If you smoke you probably at some point decided:
Time to quit this harmful habit.
And then the following (or similar) scenario unfolds…
You do your research and find ways on how to quit smoking.
With full optimism you take the jump, buy an electronic cigarette or get an expensive laser therapy…
And the first few days seem to go well!
Yes, the thought of lighting one up does cross your mind…
But it’s easily pushed aside.
This is easier than I thought.
After the first week…
You see your friends and colleagues lighting a cigarette up…one after the other…
It starts itching, it starts to look very tempting…
Why can they have their relief and am I being so hard on myself?
Just one cigarette, it can’t hurt…it’s only one…
You cave in, light one up and then…
Your deadly decision starts snowballing…and you go from 1 cigarette to a few more…
And before you know it, you’re back into your deadly habit.
If this sounds like anything familiar or something you fear will happen when you start this journey of breaking your smoking habit…
You’ve come to the right place.
In today’s post, you’re going to learn the best and most proven ways to quit smoking…
So you can give your airways their much needed break, help them heal and live a healthy, positive and energetic life again.
Let’s get to it, first up…
The Greatly Sought-After Magic Pill to Quit Smoking
Looking online, searching for methods to quit smoking, you’ll quickly find several methods which claim to do all the work for you.
Just take this pill, use this gum, get this therapy and you’ll be able to quit smoking effortlessly.
Is there such a magic pill that makes you quit smoking?
Short answer: no.
Anyone that believes that a multiple-year old habit which habituated on a daily basis and is fully entrenched in your brain, is easily broken in a matter of days or weeks with some magic product is highly delusional.
Sorry, today’s post won’t be comforting, acting like a warm blanket covering you on a cold winter night…telling you that all will be well, if you mindlessly use this or that product.
I want you to know the truth:
Quitting ANY longtime habit which habituated on a daily basis is going to take a serious amount of effort from you or such a strong mind-shift that you literally see no other option (like quit or die because of acute heart attack risks).
It gets better:
There are methods, or better yet: a combination of methods, which are more proven than others and that will ease your journey greatly.
Plus, quitting smoking can be one of the most rewarding journey’s you’ll ever take:
Every single day without smoking will give a massive boost to your confidence and self-esteem.
Self-control indeed is one of the best ways to boost your confidence, self-esteem and success in all the other areas in your life.
Now, let’s get to the first step and really understand the…
The Psychology Behind Quitting ANY Habit
If you’re serious about giving up smoking…
You’re going to have to take a multi-disciplinary approach…
…and this includes really understanding the psychology of breaking any habit.
A longtime habit like smoking is entrenched in your neural pathways.
If you repeat a particular behavior, over and over again, it literally becomes part of your biology.
So, the first psychological realization your journey of quitting smoking is going to rest upon is:
1. It’s going to take a serious amount of conscious effort for a certain amount of time to quit any habit.
Because you literally are going to rewire your brain, and going to go against your biology.
The quicker you come to terms with this, the more successful you’ll be.
This struggle will be highly personal…
It may or may not be a daily struggle for you, but at least mentally prepare for it.
The second psychological realization your journey’s going to rest upon is:
2. To do anything which takes a serious amount of conscious effort, you need to exactly know the reason WHY you’re doing it.
There are several reasons for this and the first one is that it’s proven that a behavior change based on personal value is more effective than based on an external demand.
Do it for yourself, respect yourself and your body. Don’t do it for others!
The second reason is that having a clear motivation is an extremely important part of influencing your subconscious and unconscious mind.
The goal here is to come to a point, where the habit of smoking is as good as erased from your neural pathways, or overwritten by a new behavior…
And here comes the important part:
That the new habit continues to persist, even after conscious motivation and effort has weakened.
And to get there, you need a very clear and concise list of motivations on why exactly you want to break a particular habit (smoking).
To get to this list, here’s what I recommend you to do:
Write down your goal (“I am a healthy and smoke-free person”, for example).
I highly recommend you frame your goal in a positive way and as if it’s already true as this is proven to be WAY more effective compared to framing it in a negative way of not doing something (“I am a smoke-free person” is better than “I will quit smoking”).
Always focus on where you want to be, not on that which you want to avoid.
Then make a list of:
- All the positive effects quitting smoking brings, and;
- A list of all the negative effects that smoking brings.
And now comes the most important part:
You need to say out loud your goal and list of positive motivations every morning when you wake up and every evening when you go to bed, for at least 2 months.
This is the most proven way to influence your subconscious mind…and as much as I would have loved it to be otherwise, unless your enlightened, you’re for a large part controlled by your unconscious and subconscious mind. So, you NEED to do this.
The last psychological realization your journey’s going to rest upon is:
3. It’s much easier to replace an old habit with a new habit.
First of all, you can’t really make a habit out of not doing something! A habit is an active behavior.
When did someone ever tell you:
“Every morning when I wake up I don’t drink coffee.”?
We don’t make habits out of not doing something.
Secondly, one of the best ways to break a habit would be to remove you from the environment which triggers the habit you want to break.
When there are no environmental triggers around you, breaking a habit is 10 times easier…because you simply will get triggered less.
