Smoking Cessation is one of the biggest issues related to public health not only in North America but worldwide. Over the years many different methods including patches, chewing gum, lozenges, and many more have been used and are still used to this day to try and help smokers kick the habit. For some smokers some of these methods have worked quite well, allowing them to quit or cut back drastically. One of the newer, more effective methods on the market is the electronic cigarette/personal vaporizer. The e-cig has really taken the world by storm with millions of people vaping worldwide not only as an alternative to smoking cigarettes, but as a truly enjoyable hobby. Unfortunately as many long time smokers will tell you, all of the methods and techniques on the market just can’t help some people, this includes e-cigarettes. Some smokers have made the addiction to cigarettes such a big part of their life that it has become a part of them and their everyday life. Some smokers are so used to the normality of smoking cigarettes that they can’t imagine life without them, and there is nothing that can help these people quit other than enough will to want to.
One of the major reasons that some smokers are unable to quit or switch to the personal vaporizer for good is because they truly and genuinely love the taste of cigarettes, believe it or not. People who have been smoking their whole lives have known the taste for so long that they just can’t do without it. Some smokers even enjoy the taste of cigarettes right from the get go, and switching to e-cigs, even though they have a variety of flavors that are enjoyable, just isn’t the same as the taste of a cigarette. On the other hand, many long time smokers that do eventually quit will in fact begin to detest the taste and smell of cigarettes after they have quit. It may seem as if they are being hypocrites, and I’m not saying they aren’t to a point, but when you have your mind convinced that you love the taste of something, telling yourself that you hate that same taste may be the only way to truly get it out of your life once and for all. A big part of the battle is mental, if you’re a smoker and you do not love the taste of cigarettes, you’re already a few steps ahead. If you do however love the taste and truly want to quit, you must understand that you have trained yourself to enjoy this taste and find a way to overcome it, you hold all the power!
Not having the proper information is one of the big reasons why some people that attempt to switch to vaping from smoking don’t end up making the full commitment. This was a much bigger problem a few years ago than it is today. All of the horror stories that the media has been spreading about the e-cigarette are becoming debunked for one simple reason, they have no proof of their claims; and the world has taken notice. The truth about the lack of evidence behind nicotine addiction, and the real dangerous chemicals such as acetaldehyde that are in cigarettes are starting to be revealed. The jig is up! We cannot allow cigarette companies to lie to us anymore, especially when the top experts in the world are beginning to back e-cigarettes, claiming that they will eventually become more popular than cigarettes if the truth about them is fully understood. If you still haven’t been able to find the correct information on e-cigarettes, here is a brief run down. They are at least 95% safer than a conventional cigarette, they are more than twice as cheap if you are an everyday user, they actually taste good, and here’s the real kicker, they aren’t killing you like cigarettes are! There is a lot of information available online, and it’s not hiding in the fine print anymore. Don’t take my word for it; go online, do some research, and make the decision for yourself. Don’t let a lack of information, or misinformation be the reason that you don’t make a decision that will change your life for the better.
During surveys in which ex e-cig users were asked why they are no longer vaping, many people stated that they did not enjoy the taste of the e-cigarette as much as they did with cigarettes or at least not enough to justify switching. This is generally for one of two reasons; they love the taste of smoking and they have a mental addiction to the taste, or plain and simple because they did not try all of the flavors or only tried one and didn’t like it. Again, you can call it a lack of information, but some people are not aware that e-cigs come in many different flavors and will give up if they do not like the first one they try. If you are going to try and make the switch, at least give it a chance. Don’t pick up an e-cig, take one puff and decide you don’t like it without trying out some different flavors. The truth is, a lot of people already have a skeptical mind about vaping because of the bad press it has received, and sometimes all it takes is to try it and not like it for people to confirm their own suspicions. You wouldn’t buy a car without looking into it first, and you certainly wouldn’t give up driving forever just because you didn’t like the first car you ever drove. If you’re a smoker vaping may help to save your life one day, do yourself a favor and get all the facts before you decide it’s not for you.
