Its been about a 6 years or so since I switched to electronic cigarettes and quit smoking.
I really didn’t intend on e-cigs being such a great hobby either, turning into a website and being part of such a great community.
I always say, electronic cigarettes combine my love of smoking, electronics, and eating…
I had intended on stepping down until I got to 0 nicotine, but it looks like I am going to stick around 3mg for the near future.
The reason I am not in a hurry to get rid of electronic cigarettes primarily is that there are so many people that need to know about them still. When you switch to them, you feel so much better, so much healthier.
Anyways, I am really interested in your stories, not mine.
- How did you quit smoking?
- Did you like electronic cigarettes?
- Did you not like them?
- What have been your greatest and worst experiences?
I am going to make a static page on the blog for everyone’s story, good or bad. You can drop me an email or just leave it in the comments section. I look forward to hearing from you guys!
Jeannie R June 16, 2013 at 9:42 am
I smoked 54 of my 68 years and didn’t, plan to quit, I was interested in the e-cig so ordered a starter kit.
There was a town gathering going on so I left the real cigs at home and took the e-cig with me.That was the 1st day smoke free.
I put the e-cig in a drawer and used it as the urge hit me. In two months time I just forgot about it. This is not to deny going thru a year of frantic confounding and scary
Now 14 months smoke free and a year nicotine free, I,m feeling much better. My circulation and breathing are better as is my voice. I credit the vapor e-cig for my success as other routes of nicotine replacement never were satisfying.
Gaye Barthold June 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm · Reply
Today is my 10th day of freedom from the desire to smell or taste burnt cigarettes! I have smoked for 42 years of this life. A customer came into the little store I clerk in and insisted I try her ever-smoke.
I went home that night and ordered my first e-cig. Three days later I discovered vaing liquids. How wonderful. I am Not looking back, not asking questions, just NOT SMOKING CIGARETTES. So excited about this, I have passed on my first e-cig. system to my best gal-pal and She is going to quit too. She’s a long term smoker as I was.
amanda bush January 29, 2013 at 3:07 pm · Reply
hi, i was diagnosed with copd in 2005 after smoking for a length of approx 28yrs of non stop chain smoking, even back then i still couldn’t stop smoking until early last year in 2012 i suffered a really bad infection and it scared me that much that the cigs had to go, it was then that my husband brought me back from the local post office an e-cig to try as i was climbing the walls for my nicotine hit. That was it, I am now a fully converted e-cig buff.
I started out with the usual 510 battery, atomizer and cartridge system but wanted something with a bit more behind it, that’s when i brought my very first Lavatube, and this Xmas my family brought my brilliant Provari, that’s just great. I cant get enough of it.
There’s so many flavors out there its never ending, I tend to try my hand at direct dripping thats really handy for when trying out your new flavors and for that I tend to turn back to my old faithful the 510 battery atty and drip tip.
I started at 36mg and am down to 24-18mg which I’m quite happy with as i never wanted to give up the cigs completely, i have to have that nicotine craving somehow, anyway i hope that gives you some idea to where I’m at right now. Its been nice to talk to someone who understands what I’m talking about, my family been driven mad with me talking about shananakins, I really enjoyed your articles on vaping and will be back regularly, keep it up,many thanks Amanda x.
fiercemoose January 30, 2013 at 8:58 pm · Reply
Amanda, it’s so good to hear that e-cigs are working for you. Congrats! Keep up the good work and check back often.
mike December 30, 2012 at 10:23 pm · Reply
I started vaping when i was over my buddies house for his xmas party on xmas eve. After tht night i was hooked! The following Thursday i had my last pack of Camel Crush and was set on finishing the pack and head to my local vape store that night after the gym.
I purchased a Joyetech eGo-t kit for my dad and a Ego twist 1000mah battery and Ce4 cartomizer for myself.
I purchased a few flavors, and now going on day 4 no cig, i couldnt be happier! I can vape at my desk at work and anywhere else! If i start to crave a real cig, i just vape and my craving goes away!
I’m just confused at all these different atomiers,cartomizers etc! I know the atomizer needs replaced but didn’t know if i just buy a whole new cartomizer? I own the translucent one.
Captn Al December 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm · Reply
I smoked a pack and a half of Winston a day. Buddy at work puffed a Reo Mod.
I was kinda interested in the idea, asked about it a time or two and lo and behold, he showed up with a spare he had and said, “try this for a week or two and if you like it I’ll make you a deal”.
Showed me all the in’s and out’s, where to order all the accessories, etc and here we go! Just as he said, I cheated with the winston’s a day or two until at some point, I trusted the thing a little.
