You want to quit smoking once and for all! Good on you! But for the best chance of succeeding quitting smoking, you need to make sure you have the correct tools and mindset.
25years of research suggests “Less than 5% of cold turkey quit attempts are successful.” This may come as a surprise and a seem like a failed attempt even before you start. The reason the cold-turkey success rate is so low is because cutting yourself off from all access to nicotine immediately will lead to intense nicotine withdrawal symptoms. These can include low heart rate and low blood pressure, nausea, headaches, cravings and an increase in hunger which could lead to weight gain, irritability and short temper, insomnia and fatigue, anxiety and/or depression to name a few.
The longer your body isn’t exposed to cigarettes and its long list of harmful chemicals, the quicker you will notice your health improving. Quitting cigarettes not only helps you save a lot of money, it also reduced your risk of diseases associated with smoking. Also, an added bonus is the people around you won’t be exposed to secondary smoke and ultimately potential illnesses.
Quitting smoking cigarettes usually begins with common cessation products such as nicotine patches or gums, prescription medication and/or hypnotherapy. However, Vaping e-cigarettes should be on that list too, heck, it should be at the beginning of that list. There is growing scientific evidence that indicates ‘Vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking’ and ‘E-cigarettes are 60% more effective in helping smokers quit than nicotine replacement products purchased over the counter, or quitting unaided.’ (The Smoking Toolkit Study)
Professor John Britton, chair of the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians states:
“If all the smokers in Britain stopped smoking cigarettes and started smoking e-cigarettes we would save 5 million deaths in people who are alive today. It’s a massive potential public health prize.”
If we were to break down the effects of not smoking cigarettes and vaping e-cigarettes instead into a timeline, this is what it would look like:
- 24 hours: Your heart begins to repair and your chances of a heart attack steadily decrease. Also, your lungs will start to cleanse themselves of the mucous that builds up when you smoke. This can cause you to develop a chesty cough, but no need to panic. Remember - better out than in!
3 days: By day three you are entering a critical time in your quitting journey. All traces of nicotine will be out of your system and withdrawal symptoms will be at their most intense. This is where most people give in because their cravings become too much to go on, and they fail at their attempt to quit cigarettes for good.
However, if you choose vaping as your quitting method, you can still satisfy your nicotine craving without the deadly chemicals and continue on your quitting journey without failure.
- 3-9 months: As your lung function continues to improve and repair themselves, any wheezing, coughing, and shallow breathing that smoking cigarettes caused will have dramatically reduced, or disappeared entirely.
1-10 years: Your risk of heart disease will have been reduced by at least half and as you continue to not smoke cigarettes, your risk of heart disease can become roughly the same as that of someone who never smoked.
Even if you have switched from smoking to vaping, the vapour in e-cigarettes has not shown risk of damaging your heart cells. Also, even if you’re still vaping, your risk of developing lung cancer risk will be reduced by half of what it was while you were smoking. This is because e-cigarette vapour contains none of the carcinogens found in cigarette smoke.
Do yourself and your loved ones a favour and quit smoking cigarettes. Don’t miss out on life’s beautiful moments because of cigarettes. Quit today and vape e-cigarettes as a sure-fire method to being smoke-free for many healthy years to come.