Menthol Smokers Have a Harder Time Quitting

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Statistics show that about half of all teenage smokers and 80% of African-American smokers smoke menthol cigarettes. While it’s only about 25% of all smokers, that’s still an enormous amount of people. Studies have shown that smokers who smoke menthol cigarettes may possibly have a harder time quitting smoking than other smokers. Research seems to suggest that there are several reasons.

  • Increased nicotine intake due to economic worries
  • Menthol activates cold-sensitive neurons in the nervous system
  • Cooling sensation makes smoke easier to inhale

All of these factors combined are likely to lead to heavier addictions. With the economy in the terrible position it’s in today, people are smoking less cigarettes per day, but are inhaling more heavily, taking in more of the toxic chemicals of the cigarette.

Another reason smokers find menthols more appealing is that it activates cold-sensitive neurons in the nervous system, which makes the cigarettes much more desirable to those who smoke them.

The cooling sensation of menthols also makes the smoke from tobacco easier to inhale, which in turn causes the smoker to take larger inhalations, again, increasing the addiction.

This topic is quite interesting to me because I was a menthol smoker. I haven’t smoked since August, almost 5 months now, so after hearing about this I’m happy to know that despite the heaviness of my tobacco addictions, my electronic cigarettes have been doing the job. Quitting is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.

Complete Review of the South Beach Smoke Electronic Cigarette

Just recently, I’ve come across South Beach Smoke electronic cigarettes and I decided to order their deluxe kit to give them a try. My first electronic cigarette was from Green Smoke, and I love it, but I’ve noticed that many of my friends are hesitant to buy it because of the price ($115 for a kit). After looking at South Beach Smoke, their products seem to be just as high quality as Green Smoke, but available at a much more affordable price.

For example, you can get the deluxe electronic starter kit for only $49.99 with cartridges, two batteries, and a charger. I paid $115 for the starter kit at Green Smoke which only came with 1 battery. Quite a difference, especially for people who just can’t afford the more expensive kits.

So I ordered the deluxe kit from South Beach Smoke and I have to say that so far, I’m very impressed. I really wanted to try out all their flavors, so I ordered the assortment pack, but was a little disappointed that the only strength available for it is ultra light * (update below). That’s OK though. One other thing I don’t really care for is that you have to sign up for automatic shipping of new cartridges when you order. It’s no big deal because you can cancel anytime, but I’d still like to have the option to choose not to sign up.

Ok, so first some things I’d love to see in the future when ordering; PayPal payments and lower shipping rates. I’d rather wait 7-10 days than pay $10 shipping.

I just got my kit today, as you can see in the image at the top of this post. The packaging is quite impressive. The picture below shows everything that came in the package.

Both batteries were charged so I was able to test everything right out of the package. I tested both batteries with each of the five cartridges. There are 5 flavors to choose from; tobacco, menthol, vanilla, chocolate, and cherry. Each cartridge is estimated to last as long or slightly longer than one pack of cigarettes.

Just like the Green Smoke cartridges, each of the South Beach Smoke cartridges have their own distinct taste, probably from whatever type of flavoring they use, but it’s not bad by any means. I’ll be honest, I don’t care much for the vanilla or tobacco flavors. I don’t know which is which, but one of them tastes like mustard to me. I think it’s the vanilla one. The other three flavors taste good though. My favorite is definitely cherry.

After testing all of the cartridges, I have to say that I think the cartridges need a little work. They don’t smoke so well without taking a huge drag and even then I still couldn’t get a whole lot of vapor. * (update below)

I really like the batteries. They are high quality and have enough power for my needs. The South Beach Smokes have a super realistic feel too, which I like a lot. All in all, I really like this electronic cigarette. They feel good, taste good and are very affordable. You can check out their website at SouthBeachSmoke.com if you want to learn more.

* Update: The low amount of vapor I got from the South Beach Smoke was because I was sent the ultra low cartridges. From what I understand, the full flavor cartridges smoke just as well as the Green Smokes. I’d also like to add that since I’ve ordered, South Beach Smoke just recently added the ability to choose any flavor and any strength when ordering the Deluxe kit.

I Hate Public Smoking Areas

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I’ve been meeting my fiance at her college after work once a week so that we can spend more time together. I usually have to waste about an hour of time before she gets out of class, so I hang out around the school and check emails on my phone.

The wait doesn’t really bother me, but what does bother me is that just about every spot to sit down and take a break is surrounded by smokers.

After not having smoked a cigarette in more than a month and replacing tobacco completely with my electronic cigarette, I absolutely can’t stand to be around cigarette smoke anymore. It stinks and gives me a headache. As I’m sitting around I can’t help but watch these smokers, most of them young kids, and feeling terrible that they are throwing their life away for a pleasure so trivial.

* image provided courtesy of Seth Sawyers via Flickr

Smoking On Television and in Movies Should Be Banned

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You know when you see someone smoking a cigarette on TV and it looks so relaxing that it makes you absolutely crave a smoke? I don’t get that feeling anymore. I’ve been clean from cigarettes for more than a month and my desire to smoke a real cigarette is almost nonexistent.

Every time a Bruce Willis or Mickey Rourke movie would come on TV (which are the types of movies I tend to watch), I’d have an incredible urge to smoke a cigarette. While I enjoyed my tobacco, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the TV would make cigarettes look. Now when I see someone smoking, in real life or TV, I think of all the bad things that come with smoking.

I remember what it’s like to have nasty breath, dry eyes from all the smoke in the room, and even a slight headache from depriving my body of oxygen.

Why did I ever smoke? Oh yeah, that’s right – because cigarettes are one of the most addictive drugs ever. I didn’t want to smoke, but the addiction made me believe I didn’t want to quit either.

I strongly believe that if I never gave an electronic cigarette a chance, I would be destined to an early grave. I was almost positive that I would suffer from a tobacco-related sickness or disease later in life, most likely lung cancer. That’s why I committed myself to quitting.

Did you know that dying from lung cancer is just like drowning? I don’t want to go out that way!

* image provided courtesy of Raymond Shobe via Flickr

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