Even *considering* quitting vaping is a great step. Honestly. Quitting nicotine has nearly immediate health benefits – and financial ones – but we know formally stating an intent to quit can seem extreme. But consider this your very fancy, very formal invitation: If you’re not sure how to start quitting, or how to keep going, we’ve got you.

We’ve seen (and heard) pretty much everything there is to see (or hear) about quitting vaping, from the people who keep cinnamon sticks with them so they have a “replacement” on hand to the people who use NRT (like nicotine gum) to the person who screamed into their freezer any time they had a nicotine craving. Whatever works, right? 

 

Don't know where to start?

Whether this is your first attempt at quitting or not, keep going. You’ve got this.

Set a quit date either with This is Quitting or on your phone calendar. And consider finding others going through the experience--it helps reassure you that you’re not alone. (Because you aren’t!)

Prepare for your quit by having things nearby to occupy your hands – This is Quitting users have used everything from fidget spinners to water bottles to the aforementioned cinnamon sticks. Have a list of distractions at the ready for getting through cravings, like taking a quick walk, chewing gum, or drawing. And pick up NRT so you have it nearby if you need it.

Celebrate your wins – small victories build into larger ones. Maybe it’s buying yourself something you’ve had your eye on, or eating a cupcake. Have a list of rewards or treats for yourself so you know you have something to look forward to as a motivator. 

Keep going! Sometimes it feels hard. Sometimes you feel like you’re failing. You’re not doing it wrong. As long as you keep trying, you’re doing great. 

 

Looking for support?

Nicotine is incredibly addictive. What starts as an occasional thing  borrowing a vape at a party, or smoking socially – can become an every day thing. It’s sneaky. And putting down the vape (or cigarette) for good can feel challenging. 

But even though quitting can feel like a solo task, having a support system alongside you can make it less isolating than, say, going cold turkey on your own. 

Tell people! Confiding in people you can trust to support you is a great way to ensure you’ll keep going. You can also check out This is Quitting, which has a built-in support system of successful quitters--people just like you who’ve been where you are, and can offer ideas, encouragement, tips, and tricks for getting through stressful situations, cravings, and slips without getting totally derailed or demotivated. 

 

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