Tips for Making the Switch & Sticking With It!

If you’re like me, than quitting tobacco is one of the easiest and hardest decisions you can make. Smoking was killing me, so the easy decision was to stop doing it. However, I liked smoking. I enjoyed the feeling. The nicotine was relaxing it gave me a social time during my breaks at work. It gave me something to do when I was bored, something to focus on when I was stressed, and had been part of my life for so long most of the time that I didn’t even think about it. All of these things made the seemingly easy decision and action of quitting a much more difficult venture. Advent of the electronic cigarette A year ago I started looking into e-cigarettes. Specifically, I saw a Blu pack at my corner drug store and thought, “Great. Looks like a cigarette, feels like a really heavy cigarette, but doesn’t have the carcinogens. I’ll just pick that up instead of my pack of smokes and be on my way.” Yet, even though some of the aspects of smoking were present, I was still craving my smokes. I battled and eventually lost after a few weeks. I figured it was a nice thought, but not something for me. More power to those it works for, but I’m going to keep on not liking that I am sucking cancer into my lungs but wanting it to much to stop. Then, a few months ago I discovered vaping. Not using the cigalike that I found at the corner store, but true vaping. The difference for me is everything. The hardware is different, there are different choices of nicotine and flavor, and you can tailor the way the inhale feels by adjusting the propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine hit. All of these things help me to get that feeling that I received from smoking. The key was finding the right fit for me, and understanding how vaping really works. So, for all of you out there who are experiencing their own journey in the battle between liking smoking and trying to quit something deadly, allow me to share a few tips.

  1. Don’t Expect it to be like Smoking –
    1. *Flavor – No e-juice is going to taste exactly like the smokes you’re used to. Even with the best tobacco or menthol flavored e-juices, the flavor of a cigarette is from combustion, that is not replicable in a vapor. My suggestion, think of a flavor you normally associate with smoking. For instance, if you always smoke with your morning coffee, try getting a coffee flavor vapor to start. That will help with the psychological connection relating the taste to smoking.
    2. *The “feeling” after having a cigarette is the nicotine levels in your bloodstream. When you vape it takes longer for your body to absorb and process the nicotine, so if you just take a few puffs like you would with a cigarette, you will not get the satisfaction. You do need to vape longer to achieve the physical reaction to the nicotine.
    3. *Even the cigalikes are heavier than a cigarette and feel different when you inhale. The feeling of vapor being pulled into your lungs is ultimately going to be different than tobacco. However, there are different hardware versions and juice mixes you can get that come closer to replicating that feeling than others.
  2. Inform yourself before spending your money –
    1. *There are several different types of e-cigarettes, and each one has different pro’s and con’s. Research, ask questions, and make sure you are getting the hardware that will actually work for what you want before you buy.
    2. *Finding the “sweet spot” in your nicotine level for your juice. There are general guidelines based on how much you smoke that will help you find a good starting spot. However, if you find you’re vaping longer than you would smoke, but still craving an analog, your nicotine level may be too low. On the other side; if you are vaping and feeling nauseated, then you may have a nicotine level that is too high. Start with small amounts of juice to find your nicotine “sweet spot” before you invest in a large amount of e-juice.
  3. Understand that there is a psychological addiction –
    1. *If you smoke a cigarette, vape right after. This will help you associate vaping with that feeling that comes with smoking while you work on cutting out the analogs.
    2. *Understand which juices have a stronger “throat hit” closer resembling that of an analog and use those when the vaping isn’t completely cutting through the craving.
    3. *When you really crave an analog, go to the place you that used to be your smoking area and vape there. For me, when life got more stressful I would sit on my back patio to smoke while reading. Now, if I feel that pull from the stress, I sit on the back patio with my book and vape.

Keep in mind, there will always be questions. If something isn’t working for you, ask someone who has been successful in the transition. If you don’t know someone who has made the transition, look online. There are forums, blogs, and websites (I would suggest our website of course) that are bursting with information and answers. With the sheer number of people that have gone through this transition, the chances are, someone has experienced the same question or concern you are facing, and they may have an answer for you.

The bottom line: you have to want to quit. I know we’ve all heard this hundreds of times, but that doesn’t make it untrue. Vaping makes the journey easier by far, but if you don’t want to make the journey, you won’t. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer. Each person’s vaping journey is going to be unique, just like the person. There will be general ideas of what most often helps, but the only way to be able to truly make the transition is to find the hardware, juice, and nic level that works for you. Remember, just because one juice or piece of hardware may not work for you, that doesn’t mean vaping won’t work for you. One thing I can say for certain, you are not alone in your journey. Vape on!

