So you’ve decided to quit smoking, right? About time, and congratulations on deciding to kick a bad habit and dramatically improve your health. It can be daunting giving up tobacco though, and you may be wondering how you’ll cope without the nicotine in your system, but e-cigs can help to make the process less stressful.
The ritual of smoking and the feeling of dragging on a cigarette is often just as addictive as the nicotine itself, so it can be tough getting to grips with e-cigs at first. Although they’re the closest thing you can to a real cigarette without the tobacco, they don’t feel as familiar as a normal cigarette and will take a while for you to get the hang of holding and dragging on them in a way that feels ‘natural’. You may have to try a couple of different styles of e-cig before you find one that works for you, so during this stage don’t worry about cutting down your nicotine levels as this will only make you feel even more frustrated and likely to reach for a packet of fags.
You’ll be tempted to choose the highest strength e-cigs in order to minimise the risk of nicotine withdrawal when you first move onto e-cigs. This is fine; it’s better to start high in order that you don’t feel too stressed out as you get used to vaping. Once you feel adjusted to using an e-cig you can begin to very slowly reduce your nicotine levels by using lower strength versions. Eventually, you’ll find yourself smoking really low strength e-cigs and you’ll barely even notice the difference.
This step may happen naturally without you even having to think about it. With your body craving less nicotine, you won’t find yourself constantly reaching for e-cig for a hit. You may find yourself leaving it at home when you go out, or avoiding it all day at work. By this point, it’ll be the habit of smoking rather than the addiction which controls you, so by distancing yourself from your e-cig you’ll find yourself needing it less and less. Next thing you know you’ll be nicotine free without even really noticing it!
The most important thing to remember when using e-cigs to quit, is to take it slow. The more gradually you wean yourself off nicotine, the more likely you are to stay smoke-free. Good luck!