So you are a gamer and you smoke. You've been smoking for a few years or more and you know it is killing you slowly. People have known for decades the harm that comes from smoking and the American Lung Association estimates that smoking kills four hundred thousand annually. If you look at what is in a cigarette and then realize that it is not just the smoke from burning tobacco you are inhaling, but a chemical smorgasbord of deadly toxins and compounds(over 4000 chemicals and compounds 125+ which are known to be carcinogenic) it makes you wonder how such a deadly product can remain on the market. But it does. Since we all know that nicotine is the number one reason people tend to keep smoking once they begin due to its addictiveness(as addictive as heroine if not moreso) there has to be a better solution to delivering nicotine without all the bad stuff that one finds in a cigarette. The solution has been found. Not the patch, not gum, no pill, no oddly shaped inhaler that just delivers nicotine...nope...something better and it works.
The electronic cigarette.
Though the ideal of the electronic cigarette has been around since the 60's it wasn't until a guy from China in 2003 finally made a version that worked. This electronic version of a cigarette is by far safer(despite the FDA's false claims) than a real cigarette due to the fact that electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine in the same manner as a regular cigarette without all the harmful things like carbon monoxide, tar, ammonia and the 4000+ other bad things.
Before someone screams "Yeah, but the FDA said this and this."
The FDA's test was faulty and bogus and not very good science. In their test the FDA tested two brands of electronic cigarettes and their cartridges(the cartridge is the part of the electronic cigarette that contains the liquid that is vaporized) of the 18 tested one cartridge contained less than .01% of a particular substance that is known to cause cancer. This same substance shows up when you smoke a cigarette and one cigarette produces 14000 times that amount of the same substance! So because this one substance shows up in barely measurable quantities(as per FDA's own words) they deemed e-cigarettes unsafe and tried to have them banned. They failed. The courts recently told the FDA that they had no grounds to ban the sell of electronic cigarettes do to the fact that they are not a drug delivery(e-cigarettes are not marketed as a drug delivery system) system and not a tobacco product in the sense that a regular cigarette is.
Latest safety reports (which can be found here Lab Reports) clearly show that electronic cigarettes do not produce the kinds of toxic fumes that one would get while smoking a regular cigarette. The vapor, not smoke, contains mostly propylene glycol, nicotine, water, and flavorings and that is about it. The propylene glycol that is used to deliver the nicotine by vaporizing the e-liquid that contains the nicotine has been proven to be non-toxic and has been repeatedly tested since the 1940's to see what effects it might have on the human body. As of this date the test have shown no negative impact on the consumption or the inhalation of this substance. It actually has benefits. According to test that were done on the propylene glycol it is a great anti-bacterial substance and kills harmful airborne pathogens like the kind that cause the common cold and certain forms of viruses that induce pneumonia. This substance is found in toothpaste, mouthwash, candies, drinks, bread and all sorts of other consumables and even sanitizers and air fresheners.
Now about nicotine. Nicotine is a known addictive substance. Does it by itself cause cancer? The answer is no. In all the years that nicotine has been tested and scrutinized and all the studies show that nicotine unto itself is no more harmful than say caffeine. It is a very potent chemical though and can cause a since false euphoria and has been known to help relieve stress be causing the brain to release endorphins. Now I am not saying that nicotine is not harmful in mass amounts, because that would be a lie. To much nicotine and we're talking a lot here like a drinking a cup full could kill you. So can to much of anything. But in the amount that is delivered by an electronic cigarette it is not going to kill you. You'd literally have to drink a lot of nicotine for it to kill you - vaping it will not do that. Recent studies also suggest that there very well maybe good benefits to nicotine - try googling it(not going to get to deep here on the subject).
So why bring this up at all? Because you can give this new system of getting your nicotine and still enjoy what some of you really like to do(smoke) but not have all the bad stuff that goes with it. Think about it. The vapor produced by the e-cigarette is harmless water vapor that dissipates faster than cigarette smoke. No bad odors. That means you'll not smell of smoke. Your house will not smell of astray. Your car will smell better. You'll breath better. You'll taste things again. You'll be doing your body a favor by "not" inhaling bad things like carbon monoxide. ammonia, and tar! No need to go outside for a smoke break. Seriously...never have to go outside and smoke in the cold and rain again. Never have to tell your raiding party..."Hey, going to take a break and have a cigarette." Why? Because vaping doesn't produce stinky smoke that gets all into everything!
Plus! You'll save so much money! A pack of cigarettes runs upwards of $5 dollars US. Just one pack! If you smoke one pack a day that means you're spending close to $150 US dollars a month on smoking! Vaping cost a far less than that. Imagine getting a kit for $35 dollars and then a 30 ml bottle of e-liquid for a few dollars more. The kit will last a long time, months buy some estimates if you take care of it. Then all you need do is spend a few dollars a month to replenish your e-liquid. Think of all the money you'll save! It's another win for you!
So if you have not tried an electronic cigarette...maybe now is the best time to do so. I have done the research for you even. Do not waste your money of those expensive e-cigarettes sold at kiosk in the malls. They are not all that good and cost way to much! Instead I recommend getting what others suggest and go with a 510. They come by many names like Joye, Vapor King and Dura. These seem to be the best and deliver that feeling of smoking that many smokers say they need to help them kick they habit of smoking regular cigarettes. There are other models out there and things called mods. Mods are e-cigarettes that have been modded to produce more vapor and provide longer battery life - one of the best I understand is called the Janty Ego. Whatever you do stay away from mall kiosk! They are rip-offs. Just find a reputable Internet supplier like Janty, Vapor4Life.com, VaporKings.com, or PureSmoker.
Why am I writing a blog about e-cigarettes? Because I wished to bring this safer alternative to smoking to the attention of gamers that have tried to quit or wish to quit and have not been able to quit. Well, now you don't have to quit...just do it more safely! Enjoy that feeling of smoking without smoking! Turn to vaping and save you, your loved ones and your gaming friends a lot of headaches because of that nasty habit. Seriously...this really does work if you do it right. People I know who have smoked for 15 to 30+ years have stopped by switching to electronic cigarettes. The key is to educate yourself and then buy the right product to fit your needs.
Do yourself a favor and visit this forum http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/. You can thank me later.