What Happens When You Quit Smoking – Switch to Vaping
The body goes through many changes once you stop smoking
In the UK we have over three million vapers – that’s three million people who have made the decision to quit smoking and are either working on it, or already find themselves cigarette-free.
Is Vaping Better than Smoking?
With the NHS and British science backing the decision, the UK government has continued to push vaping as a suitable alternative to smoking. It’s important to note that vaping is not void of harm, but it is much less harmful than traditional tobacco smoking. Therefore, vaping is often suggested to smokers as a way of quitting and is not suggested for those who have never smoked.
Cigarette smoke creates tar, a substance that clogs your lungs and houses many of the cancer-causing toxins, to scratch the surface of this harmful habit. Once you stop smoking it is possible for your lungs to heal and clear themselves of this tar.
Benefits of Quitting Smoking
It’s no secret that smoking comes with many dangers to the body and your health. With roughly half of all life-long smokers dying prematurely, cigarettes are the leading cause of preventable illness in England. For this reason, the UK government has pledged to make the UK smoke-free by 2030.
Smoking doubles the risk of heart attacks, causes 84% of deaths from lung cancer and increases the risk of stroke by around half, among other chronic and life-threatening ailments. But there is hope for those who have smoked. The human body is a resilient machine and it’s been noted that once you stop smoking, many of the effects begin to reverse/heal.
Just twenty minutes after quitting smoking your pulse will take up a normal, steady pace.
Eight hours after quitting your oxygen levels begin to recover and the carbon monoxide in your blood reduces by half.
Forty-eight hours afterwards your body has flushed out all carbon monoxide and your sense of taste and smell will improve.
Seventy-two hours later it will feel easier to breathe as your bronchial tubes relax and your energy levels increase.
Within the first year of quitting smoking you’ll find your circulation and blood pressure improved, breathing problems decrease as your lung capacity increases. At this point you’ve also halved the risk of heart attack.
Ten years clean from cigarette smoking and your risk of lung cancer has halved compared to those who still smoke.
Of course, there are other variables that might impact your recovery, such as general health, diet etc, but these are just the key things you could notice by making the change and quitting. And quitting can be hard for some, even with the stark realisation of what it does to your health. This is where vaping comes in.
There’s Nothing Wrong with Slow & Steady
There’s no timeline for when you need to quit, only you can decide when and how it happens. It could be within a day of reading this or it could be a week later. Avoid trying to go simply cold turkey as this can end up pushing you back onto the smoking wagon once withdrawal symptoms set in.
With vaping and other smoking cessation tools, you can continue to receive nicotine (the addictive substance in cigarettes) in a less harmful manner. You can also take control of your nicotine intake with vaping, by decreasing gradually until you are nicotine-free. Due to the shape and nature of vaping devices, they can also help with the habitual side of smoking, keeping your hands busy and satisfying the urge to puff away.
Start off simple, perhaps pick up a starter device and some E-Liquid, or a disposable device and make a rule with yourself to use it at least once a day when you want to reach for your cigarettes. Gradually wean out cigarettes in place of the flavourful E-Liquids that vaping have to offer, and soon enough you’ll find cigarettes a thing of the past.
We recommend nicotine salt E-Liquids to get you started. Our award-winning blend of nicotine salts are perfect for newcomers making the switch as they offer a stronger nicotine hit that ex-smokers require, whilst being friendly to the throat. You’ll still get some of that throat-hit as you did with cigarettes, but you’ll be able to enjoy it more combined with an array of wonderful flavours. All in a much less harmful manner than cigarette smoking.
Start off 2022 with a new you and a resolution that’s not just for the first few weeks of the year. Make the change for life and switch now.