Thinking to quit smoking? Have you tried vaping?

Illustration depicting an illuminated neon sign with a vaping concept.
Illustration depicting an illuminated neon sign with a vaping concept.

I have never really taken to smoking. I tried it – yes. But I never liked it, so I never tried it again.

I just didn’t like the taste or the feeling or the smoke really.

Hubs  has been a smoker in the past but I’m so glad that he gave it up when I got pregnant with Jadyn and he hasn’t smoked since.

I have no issues with other people smoking in particular but I do find it quite an unsociable pastime – I suppose it’s because I don’t smoke myself. I find it ironic that some people only smoke socially.

I do have an uncle who is a chain smoker and I have been trying to encourage him to quit for years now. I always bring up the topic when he comes around. He maintains that he is stressed because of his job and cannot quit. I don’t really think that is a good enough idea because I’ve always told him that if he gets ill from smoking, he would not have a job. I had spoken to him about trying vaping instead and he has finally decided to after I kept on at him and showed him the benefits of quitting cigarettes.

There are so many benefits of quitting smoking and here are some of them that I have been constantly talking to him about.

  • Smoking actually retards your sense of taste and smell and when you quit, you can actually see the benefits of a better sense of taste and smell in just one week.
  • It’s no secret that smoking seriously affects the lungs. Quitting smoking sees your lung function improve in just 3 months making you fitter and more active – a great way to lose weight I’d say.
  • The impact that smoking has on teeth is quite damaging. You obviously have stains and it can also lead to gum disease. Why wouldn’t you want fresh breath?
  • Money is a huge factor and you can save quite a tidy sum by refraining from smoking as cigarettes are costly.

This is my biggest bug bear and I am pretty miffed at people smoking around children. Passive smoking can be just as dangerous as smoking and I just don’t think it’s fair that children be subjected to that especially when they don’t have a say in the matter.

Same goes with pregnant mums or partners smoking around their pregnant partners. There is strong evidence to show that it does affect the unborn child and I think it is such a selfish thing to do.

Vaping is a great way to quit smoking in my opinion. While e-cigarettes may not be entirely risk free, they have much less risks associated with them than with traditional cigarettes. It may seem confusing at first but this guide to switching to e-cigarettes actually helps start you on the path.

Do you or a loved one smoke? Are you trying to quit or thinking of quitting? What are you using to quit? Leave a comment in the comment box, I’d love to know how you are getting on.

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