What do Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Leonardo Di Caprio and Lindsay Lohan have in common? Besides being Hollywood Stars, they all smoke electronic cigarettes.
Johnny Depp made e-cigs popular when he “lit” one up in the movie The Tourist. Since then other stars have picked up on the new trend.
Should you be using electronic cigarettes?
According to the American Lung Association if you’re trying to quit smoking, stick with proven, FDA-approved stop-smoking strategies.
But what if proven methods don’t work for you?
E cigs are battery-powered devices that imitate real cigarettes. They have a light-emitting diode (LED) on the tip that lights up when you inhale and even produce fake smoke in the form of water vapor. They also deliver nicotine via cartridges, but spare you the tar, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and other toxins found in tobacco smoke. Cartridges offered by manufacturers also offer progressively lower concentrations of nicotine. So you can not only use them to replace your nicotine cravings but also gradually wean yourself off nicotine over time just like with traditional nicotine replacement products.
Are e cigs addictive? Yes and No. E-cigs offer a reduced level of addiction to nicotine, without much of the difficulties that switching to other smoking alternatives have, and no by products – so they are a good substitute for tobacco smoking. But if you don’t smoke, you should not touch them.