Sunday, January 1, 2012

If you are a cigarette smoker, read this blog. If someone you care about is a smoker send them the link to this blog!

How I Quit Smoking Cigarettes
- In 1 Day -

After 50 years I did it. Here’s how ...

Hi! My name is Andrew and I was a smoker for 50 years. A pack a day smoker. For 50 years I enjoyed smoking cigarettes. I was addicted to cigarettes. I couldn’t live without them. Despite years of urgings and warnings from my doctors I had no intention of giving up my smoking habit. Ever. Then, one day, on December 7, 2011, I quit smoking cigarettes. I quit buying cigarettes, I gave away a dozen disposable lighters and put my ashtray in the kitchen cupboard. I quit smoking cigarettes. In one day. With no withdrawal symptoms, no urges to light up a cigarette, no massive hunger or massive weight gain, no major side effects of quitting. No pills, no patch, no gum. I gave up smoking cigarettes. In 1 day.

Why I quit
As far as I know, as of 2011, I had no additional major disease caused by smoking; my lungs were clear, my chest x-rays were always negative. In fact, despite the urgings of friends, family, my local, state and federal government and the medical profession, as you will see I did not give up smoking for health reasons at all.

I am not an anti-smoking zealot. If you wish to continue to smoke, as of this writing, you have a legal right to do so. I chose to quit smoking cigarettes. And I did it in 1 day. No pills, no patches, no gum, no hypnosis, no classes, no psychotherapy, no groups, no exercises. Is the method simple? Yes. Was it easy? Yes. Do I feel deprived? No.

After 50 years I quit smoking. In 1 day!

The real reason I quit smoking
After 50 years I quit smoking cigarettes. I did not quit for health reasons (which is indeed a good reason to quit). I quit for social reasons. Social reasons? What does THAT mean? It means that where I live, in California, everybody hates smokers. I smoked a pack a day, for over 50 years. I finally quit in 2011, not for health reasons but because I got tired of the smell, the ash, and being treated like a smoker, a second-class citizen, which in California, where I live, means you get discriminated against, you get treated like a horrible bad person who is polluting the air and poisoning people and the planet with second hand cigarette smoke. Here in California, everybody hates smoking. And smokers. You can barely find a place to smoke anymore. In California you can't smoke in bars, restaurants, buildings, offices, parks, beaches and other public areas. You can't smoke within 20 feet of ANY establishment where people congregate. Entire cities in California have already banned smoking in public! Most automobiles made today have no ashtrays in them. In fact, today you can't even smoke in a rental car and, if you do and get caught, they charge you a "smoking" fine of $200! And don't think that, wherever YOU live, increasingly severe anti-smoking laws and taxes and regulations and social pressures can't happen there. It can and it will! In addition, for every pack of cigarettes I used to buy, $1.01 (15%) went to taxes, punitive taxes imposed by a government who is successfully trying to restrict and even ban my legal right to smoke!

Enough is enough! What did I do? I quit. I quit smoking cigarettes. In 1 day.

How did I do it?

Here's the secret
Yes, I quit smoking cigarettes. In 1 day. But I found a way to still get my nicotine, the addictive substance in cigarettes that kept me smoking for 50 years. I found a way to get my nicotine, WITHOUT smoking tobacco, without inhaling 4,000+ other chemicals, without emitting offensive and harmful tobacco smoke, without ashes and ashtrays and lighters or matches, and without littering. How did I do it? Electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes. I discovered e-cigarettes.

What is an e-cigarette?
According to wikipedia, "An electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, is an electrical device that simulates the act of tobacco smoking by producing an inhaled mist bearing the physical sensation, appearance, and often the flavor and nicotine content of inhaled tobacco smoke; though without its odor, and intended to omit its health risks. The device uses heat (or in some cases, ultrasonics) to vaporize a propylene glycol- or glycerin-based liquid solution into an aerosol mist ... water vapor ... similar to the way a humidifier vaporizes solutions for inhalation.

When I started using e-cigarettes, most were portable, self-contained cylindrical devices the size of a ballpoint pen ... though sizes vary, mainly due to differing battery capacities. Many electronic cigarettes are designed to resemble actual cigarettes, called cig-a-likes ....

The primary use of the cig-a-like electronic cigarette for me was an alternative to tobacco smoking ... as it attempts to deliver the experience of smoking without, or with greatly reduced, adverse health effects usually associated with tobacco smoke.

