Does Vaping really Help you STOP Smoking?
Quitting smoking can be tough. Vaping is a way to quit cigarettes by getting nicotine with fewer of the toxins that come from burning tobacco. You get to stay social, spend less, and once you’ve quit smoking, you’ll feel better for it. So does vaping really help you STOP smoking?
Please keep in mind that vaping’s much less harmful than smoking, it is not harmless though.
Some of you may have heard of (NRT) Nicotine replacement therapy. The idea behind this is that, the nicotine you usually get from cigarettes can be replaced via nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, inhaler, or mouth spray. These products are ways of getting nicotine without smoking. They are available from your doctor, pharmacy, Quit-line, your local stop smoking service, and supermarkets. NRT products replace some of the nicotine that you would have otherwise got from smoking. This makes quitting easier. Vaping is considered the most successful of these options.
However, this is not a Magical Cure!
Getting some additional support from a stop smoking service is always a great idea as it can really increase your chances of stopping smoking for good.
Cold turkey is when you suddenly stop smoking without any form of replacement for the nicotine withdrawals. It can work for some people. But for others it’s really hard physically. This is because of the withdrawal symptoms from nicotine. As well as socially, because of trying to avoid tempting situations. It’s also got pretty low success rates. The habit of smoking can be one of the hardest things to change. That’s why some people prefer vaping to quit. You get to keep your routine, like ciggie breaks and socialising.
Vaping is about more than nicotine. When you’ve been smoking a while, it’s become part of your life. Vaping lets you keep your routine and the nicotine, without as many harmful toxins that come from burning tobacco. And with the multitude of options like Nic Salts and MTL for those trying to stop smoking. It has become a successful alternative.
The Difference Between Salt Nic, MTL and Freebase E-juices?
Nic salts are made with higher percentages of nicotine and are better suited to those who are heavy smokers who need a bit more of a bang!
MTL juice is made with smokers in mind as this satisfies one of the physical attributes of the addiction. And that is taking a draw on a cigarette. Quite literally meaning mouth to lung.
Freebase juices have much lower nicotine percentages. So they are perfect for those who have stopped smoking already and are close to weening themselves off nicotine for good!
One of the limitations of current treatments is that none adequately address the sensory and behavioural aspects of smoking that smokers miss when they stop smoking. Like (holding a cigarette, taking a puff, enjoyment of smoking). Electronic cigarettes, pods, tanks and other devices may offer a way to overcome this limitation.
Your aim should be to stop smoking completely. Rather than smoke and vape, as even one cigarette a day can cause damage. There are a lot of stories of people using vaping to quit smoking. There are also a couple of published studies about its effectiveness.
The Effectiveness of Vaping in Stopping Smoking?
This is a tough one. However, A recent study shows that vaping is almost twice as effective as NRTs in helping smokers quit. A clinical trial in the UK compared 886 people trying NRTs vs vaping. They were given three months of product and four weeks of support from a quit coach, then left to keep going.
A year later, 10% of the NRT group were still non-smokers, and 18% of the vaping group were still non-smokers. That’s almost twice as effective.
When you feel sure you won’t go back to smoking, you can taper off your nicotine content. With the use of various juices like the Nic salts and MTL mentioned earlier. And you can do so, in order to achieve your next goal of being completely smoke-free!
A final thought from an ex-smoker, vaping, especially the Nic salts and MTL methods definitely helped ease my withdrawals and made me a much easier person to be around. If you don’t trust me, you can just ask my wife!!