- How to quit vaping for good: 8 tips from addiction experts
- 1. Get support for Juul addiction
- 2. Research the health risks of Juul
- 3. If weaning off doesn’t work, try quitting cold turkey
- 4. Pinpoint triggers that make you crave your Juul
- 5. Surround yourself with friends and family who don’t Juul or are also trying to quit
- 6. Make sure your friends know you’re trying to quit Juul
- 7. Replace Juuling with another activity that makes you feel good
- 8. Be prepared to deal with nicotine cravings
- How to quit vaping for good
- How to Quit Juul—and Why It’s So Damn Hard
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- How to Make the JUUL Hit Harder — Inconsistent puffs? Limber Up!
- JUUL Tips: Make the JUUL Hit Harder
- Cause and Prevention
- Concerns and Considerations
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How to quit vaping for good: 8 tips from addiction experts
Juul devices are small, USB-looking e-cigarettes that deliver amounts of nicotine comparable to a pack of cigarettes.
Vaping is largely considered a stepping stone from traditional tobacco cigarettes to quitting for good, but that’s not always the case: Research shows that as many as 90 percent of smokers can’t quit even after vaping for an entire year. So if you’ve tried to quit smoking but find yourself just as hooked on e-cigarettes, know that vapes, like the Juul and others, is addictive in its own right.
It’s no surprise why: The nicotine levels in e-cigarettes often match or surpass that of traditional cigarettes, with one “Juulpod” delivering just as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes
“Both smoking methods involve nicotine, which is the addictive component,” Dr. Lawrence Weinstein, chief medical officer of American Addiction Centers, told CNET. “Inhalation of nicotine will increase dopamine production regardless of the vessel used. The up and down of dopamine levels is what motivates the individual to smoke.”
In addition, vaping isn’t a healthy replacement for cigarettes, despite Juul’s efforts at marketing them as such. E-cigarettes carry many of the same health risks as cigarettes and other tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco. If you’re trying to quit any form of nicotine, try implementing these seven nicotine-cessation tips.
Read more: Why Juul’s CEO says to stop vaping | Doctors weigh in on just how unhealthy vaping is
1. Get support for Juul addiction
The first thing you should do when you want to stop using nicotine is to make others aware of your goal and get a support group, even if it’s just one person. While some behavioral research suggests that keeping your goals to yourself is the best way to reach them, that’s not true for addiction.
When it comes to addiction, you should have a supportive circle of people who can help keep you accountable and on the right track. Plus, sharing your intentions means you’ll also be able to share and celebrate your progress down the road, which can serve as further motivation for quitting completely.
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Speaking to an expert might be what you need to quit for good. While you might not find a rehab center near you that treats only nicotine addiction, most rehab centers for alcohol and other drugs are equipped to treat nicotine addiction. For a more personalized approach, try outpatient counseling that includes cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing.
You can also use a free, confidential text or call line to talk to an expert about addiction. The National Institutes of Health offers both a call line and an online chat system, and provides nicotine cessation resources specifically for men, women, teens, military veterans and seniors.
Truth Initiative, a nonprofit that works to end tobacco and nicotine use, offers a text-to-quit messaging system specifically to help people (especially young people) quit using e-cigarettes.
While many call lines operate as or call themselves “smoking cessation” hotlines, keep in mind that the trained experts on the other side of the line help with e-cigarette use as well.
Juuls and other e-cigarettes are often used as smoking-cessation tools, but research shows that e-cigarettes can be just as addictive as traditional cigarettes because of the nicotine component.
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2. Research the health risks of Juul
If nothing else, knowing the health risks of nicotine may be enough encouragement to halt your Juul addiction.
Nicotine, the main ingredient in Juuls and all e-cigarettes, stimulates a series of bodily reactions induced by adrenaline, including an excess release of glucose and an increase in heart rate, breathing rate and blood pressure. That’s why people who vape or smoke feel the familiar rush of alertness and happiness.
Aside from causing wacky reactions inside your body, nicotine is linked to a long and concerning list of side effects, including increased risk of blood clots, artery hardening, seizures, peptic ulcers, irregular heartbeat and lung spasms. More recently, scientists have discovered that vaping specifically can increase your risk of heart disease by damaging the cells that line your blood vessels.
For kids and teens who smoke or vape, nicotine can inhibit and alter brain development — specifically, nicotine can harm the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain responsible for decision-making, logic and personality traits, according to Weinstein.
Scientists aren’t sure about all of the long-term health effects of Juuling and vaping yet, but the known health risks don’t seem promising.
3. If weaning off doesn’t work, try quitting cold turkey
Nicotine patches, lozenges, gums and other products can help some people quit, but not everyone can wean off of an addictive substance successfully.
The QuitGo inhaler uses a chewable, soft-tip design that mimics the look and feel of cigarettes, but it delivers only air, flavorings and essential oils to help people quit nicotine and tobacco cold-turkey.
Some companies have started to manufacture products that intend to help people quit nicotine cold turkey in place of nicotine-replacement products like nicotine gum and patches.
One such company is QuitGo, which manufactures a soft-tip inhaler designed to look and feel like a cigarette, but delivers only air, essential oils, flavorings and pyruvic acid (an organic acid that already exists in our bodies). It’s meant to help with the oral fixation that many smokers struggle to beat.
In the nicotine withdrawal timeline, symptoms typically peak at one to three days and then decrease over a period of three to four weeks. For some people, knowing that the worst is over after just a couple days is enough to quit cold turkey.
If that’s not motivation enough for you, you can take some steps to make cold turkey easier:
- Shift your mindset and stop rationalizing: No more “one puff won’t hurt” or similar thoughts.
- Avoid temptation: You won’t want to be around others who smoke or use e-cigarettes during these first days and weeks. Get rid of all nicotine-related products in your home, including your Juul, the charger, the pods and anything that reminds you of Juuling.
- Prepare for withdrawal: Have alternative activities ready for when you feel strong cravings. For example, prep some crunchy, snackable foods that may help you occupy your hands and mouth or have your tennis shoes in plain sight so you can easily remember to get up and go for a walk instead of obsessing over your craving.
- Keep someone on call: Designate a supportive friend or family member to pick up your calls or answer texts while you push through the first couple of weeks. You can also utilize a professional quitline.
4. Pinpoint triggers that make you crave your Juul
Habit expert Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit,” propounds that habits comprise three critical components:
- A cue or trigger
- A routine
- A reward
The cue triggers the routine, and you reap the reward for going through the routine. To change any habit, you must first identify triggers.
Let’s say you’re addicted to sugar. Being at a birthday party might cue your routine to eat a piece of cake, which produces the reward of a sugar high, or the various feel-good hormones and mechanisms that occur in your body when you eat sugar.
If you’re addicted to nicotine, think about when and where you usually smoke or vape. For example, maybe you meet up with your friends after work for a drink, and everyone uses a vape.
- Your cue: happy hour.
- Your routine: drink and vape with friends while you chat about work.
- Your reward: social time and a nicotine rush.
5. Surround yourself with friends and family who don’t Juul or are also trying to quit
While this can definitely be an effective tactic, it’s often easier said than done, said Dr. Kevin Gilliland, PsyD, executive director of the Innovation360 addiction clinic. Exactly how well this tactic works for you depends on how badly you want to quit.
If you are determined to quit, do your best to engage with friends, coworkers and family members that don’t smoke. For instance, instead of taking lunch with a friend who vapes or smokes, take lunch with a friend who usually walks outside after eating.
