It is not easy to define addiction. A working definition used by some in the addiction treatment world involves recognizing “compulsive, destructive behavior“, and one’s failure to quit despite wanting to quit. This is used to determine whether or not addiction treatment is warranted.
The act of “using” itself (using a substance such as illegal drugs, alchol, or cigarettes) is often considered both compulsive and destructive. The person engaged into an addiction will continue to engage in the destructive, compulsive “using behavior” despite negative consequences. The actual addiction is sometimes based on physiological changes, brain chemistry changes, health or mental halth issues associated with the activity. That is an area of much research and debate.
So when considering vaping addiction, we need to ask… is vaping a compulsive behavior?
We also need to ask “is vaping destructive?”
We need to notice if there are negative consequences to vaping, and observe that an individual wants to quit vaping, fails to do so, and suffers the negative consequences.
In the addiction treatment world, regret is a sign of one’s desire to quit. The acknowledgment of a desire to quit, combined with aknowledged regret, is proof enough that the consequences of continuing the behavior are negative, and treatment is warranted.
Again in the world of addiction treatment, where physically dangerous addictions (heroin, advanced alcholism) are treated, the degree to which consequences are considered “negative” varies. Really it is up to the user that wants to quit and can’t, and the situation.