Our New Year’s Resolution: Lay Off the Vapes

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By Samantha Wahl

A review of popular headlines will demonstrate that this year was made up of trials and, erm, moreso, errors. The vape crisis is real, and we’re still in the thick of it. Statistics involving vaping-related illnesses are not looking good for THC and nicotine lovers alike. 

While organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are getting closer to finding a culprit–current research is focused on the toxin, vitamin E acetate–consumer’s can’t risk carelessness. Without solid evidence of a direct cause of illness, we think it’s best to stay away from the stuff all together. 

Yes, vaping is convenient. You can hit a vape anywhere. They’re readily available. It’s hard to stop when something is so addictive. 

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But, whichever reason roped you into the mix, there’s a way to kick your vaping habit to the curb. The Emerald rounded up quitting tips for every type of vaper.

For the Oral Fixation Fanatic: 

Suck on somethin’ else. Those us who like getting high can experiment with THC lollipops to find our perfect dose. For non-stoners, any normal lolly will do. They’re long lasting, don’t affect lung function, and they taste damn good. If a sweet tooth isn’t your thing, there are savory, salty, and minty options for people with different palates.

For the Social Smoker: 

Recruit a friend. It’s hard to go it alone, we know, especially when our kind is seemingly everywhere. But most vapers are aware of the dangers surrounding their habit, and we likely know at least one other person who is interested in quitting. Challenge someone in your friend circle to quit with you. Make it interesting, raise the stakes, include a prize for every week you don’t touch an e-cig. You’re in this together. 

For the Homebody:

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Not everyone is able to smoke from the comforts of their own home, whether your roommate hates the smell, or your apartment doesn’t allow smoking. But outside isn’t always groovy either, especially when the weather sucks, or when we’re just too busy. Ditch the vape, switch to tinctures. They’re fast-acting, and can be mixed in with satiating recipes.

If it’s too cold to leave the house, focus on making a cozy, infused beverage instead of focusing on vapor. If you’re working or doing household chores, leave a few drops under your tongue until the magic happens.

For the Nicotine Addict: 

Nicotine products are available over the counter at drugstores and all over the internet, and they’re a good place to start. But it’s better to nix the nic’ once and for all. Instead, when the cravings surface, switch tasks. Take notes from the oral-fixation enthusiasts, and start suckin’. Concentrate on breathing. Enjoy the vapor-free air around you.

With the start of a new decade on the horizon, now is the perfect opportunity to leave negative habits in the past. Let’s start 2020 off cloud-free, and never look back.

Emerald contributor since September 2019

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