Hundreds of different flavor varieties are available. Some attempt to resemble traditional cigarette types, such as regular tobacco and menthol, and some even claim to mimic specific cigarette brands, such as Marlboro or Camel. A wide variety of food flavors are also sold, from the traditional (vanilla, coffee, cola) to the more exotic (strawberry daiquiri, Boston cream pie).The hardest part was finding a brand that fit my desires. Good taste, good battery life and no vaping odor. I tried 5-6 brands before I found the right one for me. Apollo ecigs. Made in the USA. Based in the USA.

As of April 2010, The American Association of Public Health Physicians (AAPHP) supports electronic cigarettes sales to adults, "because the possibility exists to save the lives of four million of the eight million current adult American smokers who will otherwise die of a tobacco-related illness over the next twenty years."

Here's more about e-cigs from CNN's medical correspondent

Are-cigs cool?
In my opinion e-cigs are very cool. What I really like about e-cigs is that when I only want a few puffs, I can take a few puffs of my e-cig and put it right back in my pocket. Unlike cigarettes I don't have to put it out and I don't have to smoke the whole thing! I do that a lot, to only take a few puffs. Sometimes a couple of puffs is all I want or need and then I'm done. I take my puffs and just stick my e-cig back in my pocket. No fuss, no muss. No going outside, no looking for an ashtray or tossing the butt on the ground or out the car window. No smelly tobacco smoke, no ashes, no matches, no ashtray. Cool!

Note: According to my research (credible google and governmental sources) there are some basic legal regulations governing e-cigs in the U.S. as of January 2012. The government regulations may not seem to make any sense but they are the government regulations nonetheless ...

E-cigarettes are regulated by the FDA. They are regulated as a "tobacco" product, though there is no tobacco in an e-cig. None at all.

E-cigs are not allowed to be marketed as a "smoking cessation device" yet the whole point of switching to ecigs is to no longer smoke tobacco cigarettes or smoke less of them.

There are no FDA related clinical trials for e-cigs. According to the FDA they are concerned that the possible side effects of inhaling and exhaling nicotine and other chemicals in an e-cig are unknown (while the effects of smoking tobacco cigarettes are widely known and smoking cigarettes is heavily regulated and publicized in the U.S. to be the major cause of a variety of serious ailments, horrible diseases and, of course, a complete cessation of life, otherwise known as death).

Some "experts" are also reported to be concerned that e-cigs will be sold to children and cause kids to be hooked into trying other tobacco products, like the deadly tobacco-containing cigarette. I have heard this type of argument before, as it relates to marijuana, pornography, and other recreational products and activities. If an underage person goes online and buys something (like e-cigs) from a website that clearly states that you must be 18-years-of age or older, and the underage buyer LIES about his/her age in order to buy the item, my understanding is that, in doing so, the underage person has not abided by the terms and conditions of the sale and/or has BROKEN THE LAW. In that case, why should the legitimate and legal seller of e-cigs be penalized (or over-regulated) for the non-compliance or illegal act of the online underage buyer?!

On the positive side, I found no mention of e-cigs contributing to global warming, corporate greed, teen pregnancy, poverty, drunk driving, obesity, soil erosion, war, unemployment or real estate foreclosures.

From a New York Times article Nov 7, 2010:

" ... e-cigarettes could be the most effective tool yet for reducing the global death toll from smoking. But there’s a powerful group working against this innovation — and it’s not Big Tobacco. It’s a coalition of government officials and anti-smoking groups who have been warning about the dangers of e-cigarettes and trying to ban their sale.

"In Britain, the Royal College of Physicians has denounced “irrational and immoral” regulations inhibiting the introduction of safer nicotine-delivery devices.

“Nicotine itself is not especially hazardous,” the British medical society concluded in 2007. “If nicotine could be provided in a form that is acceptable and effective as a cigarette substitute, millions of lives could be saved.”

"The number of Americans trying e-cigarettes quadrupled from 2009 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Its survey last year found that 1.2 percent of adults, or close to three million people, reported using them in the previous month."

How much do e-cigs cost?
I use 2 e-cig cartridges per day. I can order refills online and can even get free shipping. By my calculations my e-cig habit costs me a grand total of about $5 a day!

A pack of real cigarettes currently cost $7 or more.

That's an e-cig savings of at least $2.00 a day. $60 a month! Over $700 a year!

