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>brings its own risks/addictions
I used to smoke ~5 rollies on a regular weekday and maybe twice that at the weekend with beers. I switched over to vaping and for a year or two it was great - I much preferred it to smoking, and while personally I felt the health impact was overstated, it was definitely an improvement.
Then I went through a particularly dark time in life, having trouble with medication and other things. Long story short, I wound up so hopelessly addicted to vaping that I was not able to get out of bed without firing up a storm for at least 20 minutes. Nicotine consumption significantly controlled my life. I tried cutting back many times and in many different ways, and I failed.
Eventually I realised that I was never going to be able to get back to the "good old days" of just having a few puffs here and there. I spoke to my GP, who prescribed me patches, while I weaned down the nic in my liquid. This wasn't much fun - I started out wearing three "20-a-day" patches at once, which just barely took the edge off cravings - and it was a long way down, but it worked. Finally I vaped for a couple of months with no nic in the liquid, before one day finding that some subconscious part of my brain had flipped to perceiving vaping as a waste of time. I kept it around for when I was drinking and so on, but the association was gone. That was over a year ago, I've not been back and to my surprise (and delight) I don't get any cravings even when drinking.
The irony in all of that is that I had to quit cigarettes to get properly addicted to nicotine. I want to be clear that I don't mean to scare anyone, with any of this, but I will say this much: vaping can fill the cracks in your day far more surreptitiously than cigarettes. Realistically you need 10-15 minutes to have a cig, it's socially proscribed in most places these days, and tobacco is hideously expensive. By comparison, if your work and life permits (as mine did) you can be vaping high-strength liquid from first thing when you wake up until lights out at night for fuck all money. It's easy and cheap to vape levels of nicotine that you wouldn't get close to on with tobacco. Don't do this.
Set out a plan of reduction, and get on board with the idea of spending a couple of months at the end vaping with no actual nicotine. You won't miss it when it's gone, honest.