Re: That's quite a pro-vaping article.
"Its not hard, you just stop. If you really want to quit smoking then you will and all you have to do is stop."
Course it is sweetie. Just throw away the chemical dependence, and the decades of positive reinforcement. Piece of cake..
Have you ever beat an addiction, and been honest enough to admit how hard it was?
"The fact is most people who say they want to give up don't really want to and so they find it difficult or look for reasons why they failed."
No.. The fact is.. most people who want to give up, but don't. Are still addicts.And if you are going to dismiss addiction so lightly, then you are not intellectually equipped to hold this conversation,
"as far as I can see, vaping is simply swapping one addiction delivery method for another"
Yep. So look a little deeper.
You are correct.. e-cigs are a nicotine delivery system. Like patches, or gum, or inhalers. Crucially dropping pretty much all the nasty stuff from smoking at the same time.
"but it is at least a healthier way of getting a fix."
Yes. But not only the chemical fix, which is all the other options address.
The addiction has a second less recognised part. The ritual.
The behavioural modification that every smoker goes through. Which is why smoking and other forms of tobacco use has always had such a wealth of ornate or intricate paraphernalia.
The (in my case) 30 year habit of putting a thing in my mouth and inhaling an irritant to get a chemical fix.
This is an excellent example of positive reinforcement.
Do something unpleasant for a happy drug.
Same effect as potty training, exercise, sex, enjoying alcohol, and many other pleasurable things.
But one not addressed by other cessation strategies.
Drinking alcohol is actually quite unpleasant. Beer tastes horrible. But the alcohol reward makes our brains modify our ability to enjoy something. And outside alcopops and possibly liqueurs, spirits taste vile.
Coffee, tea.. Both vile tasting fluids one must acquire a taste for. Because guess what.. Caffene is addictive.
The capcasin in chillies.. Same. Which is why some people like myself, get really into hot foods once we are hooked. To the point where people who have got past the heat, enjoy the different flavours and nuances of the different varieties.
Luckily this is actually a positive addiction. As chilli has a whole range of positive health benefits.
For any smoker.. the chemical dependence is actually a trivial thing to break. Realistically.. the nicotine in your body leaves after a couple of hours. And the chemical dependency is gone in a few weeks.
So why is it not a doddle to quit? Hold out a few weeks, and done.. Right?
Because the nicotine is just the reward.
The hard part is getting away from the feeling that something is missing. Smokers often complain about having nothing to do with their hands, or of feeling incomplete, or being unable to enjoy activities without a cigarette to accompany the act, or after it.
That is the physical ritual part. And it's a bugger to break.
So.. the reason e-cigs are more successful when used as cessation aids..
They address BOTH parts of the addiction.
The lesser chemical dependence, and the much harder behavioural one.
I spent the best part of 6 months on zero nicotine juice before I finally got rid of the behavioural habit.
Now I'm a non smoker.
No cravings, no desire to smoke, no feeling of pleasure from smelling smoke, and crucially.. No psychotic resentment towards smokers.
I don't smoke. If someone else wants to, I'm not going to get all precious about it. Because I'm not fighting an addiction that could reassert it's self at any time.
"Mind you teh down side is that most people sucking on a vape' don't seem to realize just how silly they look :D"
As opposed to the quiet dignity of the smoker, standing in the rain with a tube of burning leaves in their gob you mean.
Or the witty and articulate drunks, peeing themselves to wash away the vomit on their shoes?
Or perhaps the frequently admired crack addicts..
Actually.. when you really look at addictions.. Vaping is kind of mild, is it not?