So, why do most people fail and why is vaping a game changer?
The Misery of Quitting Smoking
As nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known to man, it was always presumed that if you could give smokers an alternative source of nicotine they would be able to quit the fags. Pharmaceutical companies produced a wide range of quitting aids and most of these were in the form of nicotine replacement therapy.
But there were two big problems with this approach. The first issue was the unpleasant nature of the quitting aids. Nasty chewing gum and nicotine patches that both itch and leave red rashes did little to engender the feel good factor. But the biggest problem was the failure to understand that nicotine addiction wasn’t the only reason that smokers needed their ciggies.
Losing Your Crutch
Nicotine is an addiction but smoking is a habit. It is a ritual which provides reassurance. If you are smoker, you take your box of ciggies everywhere. When you feel the need, you can reach for them, light up and revel in the throat hit. You also have something to hold in your hands. Smoking also tends to become an important aspect of your social life. You meet your mates in the smoking area at work. You stand outside the pub chatting whilst you puff away. You enjoy the camaraderie.
When you try quit the habit, it feels like someone has kicked your crutch away. You crave the nicotine but that it is easy to replace. What you don’t have at your disposal are viable replacements for the throat hit and the ritual. Life isn’t the same anymore, you can’t think straight, you feel miserable and you would saw off your own leg for a hit. Smelly clothes, bad teeth, a cough and premature death actually start to look like much better options. Smoking is the lesser of two evils so you go back to the fags.
It should come as no surprise that you cannot cope without your ciggies.