I’ve quit now for 5 months, never ever want a real cig again. Can’t believe I used to smell like smokers do. Love to look at the cigarette pricing at the store, knowing I’m no longer buying and have personally shown 2 more people how to quit with vapes and they have.
One is a former smoker of 50 years! Love shopping for new stuff, playing with my vape “toys” and inventory and making new juices. People ask, “well, when you gonna quit that, now that you quit cigs”. I say “Why?” I do enjoy puffing on this damn thing! Captn Al
fiercemoose December 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm · Reply
Awesome to hear it’s working out! LOL I get that question all the time and my response is the same as yours. I’m sure one day I’ll end up going with zero nic juices, but for the time being I’m just happy that it appears to be a healthier option.
Jennifer October 24, 2012 at 11:17 am · Reply
I have been smoking 1 1/2 PAD for almost 20 years but I have severe lung problems and decided at the beginning of the month of October that I would quit. I started out by going to the convenience store and purchasing a disposable e-cig ($10.00 each) and did that for a week while I waited for my PV to arrive.
I now have and eGo T2 Upgrade PV with a Vision CE4 clearomizer on it. I enjoy the fact that I don’t have to refill constantly and my doctor is very happy that I am off the cigarettes.
I breathe better, I can smell/taste things that I haven’t in years, and I no longer smell like a stale cigarette. After a month, the smell of a cigarette is disgusting to me, and that makes me happy! 🙂
Sandra Medlock October 21, 2012 at 9:40 am · Reply
I smoked for 46 years, until I suffered a stroke at the age of 58, but I continued to smoke until last year at the age of 62 when I landed in the hospital with breathing problems after when I was diagnosed with COPD and told I must quit smoking immediately and a nurse suggested that t I try electronic cigarettes and I started using them on 9/7/11, after which I made it a year on e-cigs without smoking any real cigs.
My only complaint about the e-cigs is that they aren’t reliable and I often get caught out without a charged battery or a refilled cartridge (which I do myself with e-juice – a messy process that I do not enjoy having to do almost every day), I have tried several different brands and have found that the Blu E-cig works best for me, although they only seems to last a couple of months of recharging.
I have sunk a lot of money into this habit – more than I did buying cartons of cigarettes. Because of this, I was on an outing with my family this month and could not get my e-cigs to work, so i bummed a cigarette from my niece, and I enjoyed them more than I thought I would, and can’t think of anything else ever since.
I do feel much better, and I no longer have the mental stress of not knowing what is happening to my body from the effects of smoking. I guess I was and still am a very heavy smoker, too heavy for the life of the e-cig batteries. I am so frustrated about not being confident in going out and not being able to rely on my e-cigs. I have never successfully been able to charge up my Blu e-cig box to use on the go,
I really don’t want to become a cigarette smoker again, besides it could be fatal for me very quickly. I am thinking of buying another Blu starter kit for the new batteries since I have approximately 100 of their cartridges.
fiercemoose October 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm · Reply
You should try a bigger/better ecig like the Joye eGo. What you are describing is the same process every new ecig user goes through. Once trying something with a bigger battery, you’ll probably be much happier with your ecig usage.
Jason September 23, 2012 at 11:42 am · Reply
2 weeks for me. I bought an eCab never looked back. The last cigarette I smoked was on the way to the vape shop. I’m never going back to analogs.
I realized that as much as I enjoyed cigarettes, they were taking a deep psychological toll on me, as well as physical. Every time I lit up, there was a little nagging voice in the back of my head reminding me that I was resigning myself to an early death, that I was squandering years with my beautiful wife and children for the sake of a nicotine fix. Being relieved of that burden has been a life changing experience.
I can already smell, taste, and breathe better and I feel tremendously more confident. So far, vaping has been nothing but a positive experience, I highly recommend giving it a shot if you are a smoker wanting to stop.
Jeremy August 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm · Reply
I’ve been vaping for 18 days now, Saturday night will make 3 weeks for me. I haven’t had a cigarette even once, and I feel great. I’ve got an eVolt from Smokeless Image and I’m absolutely in love with it. Quitting smoking turned into a hobby for me, there’s so many different flavors and cartomizers I wanna try!
Kat July 26, 2012 at 7:37 am · Reply
A friend of mine was my e-cig Yoda and gave me my first kit (a 510 mini set). That was The beginning of June. I’ve since upgraded my kit and have had no desire for a regular cigarette since I finished the pack I had when Rick gave me the kit. I’ve had fun going to different local shops for juice and finding great juices on the net. The kit I use now is an eGo 610 pass through with the eGo clear cartomizer.
