Quitting Smoking With Vaping
Quitting smoking is tough. For many of us, we find ourselves in that horrible position of wanting to quit smoking but hating the thought of not having a cigarette. Excuses like, “I’ll just smoke these and then I won’t buy another pack”, and “There’s no point in quitting today because I’m going out tonight” come out regularly.
The fact is it’s hard to quit doing something you like!
We need help, and it seems like vaping may be the answer for a lot of people. So today, we are going to look at how quitting smoking with vaping is proving to be a bit of a godsend for those finding it hard to kick the habit of smoking cigarettes.
Vaping vs. nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
Electronic cigarettes aren’t the first product that’s promised to replace smoking. GPs and NHS stop smoking services have been offering nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches, gum or inhalators, for years. Many people even use normal chewing gum or boiled sweets as a quitting aid. Others chew toothpicks or carry something to mimic the action of smoking.
Well, according to the NHS, “An estimated 2.9 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes and of these, 1.5 million people have completely stopped smoking cigarettes.” This would suggest that vaping is proving to be a particularly effective method for those looking to quit smoking. So why is vaping different from other nicotine replacement therapies?
Vaping – it’s not just about the nicotine
Let’s first dispel a myth – nicotine is not the cancer-causing chemical found in cigarettes; most of the other stuff is though! Nicotine, however, is the highly addictive element found in tobacco smoke.
The purpose of nicotine replacement therapy is to satisfy the nicotine cravings without exposing the body to all the other harmful chemicals which go along with smoking tobacco. In this sense, patches, gum and inhalators can work. But vaping has a trick up its sleeve – something that smokers crave as much as the nicotine – the rituals, actions and feeling of inhaling a tasty cloud. And although inhalators try, what you breathe in can be unsatisfying.
E-cigarettes are different. They closely mimic the actions of smoking so it’s much easier to move from one to the other. E-cigs satisfy the urge of having something in your hands and you won’t miss out the sensation of inhaling either as e-cigs produce rich plumes of vapour. In fact, you get to keep doing all the things you did as a smoker, except for breathing in over 5000 dangerous chemicals!
Quitting smoking with vaping is fun (and delicious!)
Of course, quitting smoking with vaping has another big advantage over traditional stop-smoking methods – a huge range of delicious e-liquid flavours which can also be non-nicotine to help wean you off your addiction completely.
There are vape juice flavours to satisfy every palate. If you have a sweet tooth, you can try a sweet or dessert flavored eliquid such as Butterscotch Custard (yum!). Or if you’re looking for something a bit more savoury and closer to tobacco smoke, you could go for the ever-popular Tobacco Sunrise. All this means that you’re quitting smoking journey doesn’t have to be painful and instead can actually be really fun! Oh, and using e-liquid is WAY cheaper than tobacco if you’re wondering.
It’s not only trying out the various great e-juice flavours that’s enticing either, there’s also all the vape gear and the close-knit community that has formed around vaping. Vaping has emerged as a vibrant subculture with vaping enthusiasts sharing their views on the latest vape mods, tanks, and eliquid flavours on forums worldwide not to mention massive vaping events such as the Vaper Expo UK.
Make a fresh start today!
So all you smokers out there – if you’re looking to move away from cigarettes but aren’t too taken by the current nicotine replacement therapies (particularly patches and gum), quitting smoking with vaping could be your knight in shining armour! It’s much easier to do something if it feels like it’s making your life better. Obviously, quitting smoking does make your life better, but it doesn’t feel that way if you enjoy your cigarettes and miss them when they’re gone! With vaping you don’t have to miss them, because e-cigarettes do the same job but they do it better and you can enjoy it more! That’s what makes them different from every other quitting aid, and it’s why they work so well.
Want to try vaping but feeling a bit lost? Check out our Beginner’s Guide to Vaping for some advice and tips to get you started smoothly.
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