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
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
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!
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
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.