Started vaping yet? As we navigate through Stoptober - whether you’ve started the big quit or are yet to commence your quest to enjoy a smoke-free life, it can be useful to remind ourselves of the rewards that lie in wait.
Let’s take a look at the very tangible benefits yourself, your body and your loved ones will experience when you quit smoking, and why you should start vaping today to set you on the way to live a smoke-free life.
Why You Should Stop Smoking Today
It might not come as a surprise, but smoking cigarettes is bad for you. In fact, smoking anything via the process of burning something that you subsequently inhale is never going to be deemed as a good idea, is it?
Every single time someone lights a cigarette; carbon monoxide, tar and tens of thousands of carcinogenic materials are released into a smoker's lungs and bloodstream. The serious health risks that smokers subject themselves to every time they smoke include numerous fatal consequences. Accounting for 16% of adult fatalities, smoking-related diseases include cancer of the lung, mouth, throat and nose, as well as risks of heart disease, stroke and pulmonary disease.
You may notice that when a cigarette is smoked only a small fraction of the smoke released is inhaled by the smoker. The surplus smoke containing all the aforementioned nasties then spread from your personal space, subsequently affecting those close to you. Even after you finished a cigarette, you'll still be exhaling carcinogenic smoke from your lungs for the next 10-15 minutes. This means exposing those closest to you to the harmful health risks from your excess smoke.
How Your Body Will Benefit When You Quit Smoking
Now that we've been successfully frightened into submission by the dangers and risks posed to you and your loved ones every time you smoke, let's take a look at the benefits that await the brave and the bold. The body is a remarkable bit of kit when it comes down to it. With time, patience and persistence, the body will recuperate and the results will be tangible. Let's take a look at a brief timeline of events and how your body reacts to a newly found smoke-free form:
- The first day without a cigarette will potentially be the toughest challenge, but it will get better.
- Following that on day two, the remaining carbon monoxide from your last cigarettes will begin to leave the body. Your lungs say thank you, beginning to clear out all that nasty mucus and tar left inside.
- On the third day, you'll notice that breathing has become easier and that your general energy levels are on the up.
- Between three and nine months, any coughing or wheezing that you may have been experiencing will improve as your lung function increases by 10%.
- A year has passed, congratulations! Risk of heart attack will reduce to 50% compared to when you were a smoker.
Over time you will begin to see even more fantastic changes to your health. By year five, the risk of diabetes that can develop as a long-term smoker is now the same as a non-smoker.
From that period up to ten years without a cigarette, the chances of suffering a stroke are now the same as a non-smoker. Ten years have now passed and the risk of death from lung cancer has halved! Finally with 15 years under your belt, the risk of a heart attack is now the same as someone who has never smoked. Keep fighting that battle.
It's important to note that the option of going ‘Cold Turkey' should be avoided. The stress, anxiety and pressure that nicotine withdrawal puts on the body are simply not worth the potential pain and anguish. By choosing to vape, you can significantly reduce the harm that cigarette smoke has on the body and slowly wean yourself off nicotine altogether.
Vaping Found to be up to 95% Less Harmful Than Smoking
Did you know that vaping e-liquid via an e-cigarette or vape pen provides a far less harmful alternative to smoking? In 2015, Public Health England (PHE) published independent evidence that showed vaping nicotine-based e-liquid with an e-cig was an incredible 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco. The same research also stated that smokers who switch to vaping have the potential to become smoke-free. This latter statement has more recently been supported by research conducted by Queen Mary University London, who found e-cigs to be up to twice as effective as other treatments such as gums and patches.
Best E-Cig for Switching from Smoking to Vaping
The prospect of quitting smoking means that having a device that is fuss-free, easy to use and satisfies your need for nicotine is a must. Luckily for you, there is a range of excellent e-cigarettes and vape pens that will provide you with an easy route into vaping.
The definitive e-cig, this starter pack comes with all you need including a standard rechargeable e-cig battery, USB charger and your choice of e-liquid cartridge samplers. Choose from tobacco, menthol, sweet or fruity and find your favourite flavour. Simply screw the cartridge onto the end of a fully charged battery and vape away – it’s that easy.
Vapour2 EX Series Starter Pack
If you’re looking for a sleek and discreet device that delivers a satisfying vapour hit, then the Vapour2 EX Series is the choice to make. With a battery capacity and puff that's double Vapour2's standard battery, you'll experience intense flavours for longer.
Vaping to Live a Smoke-Free and Nicotine-Free Life
While the immediate benefit of making the successful switch from smoking to vaping is becoming smoke-free, the next phase of your vaping journey will be a similar journey to remove nicotine. The e-liquid that you use together with your e-cig or vaporizer contains a concentration of nicotine, flavourings, the approved liquids PG (propylene glycol) and/or VG (vegetable glycerin).
As just mentioned, the nicotine found in e-juice is available in several strengths:
- 0% and nicotine-free
When you start vaping, in addition to finding a flavoured e-juice that suits your palate, the satisfaction of your vape is paramount to your experience. By this we mean, has your vape satisfied and curbed the craving for a cigarette? Matching your current smoking habits by choosing an e-liquid with the right nicotine strength will go a long way in helping you resist any temptation for cigarettes. For those who smoke rolling tobacco or strong cigarettes, vaping higher strength e-juice of 1.8% should be a suitable substitute, while medium-strength cigarette smokers should opt for 1.2%, and so on.
Once you’ve found a suitable starting point, from then on you can gradually reduce the amount of nicotine that is found in your e-liquid until you reach the number one goal of being either partially or completely nicotine-free.