Many smokers believe they are addicted to nicotine. However when they attempt to quit smoking using such nicotine replacement therapies such as nicotine gum or the patch, they fail. If it was only the nicotine they were addicted to then quitting smokiner with an alternative source of nicotine would be a breeze; but it isn’t. So why?
Most experts agree that smoking addiction is a combination of chemical, physical, and mental addiction. So only addressing the nicotine issue is commonly unsuccessful.
Although neither the FDA in the United States or Health Canada support the notion that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking it is hard to deny that electronic cigarettes closely mimics the physical action of smoking. This is of great comfort to many smokers who want that hand to mouth sensation. With or without nicotine the e-cigarette works the same way.
What is interesting is that a study by Dr. Eissenburg on the electronic cigarette found:
“In spite of delivering no measurable nicotine, both electronic cigarettes tested in this study reduced ratings of “craving a cigarette” and “urge to smoke” and increased subjective ratings of product acceptability (e.g., “satisfying,” “taste good,” “pleasant”). These results are consistent with anecdotal reports from long-term electronic cigarette users and support the notion that electronic cigarettes may provide an alternative, perhaps a substitute, to cigarette smoking in some cases.”
So don’t believe the hype about the relationship between nicotine and smoking addiction. Try an electronic cigarette without nicotine. And remember, if you find that you are still missing the nicotine, you can always use nicotine gum or the patch in conjunction with your nicotine-free e-cigarette.