If you’re reading this, you probably have someone in your life who is addicted to tobacco. You wish they would wake up one day and ditch the fatal stick.
Convincing them to give up smoking cold turkey can be a lot to ask for. So, here is our guide on how to help someone quit smoking by introducing them to vaping instead.
Smokers ‘Love’ Their Cigs…
‘I loooove cigarettes’ or ‘I’m really stressed out right now’, some will say.
Others love the guilty pleasure of doing what they know too well they aren’t supposed to be doing but just doing it anyway. There are also those who love how exhilarating, reckless, and debauch it makes them feel.
‘I love smoking whenever something bad happens. I love smoking whenever something good has happened,’ ‘I love the relaxation and calm it brings my head, my nerves.’ These are some common comments you’ll hear. It doesn’t end there.
There are others who love a smoke after sex, ‘best feeling ever’ you’ll hear them say. Another friend confided how dirty they find ‘sexy smoking’: just the subtle experience of someone holding a cig up for you before they light it,
Is there an Elixir?
One thing every smoker will admit though – they hate the idea of cigarettes controlling them. They hate the lies they tell themselves about how cool and necessary cigarettes are. They hate that they can’t stop smoking!
What if, what if someone told you there was a way to get through the merry-go-round? Hard to believe, I know. Not after decades of trying the patches, the nicorette, the hypnosis, yoga or acupuncture even, probably going cold turkey.
Well, take note, there is a new word in town: vaping.
Can it really Work?
Let your beloved smoker know what vaping is and what it entails before you introduce it. Quitting smoking is better if it comes from within. That way, they’ll be more dedicated.
The web is a hive of information about everything vaping, and you’ll encounter a buzzing community eager to share personal first time vaping experiences and more. You will know how safe vaping is, its side effects and any associated risks, not to mention the Big Q – is it a healthier, effective substitute for smoking?
One thing you will learn is that vaping does involve nicotine (how could it not?), and a good dose of it if you prefer. Well, this is a topic that warrants volumes of books but just to let you in on some of the basics…
What is Vaping?
For starters, vaping refers to three totally different products, or two technically speaking. There’s one that resembles your regular cigarette, and this is perhaps one you’ve heard about whenever the topic of electronic cigarettes has come up. They may be popular but a good chunk of smokers turned vapers don’t fancy them.
They opt for another type that is known in these circles as ‘vape pens’ or ‘personal vaporizers’ (PVs). These are slick gadgets that allow one to regulate the amount of nicotine level they desire. The nicotine is housed in the cartridge and comes in form of a liquid better known as ‘e-liquid’, ‘e-juice’, or simply ‘juice’.
With time, you can step down the nicotine level to zero (e-liquids vary in concentration). In fact, the less nicotine present, the tastier the juice (high nicotine screws up the flavor).
Speaking of taste…Even adults love tasty things, and despite what pundits may say, these kid-friendly flavors (e.g. blueberry, watermelon) are in no way targeted at children.
The other type of e-cigs is the advanced personal vaporizer, aka mechanical mods, or just mechs or mods. These are advanced versions of vape pens but it’s not until you are a vaping vet that you will pass for one of these.
Can Vaping Help you Quit Smoking?
To put it simply, yes, it can.
As the vaping movement continues to gain momentum (it’s already a multi-billion dollar industry) even mainstream publications are being forced to admit that there is some evidence of electronic cigarettes being an effective substitute for smoking.
I’ll let the evidence speak for itself.
How to Approach your Smoker
Follow these simple steps when introducing the smoker to vaping:
- Express concern over their smoking
- Mention that you’ve heard of this awesome way many claim to have used to quit the tobacco habit.
- Learn about vape gear and e-liquid
- Fetch the vape gear and do a demo (if you’re a vaper yourself)
- Hit the home run!
Do a Victory Dance
Quitting smoking is entirely up to the smoker. Every smoker has their own story to tell. The thing with vaping, though, is that many seem to give it a thumbs-up on being the most effective of the lot.
It has changed the lives of many and by opting to follow in the footsteps of the true and tested, you just helped a loved one quit smoking for vaping!
Tell us: did you use vaping to quit smoking? Do you know someone who did? We’d love to hear more about it.
Everyone loves a good quote. Here are 10 awesome vaping quotes to inspire you to give up smoking for good.
Is there a vaping quote you would like to add to the list?
Nicotine is a word any person who can string a coherent sentence seamlessly together has heard about at one point or the other. It is responsible for so many broken New Year resolutions that would make even weight loss blush.
To some, the memories it evokes are best forgotten. To others, well…to others it’s the least of their worries.
But do you really know much about this word that has shaped the lives of so many, directly or indirectly, other than the purportedly bad reputation that engulfs it?
Let’s take you to school with our nicotine FAQ, shall we?
