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Will A Vapor Cigarette (Electronic Cigarette with Nicotine) Help Me Stop Smoking?
Please be advised that I am not a medical or health professional, and the information found on this page is in no way intended to encourage or advise anyone to begin using any type of product that may or may not contain nicotine.
Please do not attempt to try anything in this blog prior to speaking to your own medical and/or health professional.
April 21, 2011: I started vaping on April 19, 2011, and I haven't even touched a "regular" (or analog as it seems they are called) cigarette since. Well, I did clean all the nasty cigarette butts out of the sand pail ashtray by the side of the house where I had been smoking since the last Great American Smokeout, but other than that...nope! No cigarettes. No buying. No begging. No borrowing. No smoking. Only vaping. YAY!!
It is the strangest thing...the strangest feeling to me. I am not smoking, and I don't feel like a big heap of emotional wreckage either. Those two things just haven't gone hand in hand in my experience. I have stopped smoking a number of times in the last 20 years since I picked up the nasty Newport habit, but I always picked it back up again because I just got tired of the emotional and mental battle that ensues once I begin depriving my body of the nicotine addiction and smoking habit it is used to.
May 4, 2011: I quit smoking two weeks and one day ago. Some days, I still can't believe it myself. Some days, I think about what it would feel like to have another cigarette. Some days, it's like I AM having a cigarette because I chose vaping as a stop smoking aide - rather than methods such as doctor prescribed pills, the patch, and nicotine gum - because those methods had already been tried and failed for me.
Everyday, my body is healing. Everyday, my mind is getting stronger. Everyday, I am realizing more and more of the benefits of non-smoking.
April 16, 2012
In three days, I will have been one year without a cigarette. Some days, I can hardly believe it myself. While the journey has most definitely not been easy, it has most def been worth the ride. I only vaped for about 3 or 4 months. It feels great to finally be free!!! :)
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I continued to cut down my nicotine intake by vaping less and less as the days and weeks went by. After a few months, I was out of my flavor cartridges, and I decided not to buy anymore. I did ok without vaping, but I started putting weight on so gradually that I was a good 20 pounds heavier before I realized it. I didn't let that bother me because I figured now that I was aware of it I could stop, and hopefully reverse, the weight gain. Nope. Didn't happen. At this point, I began to become concerned because my sugar cravings were out of control, but I didn't let that faze me either. I would just go with the weight gain and start working it off after it peaked out.
Unfortunately, my mind and body had a different idea. They didn't care about the fact that I smelled better as well as smelled things better. They didn't care that my house and car smelled better. They didn't care that the kids weren't breathing second hand smoke. They didn't care that I was saving money. They didn't care that I didn't have to worry about whether or not I had my cigarettes with me before I stepped out of the house. No, they didn't care about any of that. All my mind and body cared about was the fact that all this weight gain, which was at least 40 pounds, was making my blood sugar go out of control, my back, hips, and knees hurt worse, and my depression and anxiety spin out of control...just to name a few.
So, on Mother's Day - of all days - 2012, after a huge crying tantrum on my back steps, I went to the smoke shop and bought a disposable e cig. I had lost the e cig batteries I had purchased from Prime Vapor, and I didn't have any cartridges anyway, so I figured a disposable would save my tail until I could get another starter kit. Nope. Too little, too late. So, after another huge crying tantrum on my back steps, I got up and went back to the smoke shop and for the first time in over a year, I purchased a pack of cigarettes...yep, I did it. I took them home, had one more crying tantrum on the back steps. Then, I opened the pack and started smoking. Dang it.
A Smoking Cessation Journey:
- Great American Smokeout: Help for Quitting Smoking
I used the Great American Smokeout as a target quit date since millions of others put down the smokes on this day. Read to find out why you should too!
- Great American Smokeout: The Next 48 Hours Without S...
I took advantage of the Great American Smokeout to use as a quit date. This blog documents how I felt 48 hours later.
- Great American Smokeout: 2 Weeks of Plastic Toothpicks!
I used the Great American Smokeout as my target quit date for smoking. This blog documents how I felt two weeks later.
I'll Never Quit Quitting
Even though I'm smoking again, and I am discouraged that I have taken a few steps backwards in my smoking cessation journey, all is not lost. I worked hard to break so many of the innumerable habits that accompany smoking, and those broken habits seems to be staying that way...broken.
- Smoking in the house: I still don't do it. As a matter of fact, I find it hard to believe that I ever did. This habit in itself is a hard one to break, so if you still smoke in your house, but you want to stop smoking...start here. When I first started breaking this habit, I chose a room in the house I could still smoke in...my bedroom. After awhile, when I got comfortable with only smoking there, I took the next step of not smoking in the house at all. I am glad I stopped doing this. Everything smells so much better!
- Smoking in the car: I still don't do this either. I tackled the breaking of this habit once I was pretty comfortable with not smoking in the house anymore at all. When I was ready to start, I took my car to the carwash and got it all cleaned up inside and out. Then, I bought some strong air freshener. I love, love, love having a nice, clean, fresh smelling car!
- Smoking in public: I still don't smoke in public. I don't carry my cigarettes out in public with me. If I have errands to run, or shopping to do, or decide to eat lunch with a friend, I leave the smokes at home because I know that I can smoke when I get home, if I want to. I do still carry flavored lip balm and mint gum in my purse, so if my urges and cravings get to uncomfortable while I'm out, I have those to get me by. I will make an exception if I am going to visit the home of friends or family who smoke. I will take my cigarettes with me and have a cigarette or two with them during the course of our visit. When I visit my non-smoking friends, however, I leave the smokes at home.
- Smoking Newports: I don't smoke these kind anymore. They are so, so strong - and expensive. I smoke a lighter menthol cigarette, and I switch brands from time to time - focusing more on what is cheapest - so that I don't get to accustomed to the taste of any one particular brand. I also purchase them at various stores that are at a distance from my house, rather than getting back into the habit of using one particular smoke shop or a convenience store that I regularly frequent for other items.
- Smoking 1 to 1 1/2 packs per day: I no longer smoke this frequently. I smoke approximately 1/2 pack per day. Some days, I smoke even less. I seem to smoke more on the days I socialize with friends or family who smoke. I know that one day I will really have to tackle the challenge of not smoking around friends and family who smoke, but not today.
There you have it. An update on my smoking cessation journey. I may be down, but I'm not out, and I promise myself...I WILL NEVER QUIT QUITTING!