Unfortunately, the case with many habits like smoking is, that the environment which triggers you, is the day to day environment you’re living in and therefore you can’t be easily removed from it.
Since the environmental triggers will be around you on a daily basis, especially when trying to quit smoking (friends, colleagues, parties, events, etc.) …
You need to override your old behavior for a new behavior, which you can default to when you’re being triggered…because let’s be real here: you’re going to get triggered.
In that sense, the breaking of any old habit does not consist of unlearning it…
But consists mainly of learning a new habit which replaces the old one.
Sound silly? It’s not.
According to some researchers it’s virtually impossible to truly ‘unlearn’ an old habit.
Now that you understand the psychology of breaking any habit, and understand you need a new behavior to replace lighting a cigarette up…
We can move on to the tools and products you can use to wire this new behavior into your brain.
Using Vaporizers / E-Cigarettes to Quit Smoking
Electronic cigarettes have long been advocated as one of the best tools you can use to quit smoking.
And although it’s true that a very large percentage of the toxins that are present in regular smoke, aren’t present in the vapor that an electronic cigarette produces…
What most people don’t know is the following:
The flavored e-liquids that are used in 95% of electronic cigarettes are anything but healthy…
And here’s why:
- Flavored e-liquids promote oral disease by killing cells in your mouth that protect your body from dangerous bacteria, plus;
- They promote oxidative stress and inflammatory responses in your mouth by causing DNA damage to periodontal cells.
And since oral disease has been linked to some of the scariest chronic diseases like cardiovascular and respiratory diseases….
You really don’t want to be risking any form of oral disease.
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to smoking, please stay away from most flavored e-liquids…
You don’t want to be substituting one unhealthy habit for the other.
Do we disregard all vaporizers, e-liquids, and concentrates then?
There is a right way to use vaporizers to quit smoking…
And from personal experience, I can tell you this method is the MOST effective way to quit smoking.
In the psychology behind breaking any habit, you’ve learned that the most proven way to break a habit is to replace it with a new one.
That’s exactly one of the reasons why vaping is such an effective way to quit smoking: It’s a very similar behavior to smoking.
Plus, if you get an e-liquid with nicotine, you will be satisfying your nicotine cravings as well (I highly recommend slowly phasing any nicotine out of your life, but more about that later).
To vape e-liquids, first you’ll need a high quality vape pen or mod box with a tank, which re-creates the smoking-experience, also called: Mouth-to-Lung vaping (MTL).
For this, our top recommendation is the:
Innokin Endura T18
The Innokin Endura T18 is best entry-level e-cigarette type of vape pen.
When just starting out with vaping you want something that’s easy to use, but still has a powerful enough performance to help you forget about smoking.
Well, the Innokin Endura T18 is best the ‘plug-and-play’ vape pen for smokers you can currently get.
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That’s the first step.
Then you need an e-liquid which poses minimal risk to your oral health.
How can you make sure that you get such an e-liquid? Well…
Rule number 1 when getting/using e-liquids:
Either get unflavored e-liquids.
Or flavored liquids which don’t have the following 2 compounds in them:
- Acetyl propionyl;
These compounds are known carcinogens and/or respiratory tract irritants.
There are only a few e-liquid manufacturers which proof that they don’t have these compounds through 3th-party lab-testing:
- VaporFi – (Click to see flavors and most recent price)
- Virgin Vapor (100% organic) – (Click to see flavors and most recent price)
- Kind Juice (100% organic) – (Click to see flavors and most recent price)
The second step to safe e-liquid use has to do with how you use your vaporizer.
Rule number 2 when getting/using e-liquids:
Make sure you vape at low wattage and/or low temperature settings.
In contrast, high-voltage vaping DID produce an unacceptable amount of formaldehyde-releasing agents.
Formaldehyde is a known degradation product of propylene glycol (PG), a base ingredient found in most e-liquids…
…and it’s an International Agency for Research on Cancer group 1 carcinogen!
If you want to minimize your exposure to this harmful compound, please…don’t go above 3.5 volts.
And realize that the higher you go in terms voltage the formaldehydes you will be inhaling.
So if I follow these 2 rules, will I stay 100% clear of any harm?
Unfortunately no one can guarantee this.
In the past few years, more and more research has poured into determining the effects of vape juice flavorings.
And although it’s still early, the early findings point towards the fact that some of these compounds are carcinogens and/or toxins themselves or produce these in the heating process of a vaporizer.
This brings us to a new list of compounds that should be avoided in addition to diacetyl and acetyl propionyl:
- Diethylene glycol;
- Ethylene glycol;
- Ketones, or;
All of these compounds are known carcinogens and/or respiratory tract irritants.
Yes, this is a huge list…
And most e-liquid manufacturers only proof they don’t have any diacetyl or acetyl propionyl in their liquids.
So you will be on the safer side with an unflavored e-liquid from one of the manufacturers above (most of these compounds are part of the flavoring).
