What are the benefits to quitting smoking with a Vape Pen?
One of the most exciting claims that have been made about vape pens is that they help people quit smoking. Until recently, evidence for this claim was mostly anecdotal. Different vape pen and e cigarette users would talk about how vaping helped them quit, and the internet was full of recommendations about how to quit smoking the easy way. However, these claims were not backed up by scientific research until very recently, because the studies had to follow people for a long time to make sure that the effects were lasting and that people were really successful in quitting smoking by using vape pens. These studies are starting to be published now, and the claims of the people who have been vaping all along are now being scientifically validated too.
A very recent study published in The Lancet, found that 22% of people who start vaping are able to quit smoking entirely after 1 month, and after a year 46% of vape pen users have completely quit smoking. Of the people who still use both vape pens and tobacco cigarettes, they reduced the number of cigarettes they smoked by an average of 5.3 cigarettes per day. That is a really significant decrease in cigarette consumption. In other words, vape pens can help you quit if you’re trying to quit, and can also help keep you from going back to cigarettes if you used to smoke in the past. Also, this study just targeted vape pen users and did not specifically look at people who were trying to quit smoking regular cigarettes. We’d be willing to bet that you’d have a better success rate at quitting smoking if you put your mind to switching to vape pens instead of cigarettes, than if you just started vaping because it tasted good and didn’t care about quitting cigarettes. We’re waiting to see more studies specifically on quitting, because everyone who has quit cigarettes before knows that you need all the help you can get!
So how do you quit smoking with a vape pen?
Well, the “how” is really simple. You get a vape pen and you start vaping! Nothing to it, right? But if you’ve tried to quit smoking cigarettes before, you know that quitting smoking is also really simple in theory – just don’t smoke anymore – but devilishly hard when you’re facing cravings. So the better question is, how do vape pens solve the problem of cravings? There are several layers to this answer, so we’ll just put it in a list format.
Quit Smoking with Different Nicotine Levels
Nicotine cravings are the biggest part of why it is hard to quit smoking. Nicotine is an addictive drug, and once you’re hooked it’s practically impossible to just stop having it anymore. People even get withdrawal symptoms from not having their nicotine! This is why so many doctors prescribe nicotine patches for people who are trying to quit smoking, to lessen the effects of not having nicotine in your body. Vape pens let you get the nicotine you need. You can buy e juice in a variety of different e juice nicotine levels. A lot of people use the weaning method to get themselves off nicotine when they use their vape pens – start out with a strong concentration, and then gradually move to weaker and weaker concentrations as your body gets used to having less and less nicotine. You can even buy 0mg nicotine e juice, which is just the flavor without any nicotine in it at all. There are a lot of people who do this, and continue vaping whenever they feel the need to puff on something without becoming dependent on nicotine again. Which brings us to the next point:
Oral Fixation when Quitting with Vape Pens
Once you have smoked cigarettes for a while, the feeling of putting a cigarette in your mouth and puffing is itself incredibly satisfying. A lot of people have cravings, not just for nicotine, but also for this sensation and experience of having something in their mouth. People who use nicotine patches to quit smoking are often recommended to chew gum or eat hard candies to satisfy this oral craving, because it can be so strong. However, chewing gum is simply not the same experience as puffing on something, inhaling something flavored and exhaling a cloud of smoke, is it?
Vape pens give you the experience of puffing on something in your mouth, without having to use cigarettes. It’s not just something to do with your mouth, like chewing gum is and it’s also the whole experience of inhaling, feeling the nicotine hit on the back of your throat, exhaling, and seeing the clouds of vapor instead of smoke. You can even get cigarette-flavored e juice to have the closest thing possible to the experience of smoking regular cigarettes, just without the actual cigarette part.
Amount of Vaping vs. Smoking Traditional Cigarettes
When you light up a cigarette, you have to smoke the whole thing or waste whatever you don’t smoke. Nobody wants to waste money, so there’s a lot of incentive to smoke your whole cigarette before you put it out and throw it away. This means you get a certain set amount of nicotine in your system, and even if you are trying to quit, you can’t control how much nicotine you are getting at a time.
With vaping, there’s no minimum amount you can vape. You can pull out your vape pen, take one puff, and put it straight back into your pocket. You don’t have to stand outside while you finish your cigarette, and you don’t have to get a large amount of nicotine all at once (which only makes you more dependent on it in the long run) to be able to satisfy your craving. It’s kind of like the nicotine version of eating until you’re not hungry anymore versus eating until you’re stuffed. You’re going to be less dependent on nicotine in the long run if you have the option of vaping until you’re not craving it anymore instead of being forced to smoke until you’ve gotten a large amount of nicotine.