the morning if I don’t buy more now’ scenario, is gone.

Q. Did you buy the electronic cigarette in an attempt to stop smoking or just to cut down?

A. I bought the electronic cigarette knowing I would no longer be able to afford to smoke in the near future.  It is my only vice.  I use the electronic cigarette when I realise that I am only lighting a cigarette because they are in reach, not because I really want one.

Q. Is it saving you money?

A. Oh most certainly!  It was initially expensive for me, but well worth it.  I am using it more and more these days as cigarettes are truly getting beyond my reach.  The cartridges are a little costly, but much less expensive than the same amount of cigarettes in real money terms.

Q. Have you tried any other nicotine replacement products?

A. Lol yes, I tried gum, which tasted like sweaty feet and burned my tongue and throat.  I tried patches, which did nothing except leave a red mark on my arm when taken off to have a cigarette?  They were half-hearted attempts to stop smoking though.  Like I said, I enjoy smoking and didn’t really want to stop which is probably why they didn’t work.  The electronic cigaretteallows me to be a smoker, without the smells and the non-smokers moaning constantly.

Q. Did you used to light up a cigarette and then realise you didn’t actually want it but smoked it all anyway because it would be a ‘waste’ to put it out?  Has the electronic cigarette stopped this from occurring as often?

A.  Yes to both questions.  If I leave the electronic cigarette on my keyboard and my cigs on my desk, I am more likely to reach for the electronic cigarette and have only one or two puffs, rather than a whole cigarette.

Q. Would you say your health is being improved by the use of the electronic cigarette?  Is less actual nicotine being consumed per day?  Are less of the harmful by-products of cigarettes being inhaled on a daily basis?  Have you noticed any health benefits?

A. No.  Having been a smoker for a long time, and recent lung problems occurring that were/are not smoking related, x-rays have shown that my lungs are still perfectly healthy.  I haven’t been using the electronic cigarette long enough to notice any changes personally.  So no to the question.  Except like I mention above, the smells.  Cigarettes do smell terrible and it is more noticeable once using an electronic cigarette.  I now, however, do not smoke outside in public at all, and prefer to use the electronic cigarette when not in the house.

Q. That links to my next question, when are the common times that you use your electronic cigarette versus the common times when you prefer a real cigarette?

A. It’s like coffee, I prefer a nice cup of coffee and a cig when I wake up.  Also after meals and before bed, a real cig and hot brew are something I refuse to give up.  Any other time I would be happy to use the electronic cigarette.

Q. As a writer and a smoker do you find that you are mor or less likely to smoke while working?

A. It depends on whether I am on a focused roll with the writing.  If I am struggling with the written word then I am more likely to smoke while working, although if the electronic cigarette is near, I will puff on it more regularly if stressed.

I would like to thank my friend for answering these questions so candidly, she did ask to remain anonymous so I will abide by her wishes.

Thank you for reading my off-topic post, normal business will resume shortly.

http://electroniccigarette-247.co.uk/

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~ by adelesymonds on March 1, 2013.

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