E cigs any good?

Hi All

This is my first post wahaaaay. Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Jordan and I'm from the UK and have been trying to quit smoking for years now with no success so have thought what better than join a group like this to help me in the process

I want to quit slowly and not go cold turkey so was thinking of using e-cigs for the intial few months. I wanted to know are e-cigs like these {advertising link removed} any good? Has anyone got any experience of using this brand? Thanks in advance all help is appreciated :)

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  • Welcome :)

    E-cigs are a very much love or hate subject so you'll get a lot of differing opinions on them.

    Just FYI, you might want to take the link out of your post, as advertising is frowned on :)

  • I have found my Ecig a fantastic aid to my quit. I think it depends how you plan to use them.

    If you simply replace all you cigs with Ecigs then to me this is just a different form of smoking ( albeit I accept you can go 0 nicotine etc etc). If you use your Ecig smart to only help in those deep craving moments and reduce the nicotine level over time then I personally see it as a great aid to quitting.

    I am on day 48 and use my Ecig once or twice daily. I have very low levels of nicotine in mine (I reduced this over time). I'm getting to a stage that I am contemplating it's removal altogether :D

  • I have found my Ecig a fantastic aid to my quit. I think it depends how you plan to use them. :D

    I think Lindy has it in a nutshell really. :)

    I didn't personally use an e-cig but I don't see any significant difference between that and any fully accepted form of NRT. It's not what quit aid you use, it's how you use it.

  • I used an ecig in my previous quit and it did help, however when I stopped using it, I ended up smoking real cigarettes for a week or so...go figure....

    I think Lindy has made a valid point, it depends how you use it, some people are very successful with using an ecig to quit, others are not including myself..personally if I used one again I would be a full time vaper and use it as an alternative to smoking, good luck

  • I think that's the controversy with Ecigs really. Things like patches have a single purpose, to support you quit. Ecig users have made trendy this vaping experience and are gathering socially to talk about it. It's a new addiction in its own right. I can understand the negativity towards them on this forum and why for some they don't work. All I can say is that if used in an appropriate way I believe they can be a good quit aid. I honestly don't believe I will go back to smoking when I finish with my Ecig.

  • I think that's the controversy with Ecigs really. Things like patches have a single purpose, to support you quit. Ecig users have made trendy this vaping experience and are gathering socially to talk about it. It's a new addiction in its own right. I can understand the negativity towards them on this forum and why for some they don't work. All I can say is that if used in an appropriate way I believe they can be a good quit aid. I honestly don't believe I will go back to smoking when I finish with my Ecig.

    I know you won't Lin, no doubt about it, you are focused and using it occasionally, I started having after meals, when I went out socially etc, I think that's why it didn't work for me, you are using it in the correct way to help you quit and you are doing brilliantly with it :) x

  • I should have mentioned if used sensibly then I imagine it to be very helpful. Hope I haven't offended with my opinion x

    Oh not at all :D. X

  • I know you won't Lin, no doubt about it, you are focused and using it occasionally, I started having after meals, when I went out socially etc, I think that's why it didn't work for me, you are using it in the correct way to help you quit and you are doing brilliantly with it :) x

    Ah you are too kind :). I don't go out much. Housebound with cats haha :D x

  • Phew!

    I'm such a worrier. X

    Aw don't be. I'm pretty thick skinned and value alternative opinions :D x

  • Wow, so many posts, thank you all very much appreciated, i think I might try using the gum instead then if there's a risk of ecig addiction too, plus theyre so expensive. Yeh...gum all the way...anyways thanks again :)

  • I used an e cig in previous attempts but much prefered a proper cig:(

    This quit 32 days in I have used it maybe 3 times....it's there if things get really bad,as a back up I suppose..

    I personally wouldn't want to swop cigs for vaping ,but as Lindy says whatever helps..

    Mine are the lowest mint flavoured and I don't inhale:confused:

    Comfort blanket...methinks.:D

  • Hi ....I used e cig for approximately one week and it turned out I was allergic to PG or something that is in the vapour ......I am still struggling with throat /mouth /esophagus damage now(hence the reflux)....2 month later !! Think very carefully about which aids you would suit .....I ended up on the patch only and will have fully weaned off in 2 weeks time :).......Some people do get on well with e cig ....think I'm just one that didn't .......most important thing is to not just put everything down to stopping smoking .....if you begin to feel ill go to the doctors .....I'm glad I did !!

  • Hello

    I used an e cig as a form of NRT and it worked brilliantly for me. I used it for about 5 months, although I didn't use it excessively. I did find it addictive, but it was much easier to wean myself off that than off cigarettes. I think it worked brilliantly for me.

    Good luck with your quit!

    Sarah

  • Wow, so many posts, thank you all very much appreciated, i think I might try using the gum instead then if there's a risk of ecig addiction too, plus theyre so expensive. Yeh...gum all the way...anyways thanks again :)

    I would definitely recommend gum over an e-cig Jordan, they do work for some people but there is a risk of doing what I did and using the e-fag too much.

    Good luck!! :)

  • Hi ....I used e cig for approximately one week and it turned out I was allergic to PG or something that is in the vapour ......I am still struggling with throat /mouth /esophagus damage now(hence the reflux)....2 month later !!