6. Make sure your friends know you’re trying to quit Juul
It’s not easy to give up a social activity, but your friends should be supportive of your efforts. If many people in your social circle use Juuls, you can try asking that they take Juul breaks rather than puff consistently throughout the day.
When they do take a Juul break, you can leave the room and take that time to do something else constructive: Call someone you’ve been meaning to check in with, catch up on emails or even watch a funny YouTube video.
7. Replace Juuling with another activity that makes you feel good
The basics of behavior change include a strong emphasis on replacement activities. Often, the hardest part about quitting vaping or smoking is finding something else that makes you feel as good as nicotine does. When you find that something, you find the ticket to a nicotine-free life.
Many people who once used nicotine have found success in activities like exercise, drawing or painting, singing and cleaning, but you could try just about anything.
“We are always more successful when we ,” Gilliland told CNET. “Come up with a list of activities that works for you… Get up and walk, chew gum, text a friend, rethink about why you are quitting. If you want to be successful, you have to invest some time in you.”
It helps to have a support system in place, as well as a plan to deal with cravings, when trying to quit your Juul or other e-cigarette
8. Be prepared to deal with nicotine cravings
When you’re addicted to something — be it alcohol, sugar, nicotine or anything else — you will inevitably experience cravings when you try to quit. A big part of successfully quitting is being prepared to deal with those cravings.
Without a plan, you may give in too easily and find yourself back at square one. This tip circles back to the replacement activities concept says Gillilan.
“Don’t just sit there watching your thoughts go by about using ,” he told CNET. “Again, you want a lot of options: Go for a walk, do some yoga poses, call a friend, go talk to a coworker about a project, chew some gum, think about your progress and how long it’s been, call or text a friend that’s also stopping or has stopped.”
How to quit vaping for good
Even if you change up your environment, alter the routines you associate with Juuling and prepare a plan to deal with cravings, it’s likely that you’ll still deal with withdrawal symptoms, especially if you’ve been Juuling for a while.
While withdrawal symptoms — such as fatigue, headaches, irritability, anxiety, mental fog — can hardly be described as enjoyable, they are only temporary and the new rewards of not Juuling will far exceed a nicotine high.
When you’re dealing with withdrawal symptoms, picture the rewards:
- The feeling of breathing cleanly and enjoying fresh air
- Invigoration from new healthier habits that replaced Juuling, such as exercise
- Extra time to spend focusing on productive endeavors, like drawing or cooking
- Extra money to save or put toward your newfound hobbies
Also, make sure your support system remains strong throughout your quitting process. Just one supportive friend or family member can make the biggest difference in your ultimate success.
Above all else, don’t give up just because one tactic didn’t work for you, Gilliland told CNET: “Be curious about what works for you and what makes it harder.”
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.
How to Quit Juul—and Why It’s So Damn Hard
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Victoria’s Secret model Bella Hadid’s latest health goal isn’t to be more mindful or to try a new diet-it’s to quit Juul. The model started Juuling after she quit smoking in 2017, and now she wants to ditch the e-cig life as well. (Confused? First read: What Is Juul and Is It Bad for You?)
E-cigarette companies like Juul stop short of outright claiming their products are better for you than actual cigarettes, but they do market them as a stopgap for cigarette smokers who are looking to quit. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledges that e-cigs might be beneficial for some people. But does that make it okay to use them, or easier to quit? Not so much.
How Addictive Is Juul Anyway?
Long-time smokers may turn to Juul to wean themselves off cigarettes because it eliminates the negative effects of burning paper and additives (like tar and carbon monoxide) on the lungs, says Indra Cidambi, M.D., medical director of the Center for Network Therapy and vice president of the New Jersey Society of Addiction Medicine. “However, higher concentrations of nicotine remain a health risk, and vaping pods may also contain additives like flavors, the health of which are largely unknown.” (FYI: Part of Juul’s initial popularity came from its enticing flavors like crème brûlée, mango, and cool cucumber. However, Juul was recently ordered by the FDA to curb teen use and responded by suspending sales of ~fun~ flavors in retail stores, and instead only offer them online.)
How Much Nicotine Is In Juul?
Let’s talk about those higher concentrations of nicotine, though-this might actually make Juul even more addictive than regular cigarettes. “Juul contains nearly 59 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of liquid, while a regular cigarette has about 12 milligrams of nicotine,” explains Dr. Cidambi. “So Juul is at least four times as potent as cigarettes.”
Here’s another way to look at it: “One Juul cartridge contains as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes-and double the amount that’s in other e-cigarettes,” says Patricia Folan, D.N.P., director of the Northwell Health Center for Tobacco Control. (Not to mention, a recent study says e-cigarettes may increase your risk of cancer.)
Quitting Juul vs. Quitting Cigarettes
The high nicotine content could make Juul even tougher to quit than traditional cigarettes. And for what it’s worth, a recent study published in PLOS One found that vaping actually doesn’t help people quit smoking. (See: Are E-Cigarettes Actually Healthier for You?)
With cigarettes, you smoke one and discard it-and that’s if you can find a place where smoking isn’t banned. “But Juul can be used discreetly, so it’s often used frequently,” says Folan. “This type of use contributes to the consumption of higher levels of nicotine.” So while cigarette smokers are getting an intermittent fix of nicotine, Juul users are likely inhaling a constant stream all day.
Dosing yourself with all that extra nicotine can also make quitting even more unpleasant, says Melynda Barnes, M.D., associate clinical director for Ro, a telemedicine startup that develops smoking cessation programs. You can expect the same effects of nicotine withdrawal as with quitting cigarettes: coughing, nausea, sweating, depression, weight gain, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and insomnia. “But because of the constant use and the higher levels of nicotine, people who are trying to quit report more intense withdrawal symptoms,” she adds.
How to Quit Juul
Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer as to how to quit. “Right now, there isn’t a standard protocol on how to quit e-cigarettes, especially since they’re being marketed as a smoking cessation tool,” says Dr. Barnes.
While there aren’t public health service guidelines to assist people in quitting e-cigarettes, there are FDA-approved medications to assist with nicotine dependence, says Folan. “People who are addicted to e-cigarettes and want to quit should talk to their health-care provider to get help with selecting the best-approved cessation product,” she adds. (You can also use this tool on smokefree.gov to see how strong your nicotine addiction might be-then see some ideas on how to reduce cravings.)
And, just like with quitting cigarettes, “gradually reducing the amount of nicotine you consume or stopping cold turkey are options,” says Dr. Cidambi. Good news: Juul is developing lower-nicotine pods that may help you reduce the amount of nicotine as you scale back.
Of course, you already know the best way to avoid all this: Don’t start smoking Juul in the first place.
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Wired: “So You Want to Quit Vaping? No One Actually Knows How” — “Remember when e-cigarettes were supposed to be the safer way to smoke? With cases of a mysterious, sometimes lethal respiratory illness on the rise, that myth has gone up in a cloud of … vapor. Fearful of being reduced to wheezing, bed-ridden hospital patients, a growing number of users are trying to kick their vaping habit.
“But how do you quit the product that was supposed to help you quit?
“Basically, no one knows. ‘It’s a major research gap,’ says Rachel Grana, the program director at the National Cancer Institute’s Tobacco Control Research Branch.
