GREENSBORO — Electronic cigarettes may be the first step to quitting smoking after a new study showed smokers are 60 percent more likely to drop the habit when they switch to electronic cigarettes first.
Lisa Blevins, owner of Alter Vapes in Greensboro, said she has helped many of her clients quit for good.
"Our slogan is 'Don't Quit, Just Alter,'. Because quitting in your mind for people is such a challenge that they don't even want to come in here and say I'm ready to quit. So we say alter your habits,” said Blevins.
Ruth Brinker was a traditional smoker for 20 years and tried multiple times to kick her tobacco habit.
"When I had my first son, I was able to quit for almost a year but then I picked it up again. Then I started reading about the vapes," said Brinker.
She is referring to the vapors produced by E-cigs, an electronic device she said is life-changing. Brinker said she started on the device and was able to quit cold turkey.
“It has been eight months now since I've had a cigarette," said Brinker.
E-liquids come in varying nicotine levels and flavorings so people can customize the experience and gradually decrease. E-cigs also simulate some of the same motions of tobacco smoking.
"The hand to mouth addiction, the throat hit. The vapor, you see the vapor still so it replaces that in your head. All the little addictions," said Blevins.
Blevins said it is also not as harmful.
"So you don't get any of the tar or the smoke or the 4,000 chemicals that are in a traditional cigarette," said Blevins.
A switch which has left Brinker healthier and happier.
"It's a miracle, it's great. I feel so much better," said Blevins.