How Vaping Helped Me Quit Cigarettes
Vaping helped me ditch cigarettes and kill my nicotine-dependence
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My first day without a cigarette wasn’t too difficult. Whenever I got the urge, I vaped until it went away. The only real problem I encountered was that I was vaping a lot more often than I had smoked cigarettes. This is because I was getting less nicotine per hit of the vape than I would be getting per hit of a cigarette. But I didn’t mind; vaping was a pleasurable experience. I got the oral fixation, I could do smoke tricks with the vapor and it tasted great.
After about a month of vaping, I began to notice that I was hitting the vaporizer less and less. This was a sign to me that I needed to lower the nicotine concentration of the e–liquids I was using. I went from .06mg to .03mg, which is the lowest level of nicotine available for e-liquids. This resulted in an increase in my vaping again, but I was still not vaping as often as when I started.
Now that it’s been about two months, I can safely say that my dependence on nicotine has dwindled to the point where I can now try to switch to either a nicotine–free e–liquid, or just quit vaping entirely. Vaping has convinced me that it’s not a cigarette problem that I have; it’s a nicotine problem.
There have been multiple studies published about the potential hazards of vaping, whether it’s safe or not, and they all come to the same conclusion: we just don’t know yet. You may have heard about a recent study by Harvard researchers in which they link a chemical called diacetyl to e–liquids and e–cigarettes. Diacetyl is a chemical believed to be responsible for the “popcorn lung” disease, and it was found in a large percentage of the e–liquids tested. But according to another study published in the Nicotine and Tobacco Research journal in 2014, the levels of diacetyl in regular tobacco cigarettes are 100 times the levels found in the e–liquids. This study also concludes that the health effects of diacetyl in e–liquids would likely not impact the health of the users. Vaping has been going through this sort of thing time and time again, so it’s understandable that people are hesitant to vape.
I decided that I would try to get some hard evidence as to whether vaping is at least a less harmful alternative to cigarettes. I visited my personal care doctor, Dr. Peter Jensen who works for Graybill Medical Group in Fallbrook. He agreed to give me a peak flow measurement test, which measured the strength of my lungs. My lungs’ peak flow performance as a pack–a–day smoker averaged to 612.5. After almost two months of vaping, I went back to Dr. Jensen and we measured my peak flow yet again. This time, my average was 632.5. My lungs had gotten stronger by 20 points on the peak flow chart. It’s not a major difference, but it’s a start. Dr. Jensen made sure to let me know that he does not recommend vaping because the science on it is still debatable and they do not yet know the long–term health effects.
When I was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, I would wake up with chest pain. I would sometimes get sharp pains in my chest while smoking or just randomly throughout the day. Since I’ve made the switch to vaping, I no longer have any chest pain. I wake up feeling great. I can finally say that I’ve left cigarettes behind me.