Quitting is hard. It’s harder for some of us than others.
If you’re thinking about trying to quit with vaping, a quick Google search brings up so many options that you can feel a little bit intimidated.
Especially because there’s a whole hobby side to vaping that includes custom builds and making your own coils. If you’re like me, you probably don’t want any of that stuff. You just want something that works. Something that feels as much like smoking as possible, doesn’t break the bank, and helps you quit smoking for good.
If you’re looking for more info on how to start vaping, the basics section will give you all of the information you need. If you’re looking for tips on how to use vaping to help you quit smoking, please read on.
Keep in mind that all of this information is based on my own personal experience. I am not a doctor, nor any type of medical professional and this article should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult with your doctor about any and all questions you have about your health.
My tips for quitting smoking with vaping.
Start with the right device
If you’re looking to quit by replacing smoking with something else, it’s only going to work if the replacement is satisfying. Here’s where buying the right device comes into play. If you buy a flimsy, cheap device, you are not going to get the same result as you would with the right quality equipment.
Let’s talk quickly about throat hit. This is the tingly feeling that you get in the back of your throat when you smoke a cigarette. When you’re first moving from smoking to vaping, throat hit is pretty important to help you get closer to the sensation you get when you smoke. If you tried a cig-a-like (the e-cigarettes that look very similar to a cigarette and can be purchased at a corner store), you’ll know that it gives you none of that throat hit, and that’s one of the reasons I don’t even mention those on this site. All of the devices that I recommend on this site are going to give you the throat hit that will help with quitting.
Buy the right juice
Following up on throat hit, you’re going to want to go with an e-liquid that has a higher ratio of PG, as that is going to help give you that throat hit sensation as well.
The second part of this is your nicotine level. As I mention in the basics article, for some reason a lot of people start with a juice with a nicotine level that is too low for the quitting process. When you vape, nicotine is not absorbed in the same way or rate as it does when you smoke. It takes 35 minutes of vaping 18mg juice to get the same level of nicotine in your bloodstream as it does to smoke one cigarette.
Personally, I used to smoke more than a pack a day of regular cigarettes and when I started vaping, the store told me to go with 12mg. I felt like I was losing it. It just wasn’t working. I finally decided to go up to 18mg and immediately felt better. Don’t feel bad if you’re vaping a higher nic level than you were smoking, when you’re first starting to quit. You’ll find after a couple of weeks, you can start to bring your nic level down.
People don’t really talk about this, but you’re actually going through withdrawal from a lot more than nicotine when you quit smoking. There are over 4000 chemicals in cigarettes, and we don’t know what most of them are. Personally I needed a little bit more nicotine while I was going through my initial transition to vaping, but once my body had gotten used to no longer having all of those chemicals coursing through my veins, I needed less nicotine. And over the course of the year I’ve moved down from 18mg down to 3-6mg, depending on the device that I’m using. A lot of people manage to get down to 0mg.
Buy more than one device, so you have a backup
This is why a lot of starter kits come with two of everything. You can charge one battery while the other one is charging, or if one breaks for some reason you have another one to fall back on. Buy more than one bottle of juice. Shit happens, it’s easy to forget to charge your device or pick up more juice and you don’t want to have to fall back on smoking in a moment of weakness.
Make yourself accountable to someone
It’s important to do what feels right for you. If you don’t feel comfortable quitting completely, and want to smoke the occasional cigarette to help with the transition, then you should. But don’t smoke in secret. Give your cigarettes to your significant other, roommate, coworker or next door neighbour, and ask them for one when you feel you need one. Smoking is a habit, at a certain level you are not consciously choosing to smoke, your body is running on autopilot. If you make yourself accountable to someone else, you will be forced to think twice about whether you really need the cigarette. Also, if you make smoking inconvenient, you’ll be more likely to just pull out your vape instead of having to jump through hoops to get your cigarette. Having said all of this, knowing that you can still have a cigarette if you absolutely need one, can be a huge comfort to some people which can make the whole process a little bit less intimidating.
Try different flavours
After 1-2 weeks of vaping, you will start to find that your food and drinks taste so much better. Most of us don’t even realize that our taste buds were gone. Finding flavors you love is key to sticking with vaping. Everyone starts out with tobacco flavors and this can work really well to help you make the transition. Flavors that you like when you first start vaping likely won’t be enjoyable after a few weeks in. Don’t be afraid to try new flavors, even ones you never imagined you would like. If you have a local vape shop that has tasting, take advantage of it. You can also order sample packs from most juice companies that will allow you to try to find a juice that keeps you satisfied.
Do the research and know why you are quitting
There is a lot of anti vape propaganda out there. I won’t get into all of the reasons why I believe this propaganda exists in this article, but if you’re interested, you can read more here. Because of the news, you may meet resistance from friends and family who will want to tell you that vaping is just as bad as smoking. Know that it isn’t.
Of course, there are risks with everything – and the long term effects of vaping are not known yet because vaping is so new. It’s definitely not risk free, but many MANY very reputable health experts are saying that it is 95% better for you than smoking. So do the research on vaping, so you can educate anyone who might try to discourage you and make you feel bad.
In addition to knowing that vaping is a much better choice than smoking, you need to keep a clear vision for why you are quitting in your head. If it’s for your kids, your health, your budget- whatever it is, remind yourself of your goal and your vision for your future when you start to feel like smoking again. This is one of the most powerful tools you can use to change any habit or behaviour you don’t like, not just smoking.
Make a plan for the money you’ll save
Depending on where you live, smoking a pack a day can run you anywhere from $200-$350 a month. Let’s say you spend $200 on your kit, $85 in coils and $250 in juice for the year. (This is a totally reasonable estimate based on a fairly heavy vaper) Your cost for the year would be around $535 vs $2400-$4200. So essentially you will be saving $2200- $3665 per year. Plan something fun with that money. Whether it’s a trip, a new flat screen TV, whatever you might really look forward to that will help you stick to your goal. You can even put a photo of what you plan to buy on the fridge or somewhere else where you’ll see it daily. Just make sure that you put the money that you’re saving away in an account that you won’t touch, otherwise this one won’t work.
What are your tips?
I would love to continue to add to this article, so please tell me your tips and I’ll keep it updated so it can be as useful as possible. Wishing you lots of luck with your journey to quit smoking. I know you can do it!