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Well done me!

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by Tirilej, Mar 18, 2014.

    Mar 18, 2014
  1. Tirilej

    Tirilej Still a Lady CAG MM

    Occupation:
    Breathing
    Location:
    Sweden
    About a month ago there were strong forces working together to prevent me from smoking.

    The store run out of the tobacco I always buy and I would have to wait a week for it.
    A friend gave me an e-cigarette that actually tasted as a normal one.
    A dear friend of mine died from Copd.

    I won't give you a story about my last month but I think you can understand that it has been hell, in many ways. Before I have always thought that I need to be strong to find that right moment to quit. That I would have to be mentally prepared so I won't fail.
    There are no such times. I have always made up reasons not to quit. No matter how sick it has made me, no matter the cost, there has never been the right time.
    This wasn't the right time either, but it was my time :)

    So after all these years as a smoker I will maybe be able to call myself a non-smoker soon. So far I'm just taking a break. I've quit for the moment. No promises. Almost noone knows. I can start again anytime. :rolleyes:

    Some of you will think that it's a stupid way. That I need to burn my bridges to not go back, but I think we all have different ways to deal with these addictions or habits or whatever you want to call them. I don't know what will work, but I'll take one day at a time...and maybe maybe it will add up to such a long time that I will live a little longer ;)

    Well done me!
     
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  2. Mar 18, 2014
  3. zap987

    zap987 Meister Member PABnononaccred2

    Occupation:
    .
    Location:
    Sweden
    Funny to read this because a bit over a month ago I decided to get an e-cigarette too just to try it. Haven't smoked a normal one since then. Did the same, didn't even think of it as quitting, didn't really tell anyone, was always thinking if I want to I can always go get more normal cigs, just never happened cause the e-cig was close enough.

    What is really scary is how hard some people are fighting to stop e-cigs, either because they are uninformed or want to protect their income from selling stuff like nicotine gums.
     
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  4. Mar 18, 2014
  5. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    Freelance Designer
    Location:
    Edmonton Canada
    You go girl. :thumbsup: I strongly believe that when you want to quit, no matter what the reason, you can do it. You just have to find that reason for yourself.

    My mom quit smoking after 50 years. One day she went out to buy smokes and she came home and was unwrapping the pack and it suddenly hit her. She said "This is stupid" and quit cold turkey. She didn't say, "As soon as I finish this pack" or "Tomorrow I'm going to quit" She just threw the package in her freezer and after 2 years she finally gave the pack away.

    Good luck to you!
     
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  6. Mar 18, 2014
  7. incrediblestuff

    incrediblestuff SearchingForTheHolyGrail! CAG webmeister

    Occupation:
    Currently: Self employed, Previously: Manager
    Location:
    Mostly the Netherlands
    I also have been promoting these to a few people after 2 aunts and a friend of mine successfully quit smoking with these E-buggers:) I also posted something about the "dangers" of them, but that was more for discussion sake...
    So far, i am impressed at the ease with which the persons that did it, seem to have had!
    I wonder why noone has made "weed" capsules yet, then i would be making the transition too:)
    Anyway, keep strong dear friend :thumbsup:
     
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  8. Mar 18, 2014
  9. jjezebel37

    jjezebel37 Meister Member mm1

    Occupation:
    sales/marketing
    Location:
    Belfast (Northern Ireland)
    Well done for trying. I'm doing it too and it's very hard.
    I found a new ecig and so far so good. (No normal ciggies in a month).

    Good luck :)
     
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  10. Mar 18, 2014
  11. Jory

    Jory Senior Member webby

    Occupation:
    Statistical Analysis and Data Reconfiguration
    Location:
    Belfast - Northern Ireland
    Can anyone recommend a brand of ecig? There seem to be so many and the price varies so much.
     
  12. Mar 18, 2014
  13. Wild Reels

    Wild Reels Meister Member webmeister

    Occupation:
    IT
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    strangely i got dragged to the ecig shop this weekend by the mrs, i ended up getting treated to a an expensive starter kit, my logic is always if you are going to do something right it tends to cost a bit more :p

    and from what ive seen the people who start with a cheap starter kit tend to "upgrade" it very quickly so it ends up being false economy.

    so i ended up with a tesla - which isnt the most portable by any means and looks like something out of dr who... but it seems to do the business,

    the wierdest thing i found before trying one was all the wierd flavours, i thought i wanted it to taste of tobacco, but im glad the shop gave me a selection of flavours also, as within a day i swapped out tobacco for some caramel flavoured juice instead.

    from my very limited knowledge of them my particular unit is nice since it gives you the option of altering the voltage/wattage at the press of a button so you can tweak around with it to get the "hit" just right.

    I dont claim to have given up smoking yet, ive been at it for 20 years and never even tried giving up, but since ive had the ecig ive cut down to about 25% of my previous amount (about 25 a day...)
     
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  14. Mar 18, 2014
  15. thebigs

    thebigs Senior Member

    Occupation:
    part time argos slave lol
    Location:
    roscommon ireland
    Give it a try

    Gave up the real cigs on December 30th 2012 and started smoking the e-cig.Found them great but expensive enough so found out about the liquid version.
    Ok they do not look inviting but as i still love the puff i have not had a proper cig since and the cost of my smoking has dropped from around 100 euro a week to about 10 per week.No more coughing my guts up either.Tried a few tobacco flavours and fruit ones and sometimes i mix them to find one i really enjoy.
    Might seem expensive to buy the start up kit but well worth it in my eyes.
     
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  16. Mar 18, 2014
  17. weesie

    weesie Ueber Meister

    Occupation:
    retired
    Location:
    Old bag lady with a laptop
    Wtg Tirilej!

    I have been using an e-cig off and on for about a month. It is a very nice one my son bought for me.

    I am trying to ease into it fully slow but sure. Die hard smoker here...

    He's like an aficionado about these things. A vape shop 40 miles from here wants his to work for them.

    He's not going to do it but many people around these parts have switched because of him.

    Best of luck with your journey!
     
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  18. Mar 18, 2014
  19. dunover

    dunover Unofficial T&C's Editor Staff Member CAG PABnononaccred PABnonaccred PABinit mm3 webmeister

    Occupation:
    International Money Launderer
    Location:
    the bus shelter, opposite GCHQ Benhall

    Yes, this is not uncommon - smokers not planning to give up (like New Year etc.) but just having a random epiphany and saying "that's it no more!"
    These cases tend to be more successful than the 'planners' are.
    I gave up for 14 months, 4 months, 8 months and 6 months in the last 20 years. Still they beat me.

    It's getting past the 'sixes' that people find difficult.
    6 days, 6 weeks then 6 months.

    Good luck and think of that fresh air you will inhale now! ;)
     
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  20. Mar 18, 2014
  21. spoton

    spoton Senior Member webmeister

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Right behind you
    I gave up smoking and went over to 'snus', which went pretty ok for me. I had been thinking about it for quite some time, and then one night I just stopped buying any more ciggs when I was out. Eventhough snus may not be harmless, I believe it doesen't have the potensial to cause that many diseases atleast. The big motivating factor for me though, as I like working out was that it doesent harm the lung capacity.

    Anyways, Good job! :)
     
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  22. Mar 18, 2014
  23. Tirilej

    Tirilej Still