Nicotine Free E-Cig

Jackie - posted on 04/04/2011 ( 26 moms have responded )

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So I was very curious about the nicotine free Electronic cigarettes when you're pregnant. As some of you may recall, I had a hard time quitting when I first found out I was pregnant in Dec but quit completely within about 3 weeks. I'm pretty sure I'm over the nicotine addiction but I am craving a smoke sooo bad. I think I miss the actual habit of smoking and the social part. It's sad to say that I'm even dreaming about it.

So a friend of mine said that I could borrow her e-cig if I wanted to and get the nicotine free cartridge. I think it would be perfect for me. I did a little research on line to see if it was safe to do while pregnant and really couldn't find a whole lot about smoking a nicotine FREE e-cig. I did find this...

http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/n...

According to that, it;s probably not a good idea. I haven't tried it yet, but I think if I could just get that huge craving out of the way, I may be ok. I dunno

What do you think?

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Emma - posted on 06/01/2013

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Nicotine is a stimulant, just like caffeine, the NHS here in the UK state that if we all gave up cigarettes and uses e cigs, smoking related disease would be completely eradicated.

E cigs are better than cigarettes for many reasons, the most important one being, there are no chemicals in it!!
For gods sake, smoke the e cig if it stops you from smoking real ones, and understand that it has the same effect as caffeine, which isnt good for you in large quantities, so I guess the common sense attitude is ' in moderation'

Good luck

Dodie - posted on 04/04/2011

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Oh! & in relation to quitting smoking...*smile...I quit over 30 years ago, cold turkey, & was smoking nearly 3 packs per day--25 cigs per pack! I was pregnant & had had 4 miscarriages before, so the cigarettes had to go!! My daughter, the one I was carrying at the time, started smoking when she was 12 or 13. She now has two children & is quitting for their sake as much as her own. You just need to have a reason that is IMPORTANT ENOUGH for you to want to quit!...*smile...As to the electric cigarettes? Not a good plan! The hardest thing most people find is to get over the psychological addiction, not the physical one! Once the nicotine is out of your system--say a month?--the only thing connecting you to that addiction is the "act of smoking" which is triggered by things like drinking coffee, tea, alcohol, etc., reading, watching TV in the evenings when the house is quiet & you are relaxed. That kind of thing. In order to get over that, you will need to STOP pairing these things with the ACT of smoking. If you get dependant on e-cigs, you are not helping that part of quitting at all, & you may even start up again, even thought your body is clean! Any way you do it, quitting smoking is difficult! Don't try to make it easy, because you can't! Just take it one hour at a time, & pretty soon, you will find that you hardly/don't miss it at all! Good Luck!...Dodie

Jackie - posted on 04/04/2011

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I have to admit (even though I don't want to) that Dodie and Krista are right.

I've already kicked the nicotine habit for about 3 or more months now. But the mind is a very powerful thing.

I quit on my own 3 months before I got pregnant with my first so I had no cravings or anything like that with her. This time I HAD to quit and it's a very different feeling.

I need to just put my big girl panties on and just quit for good this time because I really don't WANT to be a smoker.

But on the other hand, I feel like if I don't get some kind of similar oral fixation, I may have to sneak and hit a cig just to "get the monkey off my back" so to speak. I really don't want to but I really want to. A non-smoker probably wouldn't understand that...

User - posted on 06/25/2013

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Remember that some woman still smoke packs a day while pregnant, an E-cig had no chemicals, and taking out the nicotine also is even better. Your baby is perfectly safe.

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Cecilia - posted on 06/02/2013

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The article i posted does say overall it is better and the chemicals are less. but you said it has no chemicals, which is untrue. As i said, I know my banana has chemicals so for a substance to be put into the body- i assume it will always have chemicals also.

Emma - posted on 06/02/2013

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The chemicals are no worse than what you might find in GMO food, and yet pregnant women buy copious amounts of food containing GMO, I think to be a 'purist' one has to be a total purist, and drink nothing but water, and eat nothing but fresh locally sourced organic meat and vegetables, sadly, real life prevails, the reality being, we eat crap, and we ( many of us) Smoke crap, now, if a pregnant woman is going to smoke , bearing in mind it is an addiction, then using an e cig that is substantially less harmfull will always be the better option.

Cecilia - posted on 06/02/2013

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Emma---e-cigs do have chemicals, why would you think they don't? Shoot if i eat a banana i know it has chemicals. Either way here's a list for you http://cloudnine.hillarymilesproductions...

As for the oral fixation, try gum or hard candy to help you get over the feeling of needing to smoke. I have been told keeping your hands busy helps to. This can be done by learning to draw, knit, sew, crochet, ... you get the idea right?

Krista E- i heard a variation to that. For a week before you stop smoking put all out butts into a coffee can of water. Close the top. Any time you want to smoke take a wiff and you'll get sick to your stomach. This will lead your brain into that wanting to smoke into a feeling of sickness instead.

