Every year, around this time, many thousands of people are in the middle of an attempt to stop smoking tobacco. While a small percentage of them will succeed, it is a sad fact that the majority will fail. If you really want to stop smoking and you have tried and failed before, consider switching to vaping instead of chewing gum or wearing patches, either as a stepping stone to complete cessation or as a way to enjoy nicotine without the unpleasant and very dangerous side effects of tobacco smoke.
How Vaping Makes Quitting Easier
People find it difficult to stop smoking for a number of reasons and vaping is the only solution that addresses every one of them
• Nicotine Withdrawal – Using e-liquids that contain a similar amount of nicotine to your favourite brand of cigarettes will eliminate withdrawal symptoms. If you wish to cut down on your nicotine intake gradually, you can do so very easily with e-cigs by moving to e-liquids containing a progressively smaller amount of nicotine.
• Something to Do with Your Hands – Another problem ex-smokers face is what to do with their hands once they no longer use them to hold a cigarette. This may sound like a ridiculous problem to non-smokers but it is a very real issue that needs to be addressed. Fortunately, e-cigarettes provide the perfect answer.
• The Sensation of Smoking – One of the hardest things about quitting smoking, second only to nicotine withdrawal as far as most people are concerned, is not being able to enjoy the pleasurable sensation of inhaling, then slowly, exhaling, with each puff of a cigarette. When you switch to vaping, you can still enjoy this sensation in full.
• The Social Aspect – A big drawback to quitting aids such as nicotine gum and patches is that there is no social aspect to their use. Friends never gather and share gum with each other or sit around in cafés slapping patches on while shooting the breeze. Because vaping is so similar to smoking in terms of its physicality and the products involved, it fits right into the same social occasions during which you used to smoke tobacco.
Is Vaping Really a Healthier Alternative?
Given the fact that using e-cigarettes is similar to smoking tobacco in so many ways, it is not surprising that some people find it difficult to believe it really is less harmful. To add to the confusion, many organisations with a vested interest in muddying the waters have made claims that vaping is almost as harmful to one’s health as smoking tobacco. Pharmaceutical companies that manufacture nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum are among the main culprits, with certain government agencies a close second.
Whatever you may have read to the contrary, the fact of the matter is that vaping is far less dangerous to your health than smoking. Public Health England, part of the Department of Health in the UK, states that vaping is 95% safer than smoking, making it an option for quitting smokers that definitely merits serious consideration.