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  • Tolerance for Vaping: What Every Non Smoker Needs To Know About The Vaper

    You and your family are walking down the mall, and there are smokers everywhere.  You do your best to have your kids avoid the smoke, but you walk straight into a cloud of vape that seemingly came out of nowhere.  You want to yell at them and tell them that it is a ridiculous habit to have; why don’t they just stop?

    It happens all the time.  People who have never smoked or vaped are baffled by people who do.  While we all understand that smoking is extremely harmful for us, including smokers, what most people, who haven’t had to try to quit smoking, don’t understand is the vaper’s passion for what they are doing.

    We want to give some advice for the people in your life who aren’t in the same place as you, so that we can begin to help them understand why this has become your life.

    It’s Not The Vapor

    People like to think that the biggest thing for vapers is the big clouds or the flavors.  From what we have seen, it is neither.  It’s the fact that they are not smoking.  People are in love with not smoking.  They are happy that they can breathe again. They don’t smell like an ashtray. 

    You can see it in the way they talk and walk; when a customer quits smoking, there is a pride that exudes from them.  They know what they did and it makes them happy. Quitting is one of the hardest things that people go through in their life.

    Just Quit. I Don’t Get Why You Started In The First Place

    We get it Mr. Non-smoker, we shouldn’t have started in the first place, and if we had the ability to go back in time, we would choose a different path.  As there is no way to do that, this is one of the best ways to change one of the worst habits we ever picked up. We have a way to fix it and we are doing it. 

    Little did you know, we are actually completely aware that putting things in our body that doesn’t belong there could be bad.  Guess what though? It is the fact that there is scientific evidence that this is a safer way to get the nicotine that we need as we quit, but it actually tastes pretty well.

    We are slowly stepping our nicotine down, and working a plan on how to quit an addiction that had overtaken our lives.  We will quit, but all in good time, as it is not as easy to just say I’m going to quit doing something that I have been doing for as long as I can remember.

    We Understand Why You Fear What You Don’t Understand

    It is a natural thing for humans to fear what they don’t understand, but in all reality, before you tell us what is good or bad for us you need to do some research into what is happening.  There is more anecdotal evidence and scientific evidence as to why this is safer for us then why it would be worse for us. 

    If you ask any vaper, who was also a smoker, about the changes in their life since they started to vape, you would find out what we are talking about.  We breathe better, we taste things again, we can go somewhere and not have to excuse ourselves to go smoke a cigarette and come back embarrassed that we smell like the ashtray we were standing by. 

    It’s something that the non-smoker will never understand.  So don’t tell us you do, just accept that smelling like watermelon or strawberry is better than smelling like a cigarette.  You will also like it better.  We know because of the look you used to give us after we came back.

    Vaping Is Dangerous

    While we see the same news reports that you do about these devices blowing up, it is actually a very small number.  Most of these are due to user error.  It’s also why it’s is so important that we educate ourselves on the devices that we use. 

    Most shops will not allow you to walk out until you understand how the device works.  It is important that the user understands for a number of reasons.  If they don’t understand how it works, it won’t help them quit because they will not be happy with it. 

    Also, they need to know how to refill it, take care of it, how to change coils, and they need to know what type of e liquid they are using and what is in it.  All these things go into having a great experience with vaping, and are the reasons to why we try to explain and show people how to use their device safely

    You Are Just Moving From One Addiction To Another

    While this may look like the case, it is not the goal of companies like ours.  Our owner, Dani, explains it very well:

                    “Many people look at the vape industry as an extension of the tobacco companies like Phillip Morris, but it couldn’t be further from the truth.  Our goal as a company is to get people to quit using nicotine and this is the most effective way we have found to make that happen.  We continually encourage people to lower their nicotine intake until they reach zero.  At that point, we want to create the environment to make sure that they no longer are our customers.  Our whole mission is to create non customers.“

    It’s a lofty goal, but that really is what’s most important.  To give people their freedom from the addiction is a big ask and the sooner the non-smoker understands that, the easy it will be to achieve it. We want people not in the industry to see where we are coming from and what we are trying to do.  It is not as simple as just give it up.  

    Telling people to just quit doing something that has been a daily part of their life for years is the same as telling people not to brush their teeth every day, it just won’t happen.

    Share with us your quitting experience below!

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  • Tips To Help You Get Started Vaping

    Don't forget to check out our posts, The Truth About Vaping and Vaping Into The Quit, for further information.

