How to Quit a Vaping Addiction
Vaping is a relatively new trend so there is not a lot of research on the harmful effects, but lots of research has already revealed evidence and trends that show vaping is a lot more harmful than you may think. It is believed by most to be the healthier alternative to cigarettes, but that doesn’t make them healthy.
Some authorities have given statements on shortcomings of vaping as detailed below:
- According to the Center for Environmental Medicine at UNC, vapes can modify the immune system’s response by suppressing immune genes, even more so than normal cigarettes (1)
- European Society for Cardiology has said that a typical vaping session can cause as much damage to the heart’s main artery as smoking a pack of cigarettes (2)
- According to Charalambos Vlachopoulos of Athens Medical School and other scientists, vaping may multiply your risk of dying from causes such as heart disease (3)
- Some respiratory therapists believe a long term effect of vaping is incurable pneumonia
The components of the e-cigarette and ingredients of e-juice are a recipe for disaster. Vape enthusiasts refer to the nicotine, an addictive substance in cigarettes, in vape as e-cigarette juice. It is known to have numerous detrimental effects on the body, including cognitive declines in brain development, a greater risk of heart attack, stroke, type-2 diabetes, harm on reproductive health, and potential birth defects and inhibited fetus development if exposed to nicotine when pregnant.
The harmful effects of nicotine can in fact be magnified in vapes when compared to cigarettes, as cigarettes have 10-15mg of nicotine, while e-juice can have up to 72mg of nicotine. Another harmful ingredient in e-juice is propylene glycol, a potentially toxic chemical that vaporizes until it degrades into formaldehyde, a potentially carcinogenic chemical that can irritate the eyes and respiratory system. The batteries in vapes have also malfunctioned and exploded; according to the US Fire Administration, most e-cigarette explosions happen when the vape malfunctions during charging.
People vape for a multitude of reasons, some do it as an alternative to smoking since they view it as healthier. Others use it as a form a therapy. And still others vape because they enjoy doing tricks and being part of a community of other vapers. Whatever the reason, though, you may want to quit smoking to avoid the negative effects detailed above. Here you will find different methods and tips for quitting vaping.
Understand Your Addiction
Whatever your method of quitting vaping, it is important to identify the reason why you vape in order to make a smoother transition out of vaping. Some people vape because of a nicotine dependency. Vaping can provide higher, more efficient levels of nicotine deliver than other methods and people grow dependency. Some people vape because they enjoy the flavor of e-juice or of doing tricks with the vape. Many have become addicted to vaping because of the process and the familiarity of it. Triggers are things that a person associates with the habit of vaping, and that prompt people to vape. These triggers may be a certain time of day, or seeing vaping equipment. Whatever they are, you should be aware of your triggers in order to consciously avoid them and quit more smoothly.
Different Methods to Try
1. Cold Turkey Method
One common method of quitting vaping is the Cold Turkey Method. This is when you quit vaping with “not even a drag method”, meaning you don’t ever succumb to smoking once you decide to stop, not even to smoke a bit when offered it by other people. You must set a date in the beginning to quit cold turkey and stick to it. You may feel more symptoms of withdrawal with this method. It is particularly important to get the support of your friends and family to hold you accountable for vaping and encourage you to push through symptoms and cravings.
2. Reductionary Method
Another method is called the Reductionary Method, where you slowly reduce the amount of nicotine you intake in your vape over time. This is a more flexible method; you can reduce the amount of nicotine at a rate that works for you. Remember that reducing the nicotine level too fast is more likely to cause a relapse because of the withdrawal symptoms. It helps to find vape juice that is available in increments of nicotine, from your current level all the way down to zero. It is also important to have support from friends and family and to make sure you’re reducing your nicotine at a suitable pace, not too slow and not too fast.
3. Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Nicotine replacement therapy is when you intake other nicotine products to help deal with nicotine cravings and withdrawal. These methods include nicotine patches, mouth spray, and gum. They help to keep the hands and mouth occupied. Government agencies regulate nicotine gum; remember it is not a cure-all; it is essentially replacing a bad thing with a slightly less bad thing. Some users have experienced sickness from nicotine gum or still feel the urge to continue vaping. However, many users have found nicotine replacement therapy to be an effective option to deal with cravings and withdrawal. (4)
4. Natural Methods
If none of the above work for you, you can try natural methods of easing off vaping, meaning natural and non-addictive substances that can help curb your addiction. Since vaping is a relatively new activity, there are not a lot of substances specifically targeted at it. However, many solutions that are meant to curb smoking can also help quit vaping. One such solution is called Smoke Deter—they are a brand that makes a solution to ease withdrawal symptoms and lessen the urge to vape.
More Tip and Tricks
- Exercise can help to ease nicotine cravings by prompting the brain to produce anti-craving chemicals
- Meditation can decrease stress, anxiety, pain, and insomnia—things that quitting vaping may cause.
- Join programs, and support groups to find others in your position and to help deal with a nicotine addiction
- Replace the urge to vape with something else, such as sipping water, to keep you occupied
- Change your routines; for example, wash dishes when you normally smoke
- Change your diet—some foods, such as meat, make smoking seem more desirable while others, such as cheese and fruit, make smoking seem less desirable
- Get a flavor of e-juice that you do not like if your plan to quit vaping is gradual, over time
- Spend the money that you would have spent to fund your vaping addiction on other things so you can see tangible benefits of what quitting your addiction can do
Choose the method that works best for you and follow the tips to losing your vaping addiction. Best of luck!