Want to kick the habit but fear the misery? Failed before and scared of failing again? Salvation is at hand!
Vaping really can enable you to quit without the pain
Quitting smoking can be one of the hardest challenges that you will ever face. Most smokers want to kick the habit, whether they admit it or not. Many have tried to give up, often on several occasions and usually without any success. Sound familiar?
The Misery of Quitting Smoking
You have probably succeeded in ditching the ciggies for a few days, or even a few weeks, in the past. Sheer willpower alone will always enable you to hold out for a while. Quitting aids like those awful patches, sprays and gums relieve the nicotine withdrawal symptoms. But eventually the misery of it all starts to get to you, and life just isn’t the same anymore.
Failure to Quit
Your partner is threatening to leave you because you are like a bear with a sore head. Your behaviour becomes so bizarre that your family think you are an imposter, and you can’t concentrate on your work. Your little grey cells are far too preoccupied with trying to think of reasons why you shouldn’t take a trip to the tobacco counter. But you end up at the tobacco counter anyway.
You know that smoking will kill you, but you feel so awful that you don’t care anymore, so you start smoking again because it is the lesser of two evils.
Then you are hit by the backlash. Feeling like a failure and full of self-loathing, you wonder why you are so weak? Well guess what? The problem isn’t you!
Why is Quitting Smoking So Tough?
You need to forgive yourself and right now!
It is important to understand exactly why cigarettes are so addictive. Only then can you comprehend why you couldn’t break free of them, and how vaping will change everything for you.
Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances in the known universe. Both your body and your brain become dependent on a regular nicotine hit. If you don’t get one, you experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. These can include intense cravings, a tingling sensation in your extremities, nausea, headaches, insomnia and poor concentration. In short, your body is begging for mercy, you feel weird and you would kill your granny for a hit.
The Joy of Throat Hits
But that isn’t the whole story. If it was, everybody would find it easy to quit using nicotine replacement therapy. The real problem is the delivery method. Your body and your psyche get used to the throat hit that you experience when you inhale. You quickly learn to associate that hit with the mild euphoria induced by the nicotine. When you smoke, the nicotine gets into your system at speed. The relief is instant.
As a smoker, if you are feeling anxious, stressed or depressed, you have something to call on to give you a high. You have your crutch but when you quit smoking that crutch is unceremoniously kicked away and you realise that you have forgotten how to walk without it.
Unfortunately, patches and gum both release nicotine slowly and there is no throat hit. You still get your nicotine but it just doesn’t feel so good. You miss the throat hit because smoking isn’t just an addiction, it's a habit.
In Your Hands
To make matters worse, you will have become used to holding something in your hands. Smoking is what you do, it is a habit but more than that, it's a ritual. You reach for your fags and your lighter, you light up, you inhale periodically, you extinguish the ciggie. You do that over and over again. When you are so used to doing something, it is very disturbing when it is suddenly taken away.
You have probably heard about people who live on busy roads being unable to sleep when they find themselves somewhere quiet. On the face of it, they should be delighted to escape the noise of the traffic thundering past their window. But that noise is their normality. It is disconcerting when it isn’t there.
When you stop smoking you are like the guy who lives on the A1 who suddenly finds himself alone in the countryside. Your normality is gone. You no longer have your ritual to perform and there is nothing in your hands.
Mourning Your Loss
When you try to kick the habit, you are forced endure physical withdrawal symptoms at the same time as you are trying to deal with a disorientating feeling of change. You experience a great sense of loss and the process feels like a period of mourning.
Little wonder that you simply cannot cope.
How Vaping Can Help You to Quit Smoking for Good
Hopefully, you now realise why it is so terribly hard to stop smoking. If you haven’t succeeded in the past, it isn’t because you are weak. If only you could have received the nicotine you needed plus a great throat hit but from something that you could have held in your hands, then you would have been able to stop smoking.
But there is a solution!
Introducing Electronic Cigarettes...
It was inevitable that someone would, eventually, invent a device which would address the needs of smokers who wished to quit. A device which would replace the nicotine that smokers are addicted to, but that would also provide a substitute for the ritual of smoking and give smokers something to hold in their hands.
Many devices were invented and patented over the years but none provided an adequate solution. Then, in 2003, Chinese pharmacist and inventor Hon Lik (shown right) came up with, what would prove to be, the first successful electronic cigarette. This became available in Europe during 2006.
E-cigarettes flew under the radar for a while, but the vaping revolution eventually gathered momentum. More and more smokers decided to give vaping a try and were astonished to find that they could stop smoking without suffering terrible withdrawal symptoms or a sense of loss.
Vaping and Choice
Vaping delivers the flavour and nicotine using an e-liquid which is formed of VG and PG. These e liquids or vape juices deliver the nicotine without the 400 harmful chemicals that you inhale when smoking an actual cigarette.
Over the past decade, new and improved devices have been evolved and a vast range of e liquid flavours has been developed to give vapers more and more choice. The UK vaping market is full of international e-liquid brands offering every possible VG-PG combination, strength and flavour.
If you are considering vaping as a means to give up smoking, you now have a vast array of equipment at your disposal. This makes vaping exciting, interesting and undeniably cool. You can truly vape your own way whether you are looking to maximise the throat hit or to produce voluminous clouds.
You can vape your favourite tobacco flavours or enjoy a different experience everyday with the delicious flavours of popular confectionery, energy drinks, desserts, fruits and mint. The sheer variety of devices and eliquids on offer ensures that vaping will make it much easier to consign smoking to your past.
More Advantages of Vaping
So, you will get the nicotine you crave, and you have something to hold in your hands when you vape. You can create a new ritual and you have all that cool equipment and those delicious flavours to choose from. But the good news doesn’t end there.
You won’t stink of stale smoke, and your clothes will smell fresh as a daisy. Vaping doesn’t damage your skin and age you like smoking does, and you will feel fitter and healthier as a vaper. The marathon that you always dreamt of running is now within your reach, you have a fighting chance of not ending up looking like a prune, and people won’t give you a wide birth to avoid the nasty niffs. You probably won’t gain any weight either!
Vaping rids you of your smoking addiction and your smoking habit. It is important to remember that these are two facets of smoking are very different things. In discovering a substitute for both, you are far less likely to eat more because you won’t need to feed your face in order to make yourself feel better or to fulfil the need to put something in your mouth.
Vaping makes quitting smoking easier because it gives you everything that smoking does and a whole lot more besides.
Interested? Check out our guides to vaping devices and eliquids. These will help you to decide which equipment and eliquids are best for you. It will then be time to start your vaping journey and to say adios to cigarettes forever!