I've watched with a lot of interest as these new electronic “green cigarettes" are making a splash. Pretty cool that the up to 4,000 plus contaminants can be removed and the smoker won't hurt those around them with the second-hand smoke. Now it's just like clean steam that's puffed out. The only downside is they are still addicting. One of the complaints is that some people can get addicted to a higher level of nicotine on them. Nicotine is still delivered in measured puffs, and the body will still crave for the next hit. Brendan McGuigan on Wisegeek.com says, "According to Poison/Toxicology by Jay Arena, the lethal dosage of nicotine for a 150 pound (68kg) male is 60mg. This is less than both arsenic and strychnine.
American cigarettes contain approximately 9mg of nicotine each (compare with 19mg in a New Zealand cigarette), but after burning, only about 1mg enters the body over the course of smoking an entire cigarette. While this results in amounts well below the lethal dosage, over time this poison can weaken the immune system and cause fatigue and other minor maladies." The other use for nicotine is as a natural pesticide. It is widely understood that nicotine is a nerve poison in high doses. According to drugabuse.gov, "each year, almost half a million Americans die from tobacco use. One of every five deaths in the United States is a result of tobacco use, making tobacco more lethal than all other addictive drugs combined."
So what could be better? What about a product that can help you quit altogether? Talk about a health boost! The idea is a lollipop that contains 25 mg. of the amino acid L-typtophan that helps the body relax, and gives you an alternative healthy habit as you wean yourself away from the nicotine. Imagine sucking a yummy pop and breathing in a flavor of pineapple, cinnamon or wintergreen. You won't be grabbing a high calorie food to slow the crave, but a natural sugar boost with only 10 carbs and 7 sugars. You won't be gaining a lot of weight using this method, like so many people worry if they try to kick the habit. So if you have thought about quitting, but want a safe substitute to help with going “cold turkey,” try Smoking Sucks. It will still take plenty of willpower and a commitment to forgo the nicotine, but you'll be supporting your fellow Americans (they are made in the USA!), and best of all, you'll support your worthy goal of quitting. Ellen