Anyway, Smoking a normal cigarette creates a physical addiction. When you switch to electronic cigarettes, how does it change the symptoms?
Well, eCig liquid has nicotine in it still; if you're a non-smoker and use an eCig, you're still going to get addicted. It's most definitely not a "safe because it's not addictive" alternative. For me, switching to an eCig really didn't change the symptoms of nicotine.. still feeding the physical and mental addiction and all that. However, I can say the other side effects of smoking have for the most part drastically decreased or disappeared completely. Breathing much better, food tastes better, have more energy, etc. There's a few popular eCig forums, you'll see lots of people mention things like that. You've removed the smoke, ash, poisons and such from the equation. It did take a little getting used to at first as it doesn't hit the same as a real cigarette; I think I had maybe 4 or 5 cigarettes within a week after switching to eCigs; after that, never again. In fact, the smell of my neighbor's real cigarette makes me ill to the stomach, and that's after my smoking two packs a day for about 15 years.
can you eventually stop smoking altogether? or once you switch are you psychologically addicted to the electronic one?
You're still addicted, just a different delivery mechanism. I still crave the nicotine, and I still want to feel a good hit when I breath in the vapor. (I used to smoke not just because I was addicted, but I enjoyed it.) That's one of the few reasons I couldn't stick with other alternatives such as patches, gum or pills. Those were actually worse in my case as I'd eventually slip and smoke a cigarette and typically wind up ill because of it.
However, aside from not taking in all the other poisons that go with nicotine aside, eCig's have another potential benefit for quitting. Namely, it could
be easier to wean yourself off of nicotine; the liquids come in varying strengths, all the way down to zero. If you slip, it won't be anywhere near as bad as with real cigarettes.. you're just inhaling water vapor, not more nicotine as with a real cig. You could then get rid of the mental addiction (the "going through the motions" addiction) as well, again if you slip, no major harm done as you won't be reinforcing a nicotine addiction again. It sounds good in my head anyway.. I've started reducing my nicotine strength very very slowly. I quit cold turkey for 2 years when I was much younger.. I had a lot more willpower back then and I was a right viscious ****** for a few weeks as well.. not subjecting my family to that now. Taking it nice and slow.