Thursday, October 20, 2011

E Cigarettes: An Easy Way to Quit Smoking?

Electronic cigarettes are rising in popularity and until now, there has been limited discourse about using these “e-cigs” as a method to quit smoking. As a relatively new technology pending a stamp of approval from the FDA, electronic cigarette companies have federal restrictions on what they can and cannot say to consumers. To further complicate things, e-cigs have been in big tobacco’s cross hairs for several years now and they want to prevent the e-cig industry from capturing any market share. It’s no secret… e-cigs face numerous challenges, but the bottom line is that with almost 25% of the American public self-describing as regular smokers, an easy and successful smoking cessation method is necessary. E-cig users post in forums trying to spread the word about their success stories using electronic cigarettes to quit smoking, but e-cigs are still forbidden to be classified as smoking cessation devices.

Some long-term cigarette smokers claim that forgoing the habit of putting a cig to their mouth and puffing is half the battle when quitting; e-cigs engage those anxious and fidgety fingers and mimic the ritual of pulling off a cigarette… an experience that smoking cessation options like nicotine-infused gum or patches simply do not provide. Pulling out an electronic cigarette, choosing a tobacco e liquid flavor and “vaping” mirrors the action of smoking, without the toxic smoke, chemical additives and cigarette tar.

Thankfully now the public is challenging the illogical legislation and legal barriers prohibiting marketing e-cigarettes as alternative smoking devices.

The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association, or CASAA, is rallying support for a petition to “recognize electronic cigarettes as an effective alternative to smoking.” The pro e-cig petition, which also plays up the fact that sponsoring e-cigs will support e-cig related job creation, launched Sept. 27, 2011 and has already exceeded their petition goal of 5,000 signatures in one month - as of Oct. 20, 2011, the petition carried the support of an overwhelming 5,109 signatures and is still gaining more.

The petition mentions that tobacco smoking costs the American public over $100 billion dollars in health care costs every year and affects work productivity in users. The petition rallies for the White House to support electronic cigarette technology as a smoking cessation method, which will in turn reduce health care costs, smoking-related deaths and generate jobs in the new industry.

Visit CASAA on Facebook to learn more about ways to get involved to eliminate smoking and stay up to date with news regarding smoking alternative solutions. If you’re interested in trying out electronic cigarettes, visit Viking Vapor for a huge selection of more than 100 e cig e liquid flavors, like the top selling Vanilla e-liquid or Tobacco ejuice flavor.

Have you had a success using e-cigs to quit smoking? Are you in favor of a toxic-smoke-free U.S.A.? Do you support job creation in this new industry? Visit We the People to sign the e-cig petition, recognizing e-cigs as smoking alternative solutions.

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