What is Nicotine?
Nicotine is a chemical compound that is found in tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, tobacco chewing, snuff).
When nicotine is mentioned you are bound to subconsciously link it to tobacco products. But did you know it is also present in pepper, eggplant, potato and tomato plants? That’s right, it’s part of the alkaloids found in these plants that belong to the nightshade family.
It is this alkaloid content that may cause the sensitive ones to experience heartburn and stomach upsets when they eat these foods. However, the psychotropic toxin is not as potent as in tobacco.
Is Nicotine Addictive?
When someone says something is addictive, they could mean either of two things: physical addiction, aka physically dependent, where your body relies on a particular substance for its physical wellbeing; and second, psychological addiction which means the addicted will still get the craving, but won’t get to a point of dealing with the physical withdrawal symptoms.
Nicotine addiction can be grouped under the former, and so would alcohol. Psychological addiction results when the stereotypical fat cop doesn’t get his doughnuts, or your gambling habits and other high-risk endeavors such as skydiving or bungee jumping.
Nicotine is the reason people find it hard to stop smoking. It is the reason you feel so testy when you miss a hit in the morning. It is the reason you feel so crappy when you try to kick the habit. It is the reason you miss smoking years after you successfully quit. Cigarette smoking does not mean you are addicted to smoking though; it means you are hooked to the nicotine.
In short, it’s one of the most addictive substances known to man.
Is Nicotine the only Harmful Part of Cigarettes?
Nicotine may be bad-mouthed, but it alone is not all of this bold accusation.
Tobacco smoke is loaded with other dangerous toxins that number in the thousands – at least 4,000 chemicals have been confirmed – most of which are poisonous. Things get uglier particularly when you set fire to the tar (yes, tar). Effects of tar include emphysema, bronchial diseases, and lung cancer.
Other familiar harmful byproducts include carbon monoxide which is one of the main culprits of the high risk of heart disease amongst smokers. Others are acetaldehyde and nitrosamines.
How is Nicotine used for Smoking Cessation?
Many have tried to quit smoking to little or no avail (blame it on the nicotine).
This was before electronic cigarettes and the vaping culture came around. The good thing with vaping (there’s a lot to list it all here) in this regard is that it allows one to scale down on the nic levels taken in, until ultimately, you no longer need it.
You do this simply by opting for a stronger or weaker e-liquid which could range anywhere from a staggering 36mg down to 0mg (that’s milligrams).
In other words, e-cigarettes are your best bet to quit smoking without going cold turkey.
Any more questions about nicotine and how it affects you? Let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer them.
Vaping is not the same as smoking. But you already knew that right?
In fact, many smokers are now giving up smoking and signing up to the vape world, which we think is a smarter, healthier decision. Most of us on the Vaper Soul team have been smokers at some point but man are we glad we gave it up.
In no particular order, here are the 10 most awesome things that actually happen when you quit smoking. For reals.
1. You don’t smell
I know smokers like to believe we don’t smell that bad but seriously, you do! Your clothes and your hair smell, all the time. There is a perpetual cloud of smoke and cigarettes that surrounds tobacco smokers and it’s pretty damn stinky. Also as an added bonus, all that smoking gives you really bad breath.
Do yourself a favor, give up smoking and smell like roses. (Ok, maybe not roses… but at least better!)
2. You can actually taste food
The stinky ashtray aura is only the beginning. Most long term smokers gradually tend to lose their sense of taste. You don’t completely lose it, but I can promise you that it feels kind of dull because your mouth permanently tastes of ash so how’s that hotdog ever going to taste any good?
When you quit smoking, the ashy taste begins to make an exit and you suddenly realise how awesome food actually is!
3. You look younger
Smokers often look much, MUCH older than they actually are because smoking really ages your skin.
Eeeep! Who wants to look 45 when they’re 30? Quit today!
4. You have more energy
When you give up your tobacco smoking habit, you not only look younger, you also feel younger.
Your heart rate and your blood pressure start coming back to normal again. Additionally, your lungs start functioning better. All of this combined together give you a lot more energy to be more, to do more than you could ever dream of before!
5. You keep health issues at bay
Smoking is known to cause a number of health problems including but not limited to lung cancer, heart disease and even emphysema. If you’re in the mood to be scared, check out this WebMD article on the various, not commonly known health issues that could be a result of smoking.
Of course there is no guarantee that you’ll turn into Superman if you quit smoking, but there is way too much proof to argue that when you give up smoking, you definitely lessen the risk of certain diseases.
Are these 5 reasons enough to get you to quit smoking? Sure hope so!
If you’re still not sure and want to find out more about vaping, have a look at an our introductory guide – What is Vaping?
Have you given up smoking? How do you feel? What would you say is the number one benefit of kicking the tobacco habit.
Make Vapor, Not Smoke.