Having smoked a pack a day at least on and off for about 25 years (more on than off) i tried everything to quit, but for some reason or other was always unsuccessful. Started vaping Dec 30, 2014 and haven't looked back
"Approved" smoking aides didn't work for me, I tried them all.
Cold turkey - just didn't have the willpower i guess
The gum - Have had some jaw surgery - bone grafts and the like which means that I have a bit of dental work, that stuff sticks like glue, not to mention that it dried out my throat the nicotene burn on my tongue and throat just wasn't a pleasant experience.
The patch - tried this many times, it was OK, but always after 2-3 days, I would get chronic muscle aches in my arms and shoulders. first couple of times I put this down to the chemical changes occurring but eventually correlated the two. Could not move my arms without pain - put them above my head? impossible without a bottle of advil or scotch...
The pills - yeah, those things mess with your head. Quitting by suicide is effective, but not productive in the long term.
Anyways, on a slow day at work where I was able to get away from my desk, went out for a walk and saw a new vape shop downtown. Figured what the hell, haven't tried this yet, I'll throw $100 at it and see how it goes. Picked up a little eleaf 20 or 30 watt mod and a tank. The first week of transitioning from smoke to vapour and getting used to the new texture in the throat was the hardest (And I believe that this is what turns people off from switching from analog cigarettes to digital ENDS.) but haven't looked back.
The results and the change were amazing and fast. After a week, when I could finally take a full lung draw (without choking on the vape), I could take a maximum 2.5 second inhale. That's how little my lung capacity was (I had no idea). Within that month, all the black and green sludge started to come out (not a pretty sound or sight) but my lung capacity increased so that I was hitting the 10 second shut off regularly, my daytime wheezing as well as my nighttime snoring was reduced.
Now I go down and vape with the smokers, (hell, we are overwhelmingly all ex-smokers ourselves, so we can't be preachy or holier-than-though to who we used to be) and I've actually gotten a number people who have asked me about vaping to give it a try. Over half of them are avid vapers today. I keep a cheapish mod (with internal battery that is USB chargeable to keep it simple) and tank at home which I lend to people who want to try vaping relatively investment free but are leery of the investment. We book an hour, and I take them over to that same vape shop (or one closer to home if it's someone out here) with a pad of paper to do some taste testing. I find as long as people have some support, and are informed about the transition process and have some foreknowledge on where they will find it hard, they are consistently for more likely to find that it works for them as well.