a reply to: Bluesma
The operative term in my statement was "nearly." It certainly wont be everyone's thing!
I have personally moved down from 24mg to 3/6mg. However, and this is important, vaping is not
another way of smoking. Its is certainly a
nicotine delivery system, as is smoking, patches, and gum. But, these terms have actual definitions and parameters for their use.
Smoking will involve combustion of dry material, usually by way of fire. This produces smoke, which itself introduces some chemical compounds
alongside the ones already contained in cigarettes. Moisture is an inhibitor of this process.
Vaping also involves heat, but actual combustion is avoided at all costs. This produces vapor, which due to the significantly lower temperatures and
lack of combustion, does not introduce any chemical compounds. Moisture is imperative to this process, which is why liquids are commonly used.
No one should be under the illusion that they have quit nicotine if they are still consuming it, whether that is by vaping, smoking, patches, or gum.
Nor is vaping necessarily "healthy," like exercise or eating right. Though, nicotine does actually have some health benefits in low amounts.
However, it is healthier
to inhale than a combusted material. This may seem like semantics, but vaping is closer to steam from boiling water
and smoking akin to smoke from a campfire. There is quite a bit of science behind the differences. I can see how it would seem misleading if one
thought it was just different words for the same thing!
There are quite a few factors to a successful and permanent transition from smoking to vaping. Quality equipment being only one, among everything from
juice quality (no nic requires more experience to mix right) to social pressures. Many people have successfully made this transition, but its too bad
that you and your friends were not able to find the right mix of variables.
Regardless of all that, it sounds like you have quit again, and I encourage you to keep that up! But, if for whatever reason you should decide to
start again, I would encourage you to pick up the vape rather than a pack. The differences aren't just semantic, and if you are going to do one or the
other, vaping will have much less impact on your health.
edit on 24-6-2016 by Serdgiam because: (no reason given)