It’s no secret that smoking isn’t exactly the healthiest lifestyle choice, nor is it a secret that e-cigarettes offer a safer alternative. But kicking the habit and quitting smoking with an e-cig isn’t always as simple as it sounds.
Some people who try to quit smoking with an e-cig have great success, while others struggle. However, difficulty doesn’t mean you can’t do it; it just means you need to put a little more thought into the process.
Cigs to E-Cigs: Transition in Phases
Some people have the ability to quit smoking cold turkey and never look back, but these people are in the minority. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t immediately leap away from the tobacco and never return. Your brain has built up an association and a relationship with cigarettes, so it will take time to totally remove that. While vaping does have similarities aesthetically to smoking, they are certainly not the same, and you shouldn’t expect e-cigs to immediately cover your need for cigarettes.
Instead, if you want to quit smoking through vaping, progress slowly and naturally. Introduce vaping into your routine and start to build up to it, using it at more and more regular intervals while slowly tapering down on how many cigarettes you smoke.
Find Tastes You Really Enjoy
The benefit of quitting smoking with an e-cig, rather than a nicotine patch or other methods, is that it doesn’t have to be a chore. E-cigarettes have the added bonus of coming with a variety of e-liquid flavours. At Electric Tobacconist, you can find anything from your typical vanilla and strawberry flavours, to downright strange concoctions like jam doughnut and lemon tart. You can also get tobacco-flavoured e-liquids if you think you’ll miss the taste of your cigarette.
Finding tastes you really enjoy can spark a new love affair with vaping and e-cigarettes. The more you enjoy it, the more you’ll want to use your e-cig and avoid your tobacco ciggy. This is a great way to reinforce a positive message to your brain about giving up smoking.
Start on Higher Nicotine Doses
If you are really struggling to move from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes, it is most likely due to the change in nicotine absorption. Tobacco products have a very potent nicotine hit, while e-cigs provide varying strengths.
The great thing about an e-cig, though, is that you can control the levels of nicotine you vape. For those struggling to quit smoking with an e-cig, consider using e-liquids with higher concentrations of nicotine. You’ll find this satisfies your cravings better than weaker e-liquids, helping you stay on the e-cigarette.
Over time, you can then slowly taper down to reduced nicotine levels if you are looking to quit completely, or at least reduce the amount of nicotine your body needs.
Important note: Because vaping is known to be less toxic than tobacco, you’ll find you don’t get the same initial hit as with a cigarette. Instead, it takes a bit longer to feel the effects of the nicotine, as it is slowly absorbed into your body without being flushed through by nasty chemicals. Technique is also important when it comes to nicotine absorption from e-cigs. Be patient, take it slow and don’t try to feel that nicotine hit too quickly.
Try Disposable E-Cigarettes
A disposable e-cigarette is the closest thing to a classic tobacco ciggy that you can find. It looks pretty much the same as a cigarette, is the same size — if not slightly longer — and moves in your hand the same way. But, it is loaded with e-liquid and when vaped in the traditional ‘smoking’ way, provides a less harmful experience.
If you find the e-cigarette pens and cartridges too much to begin with, if they don’t satisfy that feeling of holding and smoking a cigarette, disposable e-cigs could be the solution. Plenty of people find that part of their desire to smoke is that feeling between their fingers; the same feeling you get holding a disposable e-cig.
Don’t Forget the Conventional Quitting Techniques
While it may be easier to quit smoking with an e-cig, you are still making some changes that your body may be unhappy with. It is important to remember the conventional tips used to quit addictive substances during this period.
This includes positive thinking, setting targets and remembering why you made your decision. It also includes pushing your willpower, distracting your mind when things get tough and finding support from fellow quitters, family and friends.
A collaborative guest post.