Traditional Cigarette (Called Analog Cigarette by Vapors) smoking remains the leading preventable cause of 400,000 deaths in the United States each year. Vaping may seem like a much safer, less toxic alternative to conventional cigarettes. There just isn’t enough information available to know for sure if e-cigs are even safe.
There is a dramatic rise in people turning to e-cigarettes to help them quit cigarette smoking. According to Reuters Poll 10% of U.S. adults and 15% of U.S. adults under the age of 40 are vaping. Three out of four of e-cigarette users are both vaping and smoking.
Are you ready to get Smober (Sober from smoking any nicotine products?) Give these ideas a try.
According to TheEcigAlternative.com, there are many people who quit cold turkey without any sort of NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy.) Those people report all sorts of strange physical effects, including:
- "Quit zits"
- Bleeding gums,
- Susceptibility to colds, the flu
- Various skin issues
- An increase in coughing (a good sign usually)
- Dry throat
According to Amy Dresne's blog when she quit vaping on a bet she found the side effects to be not so bad at first. But on day 3 or 4 it got bad. Unlike quitting analogs (cigarettes), "I felt physically ill: nausea, mouth sores, sore throat, achy and incredible lethargy. And then a mild depression came over me. And it got me wondering: Was I even happy before? Or did I mistake my being jacked up on nicotine 24/7 for being happy? Yikes.”
The symptoms after quitting cold turkey will improve typically after 3 days and then lessen quickly over the next few days. Some people quit and move on with little side effects. The plan is to have a plan.
- Tell your friends to gain support
- Drink lots of water
- Get out and exercise
- Eat Nutritious Food
- De-stress your life
- Read “How to Quit for Good” By Gillian Riley.
The Slow And Easy Method
While Cold Turkey may work for many there is another way to quit vaping with fewer side effects. Slowly cutting down how much you use is one way many e-cig users quit quite successfully.
A user tells one trick he uses,"A trick that I've found quite effective, is to have different nic levels of the same juice, getting progressively lower. For example, I started at 12mg, and quickly bought a few of the flavors I liked most in 6 and 0mg as well (bought or mixed a few in between those levels, too). When I go to change the juice in my tank, I decide what flavor I want, and just use whatever nic level in that flavor comes to hand first, without checking the label. That way, I can sometimes go for days without actually getting any nic into my system, but it seems to fool my body into not suffering the withdrawal from the nicotine as badly, because you're still going through the same motions."
Using Nicotine patch or gum is an option often used by those trying to quit.
Go to a Meeting
If you need more support, there is Nicotine Anonymous:
Nicotine Anonymous is a non-profit 12-step fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids. The primary purpose of Nicotine Anonymous is to help all those who would like to cease using tobacco and nicotine products in any form. The Fellowship offers group support and recovery using the 12 Steps as adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to achieve abstinence from nicotine. Click here to find a meeting near you.
No matter what the experts determine about the safety of e-cigarettes after all the smoke settles (pun intended) it is always in your best interest to decide for yourself what does or does not go into your body.
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