E Cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking (Vaping)

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Cigarettes did not get the nickname of “cancer sticks” for nothing: Smoking kills more than 5 million people every year, including nearly 175,000 American women. But what if there were a safer—harmless, even—way to light up? Something that looks and feels like smoking but isn’t, exactly; something that could even help you quit the real thing?This is how electronic cigarettes are promoted to people desperately trying to Quit Smoking. First popularized in 2003, electronic cigarettes are now a $1.5 billion business, with 300 U.S. brands and 4 million current users, half of them women. They come in an array of sizes and colors; some are flavored (strawberry! mint!) and boast celebrity endorsements; all vow that they don’t stain teeth or make you reek like a dirty ashtray.

I Will Get Fat if I Quit Smoking

Nicotine, the additive ingredient in cigaratters, stimulates your central nervous system. Nicotine is a powerful drug that speeds up your metabolism, constricts your blood vessels and makes your heart beat faster. Consquently, when you quit smoking, the absence of nicotine slows down your metabolism to the tune of about 250 calories a day. That means even if you don’t eat any more than you did when you smoked, you will gain some weight unless you eat at least 250 calories less. The actual calorie count varies from person to person, but in general that is what will happen to you.

Add to this the fact that nicotine dulls the appetite as well as the taste buds and that when you quit smoking you are suddenly hungrier and food tastes better and you’ll begin to crave snacks, ice cream etc. You may remember losing a few pounds when you first started smoking?  Well, what goes around comes around! Some planning and self-control can prevent any weight gain,  plus exercise is an excellent aid in Quitting Smoking, so you could actually lose some weight.

It’s Too Late to be Healthy

It’s never too late to get the health benefits of being smoke free, according to most health experts. Health experts agree that, after just one year without cigarettes, a person can reduce their risk of heart disease by half. And the benefits don’t even take that long to kick in. Twenty minutes after quitting, your heart rate and blood pressure drop. And just 12 hours after your last cigarette, the levels of carbon monoxide in your blood stream normalize. Two to three months after quitting, you can look forward to your lung function and circulation improving.  You can change your life and your lifestyle just by Quitting Smoking.

Coping with Stress

When smokers become stressed the first thing they reach for is a cigarette. Surprisingly studies have shown that non-smokers are less anxious than smokers, and smokers who quit are less anxious than smokers. So smokers who are trying to quit add the stress of thinking they will not be able to handle normal stress without the aid of a cigarette.  Since nicotine is a stimulant, there’s really no stress-reducing benefits that come with smoking.  With today’s society banning smoking in most public places, and no doubt more bans will follow, smokers often find themselves away from their desk or work in order to have a cigarette,  which in itself is probably the biggest stress reliever.  So again with careful planning you can still have those periods of stress release,  just without a cigarette.

My Friends All Smoke

If you Quit Smoking you won’t be hopping up to go outside the bar to light up cigarette.  Seriously,  you would missing huddling outside when it is 20 below out or raining!  Before I quit I once missed my plane in Winnipeg just because I thought I had enough time for a cigarette during a stop over.  It can be tough to quit when you’re friends are puffing away but you can try to avoid situations  where your friends will be smoking and try and hang out in places where smoking is not permitted.

Misconceptions Can Keep You From Quitting

Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things that most smokers all strive for at one time or another. Our own brain can sometimes work against us reciting common fears and misconceptions about quitting smoking sapping away our will to succeed.  For example, many smokers fear that quitting smoking will result in weight gain; creative types may be afraid that they’ll lose their “edge” once they stop smoking. Educating yourself can help you plan your battle against nicotine and most likely succeed.