The Psychology of Vaping and Why it Succeeds 4th January 2016 – Posted in: News – Tags: , ,

There have been a number of cigarette replacement products on the market over the years, including nicotine gum, patches, various self-help books and hypnosis downloads that smokers have tried. The trouble is that for most of us smoking is an ingrained habit that we have picked up over the years, often from our teenage years. Giving up has always been about tomorrow, convincing yourself that you can quit any time or telling everyone you simply like smoking.

Getting over those terrible cravings has always been the big problem for any smoker.

Vaping has certainly been a game changer in recent years. Ever since the e-cigarette came onto the market, many smokers have been swapping and finding it easy to quit the real weed.

So what power does it have that other aids such as patches or gum don’t?

Firstly, smoking isn’t really about nicotine, at least not on its own. There are a whole host of triggers that smokers depend on as part of their habit, from the environment, to the kick of the cigarette and the feeling of relaxation when they blow that comforting cloud of smoke out into the atmosphere.


One of the problems with solutions that don’t mimic the act of smoking is that they leave people feeling as if they are being deprived of something important. For too long nicotine replacement has been seen as the way forward which has worked for some people who can get over those initial withdrawal symptoms but not for those unable to get over that considerable hurdle. If you feel as though something is being stolen away from you it is all the more difficult to cope with the psychological stresses of withdrawal.


The reason e-cigarettes have found success is that they mimic the important aspects of smoking, particularly the ability to blow out a sizeable cloud. It looks like smoke and it feels like smoke. Quite often this is the singular factor that those who vape cite which provides the all-important calming effect. The other thing they need is for that replacement to taste like a cigarette. While there are a number of different flavours available, by far the most popular are those that resemble the proper taste of a cigarette.


The act of vaping is beginning to attract the opinion of those who believe it is not a suitable way to give up smoking. The truth is that, compared to the harmful effects of smoking actual cigarettes, e-cigs are far healthier. Many e-cig users say that those early morning coughs and that feeling their lungs are all clogged up begins to disappear pretty quickly once they change to the vaping lifestyle.

Compared to other nicotine products, vape enthusiasts are more likely to stick to their new way of smoking than any other solution. Yes, there is a case to say that people are not really giving up but simply switching one habit for another, but that dismisses the obvious health benefits that come with vaping.

According to Professor Lynn Kozlowski at the Addiction Research Foundation in Canada:

“We don’t need clinical trials to know that a large rock falling on a person is much more dangerous than a small rock falling on someone. Compared to cigarettes, reduced risks of e-cigs are obvious. The number and level of toxins are much lower in e-cigs. It is easy to be less dangerous than fire-causing, carcinogenic, smoke-generating cigarettes.”