We all know those people who smoke cigarettes reluctantly. Most have been smokers all their lives but they don't really enjoy it. It's their primary source of nicotine and, try as they might, they just can't give it up. They may have dabbled in vaping in the past or thought about taking the leap but haven't had the support or equipment they need to get started. Of course, some vapers still enjoy nicotine, but the difference is that they can accurately control the amount of nicotine they're taking in depending on which e-juice they choose. This customisation is perfect for those looking to quit nicotine, as it offers full control instead of the 'all or none' process of smoking a cigarette. 

A healthier alternative to smoking

Some people are just afraid to take their first steps in the big wide world of vaping. It's gone from a relatively small hobby to a national trend, and vaping has come on leaps and bounds over the years. Modding communities have popped up left, right and centre and new coils, batteries and tanks are making the vaping experience more customisable than ever before. This is great for vapers, but it could easily intimidate those on the outside looking in, cigarrettes in hand. With so many options available, it's easier to stick with what you know and buy your usual brand of cigarettes. 

This Christmas, how about helping them break the mold? 

If you already know a thing or two about vaping, share your expertise with them. Use it to buy them a starter vape kit that you know is good and will offer them a good introduction to the world of vaping. You could even go as far as purchasing some different e-juice flavours so they can chop and change and figure out what they like. 

The gift of going nicotine free

For anyone at any age to quit smoking outright is a big ask. Nicotine is addictive, and just like any addiction going cold turkey can often result in failure. What's needed is a careful and measured approach. Before vaping, cigarette smokers who wanted to give up would simply reduce the amount of cigarettes they'd have in a day - aiming for zero. They go from 20 a day to 19 a day and slowly get down to 10 per day. This is good and it takes a lot of will power, but there's one problem - you're still smoking cigarettes!

Much of the addiction and fascination people have with cigarettes is behavioural. It's the act of sparking up, and smokers look forward to it at key points throughout the day. The after work smoke. The cigarette with your morning coffee. That final draw before you turn in for the night. 

Vaping helps to break these engrained habits, while still giving your body access to the thing it craves - nicotine. What's more, you can control the level of nicotine, buying an e-juice that has slightly less concentration that your favourite brand of cigarettes. Already, you're getting less nicotine and you don't need to carry a light around or 'spark up' - you can can even still do it indoors in a lot of places. 

Most smokers want to give up, they just aren't sure how and vaping can seem intimidiating if you're not 'in the club' already. So if you enjoy a vape and you know some people who are still stuck smoking cigarettes, stinking up rooms and covering their lungs in tobacco, why not give them the gift of vaping this Christmas?

Have you succeeded in giving up smoking? Did vaping help? We'd love to hear your story in the comments below. 

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