Do you know your alien coils from your dragon coils? Or your goose necks from your grub screws? If you do, you may be into vaping.
Trouble is, the addictive nicotine in vape juice — the liquid that gets turned into an aerosol before being inhaled — can make it difficult to stop vaping once you start. If you have nicotine cravings that interrupt your day-to-day life, or have tried to cut down on vaping but can’t, here are some tips for vanquishing vaping, and nixing nicotine, for good:
Know your triggers
Do you tend to vape at parties and other social events? Does break time at work mean it’s time to step out and fire up the vaporizer? These are just two examples of “triggers” that may cause you to crave a vape session. These triggers can be people, places, situations, feelings or moods. Knowing your triggers will help you avoid them or find ways to handle them.
How to conquer cravings
Short but intense urges to vape can be beaten by using the “4-Ds” strategy:
Because cravings rarely last more than a few minutes, wait 5 minutes when you feel the urge to vape and the feeling will pass.
Do something else to take your mind off of your desire to vape, such as going for a walk or munching on some crispy carrots or celery.
- Deep breathing
Inhale through your nose and hold it for a count of 5. Slowly breathe out through your mouth for a count of 7. Repeat a few times to reduce your cravings, stress and anxiety.
- Drink water
Replace the vaping habit with a healthy one. Drinking water will change the feeling and taste in your mouth and will actually help reduce cravings.
Methods and medications
There are many effective ways to quit vaping, and no one way works for everyone. Over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) such as patches and chewing gum, as well as prescription medications, can help reduce cravings and boost your chances of quitting vaping. Research shows that the effectiveness of medications and NRTs can increase by combining it with the free phone and online counselling.
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Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. His award-winning stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post newspapers, in magazines like Explore, Reader’s Digest, International Traveller and Canadian Family, and on websites including MSN, MSN Canada, and DontChangeMuch.ca. Visit Adam’s website for more details on his award winning work.