Juices I’ve found that I really enjoy are: Boba’s Bounty from Alien Visions e-Juice; Cherrywood Tobacco from Vixen Vapes; and Butter Brew from iVape.net. I keep cartomizers with those 3 in my kit at all times.
But, one of the things I like best about vaping, is that I can create my own flavors; my favorite summer creation was honeydew cucumber, so refreshing. Other big pluses of the vape versus the flame: I can secretly vape in my office because it doesn’t smell like a cig, I vape in my car and house for the same reason, I can vape in bars (often) where I couldn’t smoke inside (during a Texas summer you don’t want to go outside unless you have to), the health benefits that everyone cites are great, I can vape 0% juice late at night so I don’t wind up unable to sleep, and best of all: I don’t SMELL like a smoker.
Martins June 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm · Reply
I start using ecigs two weeks before my last real cigarette. On those 2 weeks I tried those cheap ecigs, and then I bought a joye ego-t 1000mah. The best move I did. I quit smoking on the 7th of April 2012.. I’m 35 and I smoked since I was 14 years old.
Two weeks ago, I really needed a real cigarette, my kid was sick, and she was crying all night non stop, and I got to a point where I had that urgent need of a cigarette. Somehow, I had the strength needed to avoid a cigarette. So today I can say that is has been over two months that I quit smoking.
My wife smokes, I think she doesn’t have the same will power as I do. And I really, really hate the smell of smokers. Now I understand all those people that used to look at me like if I had a infectious disease! I think I’m going for the divorce to avoid that smell! not true, of course…
Now, I’m think I’m addicted to ecigs… not to the ecigs but to the great variety of juices. I always use low nicotine (6mg), I’ve been testing all kind of flavors… I have some favorites, like cocoa, banana, menthol, strawberry, and the Halo brand. If you want my opinion, avoid anything like eggnog, baileys, and similar… they’re all crap (my opinion).
I already converted one of my friends to ecigs… a long way to go, basically because people think it’s awkward using an ecig, but killing themselves is not… Just the idea that I would be able to spend a couple of years more with my kid, makes it all worth!!
I’ve tried all kind of systems to quit smoking, none worked. You may consider ecigs like smoking, so yes, I still smoke, but at least I’m not injecting thousands of substances that causes cancer into my body. Eventually I will quit with the ecigs, but until them I’m enjoying my tobacco free life!
Try it before you criticize it!
jonah June 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm · Reply
Reading these stories is really inspiring and mine is not more so than any other here, it’s just a bit different so I thought I’d share it.
I started smoking seriously when I was 21. I had been around smokers my entire life, as most of my aunts, uncles and great uncles on my moms side smoked. The ones that aren’t dead now have either had major cancer, or in the case of my aunt, successfully switched to an ecig.
I’ve got 3 brothers and all of us were smokers at some point. My oldest brother switched to chew when he started having breathing problems. I quit smoking a couple of times, mostly due to the tax increases as cost seemed to be the one good reason that stuck. A couple of years back, snus (spitless, pasturized chewing tobacco) started being imported and made here in the US, which I and my oldest brother switched to.
It worked in leau of smoking for a while but when my brother started getting serious mouth sores, he decided to try an e cig. I had been chewing snus regularly but started buying cigs again and keeping the pack at work (for the morning cig with coffee, breaks, etc,) but not keeping any at home, so my wife didn’t know. My brother was successful and found a unit that worked for him, so I did the same.
Its been almost 2 weeks and though the snus cravings have come from time to time, the cigarette cravings have gone completely. The other night I had a smoker friend over, who I would bum cigs from when we drank together and had our porch time, solving life problems, etc.
The other night I had two puffs of his cig and handed it back to him and went back to my e cig. That surprised me as I had not expected the craving to leave so easily. I am happy to say I am over cigarettes after smoking off and on for 12 years, as well as chewing tobacco.
I have not had a cig or snus since I got my unit. Like a lot of the stories here, the e cig does not cure all the cravings and doesn’t solve every issue you’ll face. But it does have other benefits (trying out new flavors / gear is really fun) that will find a way to oust the pleasure of smoking or chewing.
I hope more people find this as a way to get over smoking. As addictive as nicotine is, you would really think the healthiest way to ingest it would be endorsed by health orgs and doctors and all those influential people.
That’s why they regulate alcohol and chase after the moonshiners. We know its bad but we still do it, right?
After hearing about those who have tried with e cigs and failed, I think the important thing is to find a good unit, not the corner store impulse buy type, find a reliable supplier, find the juice you like, and keep it stocked. This will get you through almost any other craving.
Congrats to all who have posted here.
Dave Johnston March 5, 2012 at 9:56 am · Reply
Quit smoking after 30 years last July by using an e-cig. My current model is a Joytech e-go mega tank. I can load in 1.3ml of my favorite Silk Cut 18mg juice and that lasts me all day.
