January is a strange time of year. Christmas is well and truly over, as you think back to a couple of weeks ago when you were sat on your sofa surrounded by empty Quality Street wrappers watching Elf. Suddenly the days are back to having boring names like Monday instead of New Year’s Eve and other promising monikers. Worst of all, the New Year’s Resolutions are here and everyone has got one. Brenda has promised never to touch a “choccy biccie” again, while you’re secretly wishing she’d sworn off calling them “choccy biccies” because she’s 42 years old for crying out loud. Lisa has gone vegan despite the fact the greenest thing she consumed over Christmas was a Midori sour. Bob from next door is taking up cycling because he got all the gear for Christmas, so you’re greeted by a mid-life crisis clad in lycra every time you open the door. And this festival of horrors is made worse by your resolution. Because you’ve given up smoking.
Going Cold Turkey this January?
If this describes you, first of all, well done. You have taken a brave step, and speaking from experience I can promise it will be worth it. Of all the ways you can quit, cold turkey is certainly the hardest. Putting aside the nicotine for a moment (which is sort of the idea), you don’t realise how much of your daily routine is geared to smoking until you quit. You may be one of these people that go out for the first cig of the day , coffee in hand ready to face the day. Perhaps you hit the smoking area at work several times at work for all the latest gossip. Can you really live without knowing what Joyce from accounting thought of her 17-year-old son’s decision to get a “Live Fast Die Young” face tattoo? Aside from the cravings, smokers find themselves at a loose end due to a lot of their current routine revolving around smoking.
If you have gone cold turkey as a resolution, mid-January can be a tricky period to overcome. This is where e-cigs can help. Not only can vaping help you avoid tobacco while still satisfying your nicotine craving, it can also soothe the uneasiness you feel at your peripheral habits being taken away. Trust me when I say a vape and a cup of coffee first thing in the morning is even better without the breathlessness and coughing. You won’t be left out of the smoking area chats at work, or putting the world to rights outside the pub. You’ll satisfy the social habits you have formed while still following through on your pledge to quit.
Advice for new vapers
Totally Wicked offers in-depth advice on adjusting to vaping, with clear explanations on how to implement the change into your own life. You can find out all you need to know either on this website, or by coming to the store and speaking to our staff. For now I’d like to highlight their advice for avoiding smoking triggers.
Hand to mouth action
Similar to the social side, something we may not expect to miss from smoking is the habit of lifting something to our lips and back again. The need to “keep your hands busy” is commonly mentioned by those who have quit. Vaping replicates the same physical action you previously took with cigarettes.
Quitting on patches or gum does not replace the feeling of inhaling that our bodies have become used to. Vaping keeps this action, and satisfy that physical craving.
Similar to the above, but important for that relaxed feeling smoking may have given you. You have become used to taking deep rhythmic breathes, albeit toxic ones. With vaping you lose that toxicity, but retain the relaxing deep breathing you have become used to.
At the core of our addiction to smoking is nicotine, which vaping obviously provides. In time you may even find yourself reducing your nicotine intake and moving onto juices that contain less than a cigarette.
An underrated element of the experience, smokers and ex-smokers know it when they feel it. Vaping gives you the sensory response you recognise from smoking with none of the coughing.
So if you’re feeling the post-Christmas pinch on your no smoking journey, consider taking up vaping. E-cigs replace a number of the elements of smoking, not just the nicotine. You’ll find quitting is not so much of a wrench when you have nothing to sacrifice either socially or through habitual physical actions and feelings. From all of us here at Totally Wicked, we hope 2020 is a great year and we wish you the best of luck on your journey to stop smoking.