It is no secret that many people are having huge success giving up smoking with e-cigarettes, but what’s the best way to go about it? This is a simple guide in 5 easy to follow steps to help you give it up for good, by swapping to e-cigarettes.
Step 1 – Pick a date
The first step is to pick a date to quit and to stick to it. The date needs to be concrete, and you must tell yourself you can’t push it back by a couple of weeks if you’ve had a bad day or are getting anxious bout quitting. The date you pick should leave you at least a week for you to choose an e-cigarette and purchase it. We don’t recommend using an e-cigarette and cigarettes at the same time as you may get stuck in the habit of doing so, making it even more difficult to quit.
Step 2 – Pick your e-cigarette
You have several options when it comes to picking your first e-cigarette. If you are a heavy smoker and want to test the water for a few weeks with an e-cigarette, we would recommend an early generation e-cigarette. These are similar in appearance to e-cigarettes, which will aid the transition from cigarettes to e-cigarettes. They are also relatively inexpensive to buy, making them ideal for people that aren’t sure if e-cigarettes are for them. If you’ve got your heart firmly set on using e-cigarettes to quit, we’d recommend you go straight for a vape pen. These are a little more expensive than first generation e-cigarettes, but they have plenty of benefits such as longer battery life and allowing the user to change the e-liquid flavour / nicotine strength. You can find all the information you need to know about e-cigarettes and vaporizers on eCig Analyst, with our recommendations / reviews of the best devices available to buy right now. If you’ve opted for a vape pen, you will also need to purchase some e-liquid to fill the device with. We would recommend a medium to high nicotine strength e-liquid to get you started off.
Step 3 – Make the leap
Your quit date has now arrived, you’ve purchased your e-cigarette and you’re ready to go. At first you should use your e-cigarette whenever you get the slightest inkling that you want a cigarette. Make sure you have your e-cigarette on you at all times and make sure you don’t have any cigarettes, just to eliminate temptation. Don’t be afraid to kill that craving, keep ‘vaping’ until the thought of lighting up a cigarette has gone completely. This is the most crucial step in your journey to giving up for good, it is also the most difficult, so make sure you have the support of friends and family to keep you going.
Step 4 – Reduce the nicotine
After 2-3 months of using your e-cigarette and resisting the temptation to light up, you should start to think about choosing an e-liquid with a lower nicotine content. Nicotine is the drug that makes cigarettes addictive and although it is not the most harmful substance in cigarettes, it does affect our cardiovascular system, making us more susceptible to heart problems. It is therefore beneficial to consider swapping to a lower nicotine e-liquid after 2-3 months. This also gives you the opportunity to try out some different flavours. After another 2-3 months, you should opt for an even lower nicotine e-liquid and repeat until you are using an e-liquid that contains 0% nicotine.
Step 5 – Cross the finish line
Congratulations, you have successfully given up smoking! It has been a long journey and at times you have thought about giving up, but you made it! You can now look forward to bright smoke free future. You’ll have better health, more money in your pocket, and a great sense of achievement! At this point, you may decide that you no-longer need to use an e-cigarette and retire it to the bottom of the junk drawer. Many people will opt to continue using their e-cigarette and there are many different 0% nicotine e-liquid flavours to choose from, so get trying them and enjoy!