So, with my e-cigs, I am getting my addictive nicotine AND saving over $50 a month. And, in addition, I am NOT inhaling 4,000+ other chemicals, emitting offensive and murderous cigarette smoke, dropping ashes everywhere, stinking up my clothes (and my breath), stinking up my car, littering the ground with dozens of cigarette butts daily, tossing lit cigarette butts out of the car window and creating a fire hazard.

Am I pleased? Hell, yes!

Thanks to e-cigs, I am no longer a cigarette smoker. I'm an e-cig user. I'm a vaper! No smell. No ash. No cigarette-caused air pollution. No second hand cigarette smoke. No litter.

THAT'S how I quit smoking. In 1 day. I switched to e-cigs. It worked for me. And I couldn't be happier! The last time I smoked a cigarette was on December 7, 2011. And, after 50 years, I am no longer a cigarette smoker. I am an e-cig user! I am a vaper!

Requirements needed to become a non-smoker
The following is NOT a medical opinion or medical advice. In my personal opinion, to quit smoking - and start using e-cigs - requires 2 things.

1. motivation and
2. adjustment.

In order to successfully quit cigarettes, based only on my own experience, I believe a smoker must be motivated to quit. A smoker must WANT to quit. A smoker must COMMIT to quit smoking cigarettes. Otherwise a smoker may not quit. Without a real 100% motivation I would not have quit, or would have easily relapsed. If a smoker is not willing to quit, and not totally committed to giving up smoking cigarettes, quitting may not work. In my opinion, to become an e-cig user, a smoker MUST be fully and completely motivated to quit smoking cigarettes ... BEFORE they switch to e-cigs.

I found that becoming an e-cig user also required me to make an adjustment. An e-cig is not a cigarette. Using e-cigs is not the same as smoking. The taste is a bit different, the feel is a bit different, the visual and oral experience is different. Becoming a successful e-cigarette user required me to make an adjustment, emotionally and physically. How much of an adjustment may probably be dependent on the individual; for some people switching to e-cigs might take only a minor adjustment, for others a major adjustment. If one is motivated, if they "commit to quit" they may be able to adjust to using e-cigs.

The above is solely my personal opinion, based on my own experience, and should not be construed as providing any licensable or expert advice.

Who wants you to quit smoking?
Today, in America, and many other countries, everybody wants you to quit smoking. Does your family want you to quit? Does your spouse or significant other want you to quit? Your kids? Your grandkids? Your friends? Your neighbors? Your co-workers? Your doctor? Even your employer wants you to quit. Your local, state and federal government wants you to quit. EVERYBODY wants you to quit smoking cigarettes! I quit smoking cigarettes ... in 1 day. I'm glad I gave up the expensive, dirty, smelly, dangerously unhealthy, politically incorrect and socially unacceptable cigarette. And, I was able to replace it with a soothing nicotine-delivering very cool looking e-cig. Do I miss smoking cigarettes? No. Do I feel better healthwise? Yes.

I quit smoking cigarettes - in 1 day!

I used to be a cigarette smoker. Now, I am an e-cig user!

UPDATE: As of today I have not smoked a cigarette since I quit. I have not smoked a cigarette since December 7, 2011. Not 1 cigarette! I haven't even had an strong craving to smoke a cigarette! Thanks to my e-cig I do not miss smoking cigarettes ... nor do I ever want to smoke them again.

vaping mouse

Unfortunately, a few years after I quit smoking and started using electronic cigarettes, local and state governments have basically banned e-cigs and are taxing and regulating them out of existence. Why? The anti-smoking zealots have won. The anti-smoking zealots incorrectly have equated e-cigarettes with tobacco cigarettes and convinced politicians to ban vaping in public. About the only place you can vape in California (or other states) today is in your own home. And THAT right is at risk. No longer in America can an ADULT expect to be legally allowed to partake of a legal activity.

This blog contains my own personal experience and opinions of how and why I quit smoking cigarettes. It only relates to me and my own personal experience. As such, I believe this blog is protected under the Freedom of Speech as set forth in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America (assuming government authorities abide by that document at all anymore).

Andrew Lawrence is the author of 22 motivational and inspirational books, books which make you smarter, richer and happier. His books are available at and include “MONEY - The Basics”, “Discover Your Life Purpose in 30 Minutes”, and “The Happiness Transformation”. He lives happily and productively, as a non-smoker - and an e-cig user - in Los Angeles, California. Visit his author page here.

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Saturday, December 31, 2011


Today, March 4, 2014, The Los Angeles city council has banned the use of e-cigs in public. Now, we e-cig users in L.A. will be unfairly penalized, and shunned, like the cigarette smokers we AREN'T.

