I vape in secret. I no longer want to be a liar. I need support because i have thrown out my vape many many times, it is not realistic. I need to begin being honest with myself about how addicted i really am.
U can do this. U are worth it. NOPE really is the only way. Make a plan and stick to it. You can't smoke if u don't have it. NRT or CT it's your choice. Do what's best for you.
What's bringing you back?
Nicotine or routine?
If it's the nicotine, I would suggest the patch because you have to trust it rather than self dose nicotine every time you want to smoke. Self dosing can become its own trap.
If it's routine, make small changes.
Drive a different route.
Try something new.
Self Talk "I don't do that anymore"
HI and Welcome to Ex’s Jam2020
The last several years I became a closet smoker, so I know the feeling of hiding an addiction. You made the decision to quit vaping now you want to know how...all of us are different. This is my third and last quit. I found planing, knowledge and hard work are the keys to my quit. First, I suggest you read at My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX (replace smoking with vaping). There you will plan a quit date and plan for that day like no other. Then, the night before you quit you will rid all vaping paraphernalia. Also, read the blogs here especially those that people wrote about quitting vaping. Be sure to replace vaping with healthy activities 100 Things to do instead of smoking! Lastly, come to the support group to get help and to encourage others on this journey. You can do this, we are here for you...now get working...~ Colleen 413 DOF
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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 .
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!
Welcome to the Ex. We're seeing many vaper's here recently that want to quit. I know how difficult it must be when you can vape anywhere. Us smokers had to delay our gratification. It's so important to educate yourself about nicotine addiction and create a quit plan. After many failed attempts to quit smoking, I've finally been successful. The knowledge and support have made all the difference. I would just say I was going to quit smoking on a certain date, but I really didn't understand the addiction or the process involved to be successful. Have you thought about using an aid? There is NRT and medications that require a prescription. I used Welbutrin, nicotrol inhalers, a smoking cessation class and the Ex. for support. You can do this. Believe in yourself as we do. Take the leap and we're here for you. Remember it's one day a time. Don't think about forever at this point.
You're ready says is all. Welcome to Ex. You now have a ready made, big quit family. And Ex is here for you 365. This is a one day at a time journey--a just for today journey. You can't quit for tomorrow, next week, next month, next year. Read a lot, blog as much as you like.
Don't forget to write a list of things to do other than vape, keep it handy, use it daily.
taking baby steps one by one..
You have taken right step to be honest, and started thinking with in you. Quit is not for anyone, but for ourself. This is a real start.
Good to keep reading nice blogs, and experiences on this site. Believe in it, every one has gone through similar situations during their quits.
All the best!
Sit down and write up your entire Quit Plan...
Stock up a healthy Quit Kit according to your Plan...
Call all your friends and family....tell them you are quitting for good!!
Hang smoke NO SMOKING sings on doors of your hose and dash of car,
Above all else, you simply must bring yourself to fully Embrace NOPE!!!
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