Vaping vs Smoking

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  1. Jean claude Vaaldamme

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    So most vapers say that they have stopped smoking.
    More and more vaping is been classified the same as smoking.

    Now with all the recent media uproar, I often read on this forum that vapers say if they ban vaping or flavours, they will revert back to cigarettes.
    With that statement, do they actually acknowledge that they did not stop smoking?
     
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    That’s interesting @Jean claude Vaaldamme

    I believe I have stopped smoking and have replaced it with a form of nicotine intake that is much less harmful to me.

    How much less harmful I do not know exactly but I feel better, don’t wheeze anymore, heart rate is lower under exercise and I can take in a deeper breath in my lungs.
     
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    @Jean claude Vaaldamme

    I seriously doubt that I will relapse to smoking. Just walking past a smoker makes me me want to gag now. I believe I would still continue vaping if flavours were banned as I still need comfort of “doing something” with my hands.

    If vaping is banned in entirety, I would need to make a hard decision, reduce nic intake in a short space of time and quit.
     
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    If vaping is banned there WILL be a black market and I'll have to go illegal.... I'll never give big tobacco another penny.
     
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    Smoking - have to have one
    Vaping - love the ritual of wicking my coils, mixing juice and determining how much NIC I vape, I have a forum made up of good people supporting each other, learning with me, new devices, review on Flav.

    Show me a forum or a support system for NIC patches or sprays..... Hehehheheh

    I love NIC, and before @Rob Fisher and @Hooked helped me out with a charger and batteries if my vape was flat I picked up a stinky or 2 to be honest.

    NIC changes brain chemistry, that's why it's hard to quit and keeps you addicted

    4 reasons why people smoke/vape

    1. Habbit
    2. Adicted
    3. Social
    4. Because we can

    I do it because of number 2, 3, 4
     
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    There is quitting the harms of combustible tobacco and there is quitting nicotine. It's not the same thing. Just as vaping needs to decide whether it is going to include those who inhale THC along with those who inhale nicotine, society also needs to decide what "quitting smoking" means. Does it mean you quit nicotine entirely, or merely that you quit combustible cigarettes? This applies to drugs as well. If someone stops taking heroin but now becomes a daily user of methadone, have they "quit drugs"? Are they "clean"? Or have they merely transitioned to a less harmful form of drugs?

    What I don't get is why restricting vaping to tobacco flavours would make vapers go back to smoking. What flavour do cigarettes come in, other than tobacco? Why is getting tobacco flavour from cigarettes preferable to getting tobacco flavour from juice?
     
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    Cigarettes now come in quite a few flavours.

    I don't mind being called a 3mg nicotine addict. I can add that to my caffeine addiction.

    I never considered dagga smokers to be aligned with cigarette smokers, and I don't consider THC vapers to be "normal" vapers. No judgment just not what I consider to be a vaper.
     
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    Not sure, I can't stand cigarette smell or flavour any more.
    Maybe because some of the artificial tobacco flavours, taste like naturally extracted ashtray. Almost all of them need big support from the other flavorings to be vapable.

    In regard to the OP:
    Smoking and vaping are the result of the two different chemical processes. Dumping them in the same basket, by the media and some regulators, is kinda orvellian, or just plain ignorant.

    In any case I'm not going back to smoking, no matter what happens.
     
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    Not all tobacco flavours have an ashy or smokey note to them, but I find vapers avoid tobacco flavours out of fear of tasting that in a juice. I love tobacco flavours but also don't really enjoy anything that actually tastes like smoking a stinky
     
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    Yes agree with most of what was said.

    The question remain, if people use the argument that if flavours or vaping gets banned, then vapers will go back to cigarettes. Is it an acknowledgement that they never quit smoking and are still addicted? Surely if you claim you stopped smoking, then you should be able to use nothing if you cant vape anymore?
     
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    We stopped smoking not the nicotine addiction @Jean claude Vaaldamme . Many of us managed to significantly reduce their nicotine intake which will make a potential forced quitting a bit easier.
    When I was a smoker, I used to burn 2 to 3 cigarettes in a row during my smoke breaks. I still vape quite a lot on my off days and in the evenings but can pull a whole work day without craving for nicotine. I’m quite confident that quitting would not be an issue if I choose/ am forced to do so.
     
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    I was one of those vapers that was scared of tobacco profiles. But I believe that one should face your fears. Firstly I kept my last bought sealed carton of cigarettes - not as a backup, but rather as a trophy. When I returned to SA about a year ago, I didn't have space in my luggage, so I left my trophy in Nigeria. Upon my arrival in SA, I met up with one of my vaping/smoking friends at OR Tambo and decided to face one of my fears - I took a drag from his cigarette, and now going back to smoking is no longer a fear of mine. I couldn't stand smoking cigarettes again. Knowing that, I eventually got to trying tobacco profiles - initially some DIY (which didn't realy quite do it for me) and then I met @GSM500. Now I vape tobaccos probably 90% of the time. I get to enjoy great tobaccos reminiscent of the days when I smoked pipe & cigars and have the same enjoyment without the risk.

    So I don't smoke, but I used to - therefore I am an ex-smoker. I have kicked the addiction to many chemicals related to smoking, but kept nicotine. I started on 6mg, but dropped to mostly 2/3mg with the occasional 6mg for a boost.


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    Tobacco flavours hurt my lungs, as did cigarettes just prior to me quitting. And I don't mean harm my lungs, I mean hurt them. As in a physical sensation of discomfort. RY4, Soho and other dessert tobaccos are OK, I'm talking about the ashy pukka tobaccos like Burley and Virginia. If they somehow managed to ban flavours for DIY and only allowed tobacco flavours, I'd probably vape a straight Soho. Or, if even that got too much, I'd vape unflavoured base.

    I'm also down to 1mg juice now, so nicotine only has the mildest hold over me. Suffice it to say, there is not the slightest chance that I will ever go back to smoking. But I would also say that I haven't quit. Seven other members of my family quit, as in not using or depending on nicotine in any form. My brother-in-law still smokes, I vape. If I had to use a verb to describe my status, I'd say I have transitioned.

    I don't know what word society or govt can use for our state but I think a word is needed. It makes data more meaningful. Saying that 17% of the populace smokes, when we include vaping in that, is misleading. Saying that 9% of the populace smokes, 3% are dual users and 5% have transitioned gives us a much better snapshot of the situation. "Vaping" would also work except that transitioning (HNB, snus, etc) implies more than just vaping. The harm reduction field is already quite wide and likely to get wider. They might use a range of delivery mechanisms, not just vaping, but they're all still using nicotine in some form.
     
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    Maybe an acronym like RHT as in "reduced harm transition"? So that would cover everybody on patches, gum, inhalers, HNB, vaping, snus, khaini (chewing tobacco)? It also keeps the focus on the key differentiator, which is that all of these forms of nicotine delivery are deemed less harmful than smoking, and were all thus presumably transitioned to for that singular purpose.
     
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    Thanks for the posts @RichJB

    The way I see it is that smoking and vaping is separated by the issue of combustion
    So anything that delivers nicotine without combustion is most likely less harmful.

    Perhaps another term could be non-combustibles or some form of that - because its quite explicit