Vaping

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  1. lillian, quit coach
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    Good Evening,

    Welcome to our new forum dedicated to discussions about quitting vaping. While some successfully quit smoking using vaping and e-cigarette products, for some, eliminating vaping can be challenging. Let us know how you are doing and what questions you have!

    Lillian

  2. joshdavies
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    Hello. I quit smoking with E-cigarettes roughly 3 years ago. Was on E-cigarettes for roughly 2 months. Then quit completely. And then eventually went back to E-cigarettes. It was easier to hide from my spouse and in fact tastes better!!! Lol! But I am now having a real hard time quitting it.

    Josh
  3. sarah, quit coach
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    Hello joshdavies
    Thank you for joining us here on Smokers Helpline Online, and sharing about your quit.
    Firstly, congrats on quitting tobacco! That is a huge accomplishment, and we are glad to hear something that helped you quit.
    Many people find after vaping for a while, they are ready to quit it, too. Much of the strategies and tips used for quitting tobacco can apply to quitting vaping too.
    Can you tell us more, joshdavies, what sort of strategies really helped you quit tobacco?
    Sarah
  4. maclellsc
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    Hi all, 

    I am brand new to the community and am quitting the vape. It has to be dangerous how much I must have done, right? (any concrete data on the effects to lungs?)
    I also have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder this calendar year, and am relatively new to my medication.
    The meds have helped me get a grip on reality again, and prioritize which changes are needed.
    Previous attempts to quit I have faced intrusive thoughts that can take me down in an instant - I can fall into a period of severe depression any minute (been there done that),but it HAS to be worth it.

    Most of all I wanted to share that I am rooting hard for everyone on the same journey!

    Scott

  5. emily, quit coach
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    Hi Scott, 

    Welcome to Smokers' Helpline and congrats on taking steps towards quitting vaping. It's great to have you here with us. 

    While there is still research that needs to be done about the effects of vaping. I can direct you to the Health Canada website to get some reliable information. 

    Have you talked to your health care providers about your plans to quit? They can also be a great resource and support as your making changes. 

    Rooting for you,
    Emily

  6. blkmrx
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    Hiya folks,

    I vape what I think is a lot (approx. 2 carts per day/Stilth) and its not the vaping that's getting to me as much as the price and the way that my partner sees me, the tagline being "...I just don't want you to regret anything when you're older."

    I started smoking at 14-15 (Grade 9), but I was also vehemently opposed to smoking at the time — I did it as a joke at lunch, realized I wasn't a 'very good smoker', and it became this weird rats race to be the coolest smoker out there (the guy who doesn't cough, the mans blessing darts to the squad, all the iconographic figures). 

    I never quit, but switched to vaping in University after all my peers got a Juul. It just hit different, and tasted good (R.I.P Mango Pods). I still have a smoke from time to time, usually while drinking (i.e. once a month). Now I'm on that 2 carts a day regimen, with the less than occasional smoke.

    I tried to quit vaping, but its more addictive (to me) than smoking (20mg Bold 50). I stopped for about a month, was on the nicotine gum (tried patches but I needed the mouth sensation), and found myself picking up a cigarette by the second week. The next week was two, the one after 5 (one a day). When I realized I had to shower before I could see my partner to hide the smoke, I switched back to vaping. 

    I feel confident that I can quit, but it feels impossible to call it quits absolutely. There's a part of me that says "a couple of bogeys a year is realistic, if not at least significantly healthier, but it feels redundant. And so then I try, but end up giving in to that part of me, and feel like its impossible in the moment — not hopeless —  but like trying to get to the moon in 3000 B.C. (just not possible at the time).

    I don't know what else to say, but thanks for holding my digital thoughts in your minds.
    Last modified on 16 Mar 2023 23:05 by blkmrx
  7. karen, quit coach
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    Hi blkmrx,

    Thank you for sharing your story. Sounds like you are committed to making some changes with your vaping and smoking. 

    Nicotine is a powerful, addictive drug that enters the brain with each puff on a cigarette. It briefly boosts your mood, making you feel calm and more alert. But over time, your energy level and mood can drop, causing you to crave a cigarette or vape for another boost. The more you smoke or vape, the more nicotine you need, which then leads to more smoking/vaping.

    The good news is that you can beat the addiction and win. Many have found success with quit lines, nicotine replacement therapies and other support. (You had success with a quit before, so you know you can do it) Having a quit plan can help you succeed by planning around cravings and/or withdrawals. For more information or support, consider connecting with a quit coach by calling the National Quit Line: 1-866-366-3667.
  8. jeyan
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    ":Nicotine is a powerful, addictive drug that enters the brain with each puff on a cigarette."

