3 Tips On How to Vape Your Way to Being Cigarette-Free
So you’ve decided to quit smoking cigarettes [finally saying goodbye to that nasty cigarette smoke], and are now looking for tips on how to do it with the help of a vape pen?
No worries — I gotchu.
But first thing’s first… stop, breath, and relax. Tap yourself on the back for making this courageous move. You’re not alone here — millions of cigarette smokers around the world are using vaping to quit smoking, hoping to soon live a healthier life in a healthier body. And a lot of them are succeeding. You’ll be able to do it, too.
Right, now that we’re done with all this manifestation crap [which is surprisingly helpful… but not as helpful as having a vape pen locked and loaded when those nicotine cravings hit], let’s get down to the nitty-gritty about why vaping is the best way to ditch tobacco products.
But… before I dive into it, I want to tell you that I understand that the journey won’t be easy. And I know you know that, too. But here’s a bit of good news — in most cases, there will be three hurdles that you need to overcome. These three hurdles are also known as the ‘horrible threes’.
Here’s what they are.
A Word On the ‘Horrible Threes’ of Quitting Smoking
If you’ve ever tried to quit smoking before, then you already know about the ‘horrible threes’. I’m talking about three specific times during which most smokers fail in their goal of quitting tobacco cigarettes — the third day, the third week, and the third month.
Now, not everyone goes through the ‘horrible threes’, but most people do. Here are some things you can expect when they hit… and a couple of tricks that will get you safely to the other side.
·the third day of quitting smoking — this is when you’ll feel the pangs of nicotine withdrawal. They won’t be terrible — keep your trusted vape pen by your side to prevent that [you’re still getting nicotine, just not as much of it as with smoking]. Eat 5 meals that day and drink a lot of water… and if you feel like your vape is not enough, wait a couple of minutes. The withdrawal symptoms will pass [they’re not a long-term thing], and you’ll realize that vaping is more than enough.
·the third week of quitting smoking — this is when psychological addiction kicks in. You feel like you’re in withdrawal, but that’s just your mind playing tricks on you. Reaffirm your commitment to vaping — buy some spare coils and extra vape juice in your favorite flavor. Also, identify your triggers [hunger, anger, and tiredness], and make sure to have your vape pen close by when they hit.
·the third month of quitting smoking — this is when most people relapse and the reason is general boredom and the lingering question of ‘is that it?’ You expected more from quitting… like your life was gonna change magically. That’s already happening, but you can’t see it. Keep telling yourself that you’re healthier now; your lungs are better, your heart is better, and your mood is better. Stick to vaping and this too shall pass.
The ‘horrible threes’ are even more horrible when you’re quitting cold turkey, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t happen if you’re using electronic cigarettes. Plus, they can happen on other days in your cessation journey. Whenever they do hit, make sure that you are reaffirming your commitment to quitting by not allowing yourself a single puff. Your vape device is all you need right now.
Okay, enough about the ‘horrible threes’. Let’s get into vaping advice!
3 Things That Will Help You Substitute Smoking for Vaping
#1 Have Your Vape Supplies Ready & Waiting
Or in other words, stay ready so you don’t have to get ready.
When using vaping to quit smoking, your vape essentials take the spotlight, especially during the first week when the cravings are strongest. You don’t want your e-cig to go bust on day #3 now, do you? And you definitely don’t want to go through all of your vape juice on a weekend. Yikes!
So here are four things [gear-wise] to focus on once you commit to using a vape pen to quitting smoking:
·your vape pen — don’t go for a fancy vape mod when you’re just starting out. It’s complicated, it’s expensive and, frankly, you don’t need it. The simpler your vape device is, the easier it is to use, and the more likely you are to actually use it.
·a spare [always] — get two of whatever e-cigarettes you decide on using. Trust me, you don’t want to get stranded with zero battery life just as your cravings are coming on. That’s why it’s always smart to have a spare. If you’re using a mod with external batteries, make sure that you buy extra batteries [and that they’re charged for when you need them].
·lots of e-liquid — in your first week of using an e-cigarette, you’ll probably go through around 60 milliliters of e-juice. Buy 120 milliliters, just in case. Also, buy several different flavors, and at least two different nicotine strengths [more on that below]. Better safe than sorry, that’s my motto [and it should be yours, too].
·extra coils [and tanks] — again, better safe than sorry. Vape coils are designed to last for a couple of weeks, depending on usage. Have a couple of them on standby so you can easily replace a coil if it dies on you. You can also invest in a spare tank or two — this will come in handy if you want to use different flavors of e-juice on a whim.
#2 Think Long and Hard About Vape Juice Flavors…
This is where the versatility of e-cigarettes really shines. It’s not like tobacco smoke, where you have one flavor — the disgusting one — and you’re stuck with it.
With vaping, there are hundreds of different e-liquid flavors on the market — from strawberry and banana, all the way to shrimp [yuck] and avocado [double yuck]. If you want to successfully use vaping to cease smoking, you need to find the right one for you.
