How to Quit Vaping
You may have been intimidated by an outbreak of vaping-related respiratory illness . Maybe you’re just tired of giving your money away to the manufacturers of an addictive product. Anyway, let’s see what it takes to quit vaping.
Make a plan
You may throw your juul in the trash in a fit of anger, but smoking cessation experts say things go better if you think about the process a bit and set a date (soon!) To quit smoking.
It helps you understand why you are quitting smoking. Take some time to think and perhaps write about it. Later, you will be tempted to start over because what good is quitting if it makes you unhappy? Have a ready answer. Better yet, make a list of the best reasons to quit smoking and place it in a place you’ll see a lot, like on your phone’s lock screen.
Know your triggers
Anticipate cravings by knowing when you usually turn to a vape pen, and plan what you will do instead. This tool at smokefree.gov can help you make a plan based on when and where you are addicted to vaping (or smoking), as well as what addictions you are. For example, if you’re prone to vaping when you’re bored, make a list of small tasks or errands you can do instead. If you’re doing this to relax, think of other ways to pamper yourself.
Find out who will help you
You don’t have to do it alone. While there are more resources for quitting smoking than quitting vaping, you still have many opportunities to talk to professionals, support groups, and get support from your friends and family.
Tell the people in your life that you are trying to quit smoking and let them know how they can support you . Do you want tough love? Someone to celebrate important events with you? Someone you can text to to distract yourself when cravings arise? Ask them for help and thank them for being there for you.
Nicotine is addictive, so it may be helpful to seek medical attention if you are having trouble quitting smoking. Nicotine replacement therapy , better known for its role in smoking cessation, includes patches, chewing gum, and inhalers that provide nicotine. They allow you to get rid of this chemical even after you have dumped it. Nicotine inhalers require a prescription; gums and patches are available with or without a prescription. There are also prescription drugs like Chantix that block some of the effects of nicotine to help you quit smoking.
Try a digital smoking cessation program
There are several options over the phone to stay up-to-date with your smoking cessation plan, including:
- Text DITCHJUUL to 88709 to inquire about the Truth Initiative ‘s digital smoking cessation program , or visit their BecomeanEx website .
- Download the QuitSTART app made by smokefree.gov
Both programs offer information, help you plan for smoking cessation, and can send you reminders. QuitSTART offers milestone badges. DITCHJUUL allows you to write text whenever you feel like it. BecomeanEx has a forum where you can talk to other people who have recently signed out or are trying to sign out.
The bottom line is that quitting smoking can be difficult, but there are probably people – from your friends (maybe) to your doctor, to organizations and apps that want to make things easier for you. Good luck. We believe in you.