Some people, especially when e-cigarettes first hit the market, were having trouble being able to get e-cigarettes and the refillable e-liquid as often as they wanted, causing them to go back to cigarettes. There just was not enough information out on the e-cigarettes, not to mention the media was bashing them, causing retailers to be a bit skeptical of selling them. It wasn’t easy for people that loved to vape right from the get go to get their hands on e-cigarettes and e-liquid whenever they needed/wanted it. Also there weren’t too many companies that were selling it online. In 2015 e-cigarettes are a very common item and you can buy them along with the refillable e-liquid at most pharmacies and some convenience stores across North America and other parts of the world. There are also many online companies that now specialize in optimizing the vaping experience for customers, even in some cases offering customers auto shipping (if the customer knows they vape every day, a predetermined amount of e-liquid and even other accessories will be shipped automatically each month). If you have searched in the past and it was not a good experience, give it another try. Many companies are in the e-cigarette business these days and getting your hands on e-liquid and other accessories for vaping is not the difficult task it once was.
Vaping was once legal in any pretty much any public place where breathing was legal. As the cigarette companies and the media started to spread lies about e-cigarettes, they soon became banned in every place where regular cigarettes are banned in most cities across the United States and the rest of the world. Be it a good thing or be it a bad thing, vaping is no longer acceptable in public places because people that do not vape don’t like having it around. Part of the reason is because people didn’t/still don’t have the proper information, and partially because some people are just plain rude and were not being respectful of others while vaping in public. Due to some of the bad press, bad stories, and bad personal experiences some people have become embarrassed to us their e-cig in public at all. Walking through the mall using your e-cig (when they were allowed inside malls) and having someone scream at you for doing it can be very embarrassing and traumatizing for some people. Especially if you are not a long time or everyday user, it can seem not worth the hassle at times, especially at first. People are much more accepting these days because they understand e-cigarettes much more than they did in the past, not to mention non-smokers/non-vapers much prefer the smell of vaping to smoking. It’s very unlikely that someone is going to yell at you for using your e-cig these days, less likely than someone getting yelled at for smoking, that’s for sure. If you think e-cigs look goofy or are embarrassing to use outside of the house, just remember that everyone you’re standing there with is smoking a cigarette. Who should really be embarrassed? The person that knows their self well enough to know they need something similar to a cigarette to eventually quit or the person that can’t quit and won’t try? I was embarrassed the first time the doctor told me I needed to wear glasses but guess what? I wanted to be able see so I wore them. Grow up, get over it, and take some responsibility for your health and stop worrying about what other people think.
When choosing an electronic cigarette, I would recommend going with just a regular cigalike that works by having you puff on it like a regular cigarette. These one are the most common, and are the closest thing to a real cigarette on the market. If you do decide to go with a mod be prepared for some possible frustrations down the line, perhaps sooner than later. I’m not saying that the mods are no good, some people prefer them but they have more working parts which makes it easier for them to malfunction. A mod basically works the exact same way as a cigalike except it works by the user pressing a button to release the vapor as opposed to puffing on a cigalike as if it were a real cigarette. When people first start vaping, if they do decide to go with a mod over a cigalike it may cause some frustration. There are many users that claim that their mod suddenly stopped working or more commonly that it has stopped producing as much vapor at one time. With a regular cigalike users can choose how much they inhale at one time based on the strength of their puff; they do not have the same type of options with the mod. Another big reason that people may actually switch back to smoking, or at least give up vaping when using the mod is because they just annoyed with it; pressing that button over and over again can become tedious and annoying. Especially in comparison with smoking cigarettes which takes little to no effort. Not to mention that most mods don’t look like cigarettes (you can get one that is the general shape but for the most part they do not) which will play a big factor in a smoker being able to quit. The reason the e-cig has been considered by so many to help with smoking cessation is because they are just a regular cigarette, minus the health risks. It’s not like I’m not telling you not to buy a mod, I’m just saying that if you are not prepared for everything that comes along with it, it may not be for you.
As e-cigarettes are beginning to advance, they are giving smokers less and less excuses everyday as to why they have not switched. Above are 6 of the most common frustrations, reasons, and excuses that ex-ecig users have given as to why they no longer vape. Many of these reasons have been completely taken care of by the vaping community and retailers; they are much easier to purchases, much more acceptable by non-vapers, not to mention that the health concerns are all but non-existent. If you are having problems with your personal vaporizer, if it frustrates you, or if it just simply is not a cigarettes and that is what you truly want, then an e-cig will not help you quit. First and foremost you must want to quit or you will not be able to no matter how hard you try.