I suggest trying a couple of different flavours until you find the one that you can use throughout the day. Based on my talks with hundreds of new vapers, you might hit it off well with anything fruity, cake-y, or tabacco-y.
But your mileage here may vary…
You might prefer something else, but you won’t know until you try. So what should you do? Well, my suggestion is to get at least 30ml e-juice from all three categories + a food flavor that you like [menthol, or peppermint, or something else]. It’s fair to assume that you’ll find your flavor among these, and then you can simply order it in bulk.
… And Think Even Harder About Your Nicotine Strength
The strength of nicotine in your vape juice can make or break it for you. It’s the difference between using e-cigarettes as a cessation tool or using them as an expensive hobby.
Numero #1 — it’s the nicotine that gives you that ‘close-to-tobacco-cigarette’ feel. If there’s too little of it, you walk away feeling as if you didn’t do anything. Your throat says ‘meh’. If there’s too much of it, your throat says ‘whoa!’. Just right, and you get the same sensation as smoking.
Numero #2 — too little nicotine just won’t cut it. You won’t be able to tame your cravings and they’ll get the better of you. The last thing you want is to invest in all this vaping gear only to have a too low nic strength and revert back to smoking. Watch out for that.
The key is balance — enough nicotine to tide you through while mimicking smoking.
So what’s the right amount of nicotine?
Well… this is where it’s gonna depend on what type of smoker you are.
·heavy smokers [more than pack a day] — if you are a heavy smoker, you want to go with an 18mg/ml liquid. This is the ideal nic level for chronic smokers as it won’t leave you wanting for a smoke immediately after a session.
·regular smokers [less than a pack a day] — anything between 12mg/ml and 18mg/ml of nicotine will be okay for you. Tailor to what you need at any given moment.
·casual smokers [less than 10 cigarettes a day] — anything between 6mg/ml and 9mg/ml is right up your alley.
What you definitely don’t want is to start this whole journey with too low of a nicotine strength. That’s just frustrating because you’ll be constantly craving… and constantly thinking about smoking. If you’re not sure which nicotine level to pick, pick the higher option.
While There Is No ‘Quit Smoking’ Magic Bullet…
… vaping gives you the best chance at succeeding.
I won’t bore you with studies, speculations from researchers, or FDA findings… those all differ from year to year, and you can definitely find a study or two to support whatever your stance is on the matter.
But from my years as a vaper [and as someone who has been catering to ex-smokers and vapers for 10+ years], I can confidently say that vaping is one of the best things that has happened for everyone who wants to quit smoking.
And since I know you have a lot of questions about all this, I’ve taken the liberty of answering some of the more common ones below.
Smoking VS. Vaping… What’s Better?
Vaping is better, hands down. I don’t care what you’ve heard or read — there’s plenty of propaganda out there, and it’s ridiculous to me to what extent the Big T lobby is willing to go to discredit vaping. But the fact remains that vape liquids contain far fewer ingredients than cigarettes. And most of those ingredients [like propylene glycol] are safe [and not cancerogenic as is the bunch of chemicals that go into tobacco products, not to mention carbon monoxide and tar].
Additionally, there are plenty of recent studies out there that show that vaping helps smokers get better, healthwise; lower blood pressure, normalizing heart rate and lowering the risk of heart disease [such as heart attack], lowering the risk of other cardiovascular disease, and so on.
And to top it all off, research points to the fact that vaping is less addictive than smoking. This makes perfect sense because all you can get addicted to is nicotine [unlike in cigarettes, where there are plenty of other poisons for you to get hooked on].
Is It Easy to Make the Switch?
I won’t lie to you — quitting smoking is never easy.
If you’re an adult who has been smoking for decades, you will find the switch harder. The important thing here is to remind yourself why you’re doing this — a healthier body, a healthier mind. Young people [those smoking for a few years or less] will find it a bit easier, but still challenging.
Whatever the case, make sure you have plenty of support while switching. This could be your friends or family, or local stop smoking services [if they operate in your area].
How Long Until I Get Used to Puffing Vapor?
This will depend.
If you commit to your vape pen, you should get there soon enough. Most newcomers to vaping start calling themselves vapers within two to three months. Others take a bit more time.
What About Dual Use … Recommended?
If you’re both smoking and vaping, you are not working on getting back your health. And you can’t hope for the best results. You’re simply blunting your determination to kick the smoking habit for good. If you decide to give vapes a shot, give them a real shot. Try vaping for a week, and see where that gets you. My hope [and conviction] is that you’ll still be vaping a year from the moment you make that decision.
What Will Others Say About My Vaping?
Hey, what are they saying about your smoking?
My point is — you don’t need anyone’s approval to vape. Even if you think you do. It’s a safer option for you. You’re doing it for your body; for your heart and your lungs and even your gum. That should be enough. But, if anyone gives you a hard time, you can always say you’re doing it for them. After all, there’s no such thing as secondhand vapor [unlike secondhand smoke].