From smoke to vape: How to quit vaping

Many people consider vaping a safer alternative to smoking. While it eliminates many harmful chemicals found in traditional cigarettes, vaping still poses significant health risks and can be equally addictive. Additionally, we don’t have all the information. In days gone by, people considered smoking good for your health! If you want to break free from the grasp of vaping, understanding the journey from smoking to vaping, and then quitting, is crucial.


The rise of vaping

In 2003, Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik developed the first e-cigarette as a cessation tool for smokers. Providing a way to satisfy nicotine cravings without the tar and many toxins found in cigarettes. However, their sleek design, variety of flavours, and perceived lower risk make them particularly appealing to younger generations, leading to a significant increase in usage.

Despite the marketing of e-cigarettes as a safer option, vaping is not without risks. Research shows that e-cigarettes contain harmful substances, including nicotine, which is highly addictive and can have adverse effects on brain development in young adults. Moreover, the aerosol produced by vaping can contain harmful chemicals linked to lung disease and other health problems.

Understanding the addiction

It isn’t just the nicotine that makes a smoker need to smoke. The habitual nature of smoking makes it as addictive as anything else, due to the strong behavioural and psychological components. The repetitive hand-to-mouth action, the ritual of lighting up, and the social contexts in which smoking often occurs create deeply ingrained habits that reinforce the addiction. These behaviours become automatic responses to certain triggers, such as stress, social gatherings, or even routine breaks during the day. Vaping contains all the same behavioural aspects as smoking a cigarette. This habitual aspect makes vaping a deeply entrenched behaviour that is as challenging to overcome as smoking cigarettes.

Traditional methods of quitting

There are various methods designed to help you quit vaping, many of which mirror traditional smoking cessation techniques. Nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs), such as patches, gum, and lozenges, can help reduce withdrawal symptoms by providing a controlled dose of nicotine. Some people use prescription medications to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

However, behavioural therapies, including counselling, hypnotherapy, and support groups, play a crucial role in addressing the psychological aspects of addiction. Therapy will help you identify and change the thoughts and behaviours associated with your vaping habit.

Hypnotherapy to quit vaping

Hypnotherapy is long associated with smoking cessation and is a promising treatment if you want to quit vaping. This therapeutic technique involves using therapy to explore the habit and suggestions to reframe your thoughts and associations related to vaping, making it easier to break the habit.

How hypnotherapy works

During a hypnotherapy session, your therapist will lead you into a state of hypnosis. This may feel like daydreaming where your focus is internal. Once in this state, your therapist will introduce suggestions designed to alter your perceptions and attitudes toward vaping. For example, your therapist might suggest that vaping tastes unpleasant or that you feel a strong aversion to the habit.

The idea is that by changing your associations with vaping, you will experience reduced cravings and greater motivation to quit. Hypnotherapy can also help address underlying issues that contribute to vaping, such as stress or anxiety.

Effectiveness of hypnotherapy

Much like we need more research to establish the health implications of vaping, we need more research to establish the definitive effectiveness of hypnotherapy for vaping cessation. However, as hypnotherapy helps many people quit smoking, it’s likely to help people quit vaping in the same way.

Individuals who previously tried other methods without success may find hypnotherapy a valuable option. It is particularly appealing to those looking for a holistic approach that does not involve medication or nicotine replacement.

Taking the first step

Quitting vaping is a lifestyle change that you will notice. With the right support and resources, it feels liberating. It is essential to find a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist. Combining hypnotherapy with other cessation strategies, such as support groups, can increase the likelihood of success.

The journey from smoking to vaping and then to quitting is a testament to the resilience and determination you commit to improving your health. By exploring various cessation methods and finding what works best for you, you can break free from the cycle of addiction and embrace a healthier, vape-free life.

Quitting vaping may be tough, but it is worth the effort. Hypnotherapy offers a promising avenue, providing a unique approach to overcoming addiction. With the right support and a comprehensive cessation plan, anyone can transition from smoking to vaping to freedom from nicotine.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Farnham, Surrey, GU9
Written by Juliet Hollingsworth, MSc
Farnham, Surrey, GU9

Juliet is a trauma-informed therapist. Her passion is helping people reach their potential through a combination of hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and transpersonal psychology.

Juliet works online and face-to-face with clients across the world. (DHP Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy. MSc Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal psychology.)

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