“E-cigarettes often contain nicotine, THC, or both. But their design can make them more addictive, and harder to quit, than regular cigarettes. Vape pens can deliver greater doses of nicotine because they use nicotine salts, which are smoother to inhale. Add in tempting flavors like ‘I love cookies’ and ‘Unicorn milk,’ and tobacco’s harsh flavor is almost completely obscured, making it easier to use the devices frequently and to get addicted faster.
“Those features can catch unsuspecting users by surprise, especially teenagers. Some kids who started vaping had no idea e-cigarettes even contained nicotine, says Yvonne Prutzman, also a program director at the National Cancer Institute. A recent survey finds that the number of teenagers who say they’ve vaped in the preceding month has doubled in the past two years. Almost 12 percent of high school seniors say they now vape daily.”
Wall Street Journal: “Teens Ignored Vaping Warnings For Years. Now, Some Are Scared.” — “For years at Buffalo High School here outside Minneapolis, many students were defiant about vaping. Now, some of them are starting to get scared.
“Mounting deaths and mystery illnesses are beginning to raise new fears among kids. ‘I think it was supposed to be a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes. That’s like not the case anymore,’ said Nicole Odeen, a 17-year-old senior at Buffalo High in this town of nearly 16,000 located about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis. ‘Hundreds are in the hospital. With anything you’re putting into your lungs, you’ve gotta know there’s got to be some downsides to it,’ said junior Elle Kaiser, 16.
“Concerns about the health consequences of vaping are hitting the epicenter of the public health crisis around e-cigarettes: the American high school. ‘People are thinking, “This is a big deal. I’ve got to pay attention.” It is horrible that it had to come to the tragedy of kids losing their lives, but now it’s at least in front of people,’ said Mark Mischke, the principal of Buffalo High School.”
The Verge: “People are throwing their Juuls out windows and drenching them in water just to quit” — “Henry Korman is exactly who Juul wants using its e-cigarettes. He’s not a teen, and he’s a former smoker, so he thought substituting a vape for cigarettes was a healthy decision when he switched two years ago. But then, he wanted to quit the Juul, too. He tried multiple times, cold turkey, to no avail. The Juul addiction stuck around, at least until he found sugar snap peas.
“Korman’s not alone in trying to kick his Juul habit. What started as a way for some people to wean themselves off cigarettes has turned into a new kind of addiction made worse by the ability to vape just about anywhere. In other cases, people who started vaping just because the Juul was around have developed new nicotine habits. For both types of users, quitting has proven immensely difficult.”
Vaping Addiction and Nicotine Withdrawal
Nicotine is in most vapes, including JUUL. Nicotine is very addictive. The more you vape, the more your brain and body get used to having nicotine, and the harder it is to go without it. When you go without vaping, the nicotine level in your bloodstream drops, which may cause unpleasant feelings, physical symptoms, and strong urges to vape. This is nicotine addiction.
If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, you may be addicted to vaping.
- Do you continue to vape even though you want to stop or think it’s hurting you in some way?
- Do you feel anxious or irritable when you want to use your vape but can’t?
- Do thoughts about vaping interrupt you when you are focused on other activities?
- Do you still vape after getting in trouble with your parents or school for vaping?
- Have you ever tried to stop vaping but couldn’t?
- Do you feel like you have lost control over your vaping?
Knowing more about nicotine addiction—and recognizing that you may be addicted – will help you understand why your body feels like it does and why it sometimes feels like you can’t go a minute without thinking about vaping. Trying some of the different strategies described below will help you figure out what works best for you to manage these feelings.
If you vape other substances besides nicotine, and think you may be addicted, learn more here.
Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms
When you quit vaping, your body and brain must get used to going without nicotine. This is called nicotine withdrawal. The side effects of nicotine withdrawal can be uncomfortable and can trigger cravings for nicotine. Common nicotine withdrawal symptoms include:
- Feeling irritable, restless, or jittery
- Having headaches
- Increased sweating
- Feeling sad or down
- Feeling anxious
- Feeling tired or groggy
- Having trouble thinking clearly or concentrating
- Having trouble sleeping
- Feeling hungry
- Having intense cravings for e-cigarettes
Managing Nicotine Withdrawal
Nicotine withdrawal is different for everybody. For some people, withdrawal symptoms can make quitting hard or frustrating. The good news is that the uncomfortable feelings of withdrawal will fade over time if you stay away from vapes. The longer you go without vaping, the more your body can get used to being nicotine-free. Over time, you will gain more confidence in your ability to stay vape-free and regain control of your body and mind.
If you are bothered by symptoms of nicotine withdrawal when you quit, try out some of these strategies to help you cope:
Ask for help from a doctor or health professional. Talk to your doctor or another healthcare professional about your plans to quit. Ask how they can help you manage your withdrawal symptoms.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water can help ease uncomfortable nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, sweating, hunger, and fatigue. Drinking water may also help reduce cravings.
Get your ZZZs. When you are quitting, it is common to feel tired or groggy during the day, or to have trouble sleeping at night. Make sleep a priority. Keep a consistent sleep schedule and practice good sleep habits—turn off screens at least an hour before bed, and don’t sleep with your phone in your bedroom. Getting exercise during the day can also help you relax and feel sleepier at night.
Eat healthy snacks. You may feel hungrier when you are quitting vapes. Keep a stash of healthy snacks in your backpack or locker. Crunchy snacks like carrots or raw nuts can also help combat cravings by keeping your hands and mouth busy.
Get support from friends and family. You don’t have to go through your quitting experience alone. Tell your friends and family that you’re quitting vaping, and ask for their support.
Be prepared for cravings. When you first quit vaping, you may feel strong urges to vape. It’s important to have a plan for how you’ll handle a craving when it hits—this will help you resist the urge to vape and stay vape-free.
If you smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products besides vapes, now is a good time to quit those too. These products contain nicotine and are harmful to your health. There are free tools to help you quit. Download our quitSTART app, sign up for SmokefreeTXT, or chat with an expert online using the National Cancer Institute’s LiveHelp service.
Nicotine Withdrawal and Your Mood
As your body adjusts to life without nicotine, you may have mood swings or feel increased anxiety or sadness. If you become depressed or are having extreme sadness, do not ignore these feelings or keep them to yourself. Let someone who cares about you know how you are feeling, and talk to a doctor or another trusted healthcare professional.
How to quit JUUL
It’s important to seek support when dealing with quitting nicotine. After all, we know that the “cold turkey” approach to quitting smoking — stopping abruptly with no support — rarely works because of the addictive nature of nicotine.
When Truth Initiative experts talked to young people who have tried to or successfully quit e-cigarettes, they learned a few things about the support these e-cigarette users need. Most find it more difficult than expected and quitting can be an overwhelmingly isolating experience, since there are few quitting resources specifically for e-cigarettes.
The text program from Truth Initiative is one way to get support. The program is tailored by age group to give teens and young adults appropriate recommendations about quitting, and allows them to remain anonymous. The program, which also serves as a resource for parents looking to help their children who vape, offers tips, encouragement and a sense of community.
Text program users also have the option to connect with online communities and interactive tools for added support through This is Quitting and BecomeAnEX. Developed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, BecomeAnEX has helped more than 800,000 people on their quitting journey. Research has shown that following the BecomeAnEX quit plan quadruples a tobacco user’s chance of quitting.
How Do I Know I’m Really Addicted to Nicotine?
