Don’t chuck out your slickvapes dab and wax pens the moment you decide to cut nicotine out of your life – you might still need them yet. Plus, while cold turkey might have worked for a friend, it might not work for you (and vice versa) but why waste time and effort when you can do this right on your first and only attempt?
Why cold turkey seldom works
Where there is some evidence that going cold turkey on cigarette is more effective than gradually kicking the habit, it is such a daunting feat that many decide not to try for fear of failure or already set themselves up to fail by telling themselves that it is hard or impossible. The psychology behind doing anything successfully is to fully trust in yourself and have full confidence that you can do this. If you are having any doubts at all, cold turkey is not the option for you. However, if you fully believe you are able to, then go right on ahead because the chances of success for such an individual is rather high.
Find a suitable alternative
It might seem counter productive to pick up a new smoking habit when you are trying to stop an old one, but vapes and other smoking alternatives will provide those who are planning to quit with the comforting motions. Some are able to quit this way because the substitutes do not fully satisfy their craving nor does it fully meet the same expectations of smoking a cigarette and they give up on the habit entirely and feel relief that they no longer have to subject themselves to the alternative.
Combat nicotine withdrawals
While nicotine withdrawals are not so severe that you curl up into a ball and become unable to function, it does heighten irritability. One might experience insomnia, a sudden increase in appetite, cough, constipation… which will all go away within the month but if it starts to bother you in your daily life, it might be time to pick up an alternative such as nicotine gum or patch and slowly wean yourself off the product.
Create new habits
Smokers generally find that they will reach for a cigarette after an activity, such as sex, a meal or even exercise. There will be what feels like an empty void if you do not have a cigarette to light up, but you can find something else to do such as fixing a snack, going for a walk or calling up a friend. These can help distract you and help you quit smoking more effectively, rather than sitting back and craving in silence. When you have to keep fighting your cravings, the chances of caving in is much stronger than if you silence those cravings.
If you hope to be successful, take it at a comfortable pace and do not hurry yourself into quitting. It is a process that every quitter has to go through in their own time.