That's why vaping works for very, very many more people than nicotine patches. Basically there's enough stuff to fiddle with to re-route all these ritual behaviours into something considerably less harmful; with nearly no stress at all.
There's an additional reason. With smoking and vaping you get a hit of nicotine in a rush with vaping taking about half a minute versus 10-15 seconds (IIRC) for smoking. Patches are constant release. Incidentally patches gave me palpitations and a rash where the patch had been.