    WOW that's scary!!

    Know the VG based ones gave me a very sore throat, lucky I didn't do anything serious to myself!!

    Hope you're better soon :)

  • I think part of the problem sometimes is people try to inhale them like a normal cigarette. At least, I did... You're not meant to! You're supposed to hold the vapour in your mouth. Wish someone had told me that when I bought one :rolleyes:

  • 9 months today since i quit smoking using my e-cigs. I use them all through the day, every day but I'm far less addicted to nicotine than i was when i smoked. its as enjoyable as smoking (if not more) but doesnt affect my health.

  • If I may,

    Addiction is a binary thing you either are or aren't, its a bit like saying someone is a bit pregnant. I've not smoked or used any nicotine products since 2008 but I know that if I used nicotine it would still awake the need for more in the same was as alcohol does for an alcoholic.

    You might be less dependent on nicotine but I'd be interested in whether that was truly the case i.e. how many milligrams of nicotine one uses per day versus how often one uses an e-cig.

    To me 90% of the freedom gained from stopping smoking was from ending the dependency on nicotine. Not wasting money, not having to plan my life around getting my fix and I'm less stressed as a result as its the want for nicotine which caused the physical stress which smoking relieved.

    If used as a means of ceasing nicotine use I can only see them as a good thing but if its just a different delivery system for the same old addiction then its only a half job IMO.

  • well if i left the house without my fags, id panic. if i leave the house without an e-cig its no big deal. i dont really get cravings any more.

    and if i do continue to use it i see it as a harmless way to enjoy a relatively harmless chemical, no worse than someone who has a few coffees every day.

  • Time will tell on that, IMO they are far preferable to tobacco smoke but the relatively harmless claims have neither been proven right or wrong as they simply haven't been around long enough to demonstrate one way or the other.

    One thing is for sure nicotine's 2nd largest use is as a pesticide, I can't see that inhaling poison is to be encouraged. Far better to come off the nicotine all together and if its not got a power over you then why bother using it. I have just as enjoyable a life without using any nicotine, in fact more so as I'm not wasting money feeding an addiction and I can use that money to treat myself and my family.

  • There's always a little more fuel for the fire.

    Personally I reckon they're just another way for smokers to put off making a decision. From my own personal experiences they're no better at getting people to quit that the usual suspects - 6-7% make it.

  • Well I stopped smoking 6 months ago when I started vaping. My cardiologist is very pleased. He expects me to cut down the nicotine content of the eliquid by degrees and I have gone from 24mg to 18mg, and am about to make the next jump down, to 12mg. In another 6 months I intend to be either using 0mg nicotine liquid or to have stopped vaping altogether.

    Without ecigs I would still be smoking 50 a day.

  • Well I stopped smoking 6 months ago when I started vaping. My cardiologist is very pleased. He expects me to cut down the nicotine content of the eliquid by degrees and I have gone from 24mg to 18mg, and am about to make the next jump down, to 12mg. In another 6 months I intend to be either using 0mg nicotine liquid or to have stopped vaping altogether.

    Without ecigs I would still be smoking 50 a day.

    That's brilliant!! Well done! I too stopped smoking and started using an e cig. I used it for about 5 months or so. I managed to give up the e cig nearly 6 months ago and am now completely nicotine free. I started on the 18mg and dropped down to 12mg after a few months. I tried 0.6mg too but ended up sticking at 1.2mg or nicotine free before finally stopping altogether. It was much easier giving up the e cig than I thought it would be! Good luck in your aim to stop vaping.

    Sarah

  • I ummed and argued about e-cigs for a while and have seen people give up using them. For me though it was about the habit, I would still have to fight the cravings, I would still be used to having the stick in my hand like a cig, I would use it at similar times as I smoked. For me I had to break that routine. If it works for you great but use it as an aid to quit rather than a cig replacement.

    good luck which ever you do 👍

  • Well, I have to wade in here with a big thumbs up for the ecig. Yes, I would agree that total abstinence, a happy farewell to nicotine and complete freedom from addiction is the ideal. Yet not everyone can achieve this long-term. From the evidence collected thus far, very little can claim that ecigs are a danger in any way to the user or those in close proximity. Any negativity there has been is generated from big tobacco, pharmaceuticals and the government - all worried about loss of revenue.

    Personally speaking, I have not smoked tobacco since January - not inhaled up to 4000 nasties into my system, not coughed and spluttered, not smelt of fags, not spent a fortune, not breathed smelly smoke-breath on anyone and not had to stand outside a building like a leper.

    E-cigs should be hailed as a modern miracle.

    It's not smoking - it's vaping - and no more offensive than drinking, eating, swearing, driving badly, losing your temper or anything else humans do because we're human. It's not perfect, but it's better than smoking by a million miles :D

  • PS

    Has anyone got a modern day miracle for vodka OC (over-consumpsion).

  • :D

    Sorry, SP. I would suggest water (being the same colour) but it ain't quite the same.

    Lovely to hear from you by the way and well done on your continued (and mighty) quit. :)

  • Thanks, skids.

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