So You Quit the Stinkers - But are you still hooked on Nicotine?
So it's a slightly different question...
I was reading the thread about vaping helping people to quit smoking. That's great of course, but I want to know if you're all still hooked on Nicotine. How much? If not, how long did it take you to get off the nicotine completely?
I ask because vaping has helped me cut way down, but I still crave smokes... and it's probably because I'm using zero-nicotine juice. Reason? Because the cigarettes I smoke are SO light in nicotine, it's impossible to find juice with a low enough amount. I've actually considered buying two bottles of the same flavor, one with nicotine and one without, and mixing them myself to try to get lower nicotine.
I don't want to end up addicted to MORE nicotine.
So what's the deal folks... How much nicotine are you still sucking on?
I've backed down to 3mg, but I'm using a dripper, so it's more like 6 or 8mg.
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I'm down to between 3 and 6 mg in just under 3 months. I'm pretty confident I could start vaping 0mg and not go completely crazy now. I will likely start mixing 3 and 0 for another month and ditch the nic completely. After all that, I'm not sure I will stop vaping any time in the next year though.
Everyone is different and vapor is not the same as smoking. The molecules in nic/smoke/cigs are much smaller so work faster. Vapor takes longer. There are so many other chemicals in cigs you will have withdrawal from those also. I happen to be one of those that believe nic is beneficial to a certain extent. I have cut my nic from 18mg to 10mg and used to smoke marlboro lights.
I don't have any plan to quit vaping... I am SO addicted to the behavioral habit of smoking, that without this whole e-cigarette thing, I would likely die with a cigarette in my mouth. If I can ditch the nicotine though... well it's just one less harmful substance I'd be putting in my body.
Originally Posted by Evilocity
If you are still smoking because you are only using 0 mg liquids I couldn't say that's a better position to be in than only vaping liquids with nicotine in them.
You probably already know it isn't the nicotine that does your body all the damage - it's the tar and inhaling "burning stuff" that does you in.
Switching to vaping isn't just about replacing nicotine with nicotine either. You are getting a boat load of chemicals from burning processed tobacco that create a complex mix that keep you addicted to smoking, including a vicious cycle of your brain craving the MAOI's (antidepressants) you get from cigarette smoke. Except for a few rare people a "little smoking" is guaranteed to keep you craving smoking.
All I'm saying is you may be missing the point. You are using too little nicotine in your vaping to help you successfully quit smoking. Nicotine is not the big nasty dirty enemy you think it is that's keeping you hooked on cigarettes. Smoking cigarettes is what's keeping you hooked on smoking cigarettes. Quit the cigarettes first with a nic level that helps more, address anything you want to do about lowering your nic intake second.
I've been vaping since June 1 2013. I switched from cigs to e-cigs due to the costs, both monetary and health. My goal was not to quit but to save a buck and reduce my risk of getting cancer from smoking. Only recently have I decreased my nic from 18mg to approx 10mg. This was done due to changing to an RBA.
I mix 18mg and 0mg to make 'approx 10mg'.
I would suggest a nic liquid to get off cigs and then wean yourself down. You really aren't doing any good by doing both if you still need a cig.
No, I'm not missing the point. I readily admit I may need to add some nicotine to my juice to help get off the cigarettes. Point is though, I don't want to add MORE nicotine, nor do I want to indefinitely be hooked on it. I don't want to "need" vaping the way I need smoking... I'm talking the physical addiction part of it.
I think we all are well educated at this point on the dangers of cigarettes, so no point rehashing it. Maybe we could debate the dangers of nicotine, but I'm already pretty firmly in the camp that believes it's not good for us. It's the lesser of evils to just have that and PG/VG juice, but it's still an addictive substance I'd like to be off of eventually.