I Can Honestly Say That This Has Probably Saved My Life – Rich from California
I started smoking cigarettes at around 13 years of age and was up to about a pack a day by the time I was 18-19. I was very well hooked in my twenties thru thirties and by the time I experimented with trying to quit, it was a very hard thing to do.
Somewhere in my late thirties, I tried to quit a couple of times, once with a nicotine gum and another time cold turkey. Neither approach worked for any length of time. The nicotine gum saved me from smoking a few cigarettes from time to time, but most of the time I found my self overdosing on nicotine as I would chew the gum until that craving went away, then light up a smoke a few minutes later. Not a good thing. So, I kept smoking for a few more years until I was getting kind of sick of smoking and wanted to save a few bucks, so I quit cold turkey.
That worked for about 2-3 months, up until when something stressful happened in my life which made me take up the habit once again. At that point, there was no point in even trying to quit smoking anymore and along I went on my pack a day habit (sometimes even more on the weekend).
Well, at 43 years of age (about 6-7 months ago) I was downright fed up with smoking. I was sick of going to sleep and waking up in the middle of the night and in the morning coughing. If you’ve been smoking for any period of time, you know the cough. I was sick of stinking like a walking cigarette. Every meal had to be followed by a cigarette, every drink, every time something excited happened even. My chest was hurting and I could barely breathe without coughing. My other half was constantly complaining that I smelled horrible. Not only that, but the price of this habit was getting a bit out of control with higher taxes and the price of a pack going up and up every year. I was at the point where I didn’t want to smoke, I hated it even.
Then I started looking into ways of quitting the habit, for good. I didn’t want anything to do with cigarettes anymore but was still very physically and mentally addicted. I searched online high and low for something that would get me off the smokes. Then I came across the e-cig. Pretty interesting little gadget I thought. The more I learned about it the more I knew this would be the only thing currently available that would have a chance of working for me. You see, its not only the nicotine addiction that kept me on cigarettes, I believe a lot of the addiction to smoking (at least for me) was the hand-to-mouth habit and the drawing in of a puff of smoke into the lungs. This e-cig device seemed like the only thing that would fit the bill.
Well, towards the middle of September of 2010, I finally got enough information to decide on which particular e-cig I wanted to start with. It took me a while as there is an abundance of information. I must have spent weeks going over it all. The different types, the different methods, etc. After I decided on an e-cig and placing my order, my unit came in a few days later. I was amazed. Sure the generic cartridges that came with the unit weren’t nothing to write home about, but I could easily tell from that very first day with the e-cig that cigarette smoking was going to be a thing of the past for me.
I knew from reading online forums that there was better e-juice out there, and that I could re-fill my carto’s with juice from manufacturer’s that make a much better tasting juice than the generic ones that usually come with the starter kits. So I ordered some tobacco flavored juices at the same time I ordered my e-cig kit. I’m sure glad I did! I found that tobacco flavors were the thing for me! They gave me that reminder of the tobacco taste I liked and craved, and the e-cig gives me the hand-to-mouth and smoke filling in my lungs sensation that I’ve been so addicted to for over 3 decades of smoking. This was great! Plus, over the long haul I’d be saving money and saving my health!
I haven’t had a cigarette since.
After about 2-3 weeks of using the e-cig, I started noticing my sense of smell had almost totally returned. I could smell things I never could before when I was a smoker. Sometimes this is good and sometimes this is bad but it was a welcome change. Sometimes I’ll be in a parking lot and I can smell somebody lighting up a cigarette from across the lot!
The coughing I experienced before as a smoker, and the waking up in the middle of the night and in the morning coughing was GONE! I could finally breathe and laugh without coughing! This alone was a sign that my lungs were getting healed and its only gotten better since. I can taste a lot of foods that I couldn’t taste really good before when I used to smoke. I don’t stink anymore! My garage (where I used to smoke) is finally smelling like a garage again and I feel more energy in the mornings. The e-cig really has changed my life (and my outlook on life).
I can honestly say, that this e-cig gadget has probably saved my life, or at least extended my life. Plus my friends and family are much happier that they don’t have to smell my old stinky self anymore. I highly recommend the e-cig to anybody who smokes that wants to quit and have converted a few of my smoker friends over to the e-cig and I’m glad to say, they’ve been just as successful as I have been in quitting.
Rich from California