I am 26 years old and have suffered with Crohn’s disease for over 6 years. I have been a traditional tobacco smoker since my early teens. When I was first diagnosed with Crohn’s, I continuously struggled with quitting using traditional NRT.
Then I discovered e cigarettes.
The start was promising but the small, traditional cigarette-esque devices were poor at keeping my nicotine habit satisfied. From then I moved on to larger, refillable devices. These work! I haven’t touch a tobacco cigarette since.
For the first five years of my battle with Crohn’s, my life was peppered with relapses. This was also a period in which I continued to smoke regular cigarettes. Since I made the switch to vaping, I haven’t had a single relapse!
I am now in my second year of studying for my PhD. Without being rid of my use of cigarettes and the harmful effects it was having on my condition, I doubt I would be in the healthy professional condition I am in today, as relapses have cost me dearly in other degrees I had undertaken whilst still smoking.
My thoughts regarding e cigarette regulation throughout Western society only deepens my disliking of the lobbying system we have in Europe and the States. Regulators should be bastions of the public, utilitarian sense of good. If someone in authority ever reads this, please, please remind yourself why you took a job that serves the public good in the first place. Vaping is not smoking! Only for lack of research, the benefits are not clear. But, one things for certain, these do not have the cancerous levels of tar and the 3000+ poisonous chemicals of traditional cigarettes.
My life would not be the same without them. Don’t take them away!