Quitting Smoking with E-Cigs

March 8, 2016 0 Comments

There has been a lot of buzz about e-cigarettes lately, and some of it is positive and some of it is negative. There are many people who would agree that e-cigs are a much healthier option to traditional tobacco products, but there are still people out there that will never be happy no matter what alternatives people embrace. Fortunately, there are more and more real-world stories that are starting to emerge to give credence to the use of e-cigs as a method to quit smoking, Though it probably won’t work for everyone, I personally used e-cigarettes to wean myself off cigarettes in just over a month and have never felt more healthy in my life.

My Story

First off, I was a smoker for the better part of 16 years. I started smoking regularly at the age of 14 and finally gained my independence from the habit just before I turned 30. I honestly never thought I would quit because I worked from home in front of a computer all day for a company offering sparklers for wedding receptions on the internet. This is a recipe for chain-smoking, and I smoked around two and a half packs each day.

For my 4th wedding anniversary, my wife wanted to buy me something special. I asked her to buy me an e-cigarette kit so I could at least cut down on my smoking. She was really excited about this prospect, so we went to a local store to try out some different flavors of juice. After finding a flavor that I thought I could live with, we bought the stuff and my journey began.

How I Quit

Initially, I was expecting to just cut back on my smoking and use the e-cig to supplement my habit. I bought juice that had 15mg of nicotine per milliliter, which is roughly the same as smoking a medium strength cigarette for those who don’t know the lingo. However, from the very first day, I decided to really hammer it and only use my e-cigarette from that day forward.

For the first week, all I did was focus on switching from a real cigarette to my e-cigarette. As far as nicotine goes, I probably had twice as much in that first week than I ever had before. However, after I made the switch, my usage went to a normal level and the quitting could begin. I continued to smoke my 15 mg juice until the bottle was around 2/3 of the way gone, and then I went to the e-cig store again and bought a bottle of 10 mg.

For the next 2 weeks, I slowly mixed the 15 mg and the 10 mg juices together to slowly make it less potent each day. Once I was done with my bottle of 15 mg fluid, I went to the store again and bought a bottle of 5 mg juice. Same as before, I worked it down and repeated the task with yet another bottle of juice; this time 0 mg.

After one last week of working my 5 mg fluid down to nearly zero, I was finally ready to rely on my will power alone to finish the job. I continued to smoke the nicotine-free juice for a couple of days so I could get used to having no nicotine before getting rid of the oral fixation all together, and then I was done. The whole process tool around a month and a half, and was much easier than I expected. It may not work for everyone, but it certainly worked for me and I believe it can for you too if you go into it with commitment and will power.

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