Once you decide to quit smoking, the next decision is how! These days, many people choose to vape in NZ as an alternative to smoking that doesn’t come with a dose of nasty chemicals. Another option for those putting down the smokes is nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products such as nicotine gum or nicotine patches. In this blog, we compare these two methods to help you decide which road to choose when giving up smoking.
About Vapes and NRT’s
A vape device such as a vape pen or pod is one way to get a nicotine hit once you’ve stopped smoking. E-liquids containing nicotine are vaporised by the device and inhaled. The action is similar to smoking but vapes don’t contain all the harmful chemicals that are found in cigarettes.
NRT products such as nicotine gums and patches supply nicotine to the body by releasing it into the bloodstream through your oral tissue or skin. Patches release nicotine steadily throughout the day, while gums need to be chewed to provide a nicotine hit.
Effectiveness is probably the most important consideration; which option is actually going to help you give up smoking? Well, it seems like the results are in and it’s pretty clear who the winner is on this point. A 2019 study by a group of UK universities found that e-cigarettes are almost twice as effective as NRT products when it comes to helping smokers give up tobacco. The trial gave 886 smokers looking to quit either e-cigarettes or NRT products for a four-week period. They then checked in with these people one year on and found that 18% of e-cigarette users had stopped smoking, while only 9.9% had remained off tobacco from the NRT group.
Ease of Use
E-cigarettes may be more successful than NRT products because vaping is a more similar habit to smoking. Smokers get relief from the hand to mouth action of smoking and the feeling of inhaling, and users can still experience these familiar sensations while vaping. The opportunity to continue these habits can make it easier to continue with vaping, rather than reverting to smoking.
A benefit of NRT products such as nicotine patches and gum are that they are very discreet. You can easily chew away or have your patch on at work, in the car, or on an airplane. Not needing to go outside to vape can be beneficial, as you won’t have to wait for long periods without nicotine. However, in the case of nicotine gum, there is a technique to activating the nicotine that can affect its potency. The gum should be chewed, then stuck between the gums and the cheek so the nicotine can be absorbed by the tissue in the mouth. Sometimes if this part is done incorrectly, you can either get too much or too little nicotine, and it may not satisfy your cravings.
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Whether you choose to use a vape device or a traditional method such as nicotine gum and patches to give up smoking, either is going to be better for your health than continuing to smoke! The main thing is to stop inhaling the dangerous chemicals in tobacco, such as ammonia and arsenic, that lead to a range of negative health effects. For long-term success, it is worth giving vaping a try, but those looking for a discreet alternative or wanting to give up any sort of inhaling will benefit from NRTs.
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