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Smoking – Where Did It All Start?
Smoking dates all the way back to 5000 BC in the America’s, and Christopher Columbus was the first European to discover it – with Tobacco being first cultivated in Europe in 1531.
We realised it was bad for us pretty early on, and in 1602 an anonymous English author published an essay titled Work of Chimney Sweepers (sic) which stated that illnesses often seen in chimney sweepers were caused by soot, and that tobacco may have similar effects.
In 1795 Samuel Thomas von Soemmering of Maine (Germany) reported that he was becoming more aware of cancers of the lip in pipe smokers, and in 1798 the US physician Benjamin Rush wrote on the medical dangers of tobacco.
So, how did it become so popular when we had all this literature on the dangers floating around? Despite all the medical essays appearing which detailed the link between smoking and lung cancer, newspapers didn’t want to publish them due to the amount of advertising tobacco companies brought in. Smoking prevailed.
It wouldn’t be until 2007 that smoking was banned from enclosed public places in the UK. Today, smoking rates have more than halved since 1974 when 51% of men and 41% of women smoked (Ash.org.uk).
The Rise of Ecigarettes
For the hundreds of people looking to quit each year, Ecigs have been the most popular cigarette substitute. Eliquids work by electronically heating the nicotine liquid inside, which then turns into a vapour. They are used by an estimated 700,000 smokers in the UK alone. The Ecig is debated to be one of the greatest health breakthroughs of our time, with the potential to save millions from smoke related deaths.
So, What is a Cigalike?
The cigalike is another popular alternative when trying to quit tobacco smoking, and is made to look and feel just like a real cigarette.
There are tons of benefits of using cigalikes over the more gimmicky vaping type ecigs. For starters, they’re a lot easier to carry around than other chunkier electronic cigarette models which use refillable Eliquids. Plus, they mimic all the design features of real cigarettes, down to the ash-like LED tip that lights up red when activated – which makes the transition from tobacco to cigarettes easier.
It’s also been discovered that smokers prefer smoking to other forms of nicotine administration (e.g. patch, gum, nasal spray) and report enjoying the hand-mouth activity, taste, smell and sensation of smoke in the respiratory tract (Parrott & Craig, 1995) – meaning you’re more likely to stick with quitting.
A Smokeless Future?
Overall, smoking is on the decline, and that’s largely down to these innovations. So whether you opt for gimmicky electronic cigarettes or cigalikes – you’re more likely to quit. In fact, those using e-cigarettes are around 60% more likely to quit than those using nicotine replacement therapy or just willpower.
Cigalikes are healthier alternatives to tobacco cigarettes, and the cigalike is the best to make the transition – looking and feeling the most similar to a cigarette to satisfy that craving.