Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Year, New You: Time to Stop Smoking Cigarettes

A lot of people decide to make major changes in their lives as a new year rolls around, and quitting smoking is a very common New Year's resolution. Freeing yourself of this addiction can add years to your life as well as prevent a number of health problems. Most smokers have made the attempt so many times that the thought of starting another year this way seems daunting, and they are left wondering how to quit smoking and stay quit for good. To make quitting as simple as possible, you should consider e-cigarettes.

There are a number of reasons that e-cigarettes can make it easier to quit smoking, and the foremost may be that they allow you to engage in the same type of actions that you do when smoking a regular cigarette. E-cigarettes do not contain the same variety of toxic chemicals that regular cigarettes do.Instead, they work by creating vapor out of e-liquid, which normally contains propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine and flavorings. This allows you to get the nicotine you crave in the manner you are used to, but you're getting it in a way that can be less damaging to your health. People are able to transition to e-liquid with lower concentrations of nicotine, and from there, many are able to completely eliminate nicotine by using e-liquids that only contain flavoring.
There have been a number of studies on the efficacy of using e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking, and they indicate that their use may be the most effective way for people to kick the habit. A British study that was published in the journal Addiction indicates that those who used e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking were 60 percent more likely to be successful than those who used either gum or nicotine patches. Researchers noted that because e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, cravings and withdrawal symptoms were reduced.

Additionally, according to a study published in the medical journal The Lancet, even those who were unable to completely quit smoking were still able to reduce how often they smoked by using e-cigarettes. Researchers found that those who used e-cigarettes to quit smoking were better able to reduce the number of tobacco cigarettes they smoked compared to those who used nicotine patches.

Whether you've tried to quit smoking before or this is your first attempt, research indicates that you're far more likely to succeed by using e-cigarettes to help you stop. Even if you've tried and failed with gum, willpower or patches, e-cigarettes may be just what you need to quit.

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