Electronic Cigarettes- Do They Help?
Smoking tobacco is perhaps one of the most dangerous health choices one can make. In addition to hundreds of carcinogens in tobacco smoke, it is also one of the leading sources of methanol (aspartame being the No. 1 source of methanol). Methanol is converted in our bodies to formaldehyde which is a huge toxin and can stimulate our bodies to attack themselves (autoimmune).
There is an ongoing trial in Australia comparing the efficacy of electronic cigarettes to that of the nicotine patches. One thing for sure is that they (electronic cigarettes) are a valuable tool and they get rid of the methanol and tars with all their carcinogens that come from tobacco smoke. You are still addicted to the nicotine, but I would take that any day compared to the terrible health consequences of tobacco.
Studies are just beginning to show that this can be a valuable aid for those attempting to quit smoking. I encourage you to find some form of nicotine replacement (gum, patches, electronic cigarettes, etc.) if you are unable to quit without that help. If that fails, see your doctor about other options. There is no better gift to your loved ones than getting tobacco out of your life, and the freedom from the grips of big tobacco is worth it just because no one should have that much power over your behavior.