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Can Vaping Help You Quit Smoking? A Comprehensive Guide

Can Vaping Help You Quit Smoking? A Comprehensive Guide


August 03, 2018

Can vaping help you quit smoking? Ask the millions that have done so.

Vaping isn’t the perfect solution for everyone. However, if you equip yourself with the right knowledge and understanding, your chances to quit cigarettes with vaping can be successful. 

majority of smokers in the U.S. want to quit smoking, but only 3-6% are successful in quitting cold turkey. Studies have reported that it can take up to 30 or more attempts before you can successfully stop. A testament to how difficult it is to quit smoking.

In the article we’ll cover the following to assist you on your journey:

Can Vaping Help You Quit Smoking?

Can vaping help you quit smoking?

The current research on vaping being a useful smoking cessation tool have mixed results. Many of the studies available are not generalizable to the population level due to inaccurate reporting.

However, there ARE some important findings found in several studies:

  • There is moderate evidence that prolonged use of e-cigarettes will increase the likelihood of smoking cessation.
  • The likelihood of quitting is decreased when smokers are using vaping in times/places where smoking is not allowed. Think stealth vaping while still smoking the same amount of cigarettes.

If you are trying to quit smoking with vape, there are three possible outcomes:

  1. Quitting Cigarettes (29.8% of vapers in the U.S.) - completely switching to vaping
  2. Dual Users (58.8% of vapers in the U.S.) - reducing amount of cigarette smoked or smoking the same amount of cigarettes while vaping
  3. Relapse - vaped for a while but went back to smoking and stopped vaping completely.

In England, 52% of vapers are former smokers and 40% of people who try to stop smoking use e-cigarettes. Studies may not be able to generalize, but if vaping has helped 30% of smokers in the U.S. quit smoking, vaping may work for you.

The main point here is that you should try everything you can to quit smoking. If you don't want to try vaping, there are smoking cessation products approved by the FDA known as  nicotine replacement therapy (NRT):

  • Nicotine Gum
  • Nicotine Patches
  • Nicotine Inhaler
  • Nicotine Nose Spray
  • Nicotine Lozenges

The success rate for NRTs have been touted by the pharmaceutical industry as high as 50% in randomized trials, but despite the impressive effectiveness of NRT’s, the quit rate at the population level has not improved.

Keep in mind. It’s entirely possible that you can quit without any cessation products at all. Researchers have found that up to 75% of smokers have quit unaided or cold turkey. So, don't give up!

If you’re still interested in quitting cigarettes with vaping, you have to be aware that quitting is no easy feat. It takes commitment, discipline, knowledge, and understanding to ensure a successful transition from smoking to vaping. But knowing some of the difference of vaping versus smoking can easily give you more incentive to finally give it up for good.

How To Quit Smoking With Vaping!

Nicotine is a highly addictive substance in tobacco products, and this is why quitting cigarettes is difficult. Many wrongly assume that nicotine in cigarettes is what causes cancer, but what causes serious damage to your lungs is inhaling the burning tobacco and the additives in your cigarettes.

What vaping does is it allows you to inhale nicotine by heating the e-juice to produce vapor. Not only do you satisfy your nicotine cravings, but you are also getting the smoking sensation called a throat hit that many smokers have become accustomed to. This is why many smokers have chosen e-cigarettes over other nicotine replacement products.

How Vaping Works? | Vaping To Quit Smoking

There are two outcomes of using a vape to quit smoking:

  1. Quitting nicotine
  2. Quit smoking cigarettes

If you are trying to get rid of your nicotine addiction, your ultimate goal is to use vaping as a means to wean off nicotine altogether.

You can accomplish this by slowly tapering off your nicotine level to 0 mg e-juice which has no nicotine. By doing so, you can get the smoking sensation without getting any nicotine, and eventually, you can quit vaping altogether.


Vaping to quit smoking:  nicotine weaning method

If you cannot quit your nicotine addiction, your goal is to use vaping to replace your smoking habits. To get to that point, you will have to first feel comfortable vaping when your friends are smoking a cigarette.

It will take a while to get to that point, but when you start to vape more often, you’ll start to prefer vaping rather than smoking. You’ll also begin to notice how bad cigarettes smell, and if you do take a drag from your friend’s cigarette, you’ll realize how nasty cigarettes taste.

Remember, the transition to entirely quitting cigarettes will take time and don’t be too hard on yourself if you relapse. As long as you stay committed, and you don’t give up, you’ll be alright! Slip-ups are a-okay as long as you get back on track!

If you’re serious about vaping, we can guide you in the right direction.

Here’s what you need to know to start vaping:

Vaping Device

Vaping devices are often referred to as a vape or an e-cigarette, and there are different types of vapes out there.

  1. Cig-a-like
  2. Sub-ohm Vape Pen
  3. Sub-ohm Box Mods
  4. Vape Pods or Pod Mods

For starters, it is recommended that you either get a sub-ohm device or a pod mod.

For more in-depth information, read our different types of vapes article here!

If you’re looking to get started, visit our best starter kit devices with deals!