    Trying to quit smoking is one of the most difficult endeavors you will ever go through. Believe it or not, nicotine is not the culprit. It’s the Monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAOI’s. They are found naturally in tobacco and reduce the levels of dopamine that nicotine release. The other 3999 chemicals don’t help either. Don’t worry though, I’m here to help (Insert super hero theme song of your choice here).

    Unlike cigarettes, the juice, or e-liquid, used in vaping only has two chemicals. Vegetable glycerin, or VG, is a clear, odorless liquid produced from plant oils, typically palm oil, soy, or coconut oil. Propylene glycol, or PG is used as a preservative in food products. Propylene glycol is also used in various edible items such as coffee-based drinks, liquid sweeteners, ice cream, whipped dairy products and soda. The nicotine and flavoring are either VG or PG based. There are different blends that you can get your juice in from a 50/50 blend to 80/20 (which is what our premium line is.)  There are also some juices that are 100% VG.

    Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to it, shall we.

    1 – Throw away your cigarettes immediately.

    You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. All it will do is to remind you that you have not finished smoking, so it is better to get them out of your life as quick as possible.  Change small things about your smoking habit.  If you used to open your driver side window to smoke, open your passenger side.  You spent your mornings out front of your house, head out back and see what that is like.  By changing small things you will have less of the triggers that compel you to smoke. 

    2 – Choose the right device for you.

    With so many options for devices, tanks, coils, batteries, etc., it can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but stay calm. Come see us (or head to your local vape shop), tell them you want to start vaping and ask questions. The vaping community is very friendly and most shops have a knowledgeable staff. Be patient and don’t jump on the first thing you see.

    Many of the people that hang out at the vape shops will be using some advanced mods and tanks or rda’s, that most beginners will not really want to touch, so don’t worry about them.  You will want to choose something that fits you and that will help you achieve what you are trying to do. 

    3 – Have a secondary device.

    The worst thing that could happen is the batteries dying or the coil burns out in your device half way through the day. That may just make you go buy a pack of cigarettes, so make sure you always have at least one extra battery and a backup coil.

    Take it from experience: If you are trying to fight the battle of quitting, there is one thing you don’t want to do is run out of juice or be down a coil.  It will lead to temptation to buy a pack of cigarettes.  When I ran out, all I could do is get to the shop as quickly as possible, so make sure that you plan ahead.  If you are going out of town, bring a couple spares along with, just in case.  Murphy’s Law and all that.

    4 – Find the right nicotine level for you.

    The nicotine in vape juice is absorbed differently then it is from a cigarette. It takes a little bit longer with vape juice. Again, rely on your vape shop staff for helping you decide the level that is right for. If you start vaping and think you need more or less nicotine, just let the staff know and they can adjust the nicotine level.

    Nicotine is a very important part of the process of quitting smoking.  You are going to need it to get through the initial cravings and you will need to slowly ween yourself off of it.  You need to have a plan in place to lower your nicotine.  Many of our people will lower their nicotine levels when they come in to get new juice.  We have found that it is a good way to start lowering, but some of you will be a bit slower in the lowering process and that is okay as well. 

    5 – Find the flavor that is right for you.

    It is very important to find what flavors you need to help you in the transition. For some, vaping tobacco flavored juice is like drinking non alcoholic beer. It makes you want the real thing. Almost all vape shops have tester bars that allow you to try the flavors of juices they offer. Everybody has a different palette so take your time and taste as many as you can. Just know, that it doesn’t matter how fruity your juice is, what matters is the fact that you are going to use it to quit!

    6 – Vape through the cravings.

    For the first couple of weeks the cravings will still be there and they will be fierce, stay strong and vape through them. If you go through a 15ml of juice in six minutes to get past a craving, it will be totally worth it. After about two weeks with zero cigarettes, you will have forgotten all about them.

    7 – Don’t listen to the haters.

    There are people in the world that would let you believe that vaping is just as bad for you as smoking. Those people either make money off of big tobacco or are too lazy to do the research themselves. Don’t take my word for it, do the research, check facts. It’s all there on the internet.

     

    At the end of the day it’s your choice, your freedom, your right to make the switch and live a happier healthier life. Also, if you have questions or concerns feel free to reach out to us at info@modernsmokingsolutions.com. We are always here to help, and will do our best to assist you in your journey back to living the life that you want.

