Oh yeah, you read that right. I want a cigarette! Well I did want one the other day. It was a very strong urge. But like I've been doing for a good long while now I resisted the urge and instead enjoyed a nice tobacco vape.
It got me thinking. I can't possibly be the only one who deals with at least some level of cravings, even after months or who knows, years of smoking cessation. My mother quit cold turkey about 6 years ago and she still mentions cravings hit her from time to time. That really speaks to the power of the addiction!
I'll admit, I was a dual user for a good while. But when I first started vaping I had no support. So looking back on my path and seeing the twists and turns, I felt it would be good if we could share our experiences with being overcomers.
For me, the biggest road block was always poor equipment. I think @OpenlyVapor can relate to this, and that's a good example of what happens when one doesn't have the equipment that will perform at a level to achieve satisfaction.
Once I got decent equipment, managing the cravings became easier and easier. And for periods of time....weeks, months even....I wouldn't even think about a cigarette. But every so often that monster sticks his ugly head up and tries to hypnotize me again. When that happens and it's a really strong craving I typically resort to some tobacco vape I have that's higher nic concentration, and I use my Nautilus Mini tank so that everything I'm doing....the taste, the nic, the draw, the amount of vapor...most closely resembles smoking a cigarette. So far this has worked every time. And not once have I had to puff on the Nautilus an entire tankful. Usually it's just for a little while and the craving subsides.
How about you? Do you still get those monster cravings? How do you cope with them? What piece of advice would you find most helpful for someone who is having a bad craving day?