Vape Juice

Vape juice is also referred as e-juice or e-liquid, and this is what you will put in your vaping device to vaporize the nicotine.  Vape juice also comes in different flavors such as menthol, tobacco, fruit, candy, and custard.

What you will need to know is that there are two kinds of vape juice:

1) Regular e-juice or freebase nicotine

2) Nicotine salts (Recommended)

Nicotine salts or nic salts are high nicotine strength e-juice designed specifically for vape pods. Nic salts are the closest vaping experience to smoking a cigarette due to a special nicotine formulation.

To learn more about the difference between regular e-juice and nicotine salt, read here!

If you’re curious about what’s in your vape juice, read our vape juice ingredient guide!

Nicotine Level

Choosing the correct nicotine level is critical if you want to quit smoking successfully.

  • For regular e-juice, the common nicotine level on the market is 0 mg, 3 mg,  6 mg, and 12 mg.
  • For nicotine salts, the common nicotine level ranges anywhere from 25 mg to 50 mg.

In our How to choose the right nicotine level guide, you will be able to match up the right nicotine level to how much you smoke cigarettes per day!

Side Effects of Vaping

Lastly, it’s important to understand the causes of vaping side effects so you can better your vaping experience. Many of the side effects are avoidable and are related to vaping too much nicotine or due to dehydration.

For the full details, you can learn more about it here on our Side Effects of Vaping article.

Some of the side effects are also related to when you quit smoking. Let’s talk about it in the next section!

What happens when you quit smoking and start vaping?

What happens when you quit smoking and start vaping!

The symptoms you face when you quit smoking will be due to your body detoxing the chemicals in your lungs. Don’t worry, this is a natural process your body goes through, and these effects are temporary. This is important to know because you might assume these symptoms for the side effects of vaping!

Here are some of the possible symptoms you may experience:

  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pains
  • Mouth ulcers

These symptoms may last anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months or even more, depending on the lung damage you have sustained over the years.

To illustrate the benefits of quitting cigarettes, we have listed a timeline of what will happen when you quit smoking:

What happens when you quit smoking? Timeline

After 12 Hours:

  • An increase in blood oxygen levels and carbon monoxide levels drops to normal.
  • When you smoke cigarettes, high levels of carbon monoxide are released, and it is harmful to your body since it decreases the concentration of oxygen carried in your blood. Long-term exposure can lead to heart diseases, and it is the same gas that is released from your car exhaust.

After 1 day:

  • Your risk of a heart attack decreases

After 2 days:

  • Your sense of smell and tastes start to improve.
  • Smoking causes damages to your nerve endings, and this is why you have a decreased sense of smell and taste when you smoke.

After 2 weeks:

  • Your lung starts to recover, and breathing becomes easier.
  • Smoking cigarettes damage your alveoli. Alveoli are air sacs in your lungs that help you bring in oxygen and push out carbon dioxide. Every time you smoke a cigarette, you damage your alveoli, and if you continue to smoke, you make it harder for your alveoli to breathe which increases your chances of COPD.

After 1 month:

  • Your lung function starts to improve. As your lungs heal, you’ll experience less coughing and shortness of breath. Because of this, you’ll begin to see an increase in endurance and stamina in cardiovascular activities.

After 1-3 month:

  • The symptoms listed above will start to decrease, and you will have more body energy. You may notice you have less smoker’s cough.

After 1 year:

  • Your lungs will be significantly healed, and you will be able to fight off infections more effectively.
  • Your risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack, and stroke will drop more than 50% compared to your average smoker.

Should I Make the Switch?

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If you want to quit nicotine addiction in the safest way possible, the best course of action for you is to quit cold turkey. There are many ways you can methodically achieve this such as cutting down on how much you smoke per day.

If quitting cold turkey sounds like a stretch to you, you can use the weaning method, and you can cut down your nicotine level over time.

If you have tried quitting nicotine or you want to substitute your smoking habits with a less destructive alternative, vaping may be the right solution for you.

The decision is up to you and if you want to start your vaping journey, educating yourself on the vaping lifestyle will help you ensure a successful transition. Good luck and don’t give up!

For some words of encouragement, here are some of the emails we get on a daily basis that helps us keep on doing what we do!!


I just wanted to write to say thank you to all of you at Ruthless vapor. I had tried to quit smoking and move to e cigarettes in the past but had never been able to stick with it due to all the awful flavors I had tried. Luckily I had a friend who had me try your Loaded Donut and S'mores and I have finally been able to kick the stink sticks! With your e liquid I have been smoke free for 3 months and don't ever want to go back! Thanks again, you all may have saved me some years of life!! - Christopher


I got ahold of a bottle of your juice on sale in Indiana and all I can say it it is Amazing. I really didn't know anything about it and the guy in the shop was no help at all but I thought what the heck I will give it a try (really good sale Lol) Funny because now that I have read what flavors are in it I don't usually like much watermelon and am not big on menthol. But this combination really works. I am anxious to try some of your other flavors. Maybe not on ice but definitely want to try. If you ever need a taste tester I am your girl. Born California girl. Transplanted okie Lol. Cigarette free 7 months and counting. - Ann


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