i started vaping about 8 months ago and for the past 2 months i’ve been thinking about quitting. i think it’s time that i should. i’ve been smoking 50 nic and i’m going down to 3 nic. any advice?
Take your quit seriously. Do not underestimate the power of addiction and counteract it by learning all you can about the addiction to nicotine. Accept that Ex is here to help and that's 365. Accept that quitting is a one day at a time effort, that you will get better with time and effort and that it is worth every effort you put into your quit.
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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 "vape." The one thing different I would recommend is that you first start to reduce the nicotine content of the pods. If you are currently using 50 mg, you might consider going down more gradually than immediately to 3 mg. That is a BIG drop, almost like "cold turkey." You might try subbing the smaller amount in between the higher amount Start with a lesser amount in, like, one in every four, then three, etc. until you are only using the smallest amount. That way the physical withdrawal should be more manageable.
The important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it online or at your local library. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read.
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmoking.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. As you track each cigarette smoked, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each one off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a cigarette just because you think you do.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first smoke 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 smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T. 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 smoking 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 smoke 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 a cigarette" 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!
Gradual reduction of nicotine vs. cold turkey (or a radical drop) is controversial, but ultimately it's a personal choice. Just know what to expect of whichever way you choose to go. You rid your body of nicotine quicker with cold turkey. Some people experience a longer period of withdrawal from going the gradual route, some don't. Let us know which way you choose and how it's going for you! Either way, we are here for you.
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s...mr28818
You have some great advice above me...be sure to do much of what has been suggested at YOUNGATHEART...also, the magnifying glass up in the right hand corner, click on it and look up vaping, etc., to find others that are quitting this addiction. Also, be sure to read at My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX ... plan your quit date, prepare for that day like no other, keep it here for support and throw all smoking paraphernalia out ...We are all addicts and in this journey together...be sure to keep busy ... with healthy substitutes...see the list below to help...You can do this...Happy Sunday...~ Colleen 223 DOF
100 Things to do instead of smoking!
I thought about quitting for years and finally took the QUIT JOURNEY
Once you are at the "thinking about quitting" stage you really know deep inside you need to quit
It becomes a vicious game one plays with themselves to constantly have that "I should quit or I am thinking about quitting" always going on in ones head.
For me this site BecomeAnEX helped me realize the quit is so much easier than the continual "I think I should quit"game I played with myself.
It comes down to a decision and education and support
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