I started smoking when I was very young and my addiction to smoking only got worse over the years. Before I quit I smoked 2 packs a day. I started vaping in 2012 when my then GF wanted to try to quit. We visited a vape shop and purchased EGO's with Vivi Nova's starter kits and 10 bottles of ejuice. I remember the look on their faces when I chose 2 bottles of american tobacco in 2 different nicotine levels. Looking back now, I get it but I was concerned I needed the tobacco taste to be satisfied. I soon found the other flavors far more satisfying and refreshing. My favorite was Blue Monkey which was blueberry, cinnamon and graham cracker.
I started at 24 mg but soon kept dropping the nicotine lower and lower. Initially I continued to smoke cigs and vaped when I got home because I felt weird vaping in public. I went from 2 packs a day to less than a pack a day almost immediately. I was stunned by this. So I stated to try more and more new flavors. Within 2 months I had completely stopped smoking and vaped only. My sense of taste and smell changed and I began to feel healthier. Over time my lungs began to feel better and I noticed I got more resistant to catching colds and the flu.
As vaping continues to advance so has ejuice, with these advances so has the cost of supplies. Now with the TPD looming over me here in the UK and the FDA new rules coming I started to worry about how these will effect me. I think it is a shame that vaping is banned in some countries and disgraceful. I think we should be informed and research should be done, full disclosure of ingredients in juice without compromising recipes. Can you imagine if tobacco companies had to list their chemicals used or contained in tobacco on packages of their products? It wouldn't fit!
Recently I suffered from vaper's fatigue horribly so I quit vaping completely for awhile, I had NO urge to smoke whatsoever. So if I can quit smoking then anyone can for sure. But I would never had been able to do it without vaping for sure. I tried many times over the years unsuccessfully with all the alternatives out there. None give you the experience of inhaling and exhaling vapor which is part of the addiction to smoking for me. I am currently vaping 3 mg nic juices and could easily go to 0 mg nic juices without a problem if I had to. I don't think I should have to though, the choice should be mine. As long as tobacco is sold then so should vaping products that are safer alternatives to smoking. If you're going to ban vaping then ban smoking too, see how well that goes for you.
30+ years of smoking and I quit in march of 2012, 4 years 7 months tobacco free with one time that I smoked a cigarette. Well, I tried to at least. I still had a pack when at the time I had quit for over a year. I ran out of juice and was broke at the time so I smoked one. It was way stale and after 3 or so drags on it, I gagged, coughed and practically choked on it. Tasted awful and I felt dizzy, couldn't breathe right and felt like there was a weight on my chest. I am SO thankful I quit and that experience I will NEVER forget. Is that like AA and my cig free time is less??? Hope not.
Don't feel discouraged if you are struggling with quitting and are just starting to vape. We all initially had our trials and tribulations, but we are stronger than we think. You can do it if you give it time. Everyone's story is different and our preferences are many. There are so many different flavors to try, equipment to experiment with and social communities to support you in your journey to quit smoking. Taste is subjective and once you get into DIY juice.... oh my!!! It opens up a whole new world of vaping where you are in control of what you vape and how it tastes.