Making the Switch - How Vaping Helps Former Smokers
Tue, Jan 05, 16
You've heard it before, and it's why you're here - you're ready to quit smoking and a friend, relative, loved one, *someone* told you that vaping was the thing that helped them quit.
We've got to lead off here and say that the use of a personal vaporizer isn't recognized by the United States government or any official health organization as an approved tobacco cessation method, but there's anecdotal evidence that's piling up every day indicating that many people across the world credit vaping as being the thing that's allowed them to break free from their cigarette addiction (some have also used it to curb the use of chewing tobacco or other types of tobacco consumption). And Public Health England, an arm of the UK government, declared last year that vaping is 95% safer than smoking.
So how does it work? Pretty simple - nicotine is the main drug you're ingesting when you use tobacco. On its own, it can be used as a mild stimulant (or, remarkably, as a mild depressant depending on the user's mood), and while it does have addictive properties, a growing body of scientific study posits that, absent the harmful smoke that normally accompanies its delivery, nicotine itself could offer users some benefits including increased brain function that fights off dementia and Alzheimer's. Anyhow, the e-liquid that you're going to be vaping is available with varying concentrations of nicotine, meaning you'll still be able to service your addiction once you put the cigarettes down.
There are a host of other chemicals either naturally present in tobacco or added to cigarettes that increase the body's nicotine absorption or trick the brain's pleasure receptors into thinking your body likes it when you inhale smoke - these aren't present in e-liquid, so there is some transition. Users who can't seem to kick the craving for a real cigarette will often turn to whole-tobacco alkaloid (WTA) liquid when first transitioning to vaping - this extraction process doesn't just divine nicotine but instead all of the alkaloids present in tobacco. It's more complex and less-often used, but offers an alternative for those dedicated to quitting who don't respond to nicotine alone.
In addition to being able to keep your nicotine, vaping is more effective than patches or gums because it lets you keep the physical act of smoking - the hand-to-mouth motions, the exhale of vapor that visually resembles actual smoke - lots of us derive our enjoyment from smoking in the actual act of smoking. Vaping allows you to keep the routine you're used to while leaving behind the vast majority of toxic carcinogens and chemicals found in actual smoke.
There are myriad other reasons to trade your smokes for a vape, which we go into on other posts around the site - no more foul odors, no smoke stains on your hands/teeth/clothes, no butts to deal with...no need to rehash it all here. Of course, there's always going to be some risk inherent in inhaling anything that isn't pure air (which itself is hard to come by if you live in an urban environment), but we believe from our own experiences and those of our friends who've made the switch that you're about to make one of the healthiest choices possible for your body.