“I wondered for a while if this topic would be best suited here but eventually concluded that electronic cigarettes are a clever way to hack smoking
The electric cigarette fad appeals to me on many levels, but foremost because I believe it is a perfect expression of a technologically advanced society applying just a modicum of its potential and common sense to conquer a problem that has gone needlessly unsolved for a very long time. It has long been known that cigarette addiction has more components than nicotine. Cessation tools like patches and gums have a failure rate somewhere on the order of 90% because they do not address the physical conditioning aspect. Part of the habit involves the weight of the cigarette in the fingers, the sensation of it on the lips and the smell taste and temperature of the gasses inhaled. Tactics like sucking on a lollipop rely on an oversimplified model of the problem while electronic cigarettes promise to provide a reasonably believable smoking experience whilst delivering adjustable amounts of nicotine – minus the myriad combustion products produced by a real cigarette.
The nicotine suspension or “e-juice” has three components: a food-safe glycerol base, food-safe flavouring and optionally a nicotine dose. The solution is vaporised on a battery-powered heating element so these chemicals are absorbed directly by the lungs without any combustion to alter them.
It is my humble opinion that something with the kind of potential that e cigarettes have should be fast-tracked to federal testing – Health Canada would have a much more budgetary room to breathe if thousands of smokers didn’t require treatment each year.
I have been a smoker since the age of 15 and I have never tried to quit. I really enjoy smoking; I like the way it feels, I like the way it looks and I like the way it tastes. Despite this, by most standards I’m a light smoker. I only smoke around half a pack of king size lights a day and tend to chip them half way to finish later. I am explicitly setting out to quit smoking by switching to e-cigarettes. I think it would be wonderful if that was the end result. I don’t want to give up “smoking” in some form and I am hopeful electric cigarettes can give me that without the lung problems. “