Switching to E-Cigarettes: 7 tips

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Making a drastic, lasting change in your habits isn’t easy. It doesn’t happen overnight, especially when addiction is part of the equation. As a general rule, don’t be too hard on yourself; it’s good to have high expectations and ambitious goals, but being unrealistic and unfair to yourself will only create discouragement. With that in mind, these tips will help you make the transition to e-cigarette vaping as smoothly as possible.

  1. Try the product first
    There are a lot of options out there, and with most companies offering a disposable model, it’s not hard to try a few out before you decide to stick to one. The same goes for e-juice flavors. Be sure to find the one that suits you best!
  2. Be sure to keep enough cartomizers/ e-liquid supplies to meet your rate of consumption.
    Depending on the type of electronic cigarette, the juice formula and the smoking habits of the user, one cartomizer is usually the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes. Still, there are certain brands whose cartomizers can last much longer. Be sure to order refills ahead of time so that you don’t have to switch to ‘analog’ tobacco cigarettes while you wait for the supply to be shipped. Keep records of how long it takes you to go through a cartomizer and plan your refill buying accordingly.
  3. Keep those batteries charged!
    Most starter kits include multiple batteries so that there’s no pause while you wait for the device to recharge. Take advantage of this! USB chargers are particularly helpful, too, and can keep you vaping when you’re on the go.
  4. Know how to maintain the device.
    Knowing proper battery and device upkeep extends the life of your vaping equipment, allowing you to reap the most from your e-cig investment.
  5. Handle the e-cig as much as possible.
    This might sound a bit silly, but the more you actively handle the unit, the more you’ll become accustomed to its weight and feel. Everyone’s experience varies, but this is an important step for a lot of smokers who are more tactile-oriented.
  6. If you need an analog cigarette every once in a while, that’s OK.
    Everyone who has switched did so at their own pace. Stick with it and you’ll get there. In any case, even small reductions in the use of tobacco cigarettes will be good for your health.
  7. Consider joining a support group, an online community, or vape with your friends!
    It’s always easier when you’re not going it alone. There are a plethora of online forums, Reddit communities, and other organizations that can help you feel less alone in the process. Switching to vaping with a friend or two can be a great source of encouragement and positive reinforcement as well.

While there are certainly other considerations to take into account, these are the basics. Also, you should keep in mind all of the money you’re saving by leaving behind the overtaxed analog cigarettes with their inflated pricing. Be sure to take advantage of the fact that with e-cigarettes you’re able to vape in many, many more places. It’s a truly empowering freedom!

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