Let’s face it: Ingesting small amounts of nicotine is rather similar to caffeine. Stimulating and relaxing. As a smoker (or vaper) you also want the peaks. Not just a constant level. So, patches aren’t a full substitute because the deliver they nictine too constantly. Gum, inhalers, etc. are severely lacking in taste. They taste even worse than smoking. No rivals for pleasure here either. Any way you quit smoking, the memory of the guilty pleasure associated with smoking stays. No matter how deeply you bury it in your subconscious, it’s bound to pop up again with a longing. A longing that might lead to a relapse.
Enter vaping: This consumer product has the capabiity to replace the pleasures of smoking with more pleasure. The major provider of stimulation and relaxation—nicotine—is delivered similarily, albeit a little slower. The peaks are less pronounced. Here it’s lacking a bit. There are other psychoactive substances in the smoke (like MAOI) that interact with nicotine. Missing, too. But the feeling of the inhaled vapor is sufficiently similar to smoke and the exhaled vapor is the used visual confirmation. At this point ecigs are better than NRTs as a substitute but still not more pleasurable than smoking. This is where the flavors come in. The wide variety of flavors allows vapers to pick those that are especially pleasant for the individual tastes. Even the journey testing them can be a diverting pleasure in itself. With the right flavors vaping can provide vastly more combined pleasure than smoking. And this superior sensation replaces the memory of smoking.
For the experienced vaper there are many ways to fine tune the individual pleasure.
- Most will try different atomizer types. The same liquids taste and feel different depending on the atomizer design.
- Select the right batteries. Individual preferences like size, capacity, amount of control, peak power.
- Some find a cost saving hobby with rebuildable atomizers. Experimenting with coil/wick setups.
- Some like to mix their own liquids. Questing for the best mix of bases and flavors.
So, when a successful vaper should decide to go for total cessation, he might also have a recurring longing. But this longing wouldn’t be for smoking. It would be for the greater pleasure:Vaping!