Vaping devices can support people to quit smoking by delivering nicotine to receptors in the brain.
Unlike cigarettes, there is no combustion (burning) involved in e-cigarettes so there is no smoke, tar or carbon monoxide.
Following extensive research, Public Health England has concluded that ‘e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than smoking’.
Mouth and throat irritation are the most common side-effects, but these generally subside over time.
Choosing your device is a personal choice. Do your research and seek out a reputable supplier who can provide you with an appropriate product for your smoking habit. It is also important that the charger on your chosen device meets British Standards for electrical safety.
You should use your device to help manage nicotine withdrawal and urges to smoke. You will soon discover the best way for you of using your device.
It’s not like a cigarette, which you would smoke from start to finish; with an e-cigarette or vape you can ‘sip’ on it once or twice, and then put it away. If you find that you have your vape in your mouth all the time, you may need to use a higher nicotine strength liquid.
Nicotine does not cause smoking related disease, such as cancers and heart disease. These are caused by other chemicals found in tobacco.
Nicotine is addictive and is why people continue to smoke despite knowing about the harmful effects. Nicotine in e-cigarettes poses little danger to adult users.
To prevent accidental poisoning of children and pets, e-cigarettes and liquids should be stored away safely and out of reach.
When you are ready to start reducing vape usage, many of the techniques that you learnt when quitting smoking such as distraction, changing routines and a gradual reduction in nicotine content may help.
Some people find leaving their vape in a drawer or a designated place in the house can help to reduce usage as it helps to prevent ‘sipping’ on the vape out of habit. If you need extra support, talking to a stop smoking practitioner or using a licenced NRT product such as a patch can be useful.