Hello! Dawn back after the Thanksgiving weekend and I truly hope everyone had a spectacular holiday. Speaking of the holidays that gives me an idea for a blog! Good thing too because today is blog day! So what idea did the thought of the holiday season bring to mind?
Yes, the simple fact is that during the holiday season rituals are observed in tons of different ways. Not all families have the same ones but most families have them none-the-less. But how do rituals come into play regarding electronic cigarettes?
Great question here is the answer!
According to the systematic review, I am always quoting, by Dr. Farasalinos rituals are the main reason e-cigarettes work for long-term smokers. “ECs are unique in that they provide rituals associated with smoking behavior (e.g. hand-to-mouth movement, visible ‘smoke’ exhaled) and sensory stimulation associated with it [Farsalinos et al. 2013b]. This explains why these products can be effective in reducing consumption of tobacco smoking [Bullen et al. 2013; Caponnetto et al. 2013b; Polosa et al. 2011] and are effective as long-term substitutes of conventional cigarettes [Farsalinos et al. 2013b].”
So then if he is right and rituals are a really important part of why E-cigarettes work then rituals are an issue we should talk about, right?
Keep the Rituals
In today’s world, it seems like everything is always moving at the speed of light. Messages and e-mails are delivered nearly instantly and the only snail mail we get is junk mail or bills. Everything is computer-aided, animated, or powered. There is rarely time to slow down and enjoy all of the hard work we have put into this life; let alone to smell any roses.
As a smoker, I remember taking cigarette breaks just to slow down a touch. I actually miss and enjoyed the 10-minute periodic breaks in life that inherently comes from smoking. I mean I don’t miss them enough to go back to my inhalers and nebulizer breathing treatments or to stink the way that I used to all the time as a smoker; but, I do have a nostalgic thought about them from time to time.
Keep the rituals!! (Only if you want too!)
I have to say that one of the best things about A Clean Cigarette is that is designed to look feel and draw like a cigarette. That is why it is called a Cig-a-like, electronic nicotine delivery device. We believe that using an alternative nicotine delivery system that mimics the rituals of traditional smoking, will help make our product an effective and truly useful alternative.
All that being said, recently I started missing my little breaks a little more, so I am taking back my ritual. Only instead of smoke breaks, I am taking me breaks. When I want to, NOT when my habit tells me to. I no longer have to shiver in the cold for a break, I can enjoy my 10 minutes simply … smelling the roses, or enjoying life. Inside OR outside. How I want too.
I may find myself near smokers on their break, visiting laughing, but now I am there because I want to be there. Not because I am having a nic fit. Not because I need to light up. No, it will be, just because. The fact that they are smoking won’t bother me, I am getting my nicotine just fine. I have decided that I want to keep this ritual, and I can.
I kept my hand to mouth ritual.
I kept my puff of smoke ritual.
I kept my bold tobacco flavor.
I kept the throat hit.
I maintained my daily intake. I smoked a pack and a half before, I smoke one full cartridge a day now.
And I am keeping my breaks.
The only things being given up are the nearly 600 additional ingredients, tar and carbon monoxide that comes with a burning cigarette. Not to mention the stink, loss of smell and taste associated with smoking tobacco.
That is important. You need to know that you can keep your rituals. Making the switch is just upgrading delivery methods. Switching is not about what you lose, but about what you win. You win the right to take your breaks when you want. You win the choice to break away from big tobacco’s hold on you, and big tobacco’s cost. Cash cost as well as the health cost. You gain the freedom that comes with getting nicotine out of an electronic device vs. burning tobacco.
Keeping the rituals is an important part of making the switch and we want you to keep any of the rituals that you want to. Keeping these rituals will help take the fear out of putting the burning tobacco down. You have nothing worth keeping to lose.
Change can be scary, but the only thing scarier is regret.
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