One thing we have noticed is that we don’t seem to need electronic cigarettes in the same way we used to need cigarettes.
I have also seen discussions on forums speculating that it is not just nicotine that causes the addiction in cigarettes. I’m not a scientist, but it did lead me to wonder whether electronic cigarettes were less addictive than tobacco cigarettes.
To find out what other vapers thought, we held a poll on our facebook page. It turned out that we weren’t the only ones who thought they were less addictive:
Some vapers, however, put the reduced cravings of e-cigarettes to the way they were used, i.e. regular but less intensive puffs rather than full cigarettes followed by a long break between smoking. Kristin Noll Marsh wrote:
E-cigarettes FEEL less “addictive,” because I don’t have to wait a few hours to use it and then smoke like a fiend. When I smoked, I had to resist the urge until I could go outside and smoke. That caused a pent-up sensation and sense of urgency I don’t have with an e-cigarette, because I can just pick it up and take a puff at any time. So, instead of the peaks and valleys of smoking, vaping just keeps things on a even keel.
Jackie Cheetham was unsure:
I feel they are just as addictive but i can’t be certain as i only smoked outside in the garden before and now i use my e.cig in the house so always have it on me.
Others, such as Untamed Rose, believed they just needed e-cigs less than they needed cigarettes:
Going with less…the reason is I dont get the panicky OMG feeling if I cant vape for a while like I did with cigs. I want to, would like to, but I’m not climbing walls and flipping b/c I cant vape.
Ray Hille agreed, saying:
Definitely not as addictive as tobacco cigarettes, I simply have a few puffs and put it down plus I dont have the same craving anymore and I am not as anxious about the next one. i think it is because you know it is there and you dont have to go through the ritual of lighting up getting an ashtray and finishing the whole cigarette.
Not everyone agreed, though, with Chris Birk arguing that e-cigs were:
Just as addictive, but far more enjoyable.
Here are the full results, with the blue representing people who think e-cigs are less addictive than regular cigarettes (one or two similar user-added options have been merged):
(Please note I am not claiming a facebook poll is scientific! It would be interesting, though, to see a study comparing withdrawal effects from tobacco cigarettes with withdrawal effects from electronic cigarettes.)
What do you think – are e-cigarettes more or less addictive? (Click here if you would like to vote on our Facebook page!)
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