I was a smoker for 21 years at around 20-30 a day. Then, a month or so ago, I stumbled onto electronic cigarettes. After much investigation into the health aspect as well as the feasibility of these clever little gadgets I bit the bullet and bought one.
Over the years I have tried patches, gum, micro tabs and inhalators but nothing seemed to do the trick for me long term. The longest I stopped for was 3 weeks (but that's just me and I know these methods do work for others so don't be put off).
The electronic cigarette was the first thing that actually quenched my need for a cigarette first thing in the morning. It delivers the nicotine in exactly the same way as smoking does but without all of the 4000 nasty chemicals. The nicotine is suspended in a mist/smoke like vapour which is produced via an atomiser when you take a drag. It feels like smoking (which for me is a big thing) because you actually see the smoke and feel the hit immediately. Also theres no second hand smoke as the vapour which is odourless dissapears in seconds once you have exhaled.
I realise that with this method you are mimicking smoking almost exactly (which I feel some may frown on) but it is possible to step down the nicotine over time as there are varying strengths of cartridge available down to zero nicotine.
This may not be ideal for everyone but surely the ultimate goal here is to stop those 4000 chemicals entering your body, when you are left with just the nicotine, that can be stepped down over time without having to worry about the nasties in the ciggies!
In true Victor Kyam style I liked it so much (no I didn't buy the company!!) but I did source the manufacturer and have set up a website.
It would be bad form for me to just plonk the web address at the bottom of this email so if anyone is interested just let me know here and I'll post the address.
This isn't a sales pitch, it really is working for me. It has just been so easy stopping this way. Although they are not sold as smoking cessation devices but as a smoking alternative.
Thanks for reading, I hope it helps someone.