A pack-a-day smoker smokes a cigarette about once hour, says Erik Augustson, PhD, MPH, a behavioral scientist and program director in the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. If you were to stop or even cut back, you would start to go into nicotine withdrawal — and that’s what drives smokers to smoke their next cigarette.
How soon you reach for a cigarette in the morning is a good indication of the severity of your nicotine addiction. According to the Fagerström Test, which evaluates nicotine dependence, if you have your first cigarette of the day within five minutes of waking up, your addiction is pretty strong. If it’s within 30 minutes, it’s moderate, and if it’s within 60 minutes or later, it’s somewhat lower.
Other signs that you have a nicotine addiction include:
- You smoke even when you’re sick.
- You go outside to smoke even if it’s freezing or raining.
- You find it difficult to smoke in places you shouldn’t, like a church, library, school, movie theater, or hospital.
Another way to know you’re addicted to cigarettes is if you try to stop and you experience withdrawal symptoms. The most common nicotine withdrawal symptoms are:
- Irritability and anger
- Physical sensations, like you have a mild case of the flu
- Headaches and dizziness
- Inability to sleep uninterrupted
- Cravings for cigarettes
- Weight gain, though typically less than 10 pounds
“Nicotine withdrawal can be unpleasant for most smokers,” Augustson says, “but it’s not physically dangerous and most smokers can find ways to manage it, especially if they use medication and counseling.”
The unpleasant side effects of nicotine withdrawal are the most intense when you first quit. They begin to subside somewhat after a week and even more after a month. Withdrawal symptoms can linger, but it does get easier. Eventually, the time between cravings will grow longer and longer, and eventually stop altogether.
The cravings themselves are like waves, Augustson explains. “Cravings can be very intense, but they will crest and fade even if you don’t have a cigarette. They will go away naturally on their own. Cravings won’t last more than 15 to 20 minutes for most smokers. Finding a way to get through that 15- to 20-minute period is a key part of developing a quit plan.”
Augustson suggests saying to yourself: “I know it’s unpleasant now, but if I wait 15 to 20 minutes, I can wait it out and I can be very proud of myself because I did.”
Other strategies for quitting include:
- Find a distraction. Go for a walk, wash the dishes, or play a game with your kids. “Find something that will distract you enough to get through those cravings,” says Augustson.
- Remind yourself why you want to quit. The most important reason to quit is the one that matters to you. Write a list of the top five reasons why you should stop smoking — such as you don’t want to get lung cancer or you can save $75 a week by not buying cigarettes. Keep the list with you and review it when you feel the urge to smoke.
- Avoid situations where you are likely tempted to smoke. Common triggers include feeling stressed, being bored, or drinking alcohol. Know what situations cause you the most stress and try to come up with coping techniques, such as deep breathing or practicing yoga. Plan activities so that you’re not bored. Stay away from bars and other places where you often drink — especially when you’re first starting in your efforts to quit. If you must have something, switch to non-alcoholic beverages.
- Seek support. Let friends and family members know of your intention to quit. Also, find a support group. The National Cancer Institute operates a quitline at 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848). You can find support online or in person with groups that meet locally.
Because nicotine is addictive, quitting is never easy. But with the right help and the right attitude, you can overcome your addiction.
How to Make the JUUL Hit Harder — Inconsistent puffs? Limber Up!
JUUL Tips: Make the JUUL Hit Harder
You’ve got a long night ahead.
You procrastinated, and now have to complete a BIG project TONIGHT.
Working diligently, you didn’t even realize you were chiefing on your JUUL like a fiend. Suddenly, your concentration is broken as you notice that your puffs have stopped hitting as hard. There’s no satisfying throat hit and the clouds of vapor are barely visible.
“Must need a new pod.” you think to yourself.
Looking down, you realize that the current pod is not empty and that the battery itself is fully charged.
If you’ve ever had an experience similar to this, in which your JUUL pods suddenly cease producing consistent hits, then I’ve got a few tips you can try out to make the JUUL hit harder again.
That way you can continue vaping without the worry that your next hit might not be quite as satisfying as the last.
Cause and Prevention
The primary cause of this condition is hitting the JUUL too frequently.
This results in the wicks attached to the coil in each pod becoming desaturated; they just haven’t been given enough time to re-absorb the e-juice. You can see the wicks highlighted in the photo below:
Another possible yet less likely cause of this circumstance could be carrying the JUUL upside down in the pocket, resulting in the juice flowing to the top of the pod and away from the wicks.
Using these observations we have created the following risk profile for this affliction.
- Users who are at higher risk: Take hits from their JUUL frequently, increasing the likelihood of wick desaturation and requiring them to take a break or apply one of the treatments outlined in this post. These users often go through at least one JUUL pod a day.
- Users who are at lower risk: Take less frequent hits, usually reducing their usage to only a few puffs per vaping session. The above group differs from this behavior in the way that they don’t have specific “vaping sessions”. Instead, they take hits throughout the day whenever they feel the time is right, resulting in many more puffs than this lower risk group.
Currently, the only way to prevent this condition is by taking less frequent hits.
This will prove difficult for those users in the high-risk group, as they have formed habits around hitting their JUUL impulsively and will likely struggle with the reduced quantity of nicotine being consumed.
This section is meant to help you determine whether or not your JUUL is eligible to receive these treatments. Sometimes inconsistent puffs are not caused by desaturated wicks.
In this post, we’ll be focusing on the desaturation fixes. (Category 2 below) If you fall into Category 1, you’ll be able to find your solution in an alternative post.
Category 1: Battery Issues
These issues are determined by watching the activation light on the JUUL while hitting. If your inconsistent hits are a result of stuttering activation (the activation light flickering randomly while hitting) then you are most likely experiencing one of the two following conditions:
- Your battery is very low and about to die. Sometimes our JUULs seem to try and push on a little further than they should to deliver a few more hits before needing to rest and recharge.
- Your pod may have slightly leaked some juice from the bottom. This moisture causes the pod’s connection to the battery to be obscured. If this is your problem, you can find a solution here.
Category 2: Desaturated Wick
Checking for the following symptoms should determine if you are experiencing a desaturated wick issue:
- The Activation light remains on while hitting but there is no crackling sound of juice being vaporized.
- The activation light remains on while hitting but the vapor is thin and light providing a minimal or non-existent throat hit.
- There is a visual buildup of air bubbles around the wicks. This often happens after multiple consecutive hits because the JUUL juice is vaporized quickly, creating air bubbles.
If you find yourself falling into category 2 above, then read on to discover the quick and simple fixes to this problem.
Being a “chain vaper” myself, I use these techniques regularly throughout the day with great results.
Although the following procedures are not a one-time fix, they will provide temporary relief of the symptoms and can be repeated as many times as necessary with minimal negative side effects.
There are a few ways to approach this issue, and I will list and describe them each here:
1. Hit the JUUL less frequently.
I know I know, not what you wanted to hear, but I had to include this solution to be thorough, as it does solve the issue.
If you find your wick is desaturated, you could use this as a sign that maybe you should take a break. Ceasing vaping for even just a few minutes can be enough time to allow the wicks to naturally re-saturate.
2. The Squeeze
This is my personal favorite, and I have been using it daily for months to forcibly re-saturate those wicks.
It is very simple and involves placing the thumb and forefinger on either side of the black mouthpiece of the JUUL pod in question and giving a gentle squeeze. This pushes the juice in the pod downwards toward the wicks and forces them to become saturated almost instantly.
