Switching From Dipping to Vaping

Switching From Dipping to Vaping

Some studies indicate that vaping can be useful in helping individuals give up smoking. What you may not know is that vaping to quit dipping or using smokeless tobacco could also be effective. Vaping delivers nicotine in a manner that is different to the way it is delivered by smokeless tobacco. The benefits of vaping over dipping can be significant.

Nicotine in Dip Vs. Vape

Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco both deliver nicotine to the body. Nicotine is an addictive substance which encourages the continued use of tobacco products. Those who are trying to quit smoking or dipping struggle as their body reacts to nicotine cravings. Vaporizers may be an effective form of nicotine replacement therapy, long believed to be a viable method of quitting.
Nicotine delivery from smokeless tobacco can occur much quicker than it does from cigarettes. The reason for this is that smokers receive nicotine from cigarette smoke that is inhaled into the lungs. From there, it must be absorbed into the system. Chewing tobacco or dip is retained in the mouth where it immediately transfers nicotine through the tissues of the mouth. Those who dip also tend to use smokeless tobacco over a longer period of time, holding it in the mouth for many minutes. A cigarette can take between 5-10 minutes to smoke, and the smoker may not have another for an hour.
It may be harder for those who use chewing tobacco to quit because they are used to a more rapid form of nicotine absorption. One study has shown that vaping can deliver nicotine at a much slower pace than either smoking or dipping. This might make vaping a more effective nicotine replacement therapy than patches or gum.

Lack of Tar and Carcinogens in Vaporizers

Most people understand that smoking carries a risk of cancer due to carcinogens that are found in cigarettes. What they may not know is that smokeless tobacco contains 28 known carcinogens or cancer-causing agents. Even worse, these carcinogens are in direct contact with the oral cavity during use. This may increase the likelihood of oral cancer.
In contrast, vapor from vaping devices does not produce tar. This is because there is no tobacco to be burned. It is true that trace amounts of carcinogens can be found in vapor, but the levels are so small that vaping presents a minimal risk when compared to smoking or dipping.

Vapor Allows for Gradual Nicotine Withdrawal

Chewing tobacco or dip introduces so much nicotine into the system that trying to quit without some form of replacement therapy can be very difficult. The advantage of using a vaping device is that individuals can choose the nicotine strength they need and taper it over time.
The person who wants to quit could begin with an e-juice that contains 24mg of nicotine. This would help to mitigate withdrawal symptoms that can arise in the initial days and weeks following cessation from smokeless tobacco. It is then possible to lower the nicotine concentration in the vapor over time. One can step down to consistencies of 18mg, 12mg and 6mg. It is even possible to purchase e-juice that has no nicotine.
The vaping industry is still young, and more studies must be done before researchers can conclusively prove that vaping to quit dipping is effective. Thus far, however, the studies which have been conducted generally view vaping as an effective nicotine replacement therapy. Vaporizers can be appealing to those who dip because they are convenient to use. A puff from a vaporizer can be also be taken discreetly, and many devices are portable and compact.


  • https://academic.oup.com/ntr/article-abstract/doi/10.1093/ntr/ntx166/4096490/The-Relationship-of-E-Cigarette-Use-to-Cigarette
  • https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/smokeless-fact-sheet
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4469966/


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