How to Quit Smoking with Electronic Cigarettes

E cig or regular?You must have already realized by now that there are so many benefits to reap from making the change to electronic cigarettes from their regular counterparts. There’s the money savings to make use of… imagine the family holiday those savings could pay for. Plus there are the health benefits too – you probably won’t die so young because you won’t be inhaling all of those nasty toxins and chemicals.

Of course, the biggest positive about changing from regular smoking to electronic cigarettes is that eventually, you could quit smoking entirely. At first, all you are dong is replacing your nicotine addiction in the form of “real” cigarettes, with the e-cigarette replacements. From there, the aim of the game is to slowly wean yourself away from the nicotine addiction itself. Once you’ve beaten that, leaving behind the habit of smoking itself is actually a piece of cake.

There are a lot of advantages from quitting smoking with electronic cigarettes. Firstly, you won’t actually be giving up the habit itself so you have nothing to miss. Yes, there will be a couple of days where you will be more irritable than usual as you get rid of the “real” cigarettes and start to rely more and more on your e-cig counterparts, but to be honest, you’ll barely notice the difference.

You’ll have something to do with your hands and your mouth so you won’t find yourself eating and snacking quite so often. This is often one of the biggest complaints people have when they quit smoking – they eat more and they’ll usually put on quite a bit of weight. Those that choose to quit with electronic cigarettes won’t suffer with the increased appetite, as the nicotine itself hasn’t been removed from the equation, and you will have an electronic cigarette to put in your mouth rather than a candy bar.

Quitting smoking with electronic cigarettes is not going to be something that happens overnight. It’ll be a long and, at times, rather difficult process. You’re looking at using these electronic cigarettes for a minimum of four or five months. Most people take around a year on average to quit. You need to wean yourself away from the nicotine, and the idea is to do this slowly so that your body barely notices the difference. The withdrawals will be next to nothing compared to what you would need to deal with if you were just quitting the smokes cold turkey. Your cravings will be satisfied by a short burst of nicotine from the e-cig. When you think about it, it just makes total sense, doesn’t it?

You should loo at quitting smoking with electronic cigarettes over four stages. Let’s look at things a little closer:

Step One: I Quit!

Cigarette ButtsMaking the decision to quit smoking is a tough one; there’s no denying that. Then there’s the confusing world of e-cigarettes – you’ll need to find one that you like first. Obviously, the reviews on this website can help you with that!

You should aim to quit smoking from the very moment you tear open the packaging and delve right into your new “toy”. If you try and smoke regular cigarette alongside your e-cigarette, you’ll find it much harder to quit. This is a lesson we have learned the hard way.

Your first e-cigarette should come with one of the higher strength e-liquids or cartridges if you are an “average” smoker. Heavier smokers should probably opt for the highest strengths, and social smokers should probably go for one on the lighter end of the scale. For the purposes of this quit smoking guide, we are going to use the example of an “average”, 20-per day smoker.

You will start with the high strength e-liquid or cartridges. You’ll make the transition from real cigarettes to e-cigarettes with them, and you will continue to smoke them for a little while. Normally, we’d suggest about eight weeks. You should take longer if you feel you are not ready, and if you want to jump down before that, feel free. Remember though – the aim of the game is to wean yourself off it slowly, so don’t think this is something easily done over the course of a week.

Once you’ve been using the high strength for a few weeks, it’s time for step two…

Step Two: Drop Down.

Yep – that’s all you need to do. Drop down from the high strength nicotine level to the next one down, normally medium strength. Again, you will want to stay on this for around six to eight weeks or so before progressing into the next level, but try to use your e-cigarette a bit less in this time. How about you don’t take it with you when you take the kids to school tomorrow morning? Take it a step at a time, but start to rely less on your e-cigarette. At some point you are going to need to give it up entirely, so why not start making a change and use it a bit less?

Step Three: Scary-Low!

This is the point where a lot of people get scared… At this stage of your quit smoking journey, you are going to want to drop down a nicotine level once again. This time you should be dropping from medium to low, and once again, you are going to want to start relying on the e-cigarette less and less.

Try not taking it with you when you go shopping later on today. Leave it at home while you pop around to your mother’s for a cup of coffee and a chat. You are already weaning yourself away from the nicotine addiction, it is now time to start weaning yourself away from the actual addition. The more you leave your e-cig at home now, the easier it will be to leave it alone full stop once you’ve dropped down to zero nicotine… which is going to happen sooner than you think.

Generally, step three is the shortest journey. You’ve already done most of the hard work and got yourself down to this point. You are only using the tiniest bit of nicotine in your e-cigarette now, so when you go to the next point, although technically you’ll be nicotine-free, things won’t seem quite so scary.

Step Four: ZERO!

It’s now time to drop from low nicotine to zero nicotine. That’s right – in just a few short days, you are not going to be addicted to nicotine anymore. Look how far you have come, and how little you have to go now. You are almost at the end of your journey, and you should be very proud.

Once you’ve dropped down to zero nicotine in your e-liquids and cartridges, you have almost finished the process. You may feel irritable for a couple of days because you are now function on zero nicotine. The actual act of puffing away on your e-cigarette will give you a kind of “placebo-effect”, because you will have learned to associate your e-cigarette on smoking, so the act will help you more than anything else, in a mental way.

At this point, you are no longer addicted to nicotine. Once you reach a three or four days on zero nicotine, you will not be addicted to nicotine anymore. We would recommend keeping your e-cigarette (with zero nicotine) on standby, but try to leave it in places where it won’t catch your eye. You don’t want to rely on it when things go wrong… you want to start weaning yourself away from it. At the same time, you are likely to be vulnerable to smokers and smoking situations for a little while once you kick the electronic cigarette and nicotine altogether, so having it as backup will be doing yourself a favor.

If you ever feel like you need a cigarette, just revert back to the zero nicotine e-cigarette that you should keep safe somewhere. Most of the e-cig smokers I know have all resorted back to smoking at some point or another. The primary reason for this was because they had given their e-cigarette away to friends or family, and no longer had it to rely on in difficult situations. A car crash, for example, lead one of the guys to start smoking again… He had only taken the disposable e-cigarette out of the glove compartment the day before too.

Success With E-CigsQuitting smoking in this way CAN work, and HAS worked for the many people around us every day that call themselves non-smokers. The rest, once you’ve kicked the habit, is down to you and will just involve a little bit of will power to see you through.

Good luck! And feel free to let us know how you got on!

By John Edwards