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What Happens When You Quit Smoking and Start Vaping?

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So, you’re trying to quit smoking. We all know the associated health risks of smoking, but did you know what happens to your body when you stop smoking?

By quitting smoking, a lot of the damage that comes from cigarettes can actually be undone. Buy E-Liquid online today to prevent further damage.

Professor John Britton, who is chair of the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians states:

“If all the smokers in Britain stopped smoking cigarettes and started smoking e-cigarettes, we would save 5 million deaths in people who are alive today.”

What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Smoking?

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What Happens 20 minutes After you Stop Smoking?

Your heart rate and blood pressure will drop to a steady level.


What Happens 2 hours After you Stop Smoking? 

Your circulation will start to improve. At this time, you’ll begin to experience the first effects of nicotine withdrawal. If you switch to vaping at this time with nicotine E-Liquid, then you won’t experience the withdrawal. 


What Happens 12 hours After you Stop Smoking?

Carbon monoxide starts to leave your body. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is in cigarette smoke. It binds to blood cells and stops them bonding with oxygen, which is the reason many smokers experience cardiovascular problems.

Carbon monoxide is not present in vaping.


What Happens 24 hours After you Stop Smoking?

Your heart begins to repair itself.


What Happens 48 hours After you Stop Smoking?

Your sense of taste and smell are restored.


What Happens 3 days After you Stop Smoking?

All traces of nicotine will be gone from your body, so withdrawal symptoms are at a peak if you are trying to quit by going cold turkey.

If you are using a vape to help you quit, then you won’t experience the withdrawal symptoms, which can help you to reduce your craving for a cigarette.


What Happens 2 weeks After you Stop Smoking?

Your lung function increases, and you’ll notice positive improvements in your physical health.


What Happens 1 month After you Stop Smoking?

Your lungs contain cilia, a microscopic hair-like lining in your lungs, that help to move debris and microbes out of the airways. When you smoke, these get clogged with tar.

After one month without any cigarettes, they will be able to move freely again and get to work clearing your airways of mucus and dirt. This helps to lower your risk of infection.


What Happens 3-9 months After you Stop Smoking?

Lung function continues to improve, with a reduction in coughing or wheezing.


What Happens 12 months After you Stop Smoking?

Your risk of heart disease has reduced by half. Your risk of having a stroke has significantly decreased. This is the case even if you have switched to vaping.


What Happens 10 years After you Stop Smoking?

Risk of developing lung disease is now half that of when you were smoking, even if you are still vaping. Your risk of heart disease is now roughly the same as someone who never smoked.



Why Switch from Smoking to Vaping?

The benefits of quitting smoking are plain to see, but why should you use vaping as a way to help?

Out of every 100 people who try to quit smoking by going cold turkey, only about four will manage to do so for more than six months. For most people, a bit of help is needed to quit smoking successfully.

The Research Behind Vaping

Research has found that vaping is 60% more effective as a tool for quitting smoking than nicotine replacement products or quitting unaided.

Many quit attempts fail due to nicotine withdrawal, but vaping can reduce these cravings by using a vape with nicotine E-Liquid.


The Benefits of Vaping Compared to Others

Another reason vaping works so much better than things like patches or gum is that the action of vaping, including the inhaling, throat hit and exhalation process, more closely resembles the act of smoking a cigarette. Many who are trying to quit miss the sensation of smoking, so this familiarity helps.


Things to Expect When You Vape

It’s important to be aware that during the transition from smoking to vaping, you may notice some of the following health effects:


This would happen whether you vaped, went cold turkey, or used a patch. As you go cigarette-free, the tar that has built-up in your lungs will break down and be coughed out in the form of phlegm.

While coughing isn’t ever a pleasant experience, it is a necessary process for all ex-smokers to go through. Eventually, it will end, and your lungs will be healthier, and it will feel easier to breathe.

The vapour from your vape does not impact this process.

Remember to keep hydrated during this time, as water intake helps to speed up the clearance process and can reduce your cough.


A headache can occur due to changes in your nicotine levels. While E-Liquid is available in a range of different strengths, the way your body absorbs it is a bit different to cigarettes.

This can cause you to have a bit too much or too little nicotine than you are used to. The wrong level of nicotine for you can cause you to experience headaches, shakes and nausea.

Luckily, this is an easy fix, as you can try a range of different strengths until you find the one that works best for you. If you need help with this, then have a chat with our team, who will be happy to make recommendations to suit your nicotine needs.

Oxygen Dizziness

When you smoke, the rate of blood circulation to your brain and body is reduced. Switching to vaping helps to improve your circulation, and you’ll begin to experience the right levels of oxygen.

As you are not used to this, you may feel a bit dizzy or lightheaded to start with. Your brain has been deprived of oxygen, and this is it readjusting to the level of oxygen it needs.

If this feeling does not pass after a few days, then it could be you are consuming too much nicotine. Try puffing less or using a lower strength E-Liquid.



If you’re ready to begin your journey to becoming smoke-free, with the aid of vaping, then we here at RED Box Vape would be more than happy to help you. Many of us are ex-smokers and know the challenges that this journey presents.

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