Cigarette smoking is the No. 1 preventable cause of death. Every year, more than 400,000 people die from smoking related illnesses. Smoking can lead to lung cancer, esophageal cancer, heart disease, stroke and vascular disease. Quitting is hard. Fortunately, several aids have been developed to help smokers kick the habit.
Electronic cigarettes are the new smoking cessation craze. These electronic devices, which resemble cigarettes, create water vapor with nicotine to simulate the act of smoking. The patient inhales on the "cigarette" which delivers a set amount of nicotine and water vapor smoke satisfying the smoking urge. No heat or tobacco biproduct is contained in this device, making it a safer alternative to actual smoking. Many of these products are rechargeable and nicotine cartridges can be replaced. There are also disposable products available. Side effects may include muscle pains and tremors. Early studies show some promising results, however more research needs to be performed. Finally, many of these cigarettes may come with a card stating that this product is approved for indoor use in restaurants and bars. Use caution; laws may still pertain to prohibiting use of these devices in public establishments.