The other day I wrote about how vaping has changed the lives of some people I know. While this isn't the only alternative to smoking, it is the one that I'm the most familiar with at the moment.
I decided to look into other alternatives today to compare costs and effectiveness.
I'm doing this mostly for my best friend. He has whittled his way down to 6 mg of nicotine but is hoping to find a way to drop the habit sooner rather than later.
So read on. Here's the information I was able to dig up.
Vaping has been around for a while now and people left and right are using it to quit smoking. While many eventually quit, quite a few enjoy the nicotine so they just move from one bad habit to another.
There just isn't enough research to compare potential health consequences of vaping to smoking. However, there is plenty of research that proves just how unhealthy smoking is for people.
The average vape device is going to cost close to $100 to get started. You need to buy a mod, a tank, and batteries. Recurring costs include replacement coils and juice. Luckily, coils are pretty cheap these days. They usually last for a couple of weeks and you can by a five pack for $15-20, which isn't too bad.
Juice is a different story. Premium eliquids are pretty expensive and depending on how heavy you vape, the costs can add up. Your local vape shop might seem like a good deal, but it really isn't. For the cheapest vape juices around, you want to shop online. You can find some pretty good bulk discounts out there and get decent juices for dirt cheap.
This is the newest gadget that is starting to gain in popularity. You can buy a starter kit for a bit cheaper than the startup costs of a vape. You can consistently find them online for about $50.
They look like a flash drive. You can even plug them directly into your USB port to charge.
This device is definitely more discreet and it doesn't emit the large clouds that you see from vapes. Granted, the size of a vape cloud depends a lot on the set up as well as the percentage of PG to VG, but Juul emits a smaller cloud than any vape I've personally seen.
The biggest difference is that this product uses nicotine salts, which come from the tobacco leaf itself. Vape juice uses what's called "freebase" nicotine, which hits the bloodstream quicker and makes it harder to stop using.
This creates a more authentic smoking alternative while still allowing the user to ween themselves off of nicotine.
I personally haven't tried it yet but it now has a strong hold on the ecigarette market and is gaining in popularity like no other product before. However, a four pack of Juul pods costs about $15 and most pack a day smokers are using a pod every day. For the best value, I suggest looking into Juul wholesale options.
There are some drugs out there than are prescribed by doctors to help people quit smoking. The most popular is probably Chantix. While this drug works the side effects seem a bit drastic. They include nausea and vomiting, stomach pain, dry mouth, as well as problems sleeping and breathing.
How does it work?
The drug uses a two-pronged attack. The first is it activates certain areas of the brain to give you a feeling like you just got a nicotine hit. So basically, it's tricking your brain into thinking it has nicotine even when it doesn't. The second part is that is stops nicotine from attaching to the same receptors, so your brain doesn't react the same way even when you do smoke or use a tobacco product.
At least one study has shown that Chantix is as effective as the patch as well as lozenges. These studies also show that using multiple methods increased the success rate.
This is something you really want to talk to your doctor about. In the years since its release, there have been multiple health issues concerning the drug. Personally, I think you're better off going with a Vape or Juul than using a drug.
Speaking of drugs, CBD oil is being used by people all over the country for different reasons. CBD is part of the marijuana plant. However, CBD is legal in all 50 states and can be ordered online.
There is no THC, or in some cases, a minute amount of it. So it doesn't get you high.
However, smokers and people who have recently quit are turning to the product. There is some evidence that it helps with nicotine withdrawals. It also helps with anxiety and insomnia, both of which are common side effects to laying down the smokes.
My best friend has used this along with his vape and loves it. Whenever he drops a nicotine level, he picks up a bottle of CBD oil to help ease the transition. If you want to quit smoking and are looking to ease yourself off of nicotine, then try a low dose of cbd oil along with that product to help set yourself up for success.
Wrapping It Up
At the end of the day, I don't think it matters much how you quit smoking. It just matters that you actually do it.
Come up with a plan, do some testing to find out the method that works the best for you, and then execute. Just like a quarterback on game day. Be the Tom Brady of your own life.
If you have used any of the above products, let me know in the comments if you have anything to add. I'd love to hear from you. Thanks for reading.