Or, as Albert Einstein might say ...

To all the cities in America who have banned e-cigs, or plan to ban them, I say, "Duh".

After smoking a pack a day for 50 years, as of December 7, 2011, I have not smoked a cigarette. Not one cigarette. Thanks SOLELY to e-cigs. And the government wants to ban them?

Friday, December 30, 2011

misleading research

There has been an ongoing conscious effort to mislead the public regarding the safety of electronic cigarettes. Here is the truth - from experts

"Another alarmist and deeply misleading story about formaldehyde and e-cigarettes has now emerged in the New England Journal of Medicine: Jensen et al - Hidden Formaldehyde in E-cigarette Aerosols

Short summary: This experiment, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, operated the vaping device at such a high temperature that it produced thermal breakdown products (so-called dry puff conditions), but no user would ever be able to use it this way – the vapour would be too acrid. They went on to calculate human cancer risk from these unrealistic machine measurements and presented the data in way that was bound to mislead, which it duly did and created a world-wide media storm. This was irresponsible science, careless publishing, and credulous journalism adversely changing the perceptions of the relative risks of smoking and vaping in a way that will cause harm. The paper should be retracted in its entirety."

Clive Bates has had a varied career having worked in the private sector for IBM, in the UK government in Tony Blair's Strategy Unit, the United Nations in Sudan, for Greenpeace and for Action on Smoking and Health in the UK, which is why he is interested in smoke free alternatives to tobacco. Since early 2013 he has his own public interest consultancy and advocacy organisation, including the Counterfactual blog. He is interested in the enormous public health potential of tobacco harm reduction and is not engaged by pharmaceutical, e-cigarette or tobacco interests.

"What about all of the news reports that e-cigarettes contain toxic chemicals and metals?
The reports that there are studies that show potential health risks due to e-cigarette use are premature. In spite of what has been reported, the studies done to date have not only been largely inconclusive, but have actually found that the levels of contaminants detected in e-cigarette liquid and vapor are so low that it is highly doubtful they would even pose a health risk. Most certainly, they are thousands of times less of a risk than continuing to smoke. The fact is, the mere "detection" of a chemical does not mean that a product is hazardous. Every day we harmlessly consume and breathe in chemicals that would be toxic at much higher levels. It is disingenuous for public health organizations that disapprove of e-cigarettes to point to the trace levels found in e-cigarette studies as conclusive evidence of a potential health risk.

Dr. Igor Burstyn, of Drexel University, reviewed all of the available chemistry on e-cigarette vapor and liquid and found that the levels reported — even in those studies that were hyped as showing there is a danger — are well below the level that is of concern."

-From CASAA, the Consumer Advocates for Smokefree Alternatives Association

Even worse than e-cigarettes are products that people use every day.

Deodorant, a bar of soap, toothpaste, hair spray, detergent... All of these products can contain carcinogens and many do. While each product may only contain a small amount of cancer-causing agents, most of us use these products every day.

The list below consists of common consumer products that contain carcinogenic materials. This is just a start --

• Dove Beauty Bar: It's 99% water, but watch out for that other 1%. It includes quaternium 15 and formaldehyde, known carcinogens, as well as irritants to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.

• Johnson's Baby Shampoo: Contains carcinogens quaterium 15, FD&C RED 40,

• Crest Tarter Control Toothpaste: This best selling toothpaste contains saccharin and phenol fluoride.

• Talcum powder: Talc, the main ingredient, is a carcinogen that increases the risk of ovarian cancer.

• Cover Girl Replenishing Natural Finish Make Up (foundation): This makeup includes BHA, talc, titanium dioxide, triethanolamine. These interact with nitrites to form nitrosamines and lanolin, which is often contaminated with DDT and other carcinogenic pesticides.

• Tide & Cheer Laundry Detergent: Our favorite detergent contains trisodium nitrilotriacetate, a carcinogen.

• Lysol Disinfectant: While it makes the air sweet smelling, it contains the dioxin. Other products

• Carpets: Some carpets are made or finished with petrolatum-based chemicals. These chemicals can "outgas" into the home. Petrolatum is believed to a human carcinogen.

And for those of you who drink wine, does wine contain carcinogens? According to, it does! Yes, I looked it up and it's true. So if you don't complain about the carcinogens in wine, don't complain about the carcinogens in e-cigs.

Regarding information, don't believe everything the media, and/or the government, tells you.