Smoking bans are becoming the norm. And everywhere you turn, there are articles and quit smoking campaigns explaining why and how you should give up.  Giving up is definitely worth it.

But giving up ain’t easy. As an ex-smoker I’m well aware of this.

Over the years, companies have gathered huge profits by urging you to quit smoking through hypnosis, pills, patches, and gum.

Now high tech smoking gadgets are in the limelight. Here’s five that sound interesting…

1. The E-Cigarette

Looks like a cigarette. Feels like a cigarette. Acts like a cigarette. But isn’t as bad for your health. That’s the spiel that Golden Dragon Group Ltd, a Chinese company marketing this ‘electronic’ cigarette, claim.

The e-cigarette is battery operated and works by hearing and vaporizing tobacco instead of burning it. As a result, you get the nicotine fix and smoking experience without the harmful toxins.

You have to wonder, though, where these e-cigarettes will help you give up or simply create a surrogate for the real thing.

2. Nico-stopper

Looks like an MP3 player but don’t expect it to play your favorite songs. This nifty little gadget locks in your cigarettes and only releasaes them at preset intervals. And as the cigarette is released, the LCD screen flashes with self-help messages. (source)

3. Smoke Signals

Enlist your computer into helping you give up smoking with the Smoke Signals package that consists of

  • a smart interactive case that holds a pack of cigarettes and monitors your habits and signals when to smoke.
  • a personalized Quit Plan that is built to not only match your profile but also adjusts your profile as you progress.
  • access to an online progress page which acts as your personal coach.
  • daily emails and tips
  • a DVD that offers a step-by-step guie to the Smoke Signal Process.

4. Quit Key

A handheld computer that creates a personal quit smoking program based on information that you provide.

5. Quit Smoking Plugin

Give up smoking by public exposure with the Quit Smoking Plugin. An interesting tool for those who have their own or are thinking of creating a word press blog. The plugin will display a counter on your blog showing all the relevant numbers – the time quit, how many not smoked, how much money saved, and how many lifetime hours regained.

So smokers, what do you think ?

Smoking Cessation: Resources & products to help you Quit