Squeeze until hearing a slight “spongy” noise. This noise is caused by the wicks soaking up the juice, signaling that the procedure has been completed and vaping can resume.
The following video shows the proper technique when performing The Squeeze. If you turn the volume up and listen closely you can also hear the spongy noise of the wicks absorbing the juice.
3. The Shake
Sometimes The Squeeze technique described above doesn’t quite get the job done. This is usually because of the air bubble issue, where squeezing the pods isn’t enough to allow those bubbles to float to the surface.
If this is the case remove your JUUL pod and grip it in a similar way that you did while performing The Squeeze; by the black mouthpiece. Next, check your pod for air bubbles near the wicks.
If bubbles are present begin to flick your wrist downwards and away from yourself in a quick arcing motion. Imagine you are trying to get the last bit of ketchup from the bottom of the bottle to the top. The wrist motion is also similar to that of packing a can of dip.
The idea here is that we are using gravity and the centrifugal force of flicking the wrist to force the JUUL juice down to the wicks while pushing the air bubbles up and away.
It doesn’t take much to remove the bubbles, 2-3 shakes should be more than enough. Often times this technique not only removes the bubbles but also re-saturates the wicks.
If you have removed the bubbles using “The Shake” and are still experiencing inconsistent puffs then you can now attempt “The Squeeze” again and you should be fully re-saturated.
Just be sure not to squeeze TOO hard or TOO many times, or you could experience the one possible negative outcome of these treatments.
Concerns and Considerations
There’s only one real potential downside to these treatments. It comes from The Squeeze method and involves accidentally OVER-saturating the wicks.
This happens from either squeezing the pod too hard or too many times.
The Grimey Gurgle
This condition is identified by listening for a very specific auditory indicator upon hitting the JUUL after performing The Squeeze:
- If you hear the familiar crackling sound: then you HAVE NOT over-saturated your JUUL and can continue vaping normally
- If you hear a low pitched bubbling or gurgling sound: then you HAVE over-saturated your JUUL and must proceed with caution. There is a decent chance that you will get some JUUL juice spit back into your mouth or on your lips if continuing to vape normally.
Here’s a sounds file of that gurgling/bubbling sound to watch out for.
If you’ve been vaping for any amount of time, then you’ll probably know that vape juice splattering into your mouth is one of the worst experiences us vapers can have. It tastes awful and burns the skin (especially with the high nicotine percentage of JUUL juice).
If you find you have over-saturated your wicks carry out the following steps:
- Hit the JUUL, but pull air through the JUUL VERY SLOWLY. Hitting the JUUL in this way will reduce chances of spit back.
- Continue gently pulling in this way until juice is cleared from the vapor tube and the low bubbling sound turns back into that familiar crackling.
If you follow these steps you should be able to avoid any unnecessary leakage.
Over time you will get the feel for how hard to squeeze. The biggest indicator to stop squeezing is hearing the “spongy” absorption sound described earlier.
Not All Pods are Created Equal
If you find that after trying “The Squeeze and Shake” methods above (and have determined it not to be a battery connection issue) you are still getting inconsistent puffs, then it may be out of our hands.
I’ve found that due to genetic variation, not all JUUL Pods are created equal and sometimes, for whatever reason, the Squeeze and Shake seem to just be ineffective.
Research has not yet uncovered the mechanism behind these variations, so if we’re still having problems after trying all the tips mentioned above then it’s most likely a pod issue, and there isn’t much we can do other than the first treatment option listed above: taking a break and allowing the wicks to naturally re-saturate.
Limber Pods = Happy Pods
Keeping your pods limber and in shape using the Squeeze and Shake exercises can save us from having an inconsistent vaping experience.
Think of it like this: If we remain in a sedentary position for long periods of time (as I have been for the past two hours writing this post) the body’s muscles stiffen and it becomes more difficult to move. We must get up and perform stretches to stay functioning at maximum capacity.
Applying the Squeeze and Shake “stretches” on our JUUL pods keeps them working efficiently for the remainder of their lifespan.
Let me know how the Squeeze and Shake methods work out for you in the comments below!
And if you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to ask away.
Here at the JUUL Doc Clinic, we are always looking for new ways to improve our JUULing experience. If you have any tactics that we haven’t thought of yet you’re in a great position to contribute to the commonwealth of Juul knowledge.
Your idea could change the way we use our JUULs forever.
Have a great day dear JUULers, we’ll see you soon!
E-cigarettes are marketed to smokers as a way to satisfy their nicotine fix without all the harm that comes from cigarettes. I know we don’t understand the long-term health consequences of using e-cigarettes. But we do know they are inherently less risky than smoking conventional cigarettes, which are the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the U.S.
One e-cigarette maker in particular, Juul, has overtaken the market over the past year. I’ve followed Juul’s rise, as well as the backlash resulting from its wild popularity among teenagers.
I wrote a story about adults who quit smoking by switching to Juul and it got me thinking. What if I bought my dad one? I pitched him the idea and he agreed. I live in New York and he lives in suburban Chicago, so we waited until I was home for Thanksgiving to start our experiment.
At home, I bought him a starter kit. I opened the box to show him how to assemble the device. I read through the four flavors — creme, fruit mint and tobacco — but when I reached fruit, he didn’t want to hear any of the others. Juul has gotten criticized for its kid-friendly fruity flavors, so I was surprised to find my 69-year-old father wanted to try one.
He took his first hit after we charged it. I asked him if now he would throw out the pack of Marlboro Lights he had sitting in his apartment. He said no. He wasn’t totally sold on Juul.
I left the Juul with him, thinking it would collect dust and asking him to send updates.
He called the next day, saying he liked “the e-cigarette.” By Friday, he said he was still lighting a cigarette every day out of habit, taking a drag and putting it out.
Nine days later, he called and proclaimed, “No more cigarettes.”
Then came the texts.
“Day 2 no smokes hoorah love Dad thanks”
“Day 11 going strong love dad”
“Day 16 holy cow unbelievable love dad”
“Special report. Food tastes better”
The journalist in me was skeptical. I would do my own investigation when I went home for Christmas.
Sure enough, he showed up to Christmas Eve with his Juul. After dinner, he pulled out his Juul instead of a cigarette. After our annual carriage ride, he used his Juul. He wasn’t kidding. No more cigarettes.
I asked him what happened. He said after a few days using both, he realized it was stupid. Why use the Juul and still smoke?
My dad’s been perpetually “quitting” for years. I don’t think he would ever truly quit on his own.
It’s now been a month since our experiment began. Dad says he hasn’t smoked a cigarette in 30 days. It takes him one-and-a-half days to go through a pod. Each pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes, meaning he’s consuming more nicotine than he was when he was smoking a few cigarettes every day.
Eventually he says he wants to wean himself off the Juul and free himself from nicotine altogether. For now, he seems happy puffing on his mint Juul pods.
People are throwing their Juuls out windows and drenching them in water just to quit
Henry Korman is exactly who Juul wants using its e-cigarettes. He’s not a teen, and he’s a former smoker, so he thought substituting a vape for cigarettes was a healthy decision when he switched two years ago. But then, he wanted to quit the Juul, too. He tried multiple times, cold turkey, to no avail. The Juul addiction stuck around, at least until he found sugar snap peas.
