That's what I would suspect the issue with the liquid is- so I'm starting with the cartridges and may try the liquids once I get settled in with those.
I got a little pouch that holds 3 batteries and 5 cartridges... I'm bound and determined to not have that issue! Gosh darn it! (I did think of that)
Slidestop- the reason why it's so difficult to cut down, etc- is that you (literally, all the scientific mumbo jumbo to go with it) go into withdraw as soon as you aren't smoking. Within minutes of putting out your cigarette, you begin going into withdraw. Depending on the person, and level of addiction (average being about an hour or two) you simply can't stand it anymore. Your brain, your nerves, everything just starts freaking because it's dependent on it.
In regards to health benefits- nicotine itself isn't particularly that bad. Most of the bad stuff is what goes along with the nicotine. Yes, it's addictive- and no, it's not particularly good. It is stimulant, and it does raise blood pressure- but (from what I recollect) caffeine appears to be more dangerous than nicotine (not much has been done in the ways of nicotine by itself).
In regards to e-cigs- it lacks all the nasty stuff. E-cigs haven't been studied enough long term to see if they pose any long term risk, but thus far it seems like for the most part they aren't particularly harmful. And, fairly well everyone agrees they are alot better than smoking.
It would clearly be much better to just stop. Sure. However, considering history of such... I don't see that really lasting (with me). Chantix almost landed me in jail with its side effects, non of the rest of that stuff works- so if I can satisfy my addiction with minimal harm to myself and no harm to others- I figure it's worth a try.
Hell.. why not? Better than the alternative, and I haven't found anything better (that works anyway- long term).