Former smokers, current smokers, and people who are actively trying to quit will tell you it's one of the hardest experiences to go through. It requires will power, lifestyle changes, and learning how to do things without taking a puff of that cigarette. If you thought the only way to quit was to chew nicotine gum or get a nicotine patch, think again.
"Volcano is an alternative to regular cigarettes. It doesn't have any of the tar or the ash inside of them. We have a juice system rather then a tobacco system, which has four basic ingredients: propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, the natural flavors, and the nicotine, which is the only thing you want from cigarettes to begin with," Volcano employee Josh Leeper told 5 News.
The e-cigarette is a new way to help with quitting. There have been various studies done, and many have concluded that the health risks with the Electronic Cigarette are far less then the risk of smoking. One study done by the American Association of Public Health Physicians believes the E-Cigarette could save as many as four million lives over the next twenty years from tobacco-related illness.
"It's much cleaner. The propylene glycol inside of it is found in inhalers. So, what you're breathing in is not toxic at all."
Non-smokers like the electronic cigarette because it vaporizes and eliminates any second-hand smoke. This helps alleviate the smell that is associated with smoking.
"I definitely enjoy it. Coming from New York, there isn't any smoking in the bars. So when I come down here it's kind of an irritant and your clothes kind of smell. It's usually just a hassle," says Morgantown resident and non-smoker Daniel Weatherby.
The electronic cigarette does not come without risk of it's own, and should never be used by anyone under the age of 18. As a short-term aid, it can be very helpful for those trying to quit smoking.
If you're trying to quit smoking as part of your New Year's resolution, there is a store for electronic cigarettes that's willing to help. The Volcano outlet on High Street in Morgantown and the kiosk in the Meadowbrook Mall will both be offering sales on New Years Day. All you have to do is bring in the cigarettes you have left and they'll give you half off an electronic cigarette kit.