Struggling to quit smoking? However long you may have been addicted to tobacco, it’s likely that those you surround yourself with, your contemporaries and peers, may also be of the same persuasion. However are you supposed to stop when you’re so embedded in a fraternity of fellow smokers, beckoning you to join them every time they pop out for a ‘quick one’. If you don’t have them in your life already, the harsh reality is that you may have to go and find yourself some new friends as new research now shows that smokers are 20% more likely to try and ditch the cigarettes and switch to e cigarettes if they have friends that vape.
Funded by Cancer Research UK and published in the BMC Medical Journal , the study set out to discover if smokers were more or less motivated to quit smoking if they were exposed to e cigarettes, concluding that indeed smokers who are exposed to vaping are highly motivated to quit smoking or have made a recent attempt to quit smoking.
Switching to E Cigarettes
With an estimated 3.2 million vapers in the UK, the study funded by Cancer Research UK was initially meeting concerns that the surge in popularity of e cigarettes were renormalizing attitudes to smoking. Alas, the opposite is true, and the conclusions that smokers who have friends that vape are 20% more likely to attempt to quit smoking only go to reinforce the positive influence that vaping can have on smokers’ lives.
In 2015 Public Health England declared e cigarettes to be up to 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco and that vaping has the potential to help smokers quit and become smoke-free. E liquids are available in a number of nicotine strengths, which means that in time you’ll be able to reduce your levels to become both smoke and nicotine free. More affordable than cigarettes in the long run, by switching to e cigarettes you’ll potentially be saving both your money and your life. Win, win.
Surround Yourself with Positive People
There’s no getting away from the turmoil and turbulence that can be faced when you’re trying to quit smoking. Surround yourself with positive people and try to meet likeminded vapers to share your journey with.
If you’re part of a staunchly dedicated group of smokers, you may well have to go and make some new friends. Perhaps at work, there’s a pocket of vapers that you can join?
If you’re trying to stop smoking, a healthy new you may be on your mind. If this is the case then try to surround yourself with others who lead altogether healthier lifestyles and try to emulate their smoke-free ways – put your new life into practice.
F.A.O. Vapers with Friends Who Smoke
Already vaping? You may well know some smokers who are in need of your assistance. Be a positive influence to others and help spread the word on e cigarettes and the potential these devices have to help smokers quit. Use your own experiences to debunk myths and objections, and shine a light on the real benefits that vaping has had on your life.