One Sunday, I looked at my boyfriend and said, “I’m tired of smoking”. We had just returned from a fabulous week in Myrtle Beach, SC. My vacation funds were gone, I was tired from hours of travel and I was ready to go back. I wanted the cute little blue house on the corner directly across the street from the ocean. I had been stung by a jellyfish on our first day there, but nothing mattered other than getting back in the salt air. Moving is expensive, though, so I was looking for ways to save money. If I could get healthier in the process, that would be cool too.
Being the awesome human that he is, my boyfriend said he would quit with me. So we quit smoking that day. Well, he quit smoking that day. I cheated and bought a pack of cigarettes the very next day, blaming stress and needing just “one more day” to get ready to quit.
Tuesday, I woke up and reached for my 150w Sigelei, which at the time had a Matrix subtank sitting on it. I had Nanner Pudding in the tank and was ready to go! I also downloaded the Vapor Trail app for my phone. I know myself, and I knew that I would need constant encouragement from my phone to make sure I made it through the tough times. I was anticipating those moments when I would be scaling the walls, attacking people for the nicotine under their fingernails and searching the house for a loose cigarette that may have been dropped at some point.
I did none of those things. I vaped. I carried my Sig with me from room to room, outside, in the car…you name it, my Sig was with me.
Did I want a cigarette? Yes. Not as badly as I thought I would. Whenever the craving would hit, I would grab my Sig and my phone and vape while seeing how many cigarettes I had not smoked and how much money I had saved so far. Because my e-liquid had nicotine in it, I wasn’t craving that. I was craving the habit and the ritual of smoking. I was craving the chemicals that are found in the stinky sticks.
I also coughed. A lot. For the first week or so, I was coughing up so much grossness, I felt like my body was probably at least 10% lung buildup! But when the coughing stopped, I felt better. I can breathe, I can smell, I can taste!
After smoking for 20 years-ish, I can’t tell you how happy I am to no longer be dependent on cigarettes. It’s not impossible to quit smoking! The confidence I feel now is helping me to alter my lifestyle in other areas, too. Getting out from under a habit is an amazing feeling.
In summation, if you’re trying to quit, this is what I suggest:
- Start vaping. If you’re vaping now and it’s not doing the trick, come talk to us! We can discuss your setup and your nicotine level to try to help you drop the tobacco products.
- Get a stop-smoking tracking app for your phone. The one I used is called Vapor Trail.
- Tell people that care about your health that you’re quitting. Have them help you by holding you accountable. Doing something for someone else can be just as motivating as doing something for yourself!
- Be kind to yourself. Berating oneself just adds negative to negative. If you’ve tried and failed, it doesn’t mean you’ve permanently failed. It just means you know another way that doesn’t work for you.
- Remember that you’re not depriving yourself of anything. You can have a cigarette, you just don’t want one. This shift in thinking can be very useful whenever one is trying to change any type of habit.
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