I have recently decided to try a new nicotine replacement therapy – an E-Cigarette. I’ll explain why below.
But first, here are some things that I have come to learn from recently purchasing this product alongside my fiancé.
- What’s in them? A battery, a burner and a cartridge filled with what is commonly called ‘juice’. Some cartridges and e-cigarettes are disposable and some cartridges are refillable. We bought the refillable variety.
- What’s in this ‘juice’? It contains vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol and flavoring. Some contain nicotine and some do not.
- The strength of nicotine in some of the juices varies, allowing a user to slowly decrease the amount of nicotine they inhale as needed. The strengths come in 6mg, 12mg or 24mg of nicotine depending on where you buy them.
- I am struggling with the back and forth with quitting so I chose ‘Vanilla Victory’-flavored juice with 12mg of nicotine to start off with. A picture of the e-cigarette I chose is shown below. My fiancé chose a juice with no nicotine content, as he only smokes about one cigarette per month.
- With all of the NRTs I have tried, I’ve always had trouble finding a replacement for the feeling of the smoke entering my lungs. This product seems to be doing this for me. It is slowly helping me to smoke fewer cigarettes.
- Since there aren’t many studies on how much nicotine is released into the air when you exhale the vapor from this product, I am going to err on the side of caution and not use it around my children.
- Having just given birth and planning to conceive in the next two years, I am confident that this product could help me quit again and stay this way before and for the entire duration of my next pregnancy. Hopefully for good.
So the idea here is that there may not be much known about these products but they appear to be safer than regular cigarettes and appear to have less toxic chemicals. Due to popularity, teenagers are finding these products appealing. I personally think the use of these items (particularly the ones with nicotine) should be limited to smokers who are struggling to quit and non-smokers should refrain from their use.
What’s your opinion? What other NRTs have helped you?
Let me know in the comments below!