Quit smoking? Vape is one of those effective tools (Next)

Quit smoking? Vape is one of those effective tools (Next)
  • Vaping side effects
  • How to quit vaping when you feel ready
  • Are vapes safe to use in pregnancy?
  • Vaping around others
  • How to dispose of vapes responsibly

Vaping side effects

Common side effects of vaping include:

  • coughing, dry mouth and throat
  • mouth and throat irritation
  • shortness of breath
  • headaches

If you experience side effects from vaping, get advice from a stop smoking adviser or specialist vape retailer before you decide to stop using a vape as your quit smoking tool.
Making small changes to your vape products or how you vape should help. Side effects are usually easily managed and should not stop you from vaping as a way to quit smoking.

How to quit vaping when you feel ready

Once you have been vaping for a while and feel sure you will not go back to smoking, you should aim to quit vaping too.
To keep yourself on track, it's a good idea to quit vaping gradually. You can do this in a number of ways:

  • gradually reduce the strength of nicotine in your e-liquid (if you are using a disposable vape, you could switch to a refillable device to do this)
  • extend the time between vaping
  • set rules for yourself about where you do and do not vape, for example only outside of the home or only on breaks at work

Do not rush this process. Only reduce your vaping frequency or nicotine strength when you feel you will not go back to smoking and do not have to puff more to compensate. Your local Stop Smoking Service can give more advice on quitting vaping if you need it.
If at any point you feel at risk of going back to smoking, increase your nicotine strength or vaping frequency until the feelings go away.
If you prefer to stop vaping in one step, you can ask your pharmacist or stop smoking adviser about switching to a suitable nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) product. This is an alternative way of cutting down your nicotine use until you are ready to stop completely.
Remember, if you have stopped smoking completely you have already achieved a huge step in protecting your health, so don't worry if it takes you a while to stop vaping.

Are vapes safe to use in pregnancy?

There is little research on the safety of vaping in pregnancy, but it's likely to be substantially less harmful for you and your baby than smoking. Unlike cigarettes, vapes do not produce carbon monoxide, which is very harmful to a developing baby in the womb.
If you're pregnant and need support to quit smoking, licensed nicotine replacement therapy products like patches and gum are the recommended option.
But if you find vaping helpful to quit and to stay smoke-free, it is much safer for you and your baby than continuing to smoke.
The most important thing is to not smoke when pregnant or around pregnant women.
Speak to a midwife or a stop smoking adviser for advice and support.

Vaping around others

While secondhand smoke from cigarettes causes serious harm to others, there is no evidence so far that vaping is harmful to people around you and any risks are likely to be very low.
But as a precaution, it is best not to vape around babies and children if you can avoid it. Young children often copy what adults do.
Always be considerate when vaping around anyone else, especially people with health conditions like asthma or other respiratory conditions, or people who do not like vaping.

How to dispose of vapes responsibly

Vapes, including single-use "disposables", are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), meaning they should never be thrown away in general waste.
If vapes are put in the bin, the batteries can become damaged, causing fires in refuse vehicles or at waste management sites.
If discarded outdoors, over time they break down, releasing heavy metals and other pollutants into the environment.
You can take vapes for recycling to the shop where you buy your replacements or to your local authority household waste recycling centre.