There are millions of smokers around the world, and every day, thousands of those smokers try to quit and fail. Thousands more would like to quit, but are afraid to even try. They know that quitting will most likely be the most difficult thing that they ever try, and they know that the effort will probably be futile. It is as if they are mired in quicksand. The more they struggle to free themselves, the deeper they sink. Finally, they just give up.
There are many reasons that so many people want to stop smoking. First, it is dangerous. Research has shown that smoking is a contributing factor in 11 types of cancer, emphysema and heart disease. Cigarettes contain over 2000 chemicals, some of which are highly toxic. Chemicals such as naphthalene, acetone, butane and formaldehyde are absorbed into the body with every breath. Not only are smokers exposed to those toxic chemicals, but through second-hand smoke, they expose their loved ones to the same dangers. Also, smoking has become extremely inconvenient. Cigarettes are no longer welcome in many public places such as shopping centers, restaurants, bars or even at work. Finally, it is expensive.
There is some good news, however. With the advent of e-cigarettes, the smoker can continue to smoke without concern of any harmful effects because it does not have any of the hazardous chemicals commonly associated with cigarette smoke. Electronic cigarettes vaporize an E liquid to produce an aerosol mist. This mist is inhaled to simulate smoking. In 2010, researchers at Boston University concluded that e-cigarettes are much safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes, and they went on to say that e-cigarettes may even help people quit smoking by simulating a tobacco one. Since there is no tobacco smoke involved, e-cigarettes do not make the smoker, his clothes or his car smell like an ashtray. Electronic cigarette smoke is not a true smoke, so users are usually welcome in restaurants, bars and other places where cigarettes are prohibited. Finally, e-cigarettes cost about 75 percent less than tobacco.
Technology has given the smoker options that he is never had before. With electronic cigarettes, the smoker can now continue to smoke without concern for his health or the health of others, or he can use them as a means of quitting. Whatever his decision, he has escaped the quicksand.