Nicotine is an extremely addictive substance, and because of this, quitting smoking completely is incredibly difficult for most tobacco smokers. There are a lot of well-trodden paths people have taken to cut out the cigs, as well as some more modern methods, but what is the most effective way to quit? And how useful is vaping in kicking the habit? Here’s what we’ve found out.
Embrace the vape
Vaping is a great way of gradually reducing your nicotine habit while immediately cutting out the harmful toxins that come from smoking tobacco. An e-cigarette doesn’t contain any of the tar or carbon monoxide that is found in traditional cigarettes, so has far fewer adverse ramifications for your health.
While not completely risk free, it is estimated that vaping is up to 95% safer than tobacco smoking. This is because, while it is highly addictive, nicotine is relatively harmless - it’s the many thousands of other chemicals in tobacco smoke that are causing all the harm to your body.
The great thing about vaping is you can have total control over the nicotine content in your e-liquid. For instance, if you’re still after a big nicotine hit but want to stop smoking, our RIOT S:ALT collection ranges from 5% to 48% nicotine. As you get used to vaping and a reduced nicotine percentage, you can gradually try our vape juices with lower nicotine concentrations, or even take the plunge and try our 0% Riot Squad liquids to kick your nicotine habit for good.
Thousands of people in the UK have already quit smoking with the help of e-cigs. For added effectiveness, try combining vaping with help from your local Stop Smoking Service - in 2018-19, two thirds of smokers who tried the two managed to stop smoking altogether.
The traditional methods
Alongside vaping, there are tons of traditional, tried and tested methods you can try to quit smoking.
NRTs are a great way of managing your cravings without having to subject your body to any harmful tobacco smoke. NRTs, meaning nicotine replacement therapy, work in a similar way to your e-cigarette. They are designed to wean your body off nicotine, reducing feelings of withdrawal by giving you a small controlled amount of nicotine.
You will probably be familiar with most types of NRTs. They most commonly come in the form of patches, chewing gum and lozenges, and are often available as a manual inhalator, which helps to break both the mental and physical patterns of smoking my mimicking the feel of a cigarette in your hand. This is similar to using an e-cig, though doesn’t come with the benefit of adding a variety of sweet flavours.
You can also try seeking counselling services, self-help materials and support services, which can help you deal with nicotine dependence. Combining methods like vaping and NRTs with behavioural support has been found to have increased the likelihood of quitting for good by up to 25%.
Support services can range from simply written information and advice to more personal forms of individual counselling and group therapy. The most effective method of behavioural support is considered to be individual counselling.
Though there is little compelling evidence to their effectiveness, many people swear by the use of alternative therapeutic methods to quit smoking. Methods such as acupuncture and hypnosis may seem out there, but if this many people are preaching their gospel, they may be worth looking into if you’re at a loose end.
This was just a few methods you can try to really give your tobacco smoking habit a good kicking. Trying e-cigarettes in tandem with behavioural therapy could be just the help that will ensure you never pick up a regular cig again. To find out where you can get your hands on our huge range of vape juices, check out our store locator, and take a peek at our blog to keep up with more vaping tips and news.