Avoiding smoking triggers
Ask yourself this question: Why do you want to be a vaper and not a smoker?
Is it for health reasons, finances, fed up of standing in the rain to light up, don’t want to smell like an ashtray? Write down all the reasons you want to make the switch, and if you ever crave a cigarette reach for your e-cig and then look back at that list.
It can help if you identify your craving triggers. Is it when you wake up and have your first coffee? After eating? When you are driving? Once you have identified when you are most likely to want to smoke you can start to head the cravings off before they start.
Make sure you won’t run out of e-liquid, your battery is charged and you have your e-cig with you. If you are craving simply reach for your e-cig instead of lighting a cigarette.
As ex-smokers we have to battle against ‘euphoric recall’ and for some this never goes away. It’s the warm fuzzy feeling when you think back to that first cig of the day, but it is a false memory, because we know smoking is bad for us. We are addicted to the habit.
How can you avoid these ‘triggers’?
E-cigs cover a bigger proportion of them than anything else known of.
Electronic cigarettes seem to help people avoid cravings as they address so many of a smoker’s habits, behaviours and sensations:
- Hand to mouth action – The movement of vaping is the same as smoking. You lift something to your lips and back again. This hand to mouth action is a habit that can be hard to break and ex-smokers can struggle to keep their hands busy.
- The sensation of inhaling – Smokers inhale smoke from a cigarette, vapers inhale vapour from an e-cig. This action is not missed as it doesn’t go away, you are inhaling something that feels similar to smoking.
- The release of exhaling – Exhaling that plume of smoke and feeling the release that comes with it is something smokers who go cold turkey struggle with. Vaping gives you a cloud of vapour and the feeling of exhaling.
- Nicotine delivery – Vaping is a cleaner alternative to get the nicotine your body is craving. As discussed earlier the nicotine delivery is slightly slower than a regular cigarette but the satiated feeling lasts longer.
- Throat hit – This is difficult to describe to a non-smoker, but as a smoker you will probably understand. Vaping gives you a sensory response in the throat like the one you are used to from a cigarette. That warmth / tingling / tightness that you feel in your throat and chest as you inhale.