E-Cigarettes, NRT or Alternative?
Do e-cigarettes really work? To answer this we must define what constitutes as having 'worked'. It is of my opinion that e-cigarettes do not help one quit their nicotine addiction, they do however clearly help to stop you smoking tobacco cigarettes. The question is however does having stopped using tobacco cigarettes mean e-cigarettes have 'worked' or have they failed simply because your still addicted to nicotine?
I feel the answer to this lies with whether or not you believe ecigs are medicinal in that they are like NRT products (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) as the MHRA would like you to believe, or that they are simply a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes. Ecigs in my opinion are simply an alternative to tobacco cigarettes, they have never been designed nor do they work as NRT products do. In this light e-cigarettes from my experience undoubtedly work. This is not to claim they work with every individual, as will power still plays a part even with ecigs.
E-Cigarettes are effective in ways NRT products are not, it provides the same visual and sensual cues as a tobacco cigarette aswell as the same results.
The recent news of the MRHA attempting to regulate ecigs as a medicinal product angers me and many vapers like me. There is no evidence scientific or otherwise to suggest e-cigarettes work as any thing other than a tobacco alternative. Being that such a large amount of smokers have turned to ecigs recently, regulation would mean many vapers being unable to get the 'hit' they need. 'Cigalike' products such as nicolites simply don't do it, They don't provide the satisfaction one needs to successfully stay off tobacco cigarettes. Regulation would mean such companies would corner the market, meaning many vapers would go right back to smoking, and ecigs would become yet another generic NRT product like nicorettes 'inhaler'. When regulation is introduced, you will only be able to purchase e-cigarettes from pharmacies and or selected retailers. Doesn't it seem unfair that you could walk in to any store in this country and purchase a pack of cigarettes, which causes around 5.4 million death per year.
I'm not so surprised when people say politicians are 'bought'.