Can buying an electronic cigarette help you quit smoking? It is always a big question, or a controversy in the society about public health and even community safety, especially in the USA, where smokers and vapers are both very common. Indeed, ecig is now considered one of the most useful solutions for the group of people who have being concerned about how to quit smoking. Many believe that if ecig is adopted as a substitute to cigarettes, it can help more people to quit smoking. On top of that, they can increase the associated health and financial benefits that come with this by cutting the use of conventional cigarettes. On the other hand, though an ecig generally enjoys a very high safety, many are still worried about people many use an electronic cigarette as a complement to conventional cigarettes, i.e. to use both kinds of cigarettes together. Such kind of people are not rare, and are called "complementers" by some. When ecigs are treated as a complementary product, people will simply blunt the regular anti-smoking regulation and keep themselves smoking for even longer. According to an online survey of 2,406 people conducted in the US, 37 per cent of smokers who use e-cigarettes view electronic cigarettes mainly as a complementary product to the conventional cigarettes, rather than a substitute to them. Also, the survey found that 55 per cent of “substituters” were trying to quit smoking, while only 40% of the "complementers" were. 37 per cent of complementers in our sample regarded vaping primarily as a complementary activity to smoking, while only 27 per cent of non-smokers thought electronic cigarettes would be used in this way rather than as a substitute. Such fact gives us an insight that some people, especially the non-smokers, overestimate the benefits of ecig to the question of "how to quit smoking".

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[Life] The 5 Germiest Things In Public You Shouldn't Touch with Bare Hands


If you were an expert on germs, which five public places would you never want your hands to touch? We asked Dr. Charles Gerba, aka “Dr. Germ,” University of Arizona microbiologist, that question and, as always, he had ready answers, peppered with good-natured humor. Drum roll, please.



1. Touch-screens at self-check-outs


A surprising 50 percent of these touch-screens, which can be found everywhere from grocery stores to pharmacies, had fecal bacteria. “Must have something to do with changing baby diapers,” he laughs. Surprisingly, he found MRSA here, too. “There are actually more antibiotic-resistant bacteria on these screens than in a hospital.”


Solution: Either avoid them or make sure to use hand sanitizer after you finish checking out.


2. The first floor elevator button


Think about it, says Gerba. Everyone who goes up in an elevator has to come down to the first floor. Parainfluenza, a virus that causes cold-like symptoms, is the nasty lurking germ he found here.


Solution: Press the elevator buttons with either your knuckle or your elbow. You’re not as likely to touch your face with either of these. When you get back to the office or to your house, wash your hands right away.


3. The pull-down tray on an airplane


“We’ve found traces of influenza, norovirus and MRSA on airplane trays,” says Gerba. Surprised? Germs like norovirus can survive here for a few weeks. “When do they ever clean these things? They hardly have time between flights,” he adds.


Solution: Don’t use the tray. If you must, wipe the tray with sanitizing wipes before using it. If you have none with you, make sure to use hand sanitizer immediately after using the tray. Also, until you use hand sanitizer, avoid touching your face as this is how these germs make it into your system.


4. Coffee pot handle in the break room


50% of the coffee pot handles had coliform bacteria, which in an indicator of fecal contamination. They also had parainfluenza! Think about it, says Gerba, where’s the first place people go when they get to the office? To get a cup of coffee. Whatever their hands touched on the way to work gets deposited on the coffee handle.


Solution: Yet another great reason to wash your hands. Keep hand sanitizer in the break room and use it after handling the coffee pot. This simple step breaks the cycle of germ movement and can significantly reduce the spread of germs.


5. The restroom faucet handle


This one’s a no-brainer, according to Gerba. You turn on the tap when your hands are dirty and turn off the same contaminated tap after your hands are clean. That means when you leave the bathroom, your hands are still dirty — and germy! E. coli and Salmonella are likely multiplying on your fingers!


Solution: After washing your hands, if there is no dispenser, use a paper towel or some toilet paper to turn off the tap. If the bathroom has a hand sanitizer dispenser, don't hesitate to use it on the way out.










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