I am passionate about helping people quit smoking. I have quit myself with the aid of vaping products. If you are struggling to quit or stay quit despite the use of over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy (patches, lozenges, spray, inhalator, and/or gum), you may be eligible for prescription nicotine salts or nicotine base for use with a vaporiser or heated nicotine sticks (HEETS). I am an authorised prescriber of prescription nicotine. I highly recommend ongoing counselling for quitting smoking, and I offer this type of therapy as well. Quitline is a free resource, if you want a bit of a boost to your quit journey without regular counselling. In addition to this type of nicotine replacement, there are tablets that can assist with cravings. Please book a telehealth consultation here to discuss your options.
When using nicotine vaping products, it is important to choose the correct nicotine level and gradually reduce nicotine content. If you smoke 2 packs per day, start with 50mg/mL. If you smoke 1 pack per day, start with 25mg/mL, and for half a pack a day, start with 12mg/mL.
Reduce your nicotine concetration over time until you are nicotine free. Some people prefer to continue vaping nicotine free e-liquids after quitting nicotine to satisfy the habitual aspects of smoking such as having something to do with the hands and mouth.
I recommend choosing flavours that do not contain diaketones. You can purchase premixed e-liquid or mix nicotine concentrates with vegetable glycerine (VG) and/or propylene glycol (PG) and flavour concentrates. I recommend purchasing nicotine salts for most people. Nicotine freebase is harsher and more similar 'throat hit' to smoking, if that is your preference. Nicotine concentration recommendations are the same for either.