Studies have shown that 70% of adult smokers would like to quit, but as any smoker will tell you, this isn’t an easy undertaking.
It is a testament to the addictive qualities of nicotine that, on average, a smoker will try to quit 30 times before managing to kick the habit for a year or more. This is despite the undisputed fact that all smokers are aware of the damage they are causing to themselves.
But the battle that smokers face is more than just the nicotine addiction.
Quitting smoking is partially breaking the nicotine addiction, but it’s also breaking the habit too. That cigarette with the morning coffee, or after a meal, the cigarette with a wine or beer, the part these play in the mental battle that smokers face when trying to quit should not be underestimated. The fact of the matter is that whilst most smokers would love to kick the habit, it is still something they enjoy. It is part of who they are.
Luckily, this is a void that vaping can fill.
Is vaping safer than smoking?
Absolutely it is.
According to one study by the UK Royal College of Physicians and Public Health England, vaping has less than 5% of the health risks associated with smoking. This means that for most smokers, switching to vaping will mean a massive improvement in their health.
The combustive process involved in smoking cigarettes means that with every puff we inhale over 4,000 chemicals; at least 43 of these have been proven to be carcinogenic (cancer-causing). Of course, one of the 4,000 is nicotine, which is still present in e-ciggies. But, while nicotine is the addictive drug within cigarettes, it isn’t the compound that is most dangerous.
Nicotine is a stimulant of about the same potency as caffeine and with similar effects upon your heart rate. However, the real dangerous substances in smoking are the chemicals like formaldehyde, cyanide, and arsenic. Some of these are still present in vaping but in minuscule amounts that pose little threat to health.
Why choose vaping over other nicotine replacements?
Ultimately, quitting smoking is a two-part battle.
The first part is the physical battle as the body suffers the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. As smokers know, this is not a pleasant experience and requires some serious willpower to stop yourself from sneaking a fly puff. Nicotine patches and gum will certainly help with easing these.
The mental battle is different, the physical act of picking up a cigarette and taking a puff is something that smokers associate with pleasure. The longer you have smoked, the deeper ingrained this association is, and the harder it becomes to break the habit. Even after the nicotine withdrawal has eased, this continues as a constant potential pitfall just waiting for the moment your guard is down.
Vaping addresses both these factors, it delivers a dose of nicotine in a manner that smokers have become accustomed to, keeping those withdrawal symptoms at bay, and it keeps the hands busy too. In fact, after vaping for a short time, many ex-smokers come to prefer the process of vaping over smoking.
Does vaping save you money?
Health considerations are one of the main factors that make people want to quit smoking, but the other factor is cost. Because of the variables involved when comparing smoking v. vaping, it is impossible to give a precise answer to this question, but on average vaping is cheaper than smoking.
Breaking down the figures to a more accurate assessment means considering how many cigarettes you smoked and how much you vape, there is also variation in the cost of e-liquids to be considered.
As an example, the average cost of a pack of 20 cigarettes in Ireland is €14. Most vapers will use 15ml of e-liquid as a direct equivalent to a 20 pack of cigarettes. The average cost of e-liquid is €4.50 per 10ml, so less than €7 for 15 ml, meaning for the average smoker who vapes an equivalent amount, the savings will be greater than 50%
Does vaping work as a smoking cessation aid?
Yes, studies have proven that vaping is a fantastic aid to quitting smoking which has successfully helped millions of smokers quit the habit. Some smokers have used it as a stepping stone to quitting altogether, gradually reducing the nicotine content in their e-liquid. Others have it as a replacement habit.
Both these methods have helped countless smokers kick the habit, save money, and most importantly improve their health and reduce future health risks.
Because the process of vaping replicates the sensations, flavours, and habits of smoking a cigarette, it is the simplest and most successful of all smoking cessation methods.
How to switch from smoking to vaping
The world of vaping may seem bewildering to vaping newbies. But don’t worry, it isn’t as complicated as it looks. The first step you need to do is arm yourself with a good quality beginners kit that is simple to use and understand. We have a whole range of starter kits in stock that will make the process as easy as pie.
Once you have chosen the vaping kit, it is time to choose the date of the big day. This is a step that is recommended for all stopping smoking techniques, and vaping is no different.
When the day arrives, it is time to get rid of all your smoking paraphernalia and bring out the vape kit. If you have tried to stop smoking using other methods in the past, then chances are you are in for a pleasant surprise.
Switching to vape is as simple as picking up your e-ciggy and taking a few puffs every occasion you would have lit up a cigarette. The sensation is there, the nicotine is there, the habit is there. It really is that simple and painless, and millions of people across the world have never looked back.
At Direct2U, we are here to help you quit the habit and get healthier and wealthier into the bargain. If you need any advice on how to get started in vaping, our team are here to help.