Vape Don’t Smoke

I gave up smoking in 2005 and have never looked back. Quitting was hard which is why I wish that e cigarettes and e liquids were around then. I might have decided to vape instead of smoke much earlier if they were available back then as vaping has a great number of benefits over smoking.

vapeDid you know that WHO (World Health Organisation) have classified a number of the ingredients in tobacco cigarette as being toxic and potentially cancer-causing? That in itself should be enough to have smokers throwing their cigarettes away instantly, but quitting is hard, which is where vaping comes in.

Studies show that it isn’t just the *nicotine that smokers find difficult to walk away from, it’s the hand to mouth action, the relaxation, the taking a drag and the social aspect. Smokers find smoking enjoyable, and I get it, trust me. Vaping offers the opportunity for smokers to enjoy all of this without the nasties they are putting into their bodies when smoking, and even Public Health England say that vaping is at least 95% healthier than smoking. It’s the perfect alternative. You may have your cake, each it and not feel sick afterwards or have to worry about calories or guilt.

Variety is the Spice of Life
One of the wonders of vaping is that there are so many different e juice flavours to try out. You can go fruity, sweet, creamy, minty, enjoy drink-related flavours, tobacco flavours (yes really) or opt for some of the original-tasting flavours that many vapers love.

There are many e cigarettes, from those which allow you to alter the temperature you vape at (producing big flavoursome clouds) down to plug and play starter kits that get you going without any fuss or need for vast knowledge of the ins and outs of an e cigarette. You may completely customise your vaping experience.

The Cost
On face value, some might think that vaping is more expensive than smoking as you have some set-up costs (although basic starter kits are actually really affordable) and e liquids and consumables to consider. All of this has been taken into account by many doing professional comparisons and vaping comes up considerably cheaper each and every time, particularly longer term.

Health
It all comes back to health at the end of the day, and so it should. Health professionals, NHS trusts and charities are all pointing people towards vaping in order to get them off smoking in order to improve their health and reduce the risk of smoking-related premature death. Public Health England, the UK Government department responsible for the introduction of the Go Smoke Free legislation which saw smoking in many public areas made illegal have been keen to advocate for vaping, even listing e cigarettes as a useful cessation tool on their 2017 Stoptober materials. A Hampshire NHS trust are giving those serious about giving up smoking a one-time £25 vaping voucher for use in local shops to help them get a basic starter kit and introduce themselves to vaping properly in order to make the switch.

Clearly the benefits of choosing to vape far outweigh any reason to continue smoking. Black Note have put together a great article on help you quit smoking. If quitting smoking is on your list for 2018, good luck! As I wrote previously, I quit back in 2005 and have never looked back. My only regret is not putting in a jar what I spent on tobacco cigarettes each week and saving it. I could be looking at early retirement by now!

*E liquids do contain nicotine however, unlike tobacco cigarettes, you may choose with vaping the strength of nicotine you want, gradually tapering your usage down if you wish until you are enjoying zero nicotine vape e liquids.

6 Tips for Using Vaping to Quit Smoking

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Consistent smoking over a prolonged period is associated with serious health consequences, some of which include disability and premature death. This is why most smokers strive to quit smoking when they realize the real dangers that this habit presents.

However, quitting smoking is not a walk in the park. It takes a great deal of courage, dedication, and patience to wean yourself off the habit fully. The good news is that vaping can play a major role in helping people to quit smoking. Since you will still face challenges even when you use e-cigarettes, it is important to be aware of the following tips.

Choose the Most Suitable Device for Your Needs
As a newbie to the world of vaping, you may be overwhelmed by the numerous options you will have when choosing the device that will suit your needs. While most of the people who want to quit smoking will go for the most affordable devices in the market, some of these devices do not work as expected.

This is why it would be important to do some research on the best vape pens before making a purchase. You can either choose to buy a cigar like e-cig or go for a vaping device. While an electronic cigarette looks just like a normal cigarette, it comes as a clean and easy-to-use alternative.

Find a Decent Vaping Setup
Just like when choosing the right device for you and your needs, it is very important to get a decent vaping setup that will allow you to achieve your objectives. Besides choosing a device that features the latest technology and is easy to use, it is important to look at the quality of the batteries, and the cartridges. You should also make sure that you choose quality e-liquids that will offer you the flavors you like.

Understand How Vaping Can Help you to Quit Smoking
One of the reasons why smokers find it difficult to quit the habit is because of nicotine; the chemical compound found in tobacco is highly addictive. This addiction produces the attachment that smokers have to the conventional cigarettes. However, another factor that contributes to this attachment is the action of moving the hand to the mouth when smoking. This means that vaping can act as a great substitute to traditional cigarettes. The smoker will still get the nicotine and enjoy the hand to mouth action. 

Experiment with Nicotine Levels
In the initial stages of quitting the habit, it is important to find out the suitable nicotine level with which your body is comfortable. Different e-liquids contain varied levels of nicotine, making it necessary to experiment before you can settle on the e-liquid that works best for you. This will ensure that your switch from traditional cigarettes to electronic cigarettes is easier and seamless. The good news is that you will not have to change the type of e-cigarette you use when trying out different e-liquids. As you progress from smoking traditional cigarettes and move towards vaping, you may choose to go for e-liquids with no nicotine. 

Do Not Feel Uneasy about Vaping
Some people may feel uncomfortable about vaping in public, a factor that may undermine their efforts to quit smoking. To make sure that you do not go back to your old habit, you must prepare yourself for the strange looks you will get from other people. When you decide to go for vaping as a way to quit smoking, you should look at the bigger picture. Once you have achieved your goal, those who had a scornful look on their faces will perceive vaping differently.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize
Even when you have made the decision to vape, you will need a lot of dedication to overcome the habit of smoking once and for all. This means that you should make up your mind to have the right attitude and keep your eye on the prize. Since you will face challenges and distractions along the way, the best way to remain on the right path would be to think of the health and personal benefits you will gain. When you quit smoking, you will effectively deal with the smell, stains and expenditure that comes with it.

 

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