“Giving up smoking is easy…I have done it hundreds of times.”
– Mark Twain
The US novelist, however, did not have the luxury of being alive at the time of e-cigs – the most powerful quitting phenomenon that started in China and is now a growing briskly in the UK, which now has its own cloud-chasing subculture. The UK’s commercial vaping industry surged 50% in 2016 to reach £1 billion and is projected to exceed £2 billion by 2020.
However, it was in 2007 that laws in England came into effect prohibiting smoking in practically all enclosed public places. According to Cancer Research UK, the ban resulted in 1.9 million fewer smokers in Britain compared to when the ban was enforced – the lowest ever-smoking rates recorded in Britain. Conversely,about 3 million British people are now vaping.
As with any novel, yet therapeutic, method to stop smoking, e-cigs should be analysed on the information currently available, since an exhaustive analysis of potential long-term effects may require several years of study. Most studies available show that e-cigs can safely help people quit smoking.
Therefore, if your New Year resolutions do not include giving up smoking, no problem! Now is the right time to leave the fraternity of 1 billion global smokers, and to join the ever-growing tribe of cloud-chasers. A recent study in England concluded that e-cigs and its variants helped at least 18k British smokers quit in 2015 who may not otherwise have done so.
More critically, two research papers published by King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience revealed that e-cigs could help smokers kick the combustible habitif they vape every day, instead of intermittently. Moreover, it is perhaps more beneficial to use refillable tanks, which offer a higher dose of nicotine.
Nonetheless, there is much disagreement around e-cigs’ capacity to aid people to quit smoking, despite credible evidence of these devices being 95% less damaging than tobacco. Alternatively, some naysayers believe e-cigs are a stalking horse for the centuries-old tobacco industry, which has now involved in engineeringcigalikes – the kind of e-cig that often looks like a standard cigarette.
The report concludes with the reality that a majority of smokers want to quit but are struggling. Therefore,if you intend to use an e-cig to stop smoking tobacco, you should use it regularly. The papers give much-needed assurance that using e-cigarettes could help those who are earnestly trying to go cold turkey on their habit.
As per the findings above, you can start with higher nicotine levels to avoid physical withdrawals. Remember, e-cigs use either liquid nicotine or nicotine cartridges. Therefore, to uphold your current nicotine levels, you would need to make a calculated assessment ofthe nicotine amounts of a commercially-rolledcigarette and an e-cig.You can use the following instructions;
- If you smoke a pack of filtered cigarettes, such as Camel, or Marlboro,then ensure you start at around1.8% concentration,or 18 mg of nicotine to stave off any physical withdrawals.
- If your brand is more natural (or unfiltered), like Lucky Strikes, then it is admissible for you start with2.4% concentrated liquid or 24 mg nicotine.
- However, if you smoke around half a pack of light cigarettes every day, such as menthol or switch-flavoured, then your e-cig starting nicotine level should be around 12 mg or 1.2% nicotine liquid.
- Lastly, choose a high vapor e-cig if you like lots of smoke since themajority of smokers relish the taste and feeling of smoke emitting from their mouths. Therefore, choose a model that produces high volumes of vapor if this is something you like about smoking.
Once you have been using the e-cigs for a while, you may consider dropping down the nicotine level. It is an uncomfortable thought for someone who switched a couple of months ago,but this gradual shift will eventually curb your body’s need for nicotine. The gentle mastery of using less nicotine will enable you to prepare yourself for low strength E-CIGs, andlowstrength is merely one more step away from being completely nicotine free.
The last part quitting smoking through e-cigs involves going for vape flavours with zero nicotine. Therefore, buy a couple of bottles of zero strength liquids to refill your cartridges with, and have sufficient quantity in stock.E-juice comes in many flavours, ranging from watermelon chill to peppermint and even cereal – so you’re guaranteed to find something that pleases your tastebuds. If you’re intrigued, this vape juice flavours list will give you an insight into all that’s available if you make the switch from cigarettes.
Always remember that the trick to quitting smoking with e-cigarettes is to do things slowly.