How to quit vaping: UAE doctors share tips to end nicotine habit

How to quit vaping

Vaping has surged in popularity but many users are now asking how to quit

Vaping has surged in popularity in the UAE but left many questioning how to end their nicotine addiction. Arabian Business reached out to doctors in the UAE for guidance on how to quit vaping.

How to quit vaping

“Vaping has fewer social restrictions, no odour, and is easy to carry. Hence people tend to use vaping much more and thus inhale higher doses of nicotine. They find it harder to quit,” said Respiratory Medicine Specialist at the LLH hospital in Abu Dhabi’s Musaffah, Dr. Sajeev S. Nair.

“If you are unable to stop on your own, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Consult a physician and seek her/his advice. Five step intervention for smoking cessation: ask, advice, assess, assist and arrange.”

The global market for vaping products is growing exponentially. Its value rose from $3 billion in 2016 to $22.8 billion in 2022. This number is expected to mount to $28 billion this year.

As of 2023, around 9 million people vape regularly in the US making it the country with the highest number of vape smokers in the world, followed by the UK with a total of 3 million vapes, France with 2.4 million and Japan with 1.2 million consumers.

Addiction to nicotine means you are urged to keep putting nicotine into your body,” said Dr. Nair. “Your body depends on it, and you will have symptoms that make you uncomfortable – sometimes very painful – if you don’t get enough of it or don’t get it often enough.”

Withdrawal symptoms

Like quitting cigarettes, vaping comes with nicotine withdrawal symptoms too, which are said to be very uncomfortable.

“The uncontrollable urge is the first hurdle to overcome. Many feel irritated, restless, and vague discomfort,” said Dr. Nair. “Some may feel more appetite and weight gain.”

Some of these withdrawal symptoms include irritability, intense cravings, difficulty concentrating, headaches, and disrupted sleep patterns. They arise as the body adjusts itself to the sudden absence of nicotine and can persist for several weeks.

“The particles you inhale while vaping can cause inflammation and irritation in your lungs. This can lead to lung damage like scarring and narrowing of the tubes that bring air in and out of your lungs. Researchers don’t yet know all the effects vaping can have on your body.”

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