add 10+ years to your life - quit smoking
Quit 2/7, and am using the ecig, which really worked for me. But, you have to be motivated.
Is nicotine unhealthy? Sure, but it's still better than smoking. FI, it is a vasoconstrictor, and does raise bp and cut blood and oxygen flow to the tissues. BUT, I'm no longer getting the double whammy of carbon monoxide with it, which will also lessen the blood's ability to carry oxygen. I'm also not getting any tar and particulate matter.
Does nicotine contribute to hypertension and heart disease? Sure. But, since it doesn't cause lung cancer or emphysemia, I figure that the ecig has to be healthier than smoking. Remember, it produces vapor, not smoke. I fell about 1000% better.
My wind is better, my nasal congestion is far less, my coughing has stopped completely, my sense of smell and taste have returned, and I, and my house, smell FAR better. Even my singing voice is returning. No, I'll never make Carnagie Hall, but at least I sound good to myself again, and even better to my SO, which is a joy in itself, as is the fact that she no longer has to put up with ashtray breath (nicotine is odorless). She's a real sweetie, and never complained, but I know she likes my kisses even more without the cig odor. Lol, she's sweet, but she's not stupid or a masochist. Ya listening, RG? I'm trying to motivate you....
I'll add that singing and, especially, humming are good for keeping the sinuses clear, too, and that clear sinuses can lessen snoring and sleep apnea, both of which are related to high blood pressure, which I've had for 3 years.
Everything's working together. I'm doing soft palate, jaw, and tongue exercises for the snoring, and they're helping the voice. I'm doing deep, slow breathing exercises for the bp, and it's helping me get my wind back faster. But it starts with not sucking in smoke.
I also know I'm doing less nicotine. Instead of lighting up when I arise, or get into the car, or after a meal, or whenever, and smoking the whole cig, I'll typically do a hit or 2 and put it in my pocket.
Two e cigs and a charger cost $60, and the batteries and heaters are still good. 50 ml of e liquid, for $35, started 2/7, is 3/4 gone. Contrast to the $35/wk I was spending on cigs.
Are there tiny traces of some of the 4,000 cig chemicals in the e liquid? Probably, but I figure there are WAY less of them, particularly as some of them are only produced when tobacco burns, whereas nic fluid is easy to make, as nic is water soluble.
So, while vaping isn't healthy, per se, my experience is that it's better for me than smoking. It won't help everybody quit; you got to be motivated, and it probably helps to be the type of smoker who is nicotine-dependent, rather than a social smoker. I've read that if you smoke 1st thing in the morning, if you smoke a strong brand, and if you find it hard to get through a social engagement without a cig, you're probably nicotine-dependent.
I feel much better right now, and I also feel that If (probably when) I feel like quitting vaping, it'll be somewhat easier than quitting smoking without the interim stage, because:
I'm already doing less nicotine, I won't have to deal with the (to many quitters) discomfitting feeling of my lungs being "empty" of physical smoke (they already are, and I've already gone through the phlegm-clearing recovery stage), and I've already given up a portion of the habit (lighter and ashtray), as well as the smoke taste.
I recommend it for anyone who wants to take at least SOME step toward better health, but isn't ready to go all the way. Half a loaf is truly better than none. For me, anyway, RG, it's working every bit as well as I'd hoped. I've gotten rid of at least some, and I think many, of the problems associated with smoking, and don't feel a bit deprived; I feel much better.
For those who can quit cold turkey, more power to ya. I once quit for 15 years, and was only able to do it with the aid of Nicorette, for the 1st 6 months. Part of it, for me, was allowing enough time to forget, partly, at least, what it was like to smoke, and I think I'm part way down that road again.
Lol, as M. Jagger said, "Whatever gets you through the night.".
Different strokes for different folks.