“I carry around this big bag of sugar snap peas to keep me occupied and replace the Juul,” he says. “I used to say ‘phone, keys, wallet, Juul’ — that’s what I needed to have before I left the house. But now it’s ‘phone, keys, wallet, peas.’”
Korman’s not alone in trying to kick his Juul habit. What started as a way for some people to wean themselves off cigarettes has turned into a new kind of addiction made worse by the ability to vape just about anywhere. In other cases, people who started vaping just because the Juul was around have developed new nicotine habits. For both types of users, quitting has proven immensely difficult.
Korman says he’s been eating a pound of sugar snap peas a week instead of reaching for his Juul. He decided to quit last month because the habit was costing him around $8 a day, the price of a single Juul pod. He also went on a health kick and realized he changed his diet and exercise habits, but still held onto his electronic nicotine stick.
Korman’s sugar snap pea setup Henry Korman
The real motivation, though, came after recent reports about a mysterious severe lung disease linked to vaping. “You’re saying I’m going to be broke and dead?,” he asks. “No thank you.”
While vaping was initially positioned as a smoking cessation tool, it’s increasingly being cast in a darker light. A mysterious lung disease has killed at least six people in the US with more than 450 cases reported, and officials believe it’s linked to vaping — though the exact cause is still unknown. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked anyone who uses a vape to stop while they investigate, and the American Lung Association did the same. Senator Mitt Romney has asked the Food and Drug Administration to recall e-cigarettes, and President Donald Trump called this week for a ban on all flavored e-cigarette pods. Meanwhile, Juul is under investigation for marketing to minors and positioning its devices as a healthier alternative to cigarettes without FDA approval. Juul’s own CEO told non-cigarette smokers to not use his company’s products. “Don’t vape,” he said. We reached out to Juul for this report and did not immediately hear back.
This message has reached the vapers. There’s been a significant uptick in the amount of discussion on social media about quitting Juuls and other vapes, according to data from Sprout Social, a company that monitors social media trends. Between August 11th and September 9th, there were more than 60,000 Twitter mentions about quitting or stopping the use of Juuls or vapes, compared to only 16,000 at the same time last year. The data shows a noticeable spike in people tweeting about quitting vaping in late August, around August 26th, a few days after the first person died of the lung disease. The spike in Juul users tweeting about quitting started on September 1st, the same day The New York Times published a story that called the lung disease an “epidemic.”
damn my whole crew quitting the juul this is the new trend
— former juuler (@cla666ire) September 7, 2019
Shannon Dunlop is one of the people who recently quit. She started vaping because her partner kept a Juul in their bedroom. He used it before bed, and she tried it, only to get hooked. She used it for six months or so and then began Juuling in her work’s bathroom.
“I was triggered,” she says. “I couldn’t believe that I got so addicted to something that never even really called to me in the first place.”
Dunlop tried quitting by hiding her two Juuls in a drawer and not buying pod refills. That didn’t always work because sometimes she just bought more pods. Instead, her addiction broke when she went for a jog one day and her chest started hurting. She thought her Juul habit might be to blame.
“Quit the Juul now I’m just addicted to nicotine gum” -Confucius (551 B.C)
— lil tweet (@harrise1117) September 9, 2019
“I was like, ‘I hate this thing,’” she said. “Maybe I am out of shape, but whatever, fuck the Juul.”
When she got home, she grabbed the Juuls out of her stash, turned on the sink, and drenched them in water. She posted the whole ordeal on Instagram Stories, ending the video by tossing a Juul in the trash.
“I took this huge stance and told my friends what I had done, so I felt like if I bought pods, I’d just be a fucking idiot,” she says.
quitting juul be like: i have eaten 3 bags of werthers in the past 32 hours
— WEES @COMMS OPEN (@weeskunkz) August 25, 2019
The Juul, once a trendy meme, is now a menace. At its peak of coolness, and before everyone realized how unamusing this addiction would become, BuzzFeed published a story of vape memes called “24 tweets about Juul’s that only teens will find funny.” Vice tried to figure out Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner’s favorite Juul pod flavor. The New York Times published a piece about 2017, the year it points to as kicking off the “Juul wave,” saying that Juuls had become “Too Cool.” The rate of high school students vaping increased by 78 percent between 2017 and 2018, according to the FDA and CDC.
“What resonates with our generation is the memes,” one teen told the Times. “I haven’t seen the Juul on TV. But you’ll see a bunch of memes about Juuling. It’s just, like, making it more socially acceptable — it’s perpetuating the thing that vaping is cool.”
But Juul has lost its cultural cachet. The lung disease news seems to be the main catalyst for the shift to quitting, and Juul users are turning to the usual nicotine-quitting recommendations that have helped people stop using cigarettes for decades.
Vapers say they’ve tried nicotine gum, patches, or pouches to taper their use, or try to replace their oral fixation with things like toothpicks. Some have looked into using essential oils or CBD to stop cravings. Others go to more extreme lengths, tossing their Juul into the ocean, out car windows, and into dumpsters.
Quitting juul tonight, pray for me pic.twitter.com/yAbzGJOn2C
— Jessie Fancher (@j_fanch37) September 8, 2019
I just threw my juul out the window at work, im quitting it
— Vann ⁶ (@anthony_vann3) August 23, 2019
To indicate how dramatic my friends are, Erin just recorded herself throwing her Juul into a street garbage bin to tell me that she’s quitting
— sarae (@honkytonky_) July 24, 2019
Froste, a Twitch streamer associated with 100 Thieves, says he just recently quit the Juul after hearing about all the health risks associated with vaping. He started because he was hooked on cigarettes, but he says vaping took a dark turn when people started using them anywhere, unlike a cigarette.
“You can hit it anywhere you want,” Froste says. “Wherever — a restaurant, a car, anywhere, even on a plane.”
He says he quit cold turkey nine days ago after tapering his use, but now finds himself hungry all the time and needing water. He also has physical withdrawal symptoms, like a headache, cough, and sore throat.
“Yeah, it kind of sucks, but it’s not like I would rather go back to Juuling,” he says. “They’re honestly one of the dumbest things that have become popular and cool with young kids.”
If you or anyone you know is trying to quit vaping, the National Cancer Institute has an online resource available for teens. They also have more information about e-cigarettes for adults.
Related: How to Quit Vaping for Good—And Why You Should
3. Go digital.
Go to Becomeanex.org, and let the nonprofit health organization Truth Initiative give you a helping hand. Truth Initiative has pioneered two innovative digital quit-smoking programs, This is Quitting and BecomeAnEX, in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic. So far, more than 800,000 smokers have enrolled in BecomeAnEX—research has found the program can actually quadruple a tobacco user’s chance of quitting. You get text coaching, and tailored messages via text that give advice and info about quitting options. You also get to connect with supportive online communities and use helpful interactive tools.
4. Turn down the volume.
If you think having one e-cig using an extra-strength cartridge may curb your future cravings, think again. Using cartridges, which have a higher concentration of nicotine, or turning up the e-cigarette’s voltage to get a big hit won’t hold you, it will just make you want to smoke more.
5. Take immediate action to cut out all your triggers.
According to the Centers For Disease Control, these tips can stop you from wanting to smoke:
- Throw away all your e-cigarettes, lighters and vaping equipment.
- Don’t substitute caffeine for nicotine—it will only jangle your nerves. Drink more water, not extra coffee.
- Hang out with friends who don’t smoke. They’re inspiring!
