want to quite vaping in 2024?

December 12, 2023
quit vaping

2024 is right around the corner, and many people are setting resolutions to improve their health and well-being. If you’re thinking about quitting vaping, now is a great time to start the journey to a nicotine-free lifestyle. 

According to past research, nearly half of 15 to 24-year-olds surveyed were considering trying to quit vaping as a New Year’s resolution. They shared many good reasons to quit vaping, ranging from health concerns to a desire to save money and be free from nicotine addiction.

While everyone’s experience is different, quitting nicotine comes with common symptoms and challenges. Here’s a closer look at what to expect when you begin to quit vaping:

#1: Uncomfortable Feelings are Normal — and Temporary!

Nicotine is a highly addictive substance, and quitting isn’t easy. You may experience withdrawal symptoms such as difficulty concentrating or sleeping, moodiness, headaches, or fatigue. The good news is that these feelings are temporary and usually get better after a few weeks without nicotine!

#2: Beat Cravings with Creative Solutions

Learning how to handle cravings is one of the hardest parts of quitting vaping. First, it’s important to understand your triggers — the specific habits and routines that make you want to vape. For example, maybe you crave nicotine when you feel stressed, bored, anxious, or lonely. Or, maybe you’re in the habit of vaping in certain situations or places, or with certain people.

Thankfully, there are many creative ways to help you move past urges to use nicotine. Try these tips:

      Get moving. When a craving hits, moving your body can help. Try taking a quick walk to change your surroundings or dancing to music you love.

      Try substitutes. Replace your vape with hard candy, lollipops, mints, gum, popcorn, or even a sour food, like pickles.

      Take deep breaths. Pause to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth to help relax your mind until a craving passes.

      Use distractions. Keeping your hands busy can keep your mind off vaping. It could be a hobby like knitting, coloring, or playing a game on your phone.

#3: Seek Support

Quitting vaping can feel isolating at times, but having a strong support system can make a world of difference. Share your journey with friends, family, co-workers, and others who can be there to listen to you, distract you, provide support on tough days, and celebrate your success on good days.


Ready to Quit Vaping in 2024? How to Find Help

Once you’ve decided to quit vaping, be patient with yourself and take it one day at a time. Quitting can be difficult, but it’s worth it!

For more resources and support for every stage of your quitting journey, visit the Mental Health Recovery Board Serving Warren & Clinton Counties’ (MHRB) Vaping Resources page.