IS VAPING ADDICTIVE?
If you’re ready to quit smoking, then vaping is a popular alternative.
Before you start vaping, it’s important to get clued up on any possible risks or side effects, including whether or not you’re likely to get addicted to it, so you’ve come to the right place.
SO, ARE E-CIGARETTES ADDICTIVE?
Vaping can be addictive if you choose e-liquids containing nicotine, but studies have found it to be less addictive than smoking cigarettes. A study on ‘Dependence levels in users of electronic cigarettes, nicotine gums and tobacco cigarettes' found e-cigarettes to be as or less addictive than nicotine gum, and far less addictive than traditional cigarettes.
It’s the nicotine that makes smoking addictive, and while most vaping e-liquids contain nicotine, vaping can be less addictive than smoking cigarettes. This is due to e-liquids being available in a range of nicotine strengths you can choose from, and some containing no nicotine at all. A range of strengths gives more control over the amount of nicotine you get compared to cigarettes, allowing you to reduce your nicotine intake gradually until you’re no longer addicted to it.
Most of our Vuse e-liquids contain nicotine except for our Zero Nic range (for vapers who are trying to cut out nicotine completely) The nicotine strength is always listed on the packaging of our products.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADDICTED?
The more you smoke, the more your brain and body get used to having nicotine and the harder it is to go without it. The NHS inform site provides an Addiction Test Tool that you can use to find out how addicted you are to cigarettes. Some signs that you might be addicted include:
- Continuing to smoke even though you want to stop.
- Being unable to quit when you try to.
- Withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop, including feeling anxious or irritable, or having headaches.
- Strong urges to smoke.
With vaping, unlike smoking, you can take control of your nicotine consumption, and gradually reduce it to reduce your nicotine addiction.
If you decide to switch to vaping from smoking, remain aware of the amount of nicotine you consume whilst you find the ideal nicotine strength for you.
The side effects associated with consuming too much nicotine could include development of an irregular heartbeat, an allergic reaction such as rash, itching or swelling of the tongue, mouth or throat; feeling faint, nausea, headache. Immediately stop use of Vuse products and seek medical advice if you experience any of these symptoms.
IS NICOTINE-FREE VAPING ADDICTIVE?
Since it’s the nicotine that makes vaping addictive, nicotine-free vaping is not chemically addictive. Nevertheless over time you could form a habit of vaping.
Vaping without nicotine is a good option if you still feel like you need to inhale something even once you’ve completely removed nicotine. This action, and its similarity to smoking, is one of the reasons so many people choose vaping as a means to quit smoking over other nicotine replacement therapies like patches and gum .
Vuse offers a range of nicotine strengths to help you do this. Find out more about how much nicotine you get from vaping.
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*This product is not risk-free and contains nicotine, an addictive substance. Comparison of smoke from a scientific standard reference cigarette (approximately 9 mg tar) and emissions from Vuse ePod, ePod 2 and ePen, in terms of the average of the 9 harmful components the World Health Organisation recommends to reduce in cigarette smoke
**By 'no tar' we mean no tobacco derived tar. This product is not risk-free and contains nicotine, an addictive substance