The tobacco flavours sometimes had a musty, sweaty feet odour about them, but it wasn’t too bad. And the hand-to-mouth aspect was comfortingly familiar.
But something was still missing.
There was an ‘itch’ he struggled to scratch through vaping. He’d puff and puff but it still lacked something. He always found himself wanting to light a cigarette to chase away the rising agitation.
He’d heard switching to vaping was easy, but his experience was different. Compared to choosing an e-cig, getting it to work without problems, getting some tolerable e-liquid, dealing with the coughing and coping with the whole notion of saying goodbye to tobacco, lighting up another cig just seemed a lot simpler.
Plus, he’d read in the news that vaping was as bad for you as smoking. Maybe it’s not for me, he thought, as he slid a cigarette out of his half-empty pack and placed it between his lips.
If the above sounds like your experience with vaping, you’re not alone.
Vaping works for many smokers, but it isn’t for everybody. Switching from the simplicity of smoking to the complex world of PG/VG ratios, nicotine levels, watts and ohms, clearomizers and strange, button-bearing boxes can be daunting, to say the least.
But don’t give up on vaping yet!
The truth is: switching a long-term habit for another one can be challenging. The people who are successful the first time are the lucky ones. Having some difficulty at first is very common.
Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can try.
We spoke to ordinary vapers who struggled to switch at first to find out what the most common problems are. We also got some insight from Louise Ross, the manager of the Leicester stop-smoking service, which offers support to new vapers.
So if you didn’t like vaping at first – or just struggled to stop using tobacco – here are 10 things to try.
The most common reason vapers had difficulty quitting tobacco cigarettes was the type of e-cig they tried.
There are three basic types of e-cig:
Ones that look like cigarettes (called “cigalikes”).
E-cigs that are a little bigger, with a button and a small tank for e-liquid (“eGo” style e-cigs)
Full-featured, often large and sometimes complicated “mods.”
The problem is that not all these devices are equally satisfying. As Louise Ross commented:
It can also be about trying the wrong sort of device. People who have used a cigalike may well have found it unsatisfying; they need to try a E-Cig Mods for a better experience.
The starkest comparison is between cigalikes and mods.
One study by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos looked at how much nicotine users got from using these two types of e-cig.
He found that using cigalikes for over an hour still didn’t match just five minutes of smoking. Mod users did get a cigarette-like amount of nicotine, but only after 35 minutes of vaping.
So, if you didn’t quite find the e-cig you tried satisfying, don’t give up on vaping yet. Try a bigger, more powerful device – like the Coolfire IV along with a good tank – and see if it gets the job done for you.
Also, make sure you have a spare (even if it’s just an eGo or cigalike) so you have something to vape while it charges. Otherwise you’ll have to go a few hours without nicotine, which makes not smoking much harder.