Most people who smoke cigarettes would really ideally like to give up. Everybody is aware that smoking is bad for their health. There are also other factors, like the expense of smoking cigarettes, and the fact it can have a social stigma attached to it these days.
Of course, giving up smoking is very difficult, and that is why so many people struggle with it. One thing that has helped a lot of people since it first became a mainstream thing around a decade ago, is switching from smoking cigarettes to using electronic cigarettes instead. Because electronic cigarettes use a form of water vapor to deliver nicotine through a vaporizer, it is slightly different in feel to smoking, yet it still is more similar to a smoking-like experience than other forms of nicotine replacement therapy. If you are interested in trying to give up smoking using vaping as your first step, here are some helpful pieces of advice. But… remember, all in all, we’re here to support the actual, whole deliverance of smoking and any addiction.
Why Vaping Helps People Give Up Cigarettes
The main reason why vaping has become one of the most popular ways to quit smoking is that it allows the person who is doing it to reduce the amount of nicotine they are taking in and avoid withdrawal symptoms by tapering it off in this way. The difference between this and other forms of nicotine replacement therapies such as patches is that it allows the smoker to experience something that feels habitually similar to smoking while they are getting their reduced dose of nicotine. This means that people can address their addiction to nicotine physically before they have to address their cigarette habit at certain times of the day or needing something to do with their hands and mouth while they are socializing.
Vaping is by no means the only way to give up smoking, but it is one that has worked for a lot of people. Some people even choose not to actually break their nicotine habit, but to choose a harm reduction route by switching to vaping longer term instead. There is as yet no consensus as to whether or not vaping is harmless, yet it is almost certainly less harmful than smoking tobacco.
Why You Need A Plan
If you plan to give up smoking by using vaping as a replacement, you do need a plan for how you are going to do this if you want to be successful. You will need to decide whether you want to replace all of your cigarettes with vaping instead straight away or cut down on cigarettes over time and use vaping more frequently over a time schedule.
You then also need to decide whether you want to completely break your habit when it comes to nicotine and make a schedule to reduce the components of nicotine in your vape liquids down to none, or whether you want to simply switch to vaping with nicotine instead of smoking.
Having an idea of what your objectives are, and what kind of time scale you think you can switch over or break your nicotine addiction will make you much more likely to be successful in achieving what you want to by switching to vaping.
What You Need To Get Started
In order to get started with vaping, you will need a device and the other accessories necessary to use an electronic cigarette regularly. There are disposable electronic cigarettes that you can get to try out whether or not you enjoy vaping, and these are ones that you just throw away once the liquid in them runs out. These are usually designed to look like cigarettes and have a similar weight to them, so they feel more like smoking when you first start out. However, this can end up being more expensive than just buying a device and using it on a rechargeable basis.
There are countless e-cig devices on the market, and it is important to do your research. If you spend a lot of time out and about during the day, for example, and want an electronic cigarette, you don’t have to worry too much about keeping charged up, then you should look for a device with a long battery life. You should also consider accessories like extra battery packs. However, if that is not a concern, there are plenty of starter kits on the market and you can find out more about them from this company.
Willpower Still Required
It is important to remember that even though vaping tends to be closer to smoking for most people than other smoking cessation methods, it still feels quite different too. It can take a while to adjust to the different feeling of getting your nicotine from water vapor rather than smoke. This means that some willpower is still required, and some people do tend to be tempted to go back to smoking cigarettes while they are still getting used to vaping. This is something you should be aware of, and you should not see vaping as a like-for-like replacement for smoking but as a healthier alternative.
Most importantly, this could be your first step toward deliverance. Or, if you are interested in giving up smoking cold turkey, yes there will be cravings and withdrawal symptoms, however, it can be done. Many before you have walked this walk and have been victorious in defeating the monster called Addiction.
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