7 Tips for Helping Someone Switch from Smoking to Vaping
Since electronic cigarettes have come onto the scene, more and more people are using them as a way to wean themselves off of smoking traditional cigarettes. If you’re going to help someone make the switch from smoking to vaping, consider the following tips:
1. Do Your Research
Before your loved one begins the switch from smoking to vaping, it would be helpful to do some research. Learn about the difference between cigarettes and electronic cigarettes, read other people’s experiences with making the switch, and find out what can be expected when trying to make the switch. This will help you and your loved one set up realistic expectations.
2. Reduce Cigarettes Slowly
Although it’s possible to go cold turkey and stop smoking traditional cigarettes all at one, it would be easier to reduce the amount of cigarettes smoked slowly. Think about how many cigarettes your loved one smokes every day, and encourage him or her to use an electronic cigarette every other time. Then, go down to a 1 cigarette in the morning and 1 at night.
3. Limit Access to Cigarettes
Encourage your loved one to leave the cigarettes at home. Hide the packs, so they aren’t readily available whenever your loved one gets a craving to smoke. Of course, it would be best to get your loved one on board before doing this.
4. Choose Your Flavors
Most people start out with the e-liquids that come in tobacco flavors. There are hundreds of options and mixes that you can make the liquids. Help your loved one choose flavors that he or she would be interested in. Most people find that they enjoy the fruit or dessert flavors or others that they don’t normally consume.
5. Consider Nicotine Strength
If your friend was a heavy smoker, he or she should start out with a higher nicotine strength. Electronic cigarettes come in a variety of nicotine strengths, such as 0%, 0.6%, 1.2%, 1.8%, and 2.4% (0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, 24mg). Heavy smokers may want to try 2.4% to start, but you can get a variety of strengths to determine which one is right for your friend.
6. Experiment With Devices
There are lots of different devices and brands, and your loved one can try several kinds before making a permanent choice. It may take some time to find the right one for you, but you have a variety of options at your disposal.
7. Build a Support Network
Your friend is lucky to have you encouraging and supporting him or her through the switch, but there are other sources that your friend can rely on for help. Recruit other mutual friends, family, or colleagues. Check social media sites or find a local support group to find others that are making the change or have made the change for support and advice.