For those trying to give up, how do e-cigs stack up? Helpful, a panacea, or just a bit of a distraction?
I know people who've smoked for a long time, and have talked of various schemes or attempts, over the years, that they were going to give up - especially these new programs at doctors / clinics where they try their level best to help you. Last thing I saw they'd dived on that bandwagon that is e-cigs, but were still smoking some normal cigarettes a day, but at a claimed, reduced rate.
To me, that just sounds like every other attempt, where they've claimed they were smoking less for a while, then after a bit, revert to form - but e-cigs do seem to be becoming much more popular - that'll have to be stopped, there's a revnue stream to consider, selfish B'Stards - it's prime case for needing taxing - sorry - regulation, after all, they're clearly quite dangerous, people are dropping like flies from using them, aren't they...?
To answer several of your questions and a little insight on a few of the things that have been mentioned within this thread.
I used to smoke at least 10 cigarettes a day, and over the past few years attempted to give up on numerous occasions, I've been prescribed Patches, Gum and Zyban.
The patches made my skin itch due to the way that the Nicotine is absorbed into the body, plus they continually fell off as any physical activity such as cycling makes your skin sweat and the patch loses adhesion.
I tried numerous different brands which all had similar problems.
So I tried Nicotine Gum, but after a while your jaws get tired of chewing over and over again until it becomes tiresome. I was then offered Zyban as most current NHS options simply didn't work that well, the failure rate for most Nicotine Replacement Therapies is about 98% so unfortunately the odds are against most of us.
Going Cold Turkey has actually has a higher success rate than NRT.
Zyban did work for a period of time approx 6 Months then I was back on the cigarettes again.
So I continued to smoke for the next couple of years until I saw an ad in a newspaper for a SkyCig, did some research and ordered one for the princely sum of £12.99 delivered.
It arrived and I charged the battery up and started to "smoke", the stuff that comes out of the cartomiser is actually steam rather than any carcinogenic smoke.
Used it for a few days but realised that it wasn't really going to cut the mustard, so got back on the net and did some more research on other alternatives (this was 12 Months ago and a lot has changed since then).
Found a kit that fitted the bill and placed my order. The stuff arrived several days later and I haven't looked back since.
The Nicotine Liquid consists of only a few ingredients which are all safe and are not harmful. They are Nicotine (Obviously) Glycerine (Used in Cough Medicine) Propylene Glycol (Used as a Food Additive) and last but not least Food Flavouring. All of the above mixed together in various different quantities gives you Nicotine Liquid, E-Liquid or "Juice".
It comes in many different flavours and different Nicotine Strengths. You can buy it Pre-made or mix your own, if you've got the willingness to do so.
Vaping as it's called is far cheaper than smoking I've spent less than £30 over the past two months.
I don't have any issues with breathing any more, I think I'm fitter than I was 12 months ago, still need to lose weight but I can ride further without needing to take a breather and keep up with my mates who are younger than me.
If you are considering giving up smoking and have tried all the other alternatives then have a look at an E-Cig, because for most people they do work and it's simply replacing the cigarette, you still get your daily dose of Nicotine which happens to be far more addictive than crack for a better alternative.
I've not given up I've just changed how I take my fix, which sits easier with me than giving up the Nicotine for good.
Maybe one day I will finally put the batteries and liquid in the drawer, but for now I'll use my E-Cig and feel better for it.
If anyone wants more info you can check out http://ukvapers.org
for helpful information and recommendations.
Or if anyone has any questions on where to get this new fangled thing just send me a P.M. and I'll answer any questions you have. With regards to anyone wanting to stop, good luck.