From these ...
... to this.
Disclaimer: This information isn't necessarily organized in a logical method. It's presented the way I found it. I'd have a question ... I'd Google around until I found an answer. If my mind worked in a more coherent manner ... this whole page would follow a more logical progression of thought. But you're stuck with this instead.
After hearing a radio spot for an e-cigarette I read terrible reviews about the product. The idea of an E-Cig still intrigued me so I Googled further until I found this review of Cig Easy
here. That pretty much sold me so I purchased the starter kit: 2 batteries, a USB charger, 5 "Marlboro" flavored cartomizers, and a bottle of the RY4 flavor to refill the cartomizers.
Then I registered at the e-cigarette-forum.com, clicked around, and read about E-Cigs until my eyes glazed over. The next day I went back and found and read the Six-part series: The Wonderful World of Vaping: An Illustrated Guide to E-cigs By Don DaBoom Vape.
Here they all are:
But wait ... Don DaBoom Vape and CyberWolf have put together an even more extensive site: Vaping Guides. Go there now and become more informed.
If you want to find out everything ... reviews of the myriad models of e-cigarettes, e-liquids, vendors, tips, tricks, and techniques ... it's all here:
Just remember ... Even though the forum is a treasure-trove of information ... It's also a place for everyone to express their opinions. And there are a lot of opinionated vapers out there.
I know ... I'm one of them.
But I donít care what or how people vape to get off cigarettes. Whatever made it easiest for them to stop, and stay stopped, is a great e-cig as far as Iím concerned.
Anyway ... you've been warned.
Then I stumbled upon these YouTube channels filled with great info: Doctor Vapor, GrimmGreen, and PBusardo.
One of the best sites I've found regarding e-cigarettes and their safety is TobaccoHarmReduction.org. You'll find Research, Working Papers, Readings, Interviews, and more links to follow. Pack a lunch.
For all those worried about this Made-In-China product be sure to watch this video made by E-cig Guru Leaford:
Read this PDF file of a Safety Report from Health New Zealand (Their FDA) re: E-Cigs here.
February 8, 2011
Electronic Cigarettes Show Promise as a Smoking Cessation Tool:
Contact: Dr. Michael Siegel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
New Study Finds Electronic Cigarettes More Effective Than NRT for Quitting Smoking
A new study being published online ahead of print today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reports that electronic cigarettes are a promising tool to help smokers quit, producing six-month abstinence rates that are better than those for traditional nicotine replacement products (NRT). In a six-month follow-up survey of 222 first-time purchasers of Blu electronic cigarettes, researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health found that 31.0% of respondents reported having quit smoking. This compares favorably to an average six-month abstinence rate of between 12% and 18% for NRT products. The authors conclude that electronic cigarettes are a promising method for smoking cessation. The study was led by Dr. Michael Siegel, Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health.
The authors conducted an internet-based survey of a sample of first-time purchasers of Blu electronic cigarettes six months after the initial purchase. The primary findings were the following:
- 31.0% of the respondents reported having quit smoking at six-month follow-up.
- Of those who had quit smoking, 34.3% had discontinued the use of electronic cigarettes as well.
- 66.8% of respondents reported having reduced the number of cigarettes they smoked after using electronic cigarettes.
- 66.8% of respondents reported having quit smoking for a period of time after using electronic cigarettes.
- Among respondents using electronic cigarettes frequently (more than 20 times per day), the six-month smoking abstinence rate was 70.0%.
The study's main limitation is the low response rate of 4.5%. It is possible that those who responded to the survey were more likely to have quit smoking than those who did not respond. Nevertheless, despite this limitation, the study authors believe that this is the best evidence to date on the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation. They point out that this is the first survey which relied upon an unbiased sampling frame. Despite the limitation, the authors conclude that electronic cigarettes "hold promise as a smoking-cessation method and that they are worthy of further study using more rigorous research designs."
Dr. Siegel suggested that a major reason for electronic cigarettes' apparent effectiveness as smoking cessation method is the fact that these devices address both the pharmacologic and behavioral aspects of addiction to smoking: "While it is well-recognized that nicotine plays a role in smoking addiction, little attention has been given to the behavioral aspects of the addiction. It is the fact that these devices simulate the smoking experience which appears to make them effective as a smoking cessation tool."
A number of anti-smoking groups have argued that electronic cigarettes should be removed from the market because they have not been shown to be effective for smoking cessation, and several states - including New York - are considering bans on electronic cigarettes. "This study suggests that electronic cigarettes are helping literally thousands of ex-smokers to remain off cigarettes," Dr. Siegel stated.
"Banning this product would invariably result in thousands of ex-smokers returning to cigarette smoking. Removing electronic cigarettes from the market would substantially harm the public's health."
Co-authors of the study were Kerry L. Tanwar and Kathleen S. Wood, also of the Boston University School of Public Health.
Michael Siegel, MD, MPH
Department of Community Health Sciences
Boston University School of Public Health
801 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Electronic Cigarettes Show Promise as a Smoking Cessation Tool. Click here for full text (.pdf) of the study.)
Electronic cigarettes as a harm reduction strategy for tobacco control: A step forward or a repeat of past mistakes?
Click here for full text (.pdf)
By Zachary Cahn
Department of Political Science
University of California at Berkeley,
UC Berkeley Department of Political Science
210 Barrows Hall #1950
Berkeley,CA 94720-1950, USA.
and Michael Siegel
Department of Community Health Sciences
Boston University School of Public Health
801 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02118, USA.
Abstract: The issue of harm reduction has long been controversial in the
public health practice of tobacco control. Health advocates have been reluctant
to endorse a harm reduction approach out of fear that tobacco companies
cannot be trusted to produce and market products that will reduce the risks
associated with tobacco use. Recently, companies independent of the tobacco
industry introduced electronic cigarettes, devices that deliver vaporized nicotine
without combusting tobacco. We review the existing evidence on the safety and
efficacy of electronic cigarettes. We then revisit the tobacco harm reduction
debate, with a focus on these novel products. We conclude that electronic
cigarettes show tremendous promise in the fight against tobacco-related morbidity
and mortality. By dramatically expanding the potential for harm reduction
strategies to achieve substantial health gains, they may fundamentally alter the
tobacco harm reduction debate.
Journal of Public Health Policy advance online publication, 9 December 2010;
Here's what The Doctors had to say about e-cigarettes before the AMA made their stand against e-cigarettes.
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One of my favorite electronic cigarettes is The Leo. Here's where I go for Leo supplies:
I've also purchased E-Cig supllies from Vapor4Life. Like Cig Easy and E Cig Arsenal ... good products, great customer service, and fast delivery:
Disclaimer #2: I am endorsing these products because I use them. Trust me ... these are unpaid endorsements.