My story would echo almost everyone here in most ways. After smoking for 40 years, my sons got me to vape. They had me try some of their flavors which were really good even though I coughed a lot at first. I thought vaping was just a silly hipster fad but the boys had quit smoking by vaping so I was proud of them. I had tried everything else and was really resigned to die early. I only hoped my grandchildren would remember me. I did some research about it all though and was shocked to learn that two of the ingredients, VG and flavor esters, were things my grandmother used to mix for holistic remedies for as long as I can remember. (Nana was mixing max VG since the 70s!) Eventually I decided I had nothing left to lose and got a couple mods and some juice. My absolute favorite mod is the Target by Vaporesso. I guess everyone’s preferences are different but this is my baby. I have two and plan to get another for my birthday, lol.
The reason I know I failed to quit smoking in the past, is the hand to mouth inhale exhale ritual that’s hard wired into my brain. Nicotine isn’t the only drug in a cig. There are anti-depressants and anesthetics in them as well. Combine the psychoactive drugs with performing this hand to mouth, inhale exhale relaxing ritual hundreds of times a day for decades; it’s brainwashing! That is why I could not quit. I bet that’s why most people who do quit will relapse. Other nicotine replacement therapy just doesn’t fulfill that need that’s become permanently hard wired into our minds. My mom managed to quit smoking but the cravings never left her. She fought them and fulfilled the hand to mouth compulsion by eating and became diabetic. Vaping fulfills the hand to mouth ritual and the cravings and it allows you to reduce your nic at your own pace, in your own time not what some pharmaceutical company decides you should have. Even if I get down to 0 nic, I’m also a nervous nibbler and vaping a fruity or candy flavor has been helping with that too.
Although I started to try vaping in December of 2015 I didn’t buy my own gear until February of 2016 and it was another few months before I was completely smoke free. The main stumbling block for me was the psychological crutch of having a pack of smokes around the house or the panic of knowing I was out. My last day of smoking I left two cigs in a pack shoved in a drawer and that was the end of it. My first smoke free day was June 1st of this year. I tried one of my left-overs about a month later, almost barfed without even inhaling and just threw them out.
The coolest thing about vaping for me, aside from not dying lol, is the versatility and creativity involved. How creative could we ever be over a smelly dirty habit that was killing us? I began mixing flavors almost immediately, just combining premade stuff. One was too strong and sweet so I mixed it with one that was too tart and another that was mild. Then I had to buy these three juices to make my special brew, lol. I used to smoke menthols while eating tic tacs so I mixed my menthol tobacco flavor with a wintergreen flavor which I hope to be able to clone it’s so good. My coffee flavor was just a bit too bitter on the exhale so I added 20% of a vanilla flavor that was way too rich for me on it’s own… PERFECTION! I already love cooking, baking and making candies so this is a natural extension of that. Many of the flavors that don’t work out for me for vaping will go into baking this fall and winter. A little VG will keep your frosting nice and creamy all day long but now I get it by the liter instead of a little bottle at the store.
I’ve only started mixing from scratch in the past month so I’m still experimenting with flavors. I already have about five single flavors that I really like on their own. Only one is at the perfect percentage for me right now but I’m still playing. I also was surprised how well I like the plain unflavored juice. People say that vaping is cheaper than smoking and it really is for most people but when it becomes a hobby with all the mods and flavors it’s been about the same for me. At least it’s not deadly, we smell nicer and we’re having fun. YAY!