Quitting

A very symbolic quote: “If you do smoke, quit. And don’t quit quitting.”(Gregory Wood 2016)

The vape was supposed to be a method people used to quit cigarettes and quit nicotine all together. It was meant to be a safer alternative to smoke and limit the amount of carcinogens that are inhaled. This is quickly changing were vape companies are selling it as a method of nicotine consumption for everyone. 

The vape has proven to be somewhat successful in helping individuals quit but there is also a chance that they get addicted to the high nicotine concentration in the vapes.  The best course of action is to quit cold turkey or to use a specific Nicotine replacement therapy.

Tolerance and Withdrawal:

When hitting nicotine it causes an acute tolerance because there is an upregulation of nAChR’s in the body. This is why the morning buzz is the best buzz because during the night the receptors decrease in numbers and allows for a flood of nicotine to give its effects. But after its hard to get the buzz since the upregulation has gone back to normal.

Withdrawal symptoms:

Mood Changes

  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Restlessness
  • Poor concentration
  • Increased appetite
  • Urges to smoke
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Decreased adrenaline and cortisol

These symptoms are present after 3 days and peaks at 1 week. They gradually decreases over 1 – 6 months

Nicotine replacement therapies such as the patch, nicotine gum, a lozenge and nasal spray have proven to increase long term effectiveness of quitting by 50% to 70%. While most drugs like Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Welbutrin) increase rate of quitting barely 20% which means that they aren’t even worth trying because of potential side effects. Just when taking NRT’s, do not vape or smoke because it can be toxic for your body.