On Monday I got to talking to a coworker about vaping. He and his wife switched over a few months ago and never went back to smoking. So on my way home Monday I stopped at a local vaping store and got hooked up with what I needed.
Since Monday, I have gone from smoking almost 20 cigarettes a day to one. I'm still having trouble letting go of my morning ritual.
Anyway, I LOVE IT. I love that my hair and hands and clothes don't have a lingering smell of smoke. I love being able to keep my windows closed in the car. I love my house smelling nicer and food tasting better. I love buying all these different vaping flavors like pancakes and chocholate chip mint ice cream.
BUT -- am I trading in one vice for another? Vaping still gives me the nicotine I crave but I hope to ween myself off eventually.
Has anyone else switched from smoking to vaping to eventually quitting? Do you still feel as if you haven't really given up smoking?
He loved smoking, and was never inclined to give it up. Then he took up bike racing, and didn't have the wind to keep up with the pack leaders.
When he switched to E-cigs, his weekly expense went down by half, he kept his nicotine fix, his exposure to tar and other chemicals went down, and he got his wind back.
Then he had a 10 day "vacation" in the county lockup, and couldn't use his e-cig, so he gave them up.
So far as I know, he hasn't smoked or vaped since. It's been about a year.
Good job cutting back, and good luck! Less is better as far as I'm concerned
From a medical point of view we are fine with vaper over smoke. Most of the COPD damage is from smoke exposure and all the carcinogens are cut down with the vapor. We also don't care about nicotine. It can raise blood pressure, etc. But is really no worse than caffeine.
Bless you Dr. PJ!! I was a lifetime smoker of 35+ years when I laid down the smokes when my 2nd sibling died of lung cancer. That was 2 years ago this month. BUT, after about 8 months, I found myself cheating more often than I should.
Couple this with a Dx of COPD, and I just knew I couldn't smoke cigarettes. Ever. It was still so damn hard, tho.
Enter the e-cig and some great advice from Eranda. I've been vaping for at least a year with ZERO traditional cigarettes. I have felt guilty that I couldn't seem to quit the e-cigs, and have wondered if I was just trading one vice for another.
THANK YOU, DR. PJ for alleviating my guilt!!!
[This message edited by Too_Trusting at 8:05 PM, June 20th (Friday)]
We're still at fairly high nicotine levels but some flavors are about midrange and we like to experiment with mixing flavors - like one mix that approaches creme de menthe and vanilla creme. The only down side that's not a big deal is buying the coils every couple weeks but we knew going in that they didn't last long. And we're lucky in that vape shops are popping up all over town so we're not limited in where we can go.
ETA I've been smoking since age 13, so nearly 37 years for me so even if it's trading one "vice" for another, the savings are worth it.
[This message edited by Clarrissa at 4:22 PM, June 22nd (Sunday)]
All affairs are variations on a theme. No one has 'Beethoven's 5th' to everyone else's 'Chopsticks'.
Kudos to you, Too_Trusting and Clarrissa, for giving up the smoking habit and turning to an alternative like I did!
And YES -- thank you Dr. PJ for responding. It makes me feel better that vaping is overall better than smoking. I have read so many differing opinions on the internet. I know vaping is relatively new and long term affects may not really be known yet but I have to believe that vaping is a better choice than smoking.
Thanks again for your responses.
It's way better than smoking. I say go for it.