Yep – I am nicotine free and have been for a month. The reason I stopped smoking? Simple: vaping.
Forget patches, gum or cold turkey. None of them work — well, at least they didn’t for me. Over the years I’d tried everything, even Alan Carr’s Easy Way To Quit Smoking, but nothing seemed to work. I just LOVED nicotine WAY too much.
But as of Feb 10 I will have been completely nicotine free for four months. And the best part? It wasn’t even that hard kicking the habit — no way near as hard as it had been in the past. And the reason? Simple: VAPING.
For me there are several unique things about ecigs and vaping in general that all sort of colluded together to help me eventually come to the realisation that I no longer needed nicotine, cigarettes or vaping in my life anymore. But it’s not just me; there is a lot of data to back up my claims.
“Survey results in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine revealed some very interesting statistics regarding e-cigarettes. 31% of the 222 respondents who tried ecigs were still not smoking cigarettes after 6 months. Some of these people were long term smokers who had tried to quit unsuccessfully multiple times,” notes eCigAlternative. That figure is impressive, but even more so was the fact the respondents using e-cigarettes more than 20 times per day had a quit rate of 70.0%.”
The report added: “Even better news – of those who had stayed off the smokes for 6 months; 34.3% were not using e-cigarettes or any nicotine-containing products by that point. These results are astounding compared to endorsed nicotine replacement therapies that are far more expensive (and far less comfortable in my opinion). For example, a study on the effectiveness of nicotine patches found just 8.2% had abstained from smoking after 24 weeks.”
I’ll try and explain each of them as best I can below.
1. The Familiarity
You don’t go cold turkey, for starters. When you first come of the smokes it feels weird, but you have your ecig or box-mod and while it is indeed different you are still getting a regular supply of nicotine into your system in a familiar — and infinity healthier — manner.
It even feels the same after a while, better, in fact. So when you do eventually relapse after a week or so and smoke a cigarette you will be blown away by just how DISGUSTING it tastes compared to your ecig or vape. Seriously, this is a significant step in your journey, as this little relapse will completely reaffirm why you stopped smoking in the first place. For this reason, don’t be so harsh on yourself when it inevitably happens. Just frame it in the right context.
2. The Health Reasons
Critics of vaping and ecigs say it glamourises nicotine and, therefore, encourages children to do it. This is complete bullshit. Firstly, you have to be 18 years old to vape. Second, if you start vaping as a hobby without first being addicted to nicotine you are a moron and deserve whatever you get. Three, YOU HAVE TO BE AN ADULT TO BUY THIS STUFF.
There’s also a bunch of scientific research — not bro-science, either, proper SCIENCE — you can read HERE which shows, empirically, that vaping is safe and should actively be pushed as a safe means of quitting cigarettes.
The UK’s Department of Health gets it too:
“E-cigarettes are not completely risk free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm,” said Professor Kevin Fenton from Public Health England, which carried out the study.”
Most of the chemicals that cause smoking-related diseases are absent in e-cigarettes and the current best estimate is that e-cigarette use is around 95 percent less harmful to health than smoking, the report added.
3. The Products
Unlike nicotine gum, which tastes worse than a bag of dicks, or patches, which make you sleep walk and feel nauseous, vaping and ecigs come in all shapes and sizes. Pens. Mods. Mech-Mods. Disposables. Basically, there is something for everybody. But for a complete break down on all the best kit and a quick primer on what you need to know before venturing into the world of vaping, check out these posts first:
4. You’re In Control
When you vape you’re in control of what you put in your body, to a certain extent. You have a choice where you buy your eliquid from, for instance, and a lot of places — like THIS ONE , which is our ABSOLUTE favourite — only stock 100% DIACETYL-Free liquid made from the best possible ingredients.
You’re free to experiment with flavours but the main thing is the weening yourself off nicotine process, whereby you gradually reduce the amount of nicotine in your eliquid over a period of time. I started on 18MG, for instance, and then, over the course of a couple of years, reduced it down to 3MG and then stopped completely.
5. Vape Cravings Aren’t As Bad
I know, I know — this is pretty subjective. But I really didn’t find stopping vaping all that hard compared to cigarettes, which I found nearly impossible, on the multiple occasions I’ve attempted it in the past. I don’t know if there is any science to back this up or whether it is just me, but for some reason vaping just didn’t seem all that difficult to stop. I just kind of decided one day that I wasn’t going to do it anymore and that was, well, several months ago now.