- Go to restaurants and public places where you can’t smoke.
- Sleep more. Being tired can make you want to vape. Get plenty of rest and eat healthy.
- Flip your daily routine so you aren’t reminded of times you vaped. For instance, work out when you get home from work, rather than plopping in front of the TV as you’ve always done with your e-cig.
And this is key: Start these trigger-eliminating moves immediately. All at once. A clean slate may seem a little scary at first, but it also feels cleansing and motivating.
Related: Everything You Need to Know About Vaping’s Real Effects on Your Lungs
6. Spend a little frivolously.
Buy yourself something you’ve had your eye on—nothing too expensive, just that nice new fall sweater. Or take yourself out for a great meal. Don’t think of this as a traditional “reward” for quitting—instead, think of it as a way to bolster how important you are to you. The more you value yourself, the easier it will be to remember you DESERVE not to punish your body with bad habits like vaping.
7. Accept a weight gain.
You may feel the need to replace e-cigs with some Oreos and you know what? It’s allowed. Expect to gain a few pounds, and if you do, don’t be in a huge rush to take them off right away. Increase your workouts rather than dieting strictly; once you get through the complete process of quitting vapes, then you can focus your attention on shedding that small amount of weight. Don’t take on too much at once.
8. Embrace slips.
The CDC also reminds us of the following:
“Slips are common so don’t be too hard on yourself. A slip doesn’t make you a failure or mean you’re relapsing. It doesn’t mean you can’t quit for good. Feel proud of the time you went without smoking cigarettes. Think about ways you avoided your triggers and beat cravings. Try to use those ways to cope again.It’s important to restart quitting right away─today or tomorrow at the latest. Don’t give up on your goal of no cigarettes at all. You don’t need to stop using nicotine after you slip and smoke one or two cigarettes. Using nicotine replacement therapy increases your chances of staying smoke -free for good. If you slip, talk to family or friends. Ask them for help to stay smoke-free. You don’t have to do it alone. And think about what you learned when you were not smoking. What helped you to stay smoke-free and what caused you to have a slip? What can you do differently now to help yourself be smoke-free again?”
Terrific advice! Don’t be hard on yourself—but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, either. Every day you don’t vape is a day you reshape your opinion of yourself, and what you’re capable of achieving. Be proud of the changes you’re achieving in your life! If you fall off the horse, get right back on … no further vaping. No beating yourself up. Just moving forward. You deserve to feel great, physically and emotionally—when vaping is in your past, you will, every single day!
Juul, a type of e-cigarette, holds appeal for teens thanks to fruity flavors and hip marketing. But Juul is far from harmless. One .7 mL Juul pod, which contains about 200 “puffs” of vapor, has the same amount of nicotine as one pack of cigarettes.
Juul’s popularity is also linked to the fact that users can “ghost” its vapor — it doesn’t create a telltale cloud like other e-cigarettes. Ghosting allows vaping in the classroom because teachers can’t see it. And since e-cigs are disguised to look like pens, USB drives or asthma inhalers, they’re easy to hide in plain sight at home, school – you name it.
E-cigarette makers claim they don’t market to kids. Yet the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 2016 “National Youth Tobacco Survey” found that e-cigs are the most commonly used tobacco product among middle school and high school students. About a third of the youths surveyed said that “fun” flavors are one reason they vape. But there are plenty of un-fun risks.
Vaping liquid is full of harmful substances. The Centers for Disease Control has found plenty of bad stuff in e-cigarette aerosol: ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs; diacetyl, a flavoring chemical linked to lung disease; cancer-causing chemicals such as formaldehyde; and heavy metals including nickel, tin and lead.
Nicotine is never your friend. It’s highly addictive, even in e-cigs. Research shows that nicotine addiction is notoriously difficult to kick. Only about six percent of smokers manage to quit in any given year. Plus, perhaps because the adolescent brain is still developing, nicotine may get more of a “hold” on teens than adults.
E-cigarettes may explode. The lithium ion batteries in some e-cigarettes have exploded in users’ pockets and even in their mouths, causing serious injury like burns, scarring and loss of teeth. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), there were 25 exploding battery cases between 2009 and 2014. More recently, an e-cig battery explosion caused a fatality.
You don’t know what you’re buying. E-cigarettes are still not as tightly regulated as regular cigarettes. The FDA just began to regulate liquids and electronic nicotine delivery systems in 2016. This spring, e-cig products will require warning labels about the health risks of nicotine.
In New York State, vaping is prohibited wherever smoking is prohibited, including in schools. Purchasing e-cigarettes is illegal for children under the age of 18 in New York State, and under 21 in some counties. We know the long-term health effects of cigarette smoking; research to determine if e-cigarettes are just as lethal has only just begun. In the meantime, it’s smart to talk to your kids.
Learn more about smoking cessation resources by visiting bit.ly/tobacco-ctrl.
For more information about Phelps Hospital visit phelpshospital.org.
Easy Vape Tricks: How to Do the Most Popular Vape Tricks
August 1st, 2019
Last updated on August 21st, 2019 at 01:19 pm
People vape for two reasons: for medical purposes and entertainment. However, regardless of why you chose to use vaporizers, doing some cool vape tricks as you vape will add a whole new level of fun to your vaping session. There is nothing more refreshing than enjoying the sweet taste of your cannabis while watching the exhaled vape clouds takes different forms like O’s and Jellyfishes in the air. It’s simply mind-blowing!
Vaporizing is better than smoking, we hear it all the time. But did you know that it can be far more fun as well? There are some awesome tricks that you can do with your e-cigarette or vape mod that are quite fun once you can pull them off. Use them to show off to your friends and even learn how to blow a Valentine’s Day vaporizer heart. In this article we’ve compiled three of the best vaporizer tricks that can be easily mastered with a bit of practice.
How to Do Cool Vape Tricks
If you have been struggling to or you want to learn smoke tricks to spice up your vaping experience, then relax! This guide will teach you how to do some smoke tricks with your vapor that will leave your spectators wowed.
Before we get into some of the newest and most entertaining vape tricks, it is important to know that becoming a real cloud chaser is not an easy task. It requires time and a lot of practice.
Also, a lot of people do ask if they can use their cig-a-like vaporizers like the Juul to do cool vape tricks. While it is possible to do Juul tricks such as the Ghost inhale with cig-a-like units, you will find it difficult as a beginner because the Juul and other mini vapes don’t produce enough dense vapors. You will only end up wasting your nicotine. With that in mind, let’s dive into it, starting with the easiest vape tricks.
When it comes to learning cool vape tricks for beginners, the Ghost Inhale is the perfect starting point. You can learn this skill within a short time of practice if you follow the right steps. There are three steps to Ghost – inhale, release, and the capture. Inhaling is the most important part of the process because it is not like your regular vaping where you do a straight to lung hit. The ghost requires a mouth to lung hit.
- Start by taking a long draw from your vaping device and keep the vapor in your mouth for a few moments.
- Push out the vapor from your mouth to form a very smooth ball shape. Don’t exhale the vapor! Push it by opening your mouth and close it slowly while adding a bit of control.
- Once you have pushed out all the vapor, quickly or moderately suck in the vapor back into your mouth. There you have it. Casper the Friendly Ghost in your vapor!
Waterfall or Bane
Waterfall is a super crazy easy smoke trick that you can use to impress your friends. You just need to exhale lots of vapor into a bottle and pour it out like flowing water.
