Is It Difficult to Switch to E-Cigarettes?
E-cigarettes are being advertised in every form of media, including television, radio and major websites. They are even beginning to pop up in major pharmacy chains, mall kiosks and convenience stores. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find a committed smoker who hasn’t at least heard of e-cigarettes. Many long-term smokers would like to quit, but quitting cold turkey is a recipe for failure, nicotine replacements don’t work for everyone and prescription medication is something that many understandably would rather avoid.
So, they try e-cigarettes with the hope that will provide an acceptable “middle ground” for them to finally put real cigarettes down for good. Casual online reading would seem to suggest that many people who try electronic cigarettes end up not switching to them permanently. Why does this happen? In this article, we’ll take a look at what we believe are the most common reasons why people end up switching back to real cigarettes and suggest ways in which you can avoid these pitfalls.
1. The Wrong Product
According to a recent market study, there are at least 400 different e-cigarette brands advertised online today. Although the majority of those e-cigarettes are manufactured in China, there is enormous variation even among the various equipment suppliers there. Many companies manufacture clones of popular models which in turn are resold in the United States and elsewhere. Many clones cost less at wholesale than the products they emulate, but that doesn’t always mean that you’ll pay less at retail because of the extreme price variation in this industry. Some e-cigarette companies simply overcharge out of greed, while others don’t know the industry and are unaware that they’re reselling clones. We obviously recommend looking at our e-cigarette reviews before making a purchase, but there are certainly other reliable e-cigarette websites out there. Most “e-cigarette review” websites are outright spammers. If you’re here, you’ll likely find those websites easy to identify since they frequently plagiarize our authors! Regardless of the product that you choose, do your research beforehand. People get burned by bad products every day. Remember that the best electronic cigarette for you is the one that you will actually use.
2. Unrealistic Expectations
We blame the electronic cigarette vendors for this one. So many companies advertise their electronic cigarettes as tasting “just like the real thing,” and we have yet to find a product fitting that bill. This does nothing but set people up for disappointment. Although electronic cigarettes definitely have the ability to feel like the real thing, they aren’t going to taste like it. Cigarettes taste like the smoke of burning tobacco, while electronic cigarettes produce no smoke and burn nothing. Therefore, they couldn’t possibly taste the same. The good news is that there are hundreds — probably even thousands — of different e-liquids out there for electronic cigarettes, and there is almost certainly something that you will like. In some cases, though, people dislike the taste of their first e-liquid so much that they put their electronic cigarette down and never pick it up again. If you are unfortunate enough to start out with an e-liquid that you don’t like, try another one. Keep trying until you find the right one for you.
3. Blood Nicotine Levels
In 2010, CNN published an article stating that even high-nicotine electronic cigarettes fail to deliver sufficient nicotine and create a high enough blood nicotine level to satisfy cravings. Although the article did not mention the brand of electronic cigarette that was used for the study, it did mention that e-cigarettes with disposable cartridges were being used. In our experience, disposable plastic cartridges often fail to create a significant amount of vapor. If you aren’t getting enough vapor out of your electronic cigarette, you aren’t getting enough nicotine. If your cravings aren’t satisfied, you won’t stick with e-cigs. At eCig One, we will not ever give a positive review to an e-cigarette with disposable plastic cartridges. Only buy an e-cigarette that includes cartomizers, tanks or an atomizer and drip tip for dripping.
4. Wrong e-Liquid Strength
A lot of electronic cigarette manufacturers suggest using a low-strength e-liquid — around the 8 mg range — if you smoke light cigarettes. Unless you are a very light smoker — less than half of a pack per day, for example — it can be very difficult to make the jump from real cigarettes to an 8 mg e-liquid. We suggest starting as close to 16 mg as possible. If you happen to find it too strong, you can always use your e-cigarette less often. The first few days after making the switch are the most difficult. If your nicotine cravings are fully satisfied, you will be less likely to return to smoking.
5. Detoxification from Other Chemicals
A 2010 study by the Boston University School of Public Health concluded that the evidence available suggests that electronic cigarettes are safer than real ones. In a nutshell, the study stated that few of the chemicals in electronic cigarettes raise serious health concerns, containing carcinogen levels that are up to 1,000 times lower than tobacco cigarettes. The report also suggested that we actually know far less about the chemicals in real cigarettes than in e-cigarettes. It may be that if the first few days after switching to electronic cigarettes are difficult in spite of the nicotine supplementation because during this period, your body is detoxing from the many chemicals other than nicotine that are in real cigarettes. It may be some time before we know enough about this to say anything conclusive.