I guess I could have broadened out that title a little bit more. I mean honestly, this could apply to just about everybody you ever encounter that is stuck on smoking. To some, it’s a huge secret. To others, not so surprising.
How can you convince someone to quit smoking and switch to vaping?
The simple answer is: You can’t.
Think about it. When you were a smoker and someone (more than likely a non-smoker) would tell you “just quit and save your life!” or “do you realize how expensive those things are??” or even “Ugh…you smell like a damn ashtray…”, what was your reaction?
Did you give in and say “you know what? They’re right! I’m going to put down these cigarettes and never smoke again”. I’m willing to bet that you didn’t. You blocked it all out and said it’s none of their damn business and that you’ll do whatever you want to.
The same thing happens when switching to vaping. When I picked up my Infuse kit, my wife picked one up as well. She only tried the flavors in the store, picked up a cinnamon/menthol, and called it a day. After about two weeks, she became frustrated. Granted, she was a combo smoker (cigarettes/vaping), only vaping while she was at work. She decided it was too much for her and called it a day. Essentially I felt like I had pressured her into switching to vaping. Now she is almost unwilling to budge.
Every once in a while I will bring a new vape into the room and say “You should try this!!” She takes a little hit, says it tastes disgusting, and hands it back to me. In the end, I felt like I pressured her into switching to vaping and it backfired on me.
The best course of action to take is to be informative. Be available. Don’t hide the fact that you vape. I do believe that cloud chucking in the middle of a crowded shopping center can be a little distracting and some might say a little tacky. To each his own. Yet, if a smoker decides they want to switch, who do you think they will come to with questions?
I actually have a co-worker that goes with me on smoke/vape breaks, and she asks tons of questions about the juice/mods and sounds like she wants to make the switch. However, I cannot make that move for her.
It’s something that each smoker has to do on their own. But it helps to have someone to help along the way.
Until next time..