Nothing that is worth it in this life is generally classified as easy. And that includes quitting smoking and trying an alternative like vaping. We all know how addictive the chemicals in cigarettes are and going through withdrawals can be a quite difficult. Trust us, we’ve been there, and having made it to the other side, we share with you 10 tips that make transitioning to vaping a smooth process.
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#1 – Commit to a Quit Day
Set a target quit date and stick to it. Give yourself a date 7 days out and slowly start tapering off. It would help to have your vape device already but if you don’t, you should already at least have a little bit of vaping knowledge to make informed purchases to get you started. Once that quit date arrives, stop right there and don’t light another cigarette. This is where self-discipline will really serve you well!
#2 Find a Support Group
Quitting is not going to be easy. Fortunately, there are so many groups out there, not to mention phone apps, that encourage and support you through smoking cessation. Join one, download a few apps, and really immerse yourself into a new lifestyle.
#3 Learn About Vaping
One of the greatest things about the vape industry is how quickly it’s grown and how supportive the community is. And most online communities have forums and blogs that discuss every topic of vaping from A-Z about selecting the right nicotine, how flavors are made, advocacy issues, and so much more. Read and take notes. Save your favorite sites because you’ll want to go back and learn more.
#4 Find the Perfect Nicotine Strength E-Liquid
This can be the single most important step in transitioning. You will undoubtedly have cravings and that’s normal. So as you’re finding your way with vaping and trying a bunch of different flavors, none of it matters if you don’t find the nicotine strength that will tame your craving. Finding the right nicotine strength depends on many factors including how many cigarettes smoke a day, what vape device you plan on using, and how often you are going to vape. You can find detailed instructions on finding the right nicotine strength here.
#5 Pick Flavors You Enjoy
This is where most new vapers stray the most. You search endlessly on various sites and read all the delectable descriptions and think, “I should try this coconut lemon bar ice cream cake!” and next thing you know, you’re stuck with 60mls of flavor that you absolutely hate and the underlying issue is that you hate coconuts anyway. Doesn’t make much sense, does it? So if you like cheesecake, try that. If you love fruits, stick with those. If tobacco is your thing, don’t stray too far away from that.
#6 Save Money by Shopping Online
Listen, we’re huge advocates for supporting your local small businesses. They are literally on the frontlines of helping vaping become as mainstream as it is, but online vendors tend to have the best prices around and when you’re looking for that perfect vape starter kit to get you started, check online and see what you can find. We bet you’ll save thousands in the long run. Which is another point of putting the stinkies away.
#7 Find A Vape the Fits Your Needs
If you want to fully enjoy your vaping experience, you want to make sure that your equipment is going to provide sufficient flavor, a decent amount of clouds, and long lasting coils. This is why research before purchasing is a key step in your quitting process. Find out what the people are saying. Ask questions. Read reviews. Get the STLTH vape. Make an informed decision before you click purchase. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Unless you catch a good deal, then hop all over that!
#8 Visit a Vape Shop
Vape shops can be a wealth of information in your quest for finding the perfect mod and flavor. In most cases, you can try certain flavors out, ask questions, play around with some hardware, and in general get the feel of what encompasses vaping. A word of caution here: if it seems like the person you’re speaking with doesn’t have an idea of what you’re talking about, keep going. Bad information is just as bad a none at all so talk to someone who at least mirrors what you’ve read online.
#9 Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself
Quitting is a hard thing to do. Cravings are real, withdrawals are real, and the symptoms are even worse. Don’t start off with grandiose plans to be the top vaper blowing dank clouds of premium flavors. Start small. Pace yourself. Take your time and really learn. And yes, this is a huge lifestyle change so it’s similar to dieting, working out, joining an organization. You have to immerse yourself in a culture to really absorb and learn about it. If you slip up, it’s okay. Believe me, it has happened to the best of us.
#10 Have Patience
We can almost guarantee you will find some step in this process frustrating, whether it’s with flavors, devices, coils, whatever. It will be hard. If you ever get discouraged, see the above step. Because you can’t and shouldn’t expect perfection. Congratulate yourself on the fact that you even decided to take the first step to quit. That’s a huge step in and of itself and should be commended. Remember to hit up your support groups for help. And take it one day at a time. You’ve literally lengthened your life with this one decision. Keep going.