Three years ago I 'quit' smoking (cigarettes). I'd tried all manner of cessation aids and all of them made me worse off. Okay, before anyone
dumps on me, my willpower to just quit wasn't working...sorry, but it wasn't.
I tried Chantix, I tried some other drug from my doc, I tried the gum...I tried the patches (those were the worst!). With Chantix, I didn't feel
like smoking, but I also didn't feel like getting up for work or giving a snit about anything else in my life. The patches left huge welts on my
body which took weeks to go away (each of them). The other drug, which I don't remember the name of, just made me want to consume the grey matter of
anyone near me (not a good thing) (that one was out pretty quick).
About then a friend told me about e-cigs. I got a small kit out of the UK and it worked surprisingly well. As time passed I smoked less and less.
Fast forward 24 months (almost exactly). I really didn't care about 'smoking' (e-cig or otherwise) so much anymore, but sometimes a nice smoke
"hit" with a beer was nice. The e-cig was great for this. Just knowing I had it in my pocket or whatever was enough, I didn't "need" it.
Within two months or so after starting with my e-cig my lungs had cleared up amazingly. I could BREATH!! And food tasted so much better too. It was
wonderful. Though, I never fully "quit", I still had the e-cig.
In May of last year I lost my Dad, and then in August I lost my best friend...and then in October my personal world imploded. By December I was like,
"who flippin' cares!", and I started smoking again. Yes, it was weak, but I really didn't give a flying foo-fah about much of anything and
smoking was the least of my worries! (ATS haters, you can call me weak here if that blows your dress up).
July rolled around and I was right back into the 3/4th pack a day habit with cigarettes, buying cartons and the whole bit. I was busy back hacking
and coughing, sucking for air out hiking the hills with the livestock. It pretty much sucked! So I decided to try again...
This time I looked into more serious e-cig options, because this really helped me the first time. I went to a couple amateur places, but then I found
a place where I could go and get some really good info. From there I got into some fairly technical "vaping" gear (sub-ohm 'mod' stuff). This
stuff is much more sophisticated and much better. With my very first e-cig I was using 24mg e-liquid (and still wanting higher...like 36mg!!
When I went to the sub-ohm stuff they said to cut the nicotine in half at a minimum. So I went from 24 to 12.
I quickly found out 12 was WAY too strong, so I went to 6mg. Shortly thereafter even that was too strong, so I went down to 6mg. Even that was too
strong, so then I cut everything down to 3mg. This seems to be perfect.
I'm stunned by the improvements in this technology over just the past year. I'm pretty sure I can probably continue to decrease down to zero at
some point. Then it's just a matter of getting rid of the hand to mouth thing and all those other hang ups, but in the mean time this is really
enjoyable....and I just thought I would share my experience.
Any other 'vapers' out there?