This has probably happened at least once to any vaper. Everything is going great. You’re in control of your life. Maybe you just got a new job offer or you just got an A on your exam. Or maybe your life isn’t going so well. You’ve just lost your job or maybe you’re failing all your classes.
But then, it happens. Your last atomizer breaks. Your battery stops working all of a sudden. You misplace your charger. Or (like me), you gave away your backup device and you left your Mod in the back of a taxi cab.
Your life spirals into crisis. You think to yourself: “How the hell am I going to get through this 15-page paper without nicotine?”
Nonetheless, you must adapt and cope.
Clearly, the best thing to do is to have a backup device. I always have backup attys and juice so that’s never the problem, but when I lost my only device, things were difficult.
I couldn’t see or think straight. I was craving nicotine like a fiend. I imagine that every vaper must face the decision of toughing it out or going back to analogs until they acquire a replacement.
I went back to analogs for a while. Just one or two a day. And I relied on Snus to satisfy the cravings. Cigarettes tasted disgusting to me. Nothing like vape. When tobacco undergoes a pyrlotic transformation, it releases tons of nasty carcinogenic molecules. Not to mention, all the other weird alkaloids and psychoactive parts of a cigarette that no one ever really thinks about.
A cigarette addict is not just addicted to nicotine, but also to all the other crap. When you burn and inhale any plant, you are getting so much more than just the active ingredient. When you vape, you only get the good stuff.
I really suffered through the one-week period that I had no vape, but vapers should see a “break” as an opportunity to assess their addiction to nicotine.
Even though we don’t think we are harming ourselves by consuming only nicotine (which science has yet substantiate any material health consequences), we are still ADDICTED.
When we are addicted, nicotine is no longer a “booster”. Rather, we are just staving off withdrawal. Nicotine may not be carcinogenic in itself, but it still can lead to health problems. For example, it is a known vasoconstrictor, which leads to higher blood pressure.
After the first day of not vaping, I abstained from nicotine for about four days. My tolerance went way down and I knew that the next time I vaped, I would actually feel it again. After returning, I lowered the nicotine level of my juice from 2.4% to 1.6% (ml/g i believe).
Taking a break from ANY SUBSTANCE, whether its meth, alcohol, cocaine, caffeine, or nicotine, will help someone assess the relationship they have with that drug. The same is true for any compulsive behavior, such as playing video games, fapping, or gambling.
I’m not really sure if I had the willpower to quit outright. Regardless, vaping is my hobby and I enjoy it for more reasons than simply addiction. Yet, taking a break will lower one’s tolerance and make them truly understand the effects a drug has on one’s body.