Amanda - posted on 05/22/2013

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I smoked during my first pregnancy. I felt awful for it, no e-cigarettes back then either. I'm currently pregnant with my second child and a friend referred a great book. I have no cravings and I've completely stopped smoking. It's called, Allen Carr's Easyway to Stop Smoking. Can't hurt to read it :)

Dodie - posted on 04/05/2011

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Love that answer, Krista! Hadn't thought of that one! Although, I do remember trying to get Jamie, my Husband, to quit when we first met, so, I smoked a cigarette! He hated the fact that after about 8 years, I could start up again! So, he quit. I really didn't like the taste of the darn thing, anyway, & it made me stink!! Eeeewwww!! Even when I smoked, I hated that smell & that of the dirty ashtrays! Used to put a book over the top until I got to wash it out!! Our youngest daughter, Melodie-Anne (now 30:), was, is & always will be seriously asthmatic; & even her older sister, Danerra, has had some issues with pnemonia on a yearly basis since she was 2. So, quitting was a really good thing for all of us! And the BEST THING about quitting this time of year is that you will be AMAZED at the beautiful perfume of flowers--planted & wild--that you will smell this Summer!! Prayers for & kudos to you for trying hard!!...Dodie

Krista - posted on 04/04/2011

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I can totally relate, Jackie-Rae. I don't miss the nicotine. But I sometimes miss the ACT of smoking.

It DOES pass, though. Just try to keep busy.

And if worst comes to worst, go smoke the stinkiest, mankiest cigar you can find. You'll be so grossed out for months afterward that the thought of smoking anything will make you want to ralph.

Krista - posted on 04/04/2011

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Dodie makes a really good point about finding a reason that is important enough.

It's almost like something in your brain says, in big letters, "ENOUGH."

For me, it was watching my husband's grandmother die of lung cancer. She was suffering like I've never seen anybody suffer. And all her family could do was watch helplessly. And I saw the agony her husband was going through, and I looked at my husband, and this clear voice inside my head said, "I am not going to do that to him."

I went on the patch to help with the physical withdrawal, but the mental "click" was already there because of that moment.

You know how they say you can't quit for other people? It's true. But you can quit BECAUSE of other people.

Dodie - posted on 04/04/2011

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So Sorry!! I didn't think I had commented on this post, & was curious as to why my "list" said I had. This is my first attempt at Circle of Moms, so, please, forgive me for a double-post...*sigh
Dodie

Jocelyn - posted on 04/04/2011

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PG vs VG was the deciding factor for me. I didn't even consider any brands that didn't come in VG. I researched for days lol

Katherine - posted on 04/04/2011

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I love my e-cigarette, however it isn't nicotine free. I didn't know they had those kind. I would go for it honestly. If it's going to stress you out more not having it, it's better to have it nicotine free.

Jackie - posted on 04/04/2011

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hmmm, interesting. In the little research I've done, it seems the main concern would be the PG. So if I got one with out the PG, it's safer to use. I'll ask the doc and see what he says about it before I try it but I WANT ONE SO BAD!! :)

Jocelyn - posted on 04/04/2011

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You have to use a cartridge of the same brand, BUT the cartridges may be refillable (depending on the style), so then you can buy the liquid drops from any brand and just refill a used cartridge.

Jackie - posted on 04/04/2011

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so can I buy any cartridge to go on her e-cid or do I have to buy THAT brand?

Jocelyn - posted on 04/04/2011

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I have a ProSmoke ecig. It has definitely helped me cut down (tho I do still get the cartridges with nicotine).
I see nothing wrong with them. The type I get are made with vegetable glycerin (as opposed to propylene glycol). They don't taste fantastic, honestly they all kind of taste the same lol not bad, but not delicious :P (but my friend has a Jaunty and her flavors are waaaay better, but nicotine free)

Sara - posted on 04/04/2011

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Honestly, if you can resist the urge and get over the hump to have something cigarette like, then you'll be better off in the longrun. I remember when I quit I was about 2 months into being cigarette free and I went to a social event where a lot of folks were smoking. I did not have a cigarette that night and after that, it was so much easier. It was like my hump. I think that's what this is for you. Stay strong, and congrats on being smoke free! :)

Dodie - posted on 04/04/2011

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I'm a Grandmother of a wide age range of Grandchildren, ages 21 months to 28 years!! So, I have had children before car seats, never mind car seat laws! In my opinion, they are a Great Invention! They are safer, to a certain extent, than regular seats/seat belts. However, like all great inventions, there are drawbacks. First & foremost is the cost, which, for something the government (I live in Canada, so it is all across the country here.) forces on you. The least they could do would be to control the prices! Here you are not allowed to buy them second hand, as they have an expiry date!! So don't space your pregnancies too far! Also, forcing a child who gets car sick, or is afraid of riding backwards--it still makes me nauseous!--is cruel & unusual punishment! If you are hit from behind, which in most accidents you are, & your infant is facing the rear, of what use is a rear-facing car seat? Maybe they should rethink some of the "manditories" more before making them manditory!

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