My ecig journey

My name is Michael and I'm a reformed chain-smoker.

I started smoking when I was 14, so I had been smoking tobacco for nearly 30 years non-stop by the time I made the switch to electronic cigarettes. I was a heavy smoker by the age of 16. 

Unfortunately, I tend to become addicted to substances very easily. In the 1990's I quit alcohol and other drugs as they were impacting my life terribly - but cigarettes remained.

I used to wake up in the middle of the night, every night, to have a cigarette (and I only usually sleep for 6 hours).

In the end I was smoking 5 x 50g pouches of tobacco a week - which is around 400-500 cigarettes... every week.

Tobacco is very expensive in Australia and this was costing me in excess of $200 a week at today's prices. 

To say I was also becoming unwell is a bit of an understatement, but there didn't seem to be an alternative. 

The anti-smoking ads on TV in Australia - as graphic as they were - didn't have their intended impact; which was to convince me unless I quit smoking, I was going to die. 

All those ads relayed to me was the fact I was going to die (and quite horribly) as I saw no other way to quit smoking.

Patches didn't work, nicotine gum didn't work, nicotine lozenges didn't work. The one time I seriously went cold turkey was frightening and I swore never to do it again.

I'd heard enough about the negative effects of certain medications used for quitting smoking from people that had used them that I decided I didn't even want to risk them.

I just felt hopelessly addicted and gave up giving up many years prior.

Introduced to ecigs

I looked into e-cigarettes a couple of years back but my lack of understanding, the lack of information and reputable merchants put me off actually trying them.

Then through a forum I administer I read about a member's success and I started researching electronic cigarettes again.

To cut a very long story short, I had my last cigarette in July 2012.

Even going the first 24 hours smoke-free was an amazing thing to happen. I had to pinch myself - I hadn't gone without a cigarette that long since I was a teen! 

I actually hadn't intended on stopping smoking on that particular day - I was just taking a couple of test puffs.

If someone had told me a couple of weeks before starting on ecigs that I would totally cease smoking on that day - and without withdrawal symptoms - I would have laughed and then hurled abuse at them. 

While I hated the taste and smell of tobacco and the effect my smoking had, I also protected my habit fiercely; such is the nature of addiction.

At this point in time, I still haven't had as much as a puff of a cigarette; nor do I feel like one. Electronic cigarettes have stopped my smoking dead in its tracks and I've already saved a lot of money.

Read some of the many other benefits of e-cigarettes I have experienced.

 

 


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