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September 21, 2013

Vaping comes to Noble

NORMAN — A new business in Noble is helping people who want to quit smoking.

Vapor Stop owner John West said “this isn’t smoking,” explaining that “what is let out isn’t smoke, and it isn’t harmful to others.”

Electronic cigarettes don’t contain tobacco or produce smoke. It’s a different system, where a liquid called juice is inhaled and expelled in the form of vapor, thus the name vaping.

So why do people vape? According to West, some do it for dietary reasons — they want a piece of cheesecake, but they don’t want the calories, so vaping juice with no nicotine in it that tastes like cheesecake does the trick.

“I wouldn’t have believed it (vaping dessert) until I opened a shop and saw how many people actually do it,” West said.

The other reason people vape is because the nicotine in the juice can be controlled, so someone who wants to quit smoking can, over time, reduce the amount of nicotine until they eventually take in zero milligrams in the vaping juice, thus helping to break the smoking habit.

But it isn’t that easy. Smoking addiction comes in two parts. One part is the addiction to the nicotine, and the other part is the actual hand-to-mouth activity. West maintains, and a Google search of Nicorette confirms, that stopping just one of the two habits won’t do the trick. When the dependency on nicotine is gone, the person can then focus on breaking the psychological and behavioral habit of smoking.

“The addictive part of smoking for me is the hand-to-mouth habit. Instead of eating food, I’m vaping to wean myself off of cigarettes,” vaper Shelby Simpson, said.

Simpson’s experience is common. West said most everyone who comes into his shop said they want to stop smoking and West is here to help. He said three of his family members have completely stopped smoking by vaping and decreasing their nicotine levels down to zero over time.

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