There IS actually another liquid you can vape, which I believe is a much better choice than e-liquids…
CBD Vape Oil
What if I told you that can replace smoking with vaping, but…
This is crazy:
Inhale something which is actually healthy for you?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, and research over the past decades has shown that CBD has extremely powerful medicinal properties, including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and…
So what happens when you vape vapeable CBD oil?
Not only did you just replace smoking with a healthy and similar alternative…
You’re now inhaling something which will help intervene with the neural circuits that are associated with your addictive behavior (smoking).
And below are our recommendations for both.
- Recommended vape pen for CBD oil – (Omicron V5 Vape Pen)
- Recommended CBD vape oil – (Bluebird Botanicals CBD Vape Oil)
The only potential risk you’re taking here is:
You’re not feeding your nicotine addiction, like you would with e-liquids.
But this is exactly the benefit at the same time, since nicotine is quite an unhealthy compound.
Maybe all this vaping stuff, for whatever reason, just doesn’t interest you.
And you’re looking for something completely different.
Are you out of luck now?
You can still…
Use Nicotine Gums or Nicotine Patches to Quit Smoking
Nicotine is a highly addictive substance, partially because it acts as a stimulant in the low doses you absorb when smoking.
Nicotine gums and nicotine patches have been proven to be quite successful in helping smokers quit.
The two main reasons for this are:
- After years and years of daily nicotine, your body will keep craving nicotine for a certain amount of time after you’ve quit (it’s a highly addictive substance). And nicotine gums satisfy your body’s nicotine cravings, which in turn will result in a reduced need to smoke, and;
- By chewing on a nicotine gum you replace your old habit with a new one as well (like with vaping CBD oil).
But here’s the kicker:
Most smokers are not only addicted to nicotine, but usually even more so…addicted to the physical act of lighting a cigarette up and the physical act of inhaling and exhaling smoke, and a small moment for oneself.
Although chewing gum is also an oral activity…it won’t be the same as inhaling and exhaling something, and thus might not be the right alternative for you.
Vaping is much closer to smoking as an activity.
The one short-term pro of using nicotine gums or nicotine patches compared to CBD vape oil is that your body’s cravings for nicotine will be satisfied.
In the long term, however…you want to be completely clear of any nicotine.
Nicotine has been associated with all sorts of health issues:
- Cardiovascular disorders;
- Respiratory disorders;
- Gastrointestinal disorders;
- Reproductive health issues;
- Oxidative stress, and many more.
If you go for the option of nicotine gums and/or nicotine patches, I highly recommend you start phasing them out slowly and maybe change it to regular gum over a period of several months.
Even with the downsides though, nicotine gums and/or patches still better for your health than smoking!
- Recommended nicotine gums – (Nicorette Nicotine Gums)
- Recommended nicotine patches – (NicoDerm Nicotine Patches)
Quit Smoking Weed With a Dry Herb Vaporizer
For all you herb smokers out there…
Let me tell you a quick personal story.
Since I was 16 I had been smoking weed on a very regular basis. And although I loved the effect, over the years, my body and especially my airways started to hate me for it:
- I was coughing more often;
- I had lots of mucus/phlegm in my throat/nose;
- My general condition was just not where it could be (I was playing a few different sports back then): I felt short of breath when performing strenuous physical activity…and;
- My general health just felt a bit off.
Also the longer I smoked, the more often my sessions would consist of me getting extremely lethargic and just glued to the couch, feeling like all I could do was just lie down and doze off (I was smoking with tobacco as well then).
Until I learned about vaping.
The moment I got my first vaporizer, I never looked back.
My health improved very quickly:
- The coughing disappeared;
- Mucus/phlegm disappeared, and;
- I just felt more alive and vibrant in general.
Also, the effect of the herb completely changed…
Rather than having a lethargic, physically heavy and sedating effect, the effect of vaping pure herb is:
- More energetic, and;
It rarely feels like you just got hit by a truck (although you could produce this specific effect with a monster vaporizer like the VapeXhale Cloud EVO).
I must admit, not using any tobacco with my herb also was a big culprit in these lethargic zombie-mode type of sessions…
But the added benefit of a vaporizer is: using pure herb is just SO much easier with a vaporizer!
Just grind a little, put it in and go.
Then there’s the benefit of having to use much less quantities to get medicated…which will result in a huge return on investment in the long run.
Vaping weed simply is way more efficient than smoking it.
The bottom line is:
If you’re smoking weed, I highly recommend to check out a top quality dry herb vaporizer and give your airways and body their much needed break.
In today’s post, you’ve learned the best and most proven ways to quit smoking.
You now know that quitting smoking is best approached from multiple angles.
First, to quit smoking you want to do the right preparatory psychological work.
And then only, you will consider using a tool like a vape pen or a nicotine gum to aid you in the process.
You’ve learned that regular e-liquid-based e-cigarettes are unhealthy and therefore not suited if you’re looking for a healthy alternative to smoking.
You’ve also learned the right way to use a vaporizer: vaping CBD oil.
And if you’re afraid that your nicotine addiction will make it too hard for you to quit, you’ve learned that nicotine gums and nicotine patches are a viable alternative to smoking…at least in the short term.
After today’s post, your chances of successfully quitting smoking have risen tenfold!