Written by: Michelle Harnden

Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

  • Dandelion68 says:

    I realize this is an older article, but I am just now reading it. I am looking for any information to guide me in my attempt to quit smoking once and for all and switch to vaping….again, once and for all!! I am just struggling so much with the switch.

    I DO want to quit smoking very badly. I hate the smell, I hate how I smell after smoking, I am tired of the wasted money, etc, etc. However, I love the feel of a smoke first thing in the morning or first thing after I eat. Anything after that, I feel, is a waste, but I tend to chain-smoke one after the other stupidly, blindly, unaware of what I am doing day after day – for about 30 yrs now. I hate being addicted to the analogs!! Now I finally have some good equipment, some decent juice, but I still have strong cravings for smokes. I hate it, did I mention that?

    I have tried typing up and posting affirmations for quitting all around the house, but I quickly started ignoring those. I typed up a long, long list of reasons I wanted to quit and everything I hate about smoking, to no avail. My hsb even nags me to no end to quit smoking, at least in the house, but it is on to deaf ears. He quit about 15 years ago cold turkey with no problems, but then again he wasnt really a die hard smoker. He still smokes other stuff but gives me a hard time for my habit. I have tried many times to at least quit smoking in the house, but it is such a strong habit of sitting at my desk working away and having a smoke whenever I want. I just cannot break the habit. So, if I cannot even quit smoking in the house, how am I ever going to quit smoking period?

    Someone have any advice for me? I am desperate to talk to other people who made the switch successfully and learn tips and tricks from them, so I am reading articles here and there that give advice, and that is helping somewhat. What is it going to take to quit? I have had a number of people in my life, co-workers and family members, who were dx’d with lung cancer and have died fairly quickly from it. One would think that would phase me, but apparently it does not. I so desperately want to be a non smoker. I want to smell clean, I dont want to have dragon breath anymore, I want to be free of the nasties so desperately I will do anything!!

    So, what is my deal people???? Help!! SOS!! 911!!!

    (thank you for whoever reads this and replies to me)

  • Dandelion68 says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention a few things. I am presently using 22mg nicotine and 100% VG because using the mixture between VG and PG made me gag and cough real hard. Some people tell me I dont need anything higher than 6 and others say since I was a chain smoker of ultra light 100’s, that I need a higher mg of nicotine.

    Any advice regarding this is much appreciated!! thanks!!

    • John Swanke says:

      Quitting smoking is no easy feat. I applaud your efforts and wish you the best of luck as you continue on your journey of vaping. The first three days will be the hardest, at least they were for me. You just have to really be diligent and push yourself to make it over that first hump. Once you can get a few days completely cigarette free the cravings will begin to subside. Get a craving for a smoke? Vape. That’s why you have it. Keep it with you and take a puff anytime you feel like having a cigarette. I promise you everyday will be easier than the last. You can vape at your desk while you work or around the home and don’t have to worry about the smell or the ash. You can get your nicotine fix without worrying about stinking up the house. Trust me, the first day you come home to a non-smokey home you will feel so good! Find some flavors that you enjoy and make sure you have a good supply on hand. Get some extra coils, backup mod whatever you need to keep vaping. You don’t want to run out of juice or have any reason to return to cigarettes. The biggest thing is staying motivated and to keep positive thoughts. There’s a wealth of information online about vaping and many people in the community are willing to help new vapers. Visit a local vape shop, ask around for advice. You can join one of the many vaping forums online too. There’s so many great people in this community willing to help others. You can always ask us for tips and advice too. We’re here to help!

  • Nancy says:

    I started vaping to quit smoking in Feb.2012. There are 2 things that I tell people when they asked why/how it worked for me. First thing, get a flavor you REALLY like AND STICK TO IT — ONE flavor. Pick one that closest matches what you typically smoke. Vaping fruity or candy flavored liquids doesn’t compare to that CIG you love so much. Again, start with ONE flavor.
    Second, you need a GOOD vape. And especially a GOOD adjustable battery. This way you can adjust your throat hit.
    If you smoke a lot, get a mid to high nicotine level. Try it and adjust accordingly to satisfy your craving.
    If you truly want it bad enough, you CAN do it!
    Again, ONE flavor closest to your CIG and a good vape and battery! If you get a small battery, I would suggest getting two, so you won’t go without if you wear the battery down. From experience, that sucks! LOL!
    Good luck!!

