Vaping: A Guide for Human on Quitting Smoking
Why Consider Vaping to Quit Smoking?
- Vaping is notably less harmful than traditional smoking and is an effective method for quitting.
- While vaping isn’t completely risk-free, it’s primarily recommended for adult smokers aiming to quit.
Vaping involves using electronic devices to inhale nicotine through vapor instead of smoke. It heats a liquid (e-liquid) containing nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, and flavorings. With various nicotine strengths available, you can manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms like irritability and mood changes.
Breaking the Smoking Habit
Vaping can help transition away from the routines of smoking. It mimics the hand-to-mouth action of smoking and provides similar sensations. To fully benefit from vaping, it’s best to quit smoking entirely.
Did You Know?
Using a nicotine vape is about twice as effective for quitting smoking compared to other nicotine replacement methods.
Is Vaping Harmful?
- Vaping is substantially safer than smoking, exposing users to fewer and lower levels of toxins.
- However, it’s not entirely without risks, and is not advised for non-smokers and those under 18.
Long-Term Vaping Effects
The long-term effects of vaping aren’t fully known yet, but it is less harmful than smoking. The ideal goal is to eventually stop vaping as well.
Vaping vs. Smoking
Cigarettes release numerous harmful chemicals, many of which cause cancer and other diseases. Most of these chemicals aren’t found in vape aerosol.
Debunking Vaping Myths
There are many misconceptions about vaping. We provide facts based on scientific research to clear these up.
Tips for Switching to Vaping
- Choose the right vaping kit with advice from a specialist vape shop or a Stop Smoking Service.
- Use the vape as needed to manage cravings.
- Consider combining nicotine patches with vaping for added support.
- Learn from others who have successfully switched to vaping.
Did You Know?
Vaping is generally more cost-effective than smoking.
Choosing and Using Vapes
- Types of vapes include pen-shaped vape bars, compact pod devices, vape pens with refillable tanks, and customizable vape mods.
- Selecting the right nicotine level in your e-liquid is crucial. Seek advice from vape specialists.
Buy vapes from reputable retailers to ensure safety and quality. Currently, vaping products are not licensed as stop-smoking medicines in the UK.
- Keep vapes and e-liquids away from children and pets.
- Always use the correct charger and don’t leave vapes charging unattended.
Vaping Side Effects
Common side effects like coughing and dry throat are usually manageable. If you experience any, consult a stop smoking adviser or vape retailer.
Young People and Vaping
Vaping is not recommended for individuals under 18. It’s important to communicate responsibly about vaping with younger audiences.
When you’re ready, aim to gradually quit vaping. Reduce nicotine strength and vaping frequency at your own pace, with support from Stop Smoking Services if needed.
Vaping During Pregnancy
Vaping is likely less harmful than smoking during pregnancy, but nicotine replacement therapy is the preferred option. Always consult a health professional for advice.
Vaping Around Others
There’s limited evidence that vaping harms bystanders, but it’s advisable to avoid vaping around vulnerable groups like babies and children.
Responsible Disposal of Vapes
Vapes are classified as electronic waste and should be recycled appropriately to prevent environmental harm.
Find Your Nearest Recycling Points
Stay updated on vape recycling locations by checking local listings or using online resources.