All over the world, many, many people are suffering from cigarette addiction. They are unable to break away from their bodies' need for the substance called nicotine, which is a primary ingredient found naturally in tobacco, and as such in all cigarettes. These people often try various things to quit smoking, such as 'cold turkey,' or just outright quitting, and a reduction in the strength or size of the cigarettes smoked.
Nicotine acts as a neurotransmitter in our bodies, specifically acting in some of the pleasure centers in our brain. Although nicotine is toxic, it has the same shape as acetylcholine, a primary neurotransmitter. This allows nicotine to have the same effects. Nicotine causes addiction because it acts on these pleasure centers, and reduces the amount of natural acetylcholine in our body. It is reduced because with nicotine, our bodies believe that the acetylcholine production is no longer needed. Electronic cigarettes help in the reduction of nicotine addiction. These cigarettes are 'smoked' by inserting a cartridge. This cartridge can contain various concentrations of nicotine, depending on the severity of the addiction of the user. As you reduce the amount of nicotine in the cartridge, you slowly allow your body to begin creating the acetylcholine naturally again, reducing the addiction of the nicotine.
Another huge benefit of electronic cigarettes is that they lack the other ridiculously harmful chemicals found in regular cigarettes and cigars, such as jet fuel and strychnine. Although they use other chemicals such as propylene glycol, these chemicals are almost always considered by the leading health and food organizations of the United States and the world to be 'generally safe' for the public. Although studies have also found trace amount of carcinogenic chemicals in some cartridges, and in turn heavily denounce E-cigars, other leading medical organizations claim that the levels of these toxins are one million times lower than would affect the human body. As well, some trace levels of nicotine have been found in 'nicotine-free' cartridges, again causing some to denounce the use of electronic cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes come in a huge variety of flavors. There are some cartridges which try to imitate the taste and flavor of specific cigarette brands such as Marlboro and Camel. These cartridges would be helpful for those who are trying to quit. But there are also a myriad of more traditional flavors, such as chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, for the general public to consider trying. In addition to these flavors, even more are being created every day, more exotic flavors such as different fruits, and even more specialized 'milkshake' flavors. This gives the general public another way to even help people with food addictions. Often when people are nervous or bored they like to eat. They can be a potential calorie-free alternative to eating, giving the desired flavors but not the fat and sugar of the real thing.
In conclusion, electronic cigarettes have many potential benefits. These include reducing nicotine addiction, reducing the harmful toxin intake of regular smokers, and even offering an alternative to those with food addictions to help lose weight.