    • John Swanke says:

      I agree with just about everything you’re saying here except for the ONE flavor part, and it being close to your preferred cigarette. One of the best parts of vaping is that it is so much different from smoking. There aren’t many flavors out there that truly compare to cigarettes. A huge part of this being due to the fact that with vaping there is no combustion. There are a lot of great tobacco flavors out there, but one of the biggest appeals of vaping to me personally was that I could get my nicotine and have it in an array of fruity and delicious flavors. There’s so many options and choices out there and I truly believe it’s in every vaper’s best interest to experiment with as many flavors as they can and find what you like best.

    • Renee says:

      My BF is vaping to quit a 1-1/2 pack a day habit. The guy he spoke with at the vape shop had interesting advice – he said to get a sweet flavor – NOT something similar to actual tobacco. He said that then, after using a sweet flavor, actual smoke would taste MUCH WORSE in comparison. So it would be harder to go back to real cigs after vaping. It’s almost inevitable to want to smoke a real cig but at least if it tastes bad and is unpleasant that should limit “cheating”. It’s only been a couple days for my BF but I don’t think he’s had a regular cig yet…

      • Josh Hanna says:

        That is awesome to hear! Any flavor, besides tobacco, will make cigarettes taste bad. I used to smoke and started vaping and a few months ago I tried a cigarette, took one hit and put it out. The taste was so bad. Tell him to keep it up and Vape On!

  • Darin says:

    I have been smoking for 30 years. I started vaping last year and halved my cigarette habit. I went from around a pack and a half a day to around 3/4 of a pack a day. Then I cut THAT in half to around 7 or 8 a day. While I still smoke traditional cigs and vape, I found it very easy to cut down. So my plan is to cut that in half in a month or so and the rest should be easy. My point is, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Find a system that works for you and stick to it. Experiment a little and you will find something that works. Never give up trying to quit smoking.

  • tom says:

    I successfully quit 2 years ago with blubacco 70 pg/30 vg 18 mg but then Mt Baker stopped making it.Its a real bummer when you get used to a great flavor & then they stop making it.Wish they would make it again along with the vanilla tobacco at 70/30 pg/vg & I would start buying again.

    • Corey Gefroh says:

      Thank you for voicing your frustrations. We are also sad to see many of our favorite flavors go away. With the incredibly large variety of e-liquid we offered, it is not financially feasible to apply for the plethora of PMTAs we may soon be required to file due to FDA regulations. (FD&C Act Section 905(a)(2)) By some estimates, the cost for us to submit the PMTA of all of our flavors would be upwards of 1.5 million dollars. Because of this, we have narrowed our e-liquid down to our top-selling flavors. See how else your rights to vape freely are being limited: http://www.r2bsmokefree.org

      • Tom Benson says:

        Central Vapors in Texas makes blubacco any nic level and pg/vg ratio.I am sure they did not pay 1.5 million dollars to do this.Any way I still do buy stuff off you too.Thanks.

    • Kenneth Nicklowicz says:

      GOto myfreedom smokes and start making your own like i did. Quite easy. buy the unflavored nic, a bunch of flavors and learn how to make your own. At first its a P.I.T.A and may come out horrible, but once you get good at testing and making what works for you, you’ll have the perfect recipe and no one can stop producing it 🙂

      • Tom Benson says:

        I use 18 mg 60 pg/40 vg & prefer avoiding the PITA.Thanks anyway for the reply.I go to Central Vapors in Texas & they make it any way u want it.

  • Donna says:

    I took chantix to quit and then started vaping. I stop taking the chantix because it caused me to have dry mouth and not sleep good. I did not have a cigarette for three weeks and then my vapes got to where I was burning coils like every three days. Now I went bought 3 different vapes and different flavor juices but I did cheat and in just the last two days have smoked like maybe half a pack of smokes. My problem is I still crave them but I was a very heavy smoker and I need to know what mg of nicotine to get? I tried none and went and got 3mg but that isn’t working. Can anyone help I honestly want to be smoke free! People around me smoke but not in my home and I hate the way it smells but seem to still have the craving dumb I know! Any advice? I don’t do the wattage and any vape that you have to adjust and such is above my head so I just have a regular vape and two extra pens that last 11 hours and they all work well but still burning through a lot of coils.

    • Carla says:

      Hey Donna. I am going to suggest that you up your nicotine level in your juice because you were a heavy smoker as was I. Try a 18mg to start and vape all day if you need to then slowly cut back on your nicotine level. 18, 16, 12 etc but don’t do it too fast maybe every 6 weeks if you haven’t smoked. Hope that helps and good luck.

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