Can vaping help you quit smoking?
Quitting smoking can be difficult, but according to recent research, vaping is one of the most effective tools for quitting smoking, and it is less harmful than smoking.
How vaping can help you quit
Vapes are electronic devices that let you inhale nicotine in a vapor instead of smoke. This is done by heating an E-liquid that typically contains propylene glycol, vegetable glycerol, flavorings and nicotine.
Controlled level of Nicotine
E-liquids come in different nicotine strengths, so you control how much nicotine you need to help with cravings and other withdrawal symptoms, such as feeling irritable and having a low mood.
Some people find vaping helps them because the hand-to-mouth action is like smoking, plus you get similar sensations like throat hit (the "kick" in the back of your throat when you inhale).
Any smoking is harmful and you will only get the full benefits once you stop smoking completely. Some people manage to make a full switch very quickly, while for others it can take a bit longer.
How to use a vape to help you quit
Vaping devices and e-liquids
According to research published by NHS, vaping is twice as likely to help people quit smoking, compared to other nicotine replacement products.
Pick the right kit
Consult a local Stop Smoking Service or a specialized vape store for guidance. It may take some time to find the ideal product and nicotine level in your e-liquid, so be patient.
Use a vape as much as you need
You should use the vape as much as you need to manage your cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Find the right Nicotine strength
Finding the one that satisfies you the most could take a long time, and it is important to choose the right vape. If you are a heavy smoker who is trying to quit, we would recommend starting with higher strength.
Leave cigarettes behind
Once you embark on your vaping journey, remember the cardinal rule: no more cigarettes. Resist the temptation, even if it’s just one. Whenever the craving strikes, reach for your vapes instead.
Once you have been vaping for a while and feel sure you will not go back to smoking, you can aim to quit vaping too. Many vapers find they get to this stage after about 12 months.
There are a couple of ways to try to quit vaping:
- Reduce your frequency of vaping over time
- Gradually reduce the strength of nicotine in your e-liquid
Do not rush this step. Only reduce your vaping frequency or nicotine strength when you feel you will not go back to smoking and do not have to puff more to compensate.
- Vaping is a way for adults to stop smoking – not something for non-smokers, especially minorsto try.
- It is against the law to sell nicotine vaping products to minors or for adults to buy them on their behalf.