Earlier this month, the results of a survey conducted by Jean Francois Etter of the Institute of Social and Preventative Medicine, University of Geneva, suggest that smokers may be using electronic cigarettes to help them quit smoking.
The survey was conducted over the internet in 2009, and involved 81 present and former e-cigarette users. Participants responded to a series of open-ended questions regarding their usage and attitudes towards e-cigarettes. The average participant had been using the e cigarette for three months.
Those surveyed cited several desirable effects of e-cigarettes. The most common response was that the device helps them to quit smoking and be removed from the smoking culture. Other commonly cited benefits include: an overall improvement in their health and physical fitness as result of refraining from smoking tobacco, i.e. respondents coughed less, it improved breathing and respiration, and it did not cause unpleasant odors or bad breath.
What Are They?
Electronic cigarettes are new concept for people whom are trying to give up smoking and want a healthier alternative without all the worry of getting any of the diseases associated with conventional smoking. These type of cigarettes work by using a atomiser within the cigarette which is combined with nicotine but doesn’t have any of the toxic chemicals that conventional tobacco has in.
Another plus point of this is if you want to smoke your electronic cigarette within a drinking establishment or public house as they are known as in the United Kingdom, then you don’t have to worry about the smoking ban because you are not smoking a conventional cigarette, so if you want to go through the process of smoking then you can do it without having to go outside.
Smoking electronic cigarettes tends to be a lot cheaper than conventional cigarettes, not only will you be saving money but you will also be saving your health as well, most electronic cigarettes come with nicotine refills a charger and presentation box, if you know somebody who smokes and is trying to stop smoking then they would make an ideal gift or present for that particular person.
They are without doubt a better alternative than smoking a conventional cigarette, so now may be the time to switch from smoking tobacco to smoking with an electronic cigarette you will thank yourself and your health will thank you for switching to a much healthier alternative.
A Brief History of the Electronic Cigarette
Though the electronic cigarette or e-cigarette has been generating a lot of attention in the global market over the past 3 years, it actually got its start in 2003 when SBT Investment Holdings Ltd. a company based in Beijing, China patented an early version of the device. The e cigarette is basically a personal, battery-operated vaporizer that produces inhaled doses of nicotine via a vaporized solution of nicotine, water, and propylene glycol (the same substance use to make theatrical smoke).
In 2004 the company, now controlled by Golden Dragon Group, Ltd., was active in developing the Chinese market in under the brand name of Ruyan which literally means “almost like smoke.”
In 2006, the electronic cigarette was officially brought to Europe at the RUYAN Overseas Promotion Conference held in Austria. Greg Carson, a UK businessman, discovered the product and adapted it for the European market under the name “Electro Fag.” The device has since gained in popularity throughout Europe, North America, and China.
At its inception, the e-cigarette was meant to be used by smokers when they found themselves in nonsmoking areas, but it has since become a dedicated smoking alternative for numerous users who wish to avoid the of the harmful effects of smoking.
According to Matt Salmon, president of the Electronic Cigarette Association, the total number of e-cigarette users was estimated to be 300,000 in October 2009, based on the results of a survey. Though, he added, the actual number may be higher.