Does anyone here Vape? And how much does it help with not wanting a cigarette?
I searched and found several articles:
Vaping E-Cigarettes and Quitting Smoking
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There were a few that stated they were helpful, but their conclusions were questionable because they were presented by vaping interests. I personally question how something that mirrors smoking: hand to mouth motion, inhale/exhale, hit of nicotine can help. It might be a healthier way to get nicotine - but so is the patch!
There are some on the site, I think, who have used it successfully and I hope they will weigh in.
I tried the vape a few quits ago and I just became addicted to the vaping and then went back to smoking. I don't know anyone that's been able to quit with vaping, they usually just get addicted to that instead of cigarettes.
Welcome to Ex! There are many ways to deal with quitting, but I can appreciate your question about vaping. When I quit, I had a vaping package ready to go in case I grew weak (I'd made a plan for about three weeks before I quit). There are a few here on Ex who did use vaping for a relatively short period of time--the goal being getting off nicotine altogether. The concerns about vaping long term is that it too continues the addiction and the stuff in vaping products is not really regulated--it can have loads of bad junk in it. Prolonging the hand to mouth connection action is another problem. Here at Ex (and elsewhere online) you can learn about the addiction and get support. You can get over the addiction--eventually the want goes away. Yes you can one day at a time.
Thank you so much!!
Because it involves exactly the same motions as smoking, I call it "smoking with a battery."
Of course, everyone has the choice but how can you unlearn and disconnect from smoking when you are going through the motions?
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You have come to the right place for support. Vaping seems to have it draw backs. You are still doing the hand to mouth action as smoking which is behavior that has to be changed. It has started to be banned from the younger generation. So there must be something wrong with it. Like smoking they have all the warnings posted and we refuse to pay attention. You are young and it would be a blessing moving forward to a wonderful life without smoking. Does your BF smoke? We have to set boundaries and let our friends and family know that we are quitting smoking. One day at a time with support quitting is doable. Get rid of all smoking paraphernalia. Having the right attitude plays a major part in being successful. Also, you must educate yourself about nicotine addiction. NOPE (Not One puff ever) will keep you free.
Start First, by educating yourself about nicotine addiction. Education is the key to a successful quit.
Understand the law of addiction.
Law of Addiction
Administration of a drug to an addict will cause re-establishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance."
Read: Freedom from Nicotine My Journey Home and Nicotine Addiction 101 Here are the links http://whyquit.com/whyquit/LinksAAddiction.html and http://whyquit.com/ffn/
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Welcome to EX, education, support, and commitment will do more for you than ANY vaping but I did not use it so I have no real experience. Congratulations on your decision to quit!
My brother is in pallative care as we speak. In March he had most of one lung removed, 2 ribs, and two vertebrae. He was a vaper. Was is the operative word. Go ahead, vape, but it will give you cancer and it will kill you. Does that answer your question?
I don't know, I've never vaped. But my logical brain agrees with those above who think that because it so mimics the activity one is trying to overcome, that it is simply a substitute slavery and I've heard that there are those who return to smoking after having vaped.
Here's a vaping comment I found really interesting in a vaping forum ( https://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/threads/people-over-at-qsmb-are-actually-decent-folk.312662/ )
"I appreciate their concerns that vaping is behaviorally very similar to smoking, and may prevent some people from breaking that hand to mouth habit. This is a valid concern if you are a person who wants to end all nicotine and smoking-like dependence. " "..." vaping could be used very similarly to other NRT products, with even more control over nicotine levels, allowing someone to break the nicotine dependence separately from the hand to mouth behavioral habits. It's possible that breaking one habit first, then working on the other could be very effective to many smokers. And at least they don't have to be slowly killing themselves with tar and carcinogens in the meantime.
There are a couple of telling telling threads over there, where the vocal opponents are very honest about why they hate e-cigs. For at least a few of them it seems to be because they are tempted by them. They are tempted to try them, but scared of being sucked back into smoking. I can understand that fear (although it hasn't been the case for me at all), whether that fear should trump all logic regarding harm reduction is dubious to me though." (Spazmelda Vaping Master)
To answer your question: yes! Not as quick or as simple as lighting a cigarette, but it certainly has done the job for me and for millions of others who have quit smoking thru vaping. Imagine all the nicotine (fairly harmless unless you are pregnant or have a heart condition) delivered in a way that is 95-99% safer than smoking. The science overwhelmingly supports vaping as an "evidence-based" tool for smoking cessation. It is one of many tools in the quit-smoking toolbox; hope you find whatever one works for you.