- Get a plastic bottle with a little frozen water at the bottom.
- Take a deep drag from your vape pen and exhale all the vapor into the bottle.
- Slowly pour out the cloud from the bottle on the table to see the effect.
How to Make O’s
Blowing O’s is one of the oldest and most popular smoke tricks existing today. Although there are different techniques for making smoke rings or vape rings, you can start blowing O’s once you understand the concept and mouth formation. You will need to practice and patience to master the process. The good news is that once you learn how to make O rings, you will find other advanced vape tricks easy to learn. So how do you blow good O’s?
- Make sure there is no air in your room. Take a deep draw from your vape and hold the vapor in your throat.
- Use your lips to form an O shape showing a little bit of your upper and lower teeth. The size of the O you make with your lips will determine the size of your vape ring.
- Wait for about 3 seconds and then start pushing out the vapor by doing light coughs. You will be able to see the mystical O effect.
Any smoker is familiar with smoke rings, but did you know that you could also blow vapor rings with your vape pen? The technique is about the same for the normal smoke rings, but you can also blow different types of rings once you’ve got the technique down for the basic ring. The easiest technique is to fill your mouth with vapor, open your mouth into an ‘O’ shape and the tap the outside of your cheek. This should blow an ‘O’ shape of vapor out of your mouth.
Some variations of this can make the act of blowing smoke rings even more fun. First you could blow two rings quickly back to back, they will appear as a double ring. If you blow a normal smoke ring and then make a snap motion at the top of the circle the top of the circle will move down into the shape of a heart. Make a game out of the art of blowing smoke rings, blow one ring and then use it as a target and try to blow your next ring right through the first one. It’s a great way to pass the time when it’s just you and your vaporizer.
The tornado is another easy smoke trick that anyone can do. You will need a smooth table or any flat surface and your hand to do this trick.
- Take a long drag from your vape pen. The more vapor you inhale, the better the result of the tornado vape trick.
- Slowly exhale the vapor onto the table. You need to do this really slow to get a thick tornado. Try to exhale through your mouth only (not your nose), and it must not be too hard; otherwise, you would lose the vapor.
- Place your palm on the edge of the table like you want to chop something; move it forward, then raise and flick your wrist upward to create a twisting spiral effect.
While the French inhale is beginner-friendly, this vape trick will be a lot easier to do if you already know how to Ghost inhale. I recommend learning the Ghost Inhale before attempting the French inhale because the technique for the French is exactly like that of the Ghost – a mouth to lung hit plus you exhale the vapors the same way.
- Take a long draw and trap the vapor in your mouth.
- Open your mouth and try to do an underbite to push your jaw forward while holding your breath.
- Slowly eject the vapor by slowly closing your mouth
- Inhale the vapor through your nostrils as you exhale from your mouth.
This is a killer, yet easy-to-learn vape trick that you can use to stun your friends. The dragon exhale trick is all about using vapors to replicate the fire breath of a dragon by exhaling a total of four streams – two from the sides of your mouth and two from your nostrils simultaneously.
- Make sure you don’t have a stuffy or clog nose. This will make the dragon exhale look really weird.
- Practice breathing from the corners of your mouth by pinching your lips together.
- Practice breathing from your nose and mouth at the same time.
- Take a full lung inhale from your vaping unit. The more vapor you inhale to your lungs, the bigger and denser the dragon exhale will be.
- Exhale the vapors through your nose and mouth at the same time. Not too fast and not too slow.
This is one of the easiest vape tricks ever. It is almost like the waterfall vape trick. The liquid mist creates an illusion of a magical potion.
- Get a disposable plastic cup
- Take a draw from your vape pen and exhale slowly into the cup.
Popping Vapor Bubbles
Childhood nostalgia is only one of the reasons that this vapor trick is super fun. Grab some bubbles, it doesn’t matter what size or type. The bigger the bubble wand, the more vapor you should fill it with. Simply blow the bubbles like you usually would, but before dipping the wand into the vapor bubbles you need to take a huge draw of vapor and blow it through the bubble wand. The appearance of the bubble will be eerie and filled with vapor, which warps the rainbow color in an awesome way. Once you pop the bubble the vapor will leak out for another fun effect and rise into the air.
If you have mastered blowing O’s, then it’s time to learn the triangle vape trick. All you basically need to do to make triangles is to create an O ring and turn it into a triangle by using hand movements. Just like learning vape rings, you also need quick timing and practice to master triangles.
- Take a long draw and make a thick O ring
- Use your hand to push down the ring two to three times in quick succession from the right or left, and it will turn into a triangle.
This vape trick is all about pushing your O rings, assuming you already know how to blow an O. You need to learn how to push your O’s before you can practice other advanced smoke tricks like the atomic bomb. Vape bending is pretty easy to do, and you can master it in no time.
- Ensure there is air in the room.
- Pick a hand you want to use in pushing the vape ring. It’s best to use your right hand to push if you use the left hand to vape and vice versa. Try not to spread your fingers and keep your palm flat and ready to push forward.
- You will have a hard time bending a slow O so blow a fast and thick O ring.
- Place your palm parallel to the O and push it forward. Timing is important here so you will have to master the timing with more practice.
- To bend the O to the right, push from the left, if you want it to go down, you have to push it from the top, etc., but always keep your palm parallel to the ring.
The Jellyfish is a cool vape trick that gives you an illusion of a Jellyfish in the air with your vapors. It is not an easy trick because you first have to how to blow and push O rings.
- Make a large O and push it forward with your palm at medium speed while taking a second mouth hit.
- Push out the vapor from your mouth through the center of the O and slowly close your mouth. This combination will create the effect of a jellyfish. It is okay if you couldn’t do it correctly the first time. Just keep practicing.
- This is basically compressing the 12 O’clock and 6 O’clock of an O ring at the same time to form a bow tie. Sounds easy, but it is a pretty advanced trick that requires practices and patience. I recommend you master how to blow and bend O’s before trying this trick.
- Make a nice O ring and push it down a little bit to give the 12 O’clock and the 6 O’clock a tilted position slightly in front of your face
- Inhale both ends of the O at the same time to split the ring into a bow tie.
Fill Up Your Cup
This one requires a couple of props but the effect is totally worth the preparation. The first step is to get a CD or anything rounded with a hole in the middle that will fit into a large cup or goblet. Take a large drag from your vaporizer and blow the vapor into the cup. Quickly place the CD or other object into the cup over the vapor. The vapor will slowly come out of the hole and appear as a cup with magically seeping out of it.
This is very similar to the Jellyfish vape trick. While you allow the second exhale to float through the vape ring in the jellyfish trick, the atomic bomb requires you to inhale it back to form something like a mushroom.
- Take long draws and make a nice O
- Push the remaining vapor from your mouth through the center of the O ring and then inhale backward.
The bull ring is a combination of the O ring, and the French inhale vape tricks. So make sure you learn them before attempting the bull.
- Inhale from your vaping unit and trap the vapors in your mouth.
- Make a medium-shaped O ring.
- Keep your nose above the ring and inhale with your slowly inhale the ring through your nostrils. This will create the effect of a bull ring on your nose.
SummaryArticle Name Fun and Tricks with Your Vapor Description Vaporizers can be used for smoking cessation or to get your nicotine through vapor but that doesn’t mean you can’t do fun tricks with your vapor! Author Amirzaian Publisher Name King Pen Vapes Publisher Logo