    These words are true. I see a lots of people out there who look hypered  up and like drug addicts out there smoking these vapes. folks humans are calm and happy by nature.  just observe these nicotine addicts and they look hyper, have no patience, complain about things all the time, and are pure angry birds.  
  9. karen, quit coach
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    Hi jeyan,

    It is a common belief that nicotine helps you to relax, but as you have witnessed, nicotine can actually increase anxiety and tension in a lot of people. Those who have quit report lower levels of anxiety, stress and depression and note that quality of life and positive mood does greatly improve!

    Karen, quit coach
  10. chartippybum
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    I quit vaping by chewing nicotine gum, but now I find myself not able to quit chewing nicotine gum. 
    It's tingly and relaxing to chew the gum but it gets expensive to buy it all the time

    I am trying to quit as of Feb 28 because I will chew too much gum and get a headache, or feel sick 
    I dont know why I want to torture myself. 

    I hoping to make a quit plan. I am going to clean out my car and get rid of packs of gum 

    It's much better to be healthy and happy without nicotine 


  11. buchko
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    Hello… knock knock anybody out there? 
    I’ve been vaping for years. I’d say 5-8. Used it to quit smoking and now I can’t put the thing down…. We can all relate to the panic when we can’t find it. “Where’s my vape”! I’m getting older and more concerned for my overall health and brain. Trying to do this for future me. Not sure where to start. I bought one of those breathing necklaces but it sure doesn’t taste as good. Any insights on how you quit is helpful! 
  12. emery
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    I just threw out what probably won’t be my last vape. I probably smoked off and on for the past 2 years and I’m worried that I’ll go back to smoking. I’m in third year of university and live in a house with my friends whom some of them vape. They don’t seem to think it’s a problem but I know it is. I only threw it out now because I could feel myself becoming demotivated and less energetic than I was when I started. I used to be a competitive swimmer and then covid hit and lost all motivation. Started smoking weed to help with anxiety and depression and then I bought my first vape when I was 19. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started but I feel like shit. I’ve tried to quit before but I felt myself putting pressure on myself to vape to fit in (I know that sounds cliche but it’s true). 

    All that aside, I’ve decided to quit permanently and I mean for good this time. I’m willing to do what ever it takes and I think the best decision for me is group counseling like aa but I can’t find any in Guelph Ontario. If there’s anything people can recommend, let me know. Thanks
  13. sarah, quit coach
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    Hello buchko & emery - Welcome to the Smokers Helpline forum, and specifically the 'vaping' thread where both of you stated your intentions to quit. What a big step, and we are glad you are here.

    As you go along in your journey we hope you will continue to check in to let us know how you are doing. Have either of you tried to make change with it recently/in the past and found a strategy that works well?

    This is a shorter thread than the others but we would encourage you to read some of the other posts - even though they are usually about cigarettes, there are alot of similarities in their quit plans.

    Finally, if you are looking for other local supports in your area, please consider checking out www.quitmap.ca where you can do a search by your postal code

     Take care and thank you again for sharing,
    Sarah
  14. cantstop
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    I first started vaping at the summer of grade 8 going into grade 9, so I was around 13. I started vaping because I saw this girl try it and my dad is a smoker so I wanted to see what vaping would be like, so I went and got one. I got addicted after 2-3 different disposables and then got a stlth and got pods. I've been vaping everyday ever since and everytime I run out of pods or a dispo my head starts hurting extremely, i get super moody and i just become a different person. I want to quit, but a lot of people around me do it and Im so used to that hand to mouth motion. I can't even go more than 15 minutes without having extremely bad withdrawals and i want to quit but i don't know how.. help please

    Maya
  15. emily, quit coach
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    Hi Maya, 

    Welcome to Smokers' Helpline Online! It's great to have you here with us and it's a big step in your quitting journey. I think you'll find a lot of helpful tips and support here. 

    I can appreciate how challenging the withdrawals can be when first going vape free, but I can also hear how badly you want to quit. The good news is that the withdrawals don't last forever. For most people they notice a big improvement within the first 2-4 weeks. 

    For support with setting up a quit plan, please consider connecting with a quit coach. We have a lot of different options on how to do that. You can reach out to us on our live chat or text to chat during our business hours. You can also call the National Quit Line at 1 866 366 3667.

    Emily
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