An article began by referring to a study that was published in 2015 in the Public Health England, which found that vaping was 95% safer than smoking at least, and resulted in the products being completely endorsed by the UK as smoking cessation aids. It was pointed out by Manuel that although it is not totally risk free, that e-cigarettes are a much safer option compared to cigarettes and should definitely be considered as the last step in beating the unhealthy habit for good.
The writer discussed his own experience that described how for several months he found himself both vaping and smoking, and pointed out that if you are serious about wanting to quit smoking cigarettes that it is very important that you not get stuck in “half way land.” He wrote the following article to give is advice, based on his own personal experienced, on how he was able to quit.
Tips from a successful former smoker
The first tip made by the author was how important it is to use a vaporizer properly. Since there a much higher nicotine level in one cigarette puff compared to one puff from an e-cigarette, you need to figure out how many puffs you need to inhale enough nicotine. If you don’t get enough that you will still crave the stimulant and result in wanting to reach for a cigarette.
One thing that is very important to note is there are numerous different vaporizer models that are available, and the best ones for quitting smoking allow you to adjust how much nicotine you inhale, to reduce that amount over time.
Manuel also discussed how important it is to be prepared so you aren’t ever caught with not having enough liquid or without a battery so that you end up smoking again. In general vaping is less expensive than smoking, with is costing around 30 pounds per month whereas smoking cigarettes costs about 300, but it is a good idea to spend more in the beginning and get properly stocked up. Investing in e-liquid, a few coils, and an extra battery will help to ensure that you don’t ever find yourself in a vulnerable position.
It is recommended that you keep things simple at first, instead of experimenting with fancy devices and liquid flavours. The more familiar and simpler it is, the easier it will be for you to make the transition.
Maintain the right attitude
The former smoker recommends that you not think of it as a journey of “quitting smoking,” but instead on breaking a habit. Your attitude is absolutely everything. That is why it is critical that you focus on your goal. He noted that when you are still very vulnerable in the beginning, that you should identify your triggers and avoid them. For example if your weak spots are smoking after a meal or on lunch breaks, then you should avoid socialising with other smoking during these times until you get stronger. Your main focus in the beginning should not be to completely quit. Instead, baby steps need to be taken, one trigger and step at a time. Every time a trigger has been eliminated, you can start to focus on conquering another one.
Another important tip, and maybe the most important one, is not to be afraid of failure. There are various ways to approach quitting and you need to find the one that is best for you. Many people prefer to quit smoking cigarettes cold turkey. Other smokers prefer to gradually wean themselves off of cigarettes. In addition to discovering what works the best for you, you also need to make sure that you don’t get discourage each time you relapse, and instead use those experiences for identifying triggers, and then repeating the process until you are able to get it right.
Why use e-cigarettes instead of other nicotine replacement therapies?
Besides nicotine, the two other major addictive factors associated with smoking cigarettes are smoke exhalation and the hand to mouth movement. Only e-cigarettes can satisfy those two, which is why these devices are known as the most effective type of smoking cessation aids. It is also the reason why other types of nicotine replacement therapies like patches, often fail.
It is very important to note that in itself nicotine isn’t what makes cigarettes toxic. In fact the substance is used medicinally for treating Alzheimer’s and other diseases. It is the other chemicals contained in cigarettes like Carbon Monoxide that make them deadly. E-cigarettes also contain traces of some harmful substances, but they are insignificant amounts compared to those contained in cigarettes.
Get your health under control
Despite all of the advantages, no one is recommending that e-cigarettes should be used as a long term substitute for cigarettes. Once a former smoker is able to completely wean themselves off of nicotine, they can start to work on putting their vaping devices away.