by Arden Goodwin & Celina Simmons
Living with a nicotine addiction is essentially running in circles with no benefits. It affects the way you breathe, the way you think, and the overall quality of your life. In some cases, it can go to the extent of affecting personal relationships.
If you’re like us in that you’ve tried relentlessly to quit and yet you just can’t seem to, I can’t say you’ve come to the right place, but it’s a good place to start. The dangerous thing about any addiction is the tricks your mind plays on you to keep it up. You start to tell yourself you’re ready to quit- you don’t need this. But after only 3-5 hours without it, you begin to think, “Maybe I do need it.” The fact that we all love to neglect is that we never needed nicotine to begin with.
Before we get into the “how’s” it’s important to cover the “why’s.” Why did you pick up your first cigarette? Why did you rip that Juul? Why did we willingly trap ourselves into this vicious cycle? Ask yourself these questions. Ponder them. Was it that good ol’ peer pressure that brought you in? Or was it solely your choice? Unfortunately, we can’t answer that for you, but once you face that cause head on, you can recognize it in the future and say, “been there, done that, not trying to go back.”
To go back to our previous statement that this isn’t the best resource to help you quit, we are in the process of quitting this habit ourselves. But we think that a big part of this is realizing that it isn’t just you who’s going through this struggle. Anyone who has ever picked up nicotine and tried to quit knows how difficult and frustrating it can be. You may have tried over and over to quit and just come to the conclusion you have an addictive personality. News flash: we all have addictive personalities. It’s in our human nature.
There’s one last thing to consider. The Center for Disease Control estimates that a pack-a-day habit of smoking cigarettes with the cost of one pack averaging $6.28 (they are typically not this low around here), can cost you upwards of $2,292 per year, or $188 per month. For Juuls, if you’re buying a 4-pack of pods each week, that can add up to $1,000.
Let’s be honest with ourselves, does that 4-pack last you the entire week? Now for the “how’s”, since you’ve made it this far. We found a great website with the top tips on quitting and picked out our favorites. To see the rest of the list, feel free to go to https://www.allencarr.com/usa/easyway-stop-vaping/top-tips-quit-vaping/
1. Look forward to the quality of your life once you quit and the idea of not having to rely on nicotine to get through the day.
2. Keep your cool with the withdrawal, it is very slight and passes quickly. It typically takes 72 hours for nicotine to be flushed from your body. Try counting down those hours.
3. Don’t try to not think about vaping. You should confront the white elephant in the room and be proud of your new non-smoking lifestyle.
4. Don’t use substitutes!!! “It’s like advising a heroin addict who’s smoking the drug off foil to start injecting it instead.”
5. There’s no such thing as just one vape or cigarette – when you quit, you’ve quit. No ifs, ands, or “butts” about it.