Had a chest x-ray last week as part of a medical and it was clear. I doubt the same would have been said a year ago.
I do feel much better since giving up the Marlboro Lights but sometimes i still get a bit “wheezy”.
Its a shame the government is in bed with the tobacco industry as vaping would save lives if the message was out there more.
Rohit January 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm · Reply
Donny’s story is inspiring. I stopped smoking December 27, 2011, the day after I got a gift of a starter pack from Vapor King. I’ve got 11 mgs, 16 mgs and 24 mgs of classic tobacco flavor in the pack.
I had become a heavy smoker, 20-25 cigarettes a day, but since December 27, I haven’t touched a cigarette. Sometimes the THOUGHT would occur to me – should I pick one up and smoke it? But I haven’t acted on it. Why? Because I had the electronic cigarette handy. Even when its charging, i simply wait for it to charge. I don’t go outside ( I only smoke outside the house) and since it is cooler in the evenings here in L.A., I wouldn’t go out into the yard unless it was to smoke anyway!
Regardless, it is, as Donny’s story suggests, a game of conquest played out one day at a time…. I now actively visualize the effects every time i think about a real cigarette… and don’t have any intention of being the guy whose lungs are being burnt, one cell at a time… I feel better, look better (the color has returned to my face), the pinched circles around my eyes have been smoothed out, and I feel like a load has been lifted from my chest!
Good luck, all.. Happy New Year!
Bobbi January 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm · Reply
I have been an on and off smoker for over 17 years. You do not know how humiliating that is for me to write that down, because I actually have to admit that I have had this habit for a very long time.
My 18 year old daughter has begged me to quit numerous times. She hates cigarette smoke and bought me the E Cig for my Christmas present. I have not had a cigarette since I started using it on 12/31/2011. I actually enjoy the different juices and purchase them locally from a company called BreeZesmokes. I have several friends that smoke and it doesn’t bother me to be around cigarette smoke but I will tell you it made me realize how bad it really smells.
All is well and I have not wanted a cigarette. I know this is just the beginning but I am sticking to it. I have already started feeling better and I can breath and do not cough all the time.
Donny December 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm · Reply
Day 80 – 2 of my Realis battery has died now in the past 2 weeks, I’m down to 1 black battery.
The good news is I haven’t really minded, yes it was a little upsetting when the first died but in a way I think I need them to die for me to let go. If the battery’ die and i haven’t bought replacements then there’s just nothing I can do about it!.
I have been in the shop several times and I don’t even know where my brand is in the rack anymore – I don’t even look – compared to September of this year it’s simply astounding.
To add a further feather to my cap EU regulations requiring a chemical fire extinguisher to be added to all cigarettes has just come into being and everyone is complaining about how their cigarettes now taste awful and need constantly re-lighting. This has coincided with all brands changing their packet designs to “younger, fresher, hip-er” styles.
I’m 50/50 as to whether or not to buy a couple of new battery’s. I did say previously new year was my day to stop vaping and make this adventure/experience successful. On the other hand I am currently successful and having at least the battery’s there, would perhaps prevent me ever slipping up again.
We’ll see what happens but thanks for the well-wishes cooper.
And congrats to you Joanna.
These devices are the future of a nasty dying habit!
joanna December 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm · Reply
3 weeks and 2 days no cravings at all, i hate the smell of analogues now. I can breath easier, no wheeze, more energy, no horrible smell, my skin looks better, I can taste food and my sense of smell is more acute. Even on a night out I have no desire to smoke cigarettes anymore!
I was a 10 a day but could go through more than a pack a night when drinking for 29 years!
Highly recommend these to anybody who really wants to stop, since using these not one analogue has passed my lips!
Donny December 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm · Reply
Day 64 – I had another slip up and had a cigarette 6 days ago (29th Nov), I smoked it all – It just didn’t do what it used to. I didn’t feel attached to it in anyway. It really was like smoking one of your first ever cigarettes in the taste, smell, feeling. It also made me feel unwell and unhealthy having had it.
Smoking is now something I would have to get back into if i wanted to smoke – I’m not sure how difficult that would be but despite not truly intending to give up – I don’t want to go back now, things have changed…..I’m not addicted to cigarettes anymore.
Next day I handed the remainder of the comfort “In case of emergency only” packet i had laying in my kitchen, to my friend who is a smoker and whom had run out of cigarettes and was skint (broke).
He finished them that night, I had that packet for almost 2 months and he had more than half of them in a night – I would have been worse than that pre 2nd-of-October and I know I want to be a non smoker again – I’m enjoying the fact I am despite missing the crutch for life that smoking had become for me.