BTW, unlike smoking, vaping does not meet American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria for addiction. The hand-to-mouth motion is one of the reasons why it is so effective.
The tobacco and pharmaceutical industries are losing lots of money because of vaping, so watch out for their junk-science attempts to slam vaping. The overwhelming science supports vaping as one of the tools. Total abstinence is best, but whatever gets you off the stinkies....
95-99% Show me that study please
start here: Promote e-cigarettes widely as substitute for smoking says new RCP report | RCP London
Start There? It's Three Years Old. Nothing Newer?
How about the middle schoolers with sores in their mouths from vaping
Never heard of a cigarette blowing up in someones face or in their pocket, have you?
Let's face it, vaping is for people who still want to smoke
Tell us what it does to the tissues in the mouth.
E-Cigs: How Much Help vs How Much Harm? | Medpage Today
Yes, I still want to smoke, as I am sure most people here do too. I quit because it was killing me, and I now spend a lot of time helping others to do the same. God willing, at 11:55 am tomorrow PST it will be 8 years since I had a cigarette.
Lithium-ion batteries are dangerous whether they are in a laptop, cellphone, or ecig. Some people foolishly bypass safety features and pay the price. I use an ecig with built-in safety features, and encourage my clients to do the same. Ecigs and Iphones have the same death rate.
Nobody wants kids to smoke or vape.I fully support efforts to stop kids from vaping while still allowing adults access.
Here is a cardiologist who actually does scientific research instead of using junk science and politics: E-cigarette Research
So after 8 years of not smoking I am happy, joyous and free; hope you can be happy for me even tho I choose a different way than you.
You can do whatever you want. Helping people to remain addicts is not my idea of help. You have no idea what they may find in a few more years. Have you heard about vaping actually changing the DNA of cells yet?
I realize you are so set in your way that anything that disagrees with your links is junk science.
There's a huge increase in teens vaping much of it likely from people telling them they're safe
Is the e cig a form of smoking or not smoking?
It's all about safety. He's citing links from years ago. There are recent studies and symposiums from the past few months that say THEY STILL DON"T KNOW WHAT DAMAGE WILL BE DONE LONG TERM.
You know why I call vaping "smoking with a battery? BECAUSE YOU DON'T UNLEARN A DAMN THING.
Study: Vaping Causes DNA Damage in Human Cells and Mice | The Scientist Magazine®
Vaping Can Damage DNA, Saliva Study Suggests | Medpage Today
What intervention has never understood is you don't give up smoking, you unlearn it.
And if you continue to vape, you are still an addict. If you don't mind jonesing for a fix out to dinner with friends, or in an airport or train station, and during the conveyance, or at a movie or show..........then by all means, don't let us rain on your parade.
ME? I'd rather be free!
One more thing. It doesn't take any effort at all to tell someone to vape. NONE
I knew someone who was addicted to the nicotine gum. Used it for years after he stopped smoking. He was still addicted to nicotine. I AM A RECOVERING NICOTINE ADDICT, WHICH IS WHY I CAN'T USE NICOTINE IN ANY FORM. JMHO. Cold turkey worked best for me, but I "only" smoked a half-pack of organic cigarettes a day. As a former serial quitter, I always suffered more from withdrawal symptoms when quitting Marlboros than when quitting American Spirits....just my truth. Might have been addicted to the chemicals in the Marlboros, too...who knows...
That's really interesting, my husband smoked american spirits and I smoked marlboro's. You wouldn't even have known he was quitting he was so calm, me on the other hand I was a lunatic for the first few days lol. I just assumed it was because his willpower was stronger then mine.
Arte Johnson - Very interesting - YouTube.flv - YouTube
Here's an experience of someone attempting to quit vaping. Thought it might be of interest to you:
First Week of Not Smoking
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