I have always hated smoking. Not really the cigarettes themselves but the smell they emit, it puts me off. When I fell pregnant with Thomas, it was made even worse as the smell of cigarettes made me sick.
I couldn't go near anyone who was smoking which was hard for my husband. Back then he was quite a heavy smoker and so this was his cue to quit. He went cold turkey, no need for patches or gum and seemed to be able to manage the fact that he had just quit quite easily.
The only time it became a problem was when he'd had a drink. I don't know why, but after a couple of drinks, my husband would get the need for a cig. I guess, the fact that he rarely drinks meant that he, and myself, weren't really that bothered that he had a crafty fag every now and then.
But then it got expensive, or even more expensive should I say. Now that the new budget has come in, cigarettes have gone up by 2% in price, some brands are now over £9 for a pack of 20 which I think is ridiculous.
We actually discussed the fact that maybe, even though he doesn't smoke that often, he should find a better way to curb the urge. That's when I found Vype e-cigarettes and started reading up on electronic cigarettes.
Could they really work to combat the urge for a cigarette but still give that feeling of holding a cig, smoking a cig and the stress relief that having a cigarette brings?
'An electronic cigarette is a battery-powered device which simulates tobacco smoking. It generally uses a heating element known as an atomizer, that vaporizes a liquid solution. Some solutions contain a mixture of nicotine and flavourings, while others release a flavoured vapour without nicotine' Information via Wikipedia about electronic cigarettes.
Basically, the electronic cigarette gives the nicotine to feed the smoking addiction but doesn't contain the most harmful contents that regular cigs do. You can still get the feeling of holding a regular cigarette, getting to smoke, the sensations and the stress relief feeling, that satisfaction you get from smoking.
I think when they first came out, people thought that they were a bit of a fad, nothing would come of them, but actually, I have seen so many people using them rather than regular cigarettes and it's great to see that people are thinking about their health and the future.
I will definitely be looking into getting one for my husband. Now, I just need to convince my parents to go electric too.