You can search around and see what other people do and see their experiences. Some people choose to do NRT (Nicotine Gum Users, Nicotine Patch Users Nicotine Lozenge Users). Some choose to do Chantix-ers or Buproprion. Others choose A Smart Turkey or Alternative Therapy.
Read some Quit Journeys and you'll get a sense of what people did and how they handled it.
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I use the patch as well as nicotine lozenges the first week. Still had a rough time with cravings. At a little over 2 months I stepped down to 14 mg so experiencing cravings again. Many people think cold turkey is the way to go, and if I had to do it all over again, I think that's how I would choose to do it. I used chantix before and was really impressed that, after the first 2 weeks, I really didn't have an urge to smoke. I had to quit because of stomach issues. It's very individual but the most important thing is that 100% commitment to NOPE-not one puff ever.
This really is your choice. People have been successful using all these methods. I used Webutrin and nicotrol inhalers this time. Whatever you decide, make the decision to quit, pick a date, educate yourself about nicotine addiction and create a quit plan.
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Glad you found our site...honestly, each quit and person is different in this journey. I suggest you read My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX which you will set your quit date and you can plan your quit that may or may not include NRT’s...be informed...also, keep close to the site for any and all help...If you click on groups above and put in vape...there is a vape group that might help too...We are in this journey together...Happy Sunday ~ Colleen 314 DOF
You need to evaluate how strong your craves are and decide if you want to replace the nicotine. I quit cold turkey but have nothing against any aides.
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Although primarily a smoking cessation site, I have seen a huge increase in the number of people coming for help to break free from vaping. Research suggests nicotine may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine. Here is a great article with information about the products: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/vaping/vaping-101-what-know-about-e-cigs-addiction-illnesses-n1054981?cid=sm_npd_nn_fb_ma&fbclid=IwAR1_kp1N7b8vLyjqt3M-Onz2hPEUkBBmUYm98bdRJ9EBVKldRbKbvLwP3ss There is further information here: https://www.becomeanex.org/quitting-e-cigarettes and here; https://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/impact-of-e-cigarettes-on-lung.html .
E-cigarette users can get more nicotine than they would from a tobacco product — extra-strength cartridges are available, or the e-cigarette’s voltage can be increased to get a greater hit of the substance. I understand some pods equal the nicotine in a pack of cigarettes. Because it is available to you most anywhere, anytime, I believe it might be more difficult from which to break free than tobacco products - but it CAN be done!
Nicotine addiction is nicotine addiction - no matter the delivery device - and how to beat any of them is about the same. Every time you read :"cigarette" in the information I will give you, just sub "Juul" or “vape,” or “device.” The one thing different I would recommend is that you first start to reduce the nicotine content of the pods. Start with a lesser amount in, like, one in every four, then three, etc. until you are only using the smallest amount, or reduce the amount of nicotine in the pods over time That way the physical withdrawal should be more manageable. You might find useful information, as well, here: https://truthinitiative.org/research-resources/quitting-smoking-vaping/quitting-e-cigarettes.
I recommend that you educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind To that end, I suggest Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” . Vaping was not a concern when this was written, so you will need to sub “vape”as necessary. This is an easy and entertaining read which can be found online or at your local library. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort after you have tried to delay and distract. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them.. For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum. For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time.
It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. As you track each device use, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each use off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a puff just because you think you do
The idea is to change up your routines so the vaping associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from where you vaped. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first puff with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to vape so the view is different. Take a different route when you are out and about so you aren't driving by your vaping supply shop. Take a quick walk at break time instead of vaping.
You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that vaping thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of vape if you need some fresh ideas: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smokeThe conversation in your head in response to the "I want to vape" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do.
Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
I went cold turkey, threw out all the vaping equipment, and vowed to never buy anymore. It worked for me. Will it work for you?
I had to do Chantix because as much as I wanted to quit I knew there had to be a non-nicotine aid because withdrawals for me are akin to quitting heroine and cutting down smokes on my own never worked. I had used vapes in the past and all my juice I could order the amount of nicotine I wanted in it, if any at all. I occasionally have a couple puffs of chocolate-chip cookie dough flavored vape juice, NO NICOTINE.
Commit to smobering up--then the method you use is more about choosing to take responsibility. Aids, meds, none--they work if you do. Welcome to Ex. Ex is here for you 365 days a year. Keeping quit company is a great way to work a quit.
I'm all about cold turkey, but it's a personal choice. My rationale is that if I go cold turkey, I've quit everything instead of quitting the habit and then the nicotine.
However you decide to quit, it's a good thing!
I quit cold turkey . Didn’t plan it or prepare for it . Was getting what I thought was acid reflux and heartburn that I thought was from smoking and I HATED the feeling enough to quit the third time I had it . Ironically , turned out it wasn’t cigs but caffeine ! I know because after I quit when I drank anything with caffeine at night , the feeling came back .
So now, I don’t smoke or drink anything with caffeine ! Lol
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