I puff my e-cig yet I’m even starting to wonder if I need it now, I’ve noticed that i can go without using it for hours in any meaningful sense – Do I need to keep using it? Or do i just want to because I miss the smoking crutch?…I suspect it’s the latter.
I am enjoying the e-cig currently and will continue with it but at some point soon I will cut down the constant vaping I do while on my laptop (like I smoked while on my laptop). I’ve noticed that at college I don’t use it as much as i smoked previous to the e-cig. I’m on the right path despite the bumps along the way of having the odd infrequent single cigarette.
I think 1st of January (new years resolution) is a good time to stop using the E-cig and enjoy the full benefits of being a non-smoker, hopefully with some e-liquid etc to spare to fall back on should the need arise. In fact I’ve decided here and now – the new year is when I will stop if I haven’t already at that point.
My mothers work colleague of many years has just been diagnosed with lung cancer, he’s in his early late forty’s/early fifty’s and it’s not looking good – rapid weight loss etc. My mother said he smokes like a lumb and he hasn’t gave-up despite the diagnosis and his obvious upset over it. I understand why he hasn’t yet as any addict will but I don’t wan’t that to be me and the years will fly by and take me to that age soon enough.
I’m free of smoking, I just hope I can push myself mentally to take off the stabilizers and achieve what I knew deep down I wanted to be but felt unable to be again…….a non-smoker.
Wish me luck!
cooperhilscher December 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm · Reply
Awesome Donny, Congrats with your progress.
Donny November 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm · Reply
Day 52 – Despite having ran out my my main menthol flavor and my back up menthol, i survived a day or 2 on other flavors I had from my original order. Fortunately my order of Menthol-Ice flavor from liberro arrived on time as expected and I’ve been happily vaping away on my flavor of choice.
Being a smoker really does feel a world away from me now which is odd considering the likeness to smoking that vaping is. There is that feeling of nostalgia with cigarettes for me however I don’t think of smoking and I barely have these feelings, it’s only when i think about the fact I’ve lasted another week without smoking, that I start to think this way.
The truth is despite the nostalgia I just don’t think about having a cigarette – perhaps this would be a different scenario if I ran out of e-liquid full stop?!
I’m focusing on reaching that goal of 1 month since my last cigarette (in my case a slip up 2 weeks ago) and evaluating where to go next when that time comes.
I don’t see myself returning to smoking, I don’t want to, I really didn’t feel too bad or suffer when my preferred e-liquid had ran out. I’m confident that e-cigarettes will enable me to quit smoking completely and in turn allow me to walk away from them too.
Donny November 13, 2011 at 11:13 am · Reply
Day 44 – 1 week on from my slip-up (I had a cigarette last Sunday morning while drunk) it’s safe to say that rather than it being the start of a slide back into smoking, it has in fact been an injection of moral and willpower to continue on the path to being a non-smoker.
Waking following that cigarette slip-up I felt disappointed in myself that I had one, even though i was blind drunk at the time. I had been sure previous to that indiscretion that I wouldn’t have such a slip up in the near future so it both came as a surprise and a disappointment when I did on day 29. This however reminded me that cigarettes are “sneaky” and trick the mind into wanting/needing one. It also gave me a new target to beat and I am now 1 week towards beating it.
Before this slip up it had crossed my mind that perhaps i wasn’t really ready to be a non-smoker again, to an extent this is true, but the slip up has shown me that already I am far from the smoker I was. I’d have finished that packet if I wasn’t changed in someway.
To sum up this week has been a breeze, first day or 2 since I had that cig i was wracked with disappointment and regret but in terms of not smoking it’s been easy. As long as i have my E-cig i’m fine. I also know that so far I’m in profit to about the same amount as Ive spent on E-cigs when compared to the cost of my smoking habit – a whole £270 odds.
Donny November 6, 2011 at 7:16 am · Reply
Day 37, Both on Friday and Saturday night after drinking the cravings for a cigarette were like the cravings you get when you try to quit cold turkey. I resisted on Friday but in the early hours of this morning following a drinking session last night- I had one. I smoked menthol’s so perhaps that explains why it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, then again I was blind drunk and not in a fit state to tie my own shoe-laces.
The craving manipulative part of my brain said “you’ll enjoy it, it’ll be good, take a night off this vaping malarky” – My sensible side continued with the correct but completely unhelpful advice of “don’t do it”.
Sensible got pushed to the side. It was the little joys of it -a lighter creating fire to power up the angel-light cigarette with it’s cushion soft filter tip resting between my lips, the slight harshness that confirms genuine smoke- that I craved.