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  • Vaping Into the Quit

    If you have ever tried to quit smoking, you know it can really be tough.  That's why we are here to help.  There are a number ways that you can try, but one way we have seen that is effective for our customers is vaping.  Every day we have people coming in to quit smoking and use vaping to put the habit down.  It can be done. 

     

    Recognizing that you have reasons to quit!

    One of the biggest issues that people who quit smoking face is not really recognizing the reasons why they need/want to quit smoking.  It is very easy for those of us on the other side to forget, as we have already been through the process of quitting.  It is one of the hardest steps to take.

    The cigarette has been your best friend for years. That time your boyfriend dumped you, your cigarette was there.  Remember when you got a huge raise at work? Your cigarette was there.  Remember when you had your first kid, the nerves and the joy? Well, your cigarette was there as well.  It has always been there, with you through the thick and the thin.  The cold winters and the heat of summer.  No one has been as big a part of your life as a cigarette, and this is what makes it so damn hard to quit. 

    It all seems so easy once you are on the other side.  But the reason for getting to the other side is to know that there is freedom once you get there.  Find the reason, whether it comes from wanting to see your kids grow up or because you want to run your first 5k.  This is the single most important step that you need to take.

    Quitting is made easier

    If you find those reasons to quit, that is where vaping comes in.  Vaping can be used as a supplement to get you through those first few hard weeks of coming down off of all the chemicals that you put into your body.

    Your cigarette friend has been poisoning you in almost every way imaginable, and yet we all continued to go back to it.  We woke up in the morning proclaiming that this would be the day, and yet, right after the coffee, you walk outside with cigarette in your mouth.

    But here is how that changes.  Vaping, it’s this trend that you have been hearing a lot about.  And guess, it is better than a trend.  It is changing lives for the better.

    Understand what vaping is; it’s actually important.

    So you have made that decision to quit and now you are wondering how to do it.  You could go with the patch or gum, or you could even go cold turkey.  The question is why would you? There is a better way, and that is to vape!

    Vaping doesn’t have to be scary because that is what we are here for.  First step is to know what you are jumping into.  The biggest thing to know is that vaping is not supposed to become a way of life for you.  It is a tool that you are going to use to get your freedom back, 10 minutes at a time.

    So the basic fundamentals that you need to know about vaping are what ingredients go into the juice that you are vaping on.  Four ingredients is all that it is. Vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, flavoring, and nicotine; these four ingredients combine to give you that sensation of smoking, and that is why vaping helps the person trying to quit.  You get both the nicotine that your body craves, but also that same movement and sensation that you are smoking.  Do you want to see a list comparison between the ingredients in a cigarette and vape? Well here you go. And just for good measure, here is another one.

    Just by the list alone, you can see that this is going to be better for you. While it is better than smoking, it should be used as a tool to get nicotine out of your life.  This is why we always suggest a cessation plan.

    (For more on this, check out our previous article.)

    Nicotine has to go!

    The whole point to all of this is to end your addiction to nicotine, to live a happier and healthier life.  Every time you step out to light up, there is 10 minutes gone of your day.  A pack a day, 200 minutes which just so happens to be about three hours and change of your life spent in your ritual of smoking. 

    That’s a lot of the hours spent trying to get your nicotine on.  How much more can you get done? How much better could your relationships be if you had that time back? How much better could your health be? How much less stress would you be under if every hour or so you weren’t craving your nicotine. 

    It will make a huge difference in your life.  That is why once you start vaping you have to be under the mindset that you need to get rid of your nicotine as soon as possible.  You will most likely start fairly high in your nicotine, but set a goal to go down two milligrams in your first 2 weeks. Then you keep reducing it.  However long it takes you to get to zero doesn’t matter.  What matters is that slowly but surely you are winning the battle.  You are taking that step.  You are pushing forward in your goal. 

    As you can see, there is a way to never be tied to another cigarette.  While vaping will help you, it still won’t do it all for you.  You have to be willing and have the strength of will to see out quitting nicotine forever.  If you don’t, there will always be the chance that you return to cigarettes.  And as we all know, it is not a habit that is healthy for you, and those around you.  If you are willing, we are here to help you in this process.  As a company that is our goal, to help you see out the addiction to cigarettes and start to transform your life!

    It really is the best thing that you could do for you, and the only person stopping it from happening is you.  So the question comes down to: Are you ready to make ready to end it?

     

    P.S. Next week we will be having a further blog post on understanding the transition through vape and how choosing the right device and juice can make or break the process.

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