you can buy buckets full of nicotine lozenges or gum at your local drug store.
It probably offers the same rate of smoking cessation as e cigarettes.
#15 | Posted by Badcat at 2014-03-25 02:14 PM
That would be true if nicotine were the only factor in cigarette addiction. It is not. There is also a strong physical and psychological component to the addiction and I would hazard to say that this is the major culprit in relapsing for those that had quit cigarettes.
Talk to any smoker that has quit and they will tell you about the problems with not having anything to do with their hands after they quit. There is also the feel of the lungs being filled which, for long-time smokers, has the a calming and relief effect.
Upon quitting smoking the chemical addiction is actually kicked in about 7 to 10 days. It is the psychological addiction that will suck them back in later.
E-cigs provide all the satisfaction of the psychological aspects which nicotine gum and patches do not making the e-cig much more effective.
I tried for years to quit tobacco cigarettes for many years and I tried ALL the methods, cold-turkey, gum, patches, medication... nothing worked. I would find myself still fighting the craving only to eventually give in after a short period of time. Yes, my willpower isn't the greatest in this regard.
About a month ago, my woman (never smoked a day in her life and nose like a bloodhound) bought me a vaporizer (e-cig). It had the no-nicotine juice in it. I found it fulfilled the psychological craving, but still left me wanting the nicotine. So I went out and got a couple vials of juice, one chocolate flavored with 18mg nicotine, and one black cherry with 18mg nicotine. I mixed them for a chocolate covered cherry flavor which I found very pleasant. Together they offer about 24mg of nicotine with each vial lasing about as long as 5 packs of cigarettes for just under $5.
For the last 32 years I have had a 1 pack a day smoking habit. The first two days on the vaporizer I smoked about half a pack mainly as my body adjusted to the lower nicotine levels. 5 cigarettes (while the vaporizer was charging) on the third day. Buying a second vaporizer to use while the other was charging solved this issue and by the 4th day I was off tobacco cigarettes altogether. In addition it makes my woman happy because my clothes, body, and breath don't constantly smell of old stale smoke. My sinuses and lungs have definitely started recovery.
Next month I will get the same flavors in a lower nicotine dose. The next month I will lower it further, and so on till I eventually reach the 0mg nicotine level. Then I will work on kicking the psychological addiction. However, if I should ever feel the need to relapse I know where to go to keep it at the psychological level and keep the tar, carcinogens, and other harmful and addicting chemicals out of my body.
Unless of course some idiot regulate it into such a hassle and high price that cigarettes are less expensive. Considering I can get Clipper cigars around here for $1.25 a pack, the vials of juice for the vaporizer are cheaper, but barely. Heavy regulation and government tampering will reverse this. This would be a very bad thing.