As many consumers turn to vaping as a means to quit smoking, the question always arises, “Is vaping addictive?” The simple answer is, “Yes.” But being addicted to flavored water vapor is far less harmful than the addiction from nicotine and about 1000 other toxic chemicals housed inside those attractive, cylindrical casings with names like Marlboro or Salem. Humans can get addicted to anything: sex, drugs, rock-and-roll, alcohol, sweets, television, playing the lottery, working out, smoking, and yes…even vaping.
To become an addict, you first must possess an addictive personality. If you have been a tobacco smoker in the past, then you probably already possess this personality trait. Psychology Today says,
“Addiction depends, first and foremost, upon having an addictive personality. Such people, estimated at perhaps 10%-15% of the population, simply don’t know when to stop…Believe it or not, being addicted is nothing more than an out-of-control habit. The difference between that 10%-15% and everyone else is the difference between using and abusing.”
The moral of the story is to vape responsibly. While many in the vaping community first turned to vape pens and e-cigs to quit smoking, a large number of these same former-smokers have also successfully managed to avoid a long-term addiction to e-juices and e-cigs. When we first start out on our vaping journey, most of us hit the vape pen long, hard, and consistently. This is the simple basic principle of substituting a new, good habit for a bad one
Recovering alcoholics do this all the time. When many alcoholics first enter rehab, they are told that they can eat as much candy and sweets as they like. Alcohol turns to sugar in the body, and when alcoholics first get clean, they simply crave sugar in huge quantities. Is eating too much sugar bad for you? Of course it is! Is it worse than being addicted to alcohol? No way! For one thing, eating a bag of M&M’s while driving your vehicle is legal and rarely impairs your ability to drive responsibly. For another, you can’t kill a pedestrian with a handful of M&M’s, unless you toss them out the window really, really hard!
Eventually, most alcoholics become bored with the mouthfuls of candy and cookies. Without even knowing it, they gradually begin to wean themselves off of the sweets over time. The same can be true for newbies of the vaping world. When you are first beginning your detox from tobacco, feel free to vape away as much as you want. As time passes, you will be better able to control your vaping intake. Before you know it, you might only be a social vaper, enjoying your favorite e-juices as you would a tasty beer or glass of wine when out with your family and friends on the weekend. Is vaping addictive? It can be. But it’s a much healthier addiction than tobacco, by far!