At the time I actually thought “this isn’t that bad” but the cigarette ended quickly and when the mind said “have another and just finish the pack tonight, they’ll go to waste anyways”, I fought back with thinking 1′s not a tragedy I can recover from this, but if I have that pack will I get on the wagon again? will the wheels be completely off?.
At this point I returned the packet to the kitchen resting spot where it’s been lazing for a month and 6 days now – I can’t remember if I just felt unwell, or if i didn’t want to descend further to the dark side, OR if I just didn’t want the shame of my family and friends knowing I’ve cracked.
I continued vaping after that, drunk and in no fit state to converse with who i was speaking to at that point. The damage to the good work was stopped at one. I went to bed.
I awake to think two things – “awh fuck me i need juice” and “i had a cig last night – idiot!”. I am disappointed with myself that I had 1 but at the same time I’m thinking perhaps I needed to, I need the drive to go further with this good intention and the nostalgia of cigarettes was getting nauseating. I’ve continued to vape today and feel that I don’t need to return to that cigarette packet. This would or should have been the end of a cold turkey attempt but with my e-cig I am composed again in this fight, albeit with a hangover that would knock down a horse.
That cigarette wasn’t as bad as I hoped it would be last night and it really didn’t offend me the way it should have after not having one for 29 days but it instantly reminded me of something – the first times in my life when I had a cigarette. I didn’t enjoy it the way I would have when I was smoking 20 or 40 a day – the smell, the taste, the whole feel was like those first cigarettes you have when you’re just starting out.
I didn’t feel addicted and the each draw was of a mild firey paper that while wasn’t massively offensive, didn’t really entice me either. The craving trickster in my brain couldn’t swing his argument for another as I noticed all the things of cigarettes that I hadn’t in a long time.
I’ve come far even though I faltered for one.
The alcohol played a massive part in this blip and I should take note and avoid – however I suppose I should see alcohol it’s self as an evil I should live without. It wasn’t the first time I’ve drank and got drunk on my e-cig adventure but this time I caved and if I wasn’t so drunk I don’t think I would have.
I now have a 29 day smoke free target to beat – a new found desire to continue on the road to being a non-smoker and a realization that I have to change my lifestyle to reflect this.
Donny October 30, 2011 at 11:07 am · Reply
Day 30 – It’s now been 22 days since my last cigarette.
I said last time I would go more into the thoughts and feelings I’ve had on this Journey but frankly besides being happy that I have stopped smoking cigarettes, any feelings I’ve had concerning wanting one or missing cigarettes, aren’t really worth mentioning.
Occasionally I have thought of cigarettes in a really nostalgic way – the kind of way that makes you unable to quit because you usually cave in and have one. When this happens I ask myself what do I really want to do?! Go back to smoking and have to go though all of this again in the near future?” I tell myself at this point that considering the immediate improvements to my life through vaping an e-cig instead of smoking the benefits of quitting smoking will only get greater over time and it would be stupid to go back into something I was unable to get out of before.
I also point out to myself that if a cigarette tasted awful and made me feel funny after only being off them for 4 days, why would it be better now it’s been 22 days since that one?! The cravings you get pass with this reasoning because the e-cig is as close to smoking a cigarette as you need, the cravings just aren’t anywhere near as strong or as frequent as other methods of quitting I’ve tried.
The list of benefits I’ve notice so far with quitting smoking while using an e-cig;
So far I’ve saved £170 by vaping instead of smoking in 1 month. My nose isn’t as blocked and it’s easier to breathe through.
It feels easier to breathe in general. My lung capacity feels to have improved and my chest feels less restricted.
My clothes and myself don’t smell of smoke anymore – This is a major + for so many reasons. I’ve spent less while at my local shop on other things i.e. juice/energy drinks/ crisps etc because I don’t have to go there to buy cigarettes any more – I’d say this saving is around £60.
I feel more confident and happier with myself now that I’ve actually got round to stopping smoking AND I’m actually doing it successfully. My teeth clean up better.
Nicotine/tar staining on my figers while minimal is no longer there at all. My eyes don’t burn with the smoke in my room as I sit at my laptop for long periods of time.
My room smells better and the air is just nicer to breathe. I don’t necessarily have to go outside with my e-cig – especially nice as it’s entering the worst of autum/early-winter, Smoking anywhere here unless it’s outside or at home is illegal here.
I don’t have to buy lighters any more – another saving that i’d say is £2-£4 a month. Some foods do taste better or stronger.
I believe my complexion has improved. I am starting to eat healthier again because the improvement in doing so won’t be cancelled out by smoking.
I am getting mentally prepared for actually getting fit and maintaining it now that i’m eating healthier and once again – now that smoking won’t cancel out my hard work.
Some scrapes and scratches from life seem to be healing faster, especially one on my foot which was there for quite some time.
My local shop owner (the man whom sold me my daily 40) has bought an e-cig too as he too want’s to quit after seeing my success. If I want to “smoke” my e-cig in a bar while having my beer – places seem pretty relaxed about this and it is completely legal to do so.
The cartomizers (disposable filter-ends of the e-cig) are lasting longer that I expected them to with refilling.
Even though one of my e-liquids hasn’t lasted as long as I thought, with the £170 I saved this month it doesn’t matter, even although I’m eating slightly into the profits. The e-liquid will last me most of next month meaning I’m still on track to save as much as I thought i would next month (around £330 on cigs alone).
I haven’t burned my fingers with a cigarette in ages so no little burn sores present. I no longer have to worry about falling asleep with a cigarette in my home.
I have no stinking ash-tray full of cigarette butts stinking out my home or having to be emtpied. I bought a computer game I can play online with my Dutch friends with the money I’ve saved.
It’s easier to track how much money i have on me and where it’s actually going without having to sit and add it all up. etc etc.
The list of benefits is massive and I haven’t even listed them all I’m quite sure – it’s lots of little things mostly that you’re not conscious of but when you think about it they are lots of improvements to your life – we’re not even talking about things like; Scientists believe on average by quitting smoking before the age of 30, I’ll live an extra 10 years.
I don’t intend on cutting back/stopping the e-cig yet till perhaps the end of next month – but i do feel currently that won’t be anywhere near as horrific as quitting smoking cold turkey.
I did say last times i would explain a little about the pitfalls of e-cigs etc but it’s dinner time and the post is long enough. I think what’s been said is good enough to leave it here for now!
Donny October 22, 2011 at 8:40 am · Reply
Day 22 – it’s now been 2 weeks and around 12 hours since my last cigarette.
The E-cig set-up i went for was a super-mini which resembles a cigarette called the Liberro Realis. The set up I went for included what i believed to be enough to last me roughly 2 months, a spare battery on the 2 that were included, a mains-usb adapter, + more etc etc and cost £201 all in.
It sounds very expensive especially if you are in the US, Canada etc but it paid for its self 4-5 days ago now and I currently am £61 in profit, this profit will continue till the cartomizers and e-liquid I have runs out, I believ that while the E-liquid won’t last me 2 months as originally planned it will last me 1 month, the cartomisers longer. The profit projected on the orignal setup compared to smoking over the same period of time (over the course of 1 months) is £170,49 Sterling.
That’s a substantial saving and considering all I will need to buy immediately going into next month is e-liquid, the savings for next month will be even more.
The set-up isn’t perfect, there’s room for improvement but smoking it’s self isn’t perfect – the drawbacks of smoking far outweigh the little issues of the model or e-cig i have purchased. The fact is I never really intended to quit smoking at the time I tried a disposable e-cig, I had accepted it may be quite some time before i developed the “minerals” to bite the bullet and quit but here I am 3 weeks later, not smoked a cigarette in 2 weeks, and only a 1/4 of a pack in the week previous to that. I was a 40 menthols a day smoker.
I have thought about having a real cig a couple of times and noticed that when I see my brand of cigarettes somewhere my eyes instantly lock on it BUT I know that even just after a couple of days of not smoking and insted vaping, the taste and “joy” i associated with my brand of cigarettes wasn’t there – it was unpleasant and left me with a feeling of disappointment in myself for being weak and having one when there was no reward in doing so,……why then would I get anything from having a cigarette now?
Am I going to smoke a pack and refuel the cigarette addiction purely to regain that feeling that’s only partially present as a smoker anyways?,…… No, of course I will not – it’s not worth it and I already see the benefits of being a non-smoker while being a newbie vaper on my e-cig.
I would like to go into the issues of the e-cig to clarify for newbies to the subject who worry it will be an expensive mistake but I’ll wait till my next post before doing that – I’ll also go more into the thoughts and feelings I’ve had which I have tried not to go into too much this time.
Simply I’ll wrap it up on this – Do I feel better for vaping over smoking, not in the obvious way like feelings of joy at a good day but when asked by a friend what benefits have I noticed, the list was a bit like this post in little things I haven’t really noticed myself until that point, I’ll avoid listing them just now – perhaps I will next time, just to keep this post down on it’s already large size.
Donny October 15, 2011 at 8:15 am · Reply
Day 7 – went out drinking with my friend (fellow smoker), the night was long and had a cig (+ 2 puffs) in the early hours of day 8 while my e-cig battery was dead and being put on charge. It felt necessary to have one at that point but it was horrid and I felt disappointed in myself afterwards.
But as with anything in life it’s not the slip-up it’s how you react to it and I haven’t touched one since.
Day 15 – Hungover, was drinking last night but still on my e-cig, pack of cigs in my kitchen are still untouched and not even looked at.
Will be a full week since that last cig (slip-up) in about 12 hours.
At this point I can’t see myself having another slip-up never mind going back to smoking but even at the 2 weeks mark of the e-cig it’s early days, I can’t afford to become complaisant and the plan is roughly to “smoke” the e-cig to the point where having a cigarrette is little more than a distant faded memory before stopping that too, or at the least cutting down the nicotine content/amount of use.
I still occasionally think about cigarettes and that’s to be expected but the thoughts are not those of “I want a real cig”, they are just thoughts of “I’m not going to be a smoker soon” or “I used to love a cig at these times i.e. after dinner and I’ll miss that but I don’t need them now”. It’s a strange place to be in mentally as for the best part of the last 5 years or since I stepped away from regular cannabis use – cigs were essential and the thought of stopping was feared by me because of what that entailed.
I currently view my e-cig as smoking, it will be interesting to see how I feel when I either cut down my use of it, or lower the nicotine content, there’s a worry this is where it gets tricky BUT for right now the focus is putting real-cigs further into the past than the 1 week i’ve currently amassed since the last one.
I’ll update next week with perhaps a little less philosophy, lol.
Donny October 5, 2011 at 8:04 pm · Reply
I’m 25 and I have smoked for 8 years, I smoked cannabis regularly for 5 of those (heavily).
I have tried giving up with will power , patches, alternatively-sourced-Chantix and failed as you just can’t smoke that – smoking is along side eating, drinking, breathing and the bathroom to me (second nature).
I had managed to move on to menthol’s despite hating them originally and found myself not only stuck on them but chain-smoking anf smoking them in increasing numbers of late (currently 40-a-day).
Having tried and being impressed by a disposable e-cig I bought a longer-term set-up. The day it arrived it occurred to me that I may have made an expensive mistake, another quick-fix for lifes problems doomed to failure from the start. So much so was my worry it was day 2 before i started it properly.
day 1 – (used it evening onwards) I went from 40 a day to 20.
day 2 – smoked 3 or 4 cigs.
day 3 – smoked half a cig (put it out as it did not give me a feeling that I had been missing anything, infact I noticed it tasted odd and unusually smokey/firey *not pleasant*).
day 4 – no cigs at all, even while DRINKING ALCOHOL that night( a stupid move thinking about it as that’s the time you’ll relapse into smoking cigs if quitting).
day 5 – no cigs and feeling/noticing my lungs are starting to clear out (apologies for the image).
day 6 – 3.50am UK time – despite having cigs left in my kitchen since day 3, that half-cig I had then has led me not to even think about them, I can’t explain how remarkable that is to me and the kind of smoker I am….or should I say…was?
I’ll stop by to update this from time to time but so far my opinion is that this is the #1 stop-smoking aid to date, it’s been easy to the point I almost want to find fault with it. It’s saddens me that I found out about this by chance and not through the advice of doctors/goverment /stop-smoking organisations – it’s easily the best method i’ve tried.
fiercemoose October 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm · Reply
Donny, congrats on quitting! My experience with quitting was almost identical to yours in many ways, and I absolutely agree that this method of quitting worked wonders for me and I hope others will find e-cigs just as helpful. -Gary
Page September 23, 2011 at 7:18 pm · Reply
I started eGo-T on the advice of a friend that stood behind them, last weekend, and I have had no desire for a reg cig. I smoked over a pack a day and started smoking over 46 years ago. Needless to say I am very excited! I am learning as I go.
Gary April 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm · Reply
I quit the day I got my 510 kit. That was Dec 17th so it has been over 4 months now without cigarettes! I found that my favorite flavor so far is Hazelnut from FSUSA. I have since bought a couple of eGo 1000ma batteries(I figured that I already had a bunch of 510 attys and cartomisers so why buy a kit) and have since bought a couple of tank attys. These are my out and about PVs. I have collected a bunch of different flavors so I have many different flavors to vape. I live in NY where they want to make everything illegal so I decided to buy something that uses batteries that I can still get when they ban ecigs here…..
I bought a GGTB, a bottom feeder box-mod, and a Provari (I just had to try vaping at higher voltage) I still use my 510 and my eGo when going out and the mods when at home.
I find that I feel MUCH better. No more morning smokers cough. No more being congested all the time. No more smelling like an ashtray. I had smoked for about 38 years! I am a musician and find that my voice has improved and that I do not tire as easily. My sweetie says that I look better too!