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Can vaping help you stop smoking?

There’s no getting round it – giving up smoking can be tough. Some people choose nicotine gum, patches or even try going cold turkey, but like with any addiction, quitting for good is not always straightforward.

An option that has proven to be more effective than patches or gum is vaping. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at why switching to e-cigarettes can support you on your way to a smoke-free life and how the pioneering Swap 2 Stop campaign can help.

How can e-cigarette vapes help you stop smoking?

Here are six ways vaping can help you stop smoking for good.

  1. Vapes don’t contain tobacco, which is the particularly harmful part of cigarettes that causes at least 15 types of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). While e-cigarettes are not completely without risk, they do provide a strong health incentive for smokers to make the switch.
  2. E-cigarettes come in a range of nicotine concentrations, giving smokers the option to gradually decrease their intake by opting for e-liquids with progressively lower levels of nicotine. This gradual approach gives you more control over managing your cravings and can help you quit at a pace most effective for you.

  3. Using a vape mimics the physical act of smoking, which can help satisfy the behavioural and sensory habits associated with smoking a traditional cigarette. The hand-to-mouth action, inhalation and exhalation of vapor provides that familiarity, making it an easier and more manageable transition than attempting to go cold turkey.
  4. The large selection of e-cigarettes on the market means you can choose vapes according to your preference, e.g. flavour or power setting. This variety can make vaping a preferable alternative to smoking, which can encourage smokers to switch and stick with vaping instead of returning to cigarettes.

  5. Vaping is far less expensive than smoking and once smokers see how much they are saving month on month, could prove to be an additional incentive to switch and eventually quit.

  6. Vaping is not thought to pose a risk to those around you, unlike regular cigarettes where the dangers of second-hand smoking are well documented. This can act as a great incentive for smokers to make the switch in order to protect their loved ones’ health.

Ready to try the Swap 2 Stop challenge?

If you are a smoker aged 18 years and have a Dorset or BCP Council area postcode, you can claim one free vape kit per person and start your smoke-free journey! To claim your kit, sign up here or contact us for more information.

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How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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