I remember once years ago a speaker at a Stop Smoking Seminar came up with what she thought was one of the best reasons to quit smoking. She said, "Imagine how much money you'd save if you gave up smoking!" Yeah "I got it ... people addicted to cigarettes are simply lacking good money-management skills. I realized at that moment the speaker didn't know anything about How Addiction Works and later when I asked her what method she used to quit smoking she said, "Oh ... I've never smoked ... I just run these seminars." With my suspicions confirmed I asked for my money back, didn't get it, and went out and bought a carton.
I smoked for 44 years and tried to quit off and on over the last 36 of those years. I tried every stop smoking method out there, except for the stop smoking drugs that could have nasty suicidal side-effects. I finally was able to quit smoking about four years ago. March 6th 2010 to be exact. My electronic cigarette starter kit arrived in the mail and I quit smoking that day. I didn't really quit smoking ... I just learned how to smoke properly ... without the smoke. More flavor ... less death.
I spent a huge amount of time researching e-cigs before buying my first kit and I've learned a lot more since. Here's how it shakes out:
People using Nicotine Replacement Therapies, the patch, gum, lozenges, sprays, and inhalers, have, at best, a 7% success rate. Smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes have a success rate of over 70%. E-cigs are 10 times more effective than traditional Nicotine Replacement Therapies. I think that's pretty damn impressive but what's really amazing is the amount of anti-e-cig propaganda that's succeeded in convincing city and state politicians to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places just like they were regular cigarettes.
One key anti-e-cig propaganda talking point is the conflation of second hand smoke from tobacco cigarettes with second hand vapor from e-cigs. An article about e-cigs from last month's The Christian Science Monitor said, "... experts say consumers can't yet be sure whether they are safe either for users or people exposed to second-hand vapor puffs."
Imagine this ... we're sitting in an enclosed room while I puff away on my e-cig. If you could magically inhale 100% of what I exhale ... why in 10 to 15 minutes you might receive the equivalent amount of nicotine found in a serving of eggplant. The Christian Science Monitor hasn't published articles about the threat to public safety from Eggplant Parmesan, and the FDA isn't considering a ban on Ratatouille, but we should all be extremely wary of ... e-cigs?
We all know second hand smoke is harmful but we should know second hand e-cig vapor is harmless. But that runs counter to The Agenda. The fear-mongering propagandists are trying to persuade people that electronic cigarettes are Bad For You. See, the deal is that if e-cigs are successfully demonized as cigarettes ... they can be taxed like cigarettes. According to a BBC News article regarding the economics of tobacco, "The US government makes seven times more money from the sale of a pack of cigarettes than the cigarette maker does."
A cigarette is the only consumer product which when used as directed kills its consumer. Cigarette smoking causes about one of every five deaths in the United States each year. The most effective way to quit smoking is to switch to electronic cigarettes. E-cig vendors legally can't say that to promote their products.
But I can.
Professor Carl Philips of the University of Alberta School of Public Health said, "... Switching is so close as good as quitting that from a health point of view there is no point in worrying about the difference."
Dr. Joel L. Nitzkin, MD, the Chair of the Tobacco Control Task Force of the American Association of Public Health Physicians wrote, "AAPHP favors a permissive approach to E-cigarettes because the possibility exists to save the lives of four million of the eight million current adult American smokers who will otherwise die of a tobacco-related illness over the next twenty years."