My wife and I are cigarette free for 17 months now. This is my 4th time quitting, and I'm not sure how many times my wife has tried.... First I'll
describe what didn't work for me:
1. Cold Turkey - this only works for people who didn't really smoke in the first place. You know the ones I'm talking about - the 3 cigarette a day
smokers. Us pack+ a day smokers can't do that BS.
2. The Patch - never really worked for me. I think it's the lack of repetitive motion. The damned patches would get stuck to my clothes and get
ripped off without my knowledge, and I would want to smoke.
3. The Losenge/Gum - since they're similar, I'm lumping them together. I only tried the losenge though. These things are nasty. If they'd flavor
them like mint - or a cough drop (kill 2 birds right? I mean, I was coughing anyway)
4. Chantix - OMFG!! My wife and I both went psycho. We separated for 6 months. After 2 months, we both quit the Chantix and regained sanity.
What did work (so far, and I'm optimistic) is the e-cig. Now, please understand - I'm not trying to sell anything, so I won't mention brands, but I
must mention that the ones that look like cigarettes are garbage! Look for the types that have separate batteries and liquid tanks. Don't get any
type that requires you to buy refill cartridges - you'll spend more than smoking. You can get into it for as little as $40 including enough liquid to
keep you going for a week or two.
Here's the method I'm using - and it seems to be working fine. The e-liquid comes in multitudes of flavors, and with varying levels of nicotine. I
started with 26mg nicotine and over the last 17 months I've worked my way down to 24, 20, 18, 16, 12, 8 and now 4mg (which I've been at for about 3
months). The liquid itself is either vegetable glycerine (VG) or propolene glycol (PG), with a flavoring. I use PG because hospitals use it in
The first week (or so, it's up to you) is a transition. Keep smoking! This isn't a light switch you have to flip. Eat the Turkey while it's warm,
then snack a little, then when it's cold you make a sandwich. Sooner or later you'll reach a point where you don't want it anymore. At least, that's
how it worked for me. While I was working, when it was time for a smoke break, I would take a few puffs on the e-cig. If I wasn't satisfied, I would
head out and have a smoke. Increasingly, I was becoming more and more satisfied with the e-cig. The first day, I still smoked a pack of cigarettes.
The second, less than a pack. The third and fourth day was about a half a pack each. The fifth, 6th and 7th day was my last pack of cigarettes. I
must say, the 7th day was the hardest, not because I wanted to smoke, but because I didn't want to smoke (cigarettes) and I still had 3 cigarettes
left. I scheduled times to go out and smoke my last 3 cigarettes - just so I could have a defining event that would signal the end of my smoking
days. It was really hard, because after the transition occurs, cigarettes become really gross.
A 30ml bottle of liquid costs between $5 and $10 depending on flavor, where you get it and if there's a sale. Maintenance parts are very cheap, and
the whole proposition is so much less expensive than smoking that I've built up a kit that has enough replacement parts and 3 batteries so I will
never have a breakdown that might make me want to buy cigarettes again. My wife and I have bought complete kits and given them as gifts. We save
(collectively) about $300/month, and only spend $40 or so on liquid. My next step is from 4mg nicotine to none with just flavored liquid. My next
step is to ween myself off of the habit of puffing.
You can do it! I feel better every day - and I know you will too!
edit on 3-1-2013 by stutteringp0et because: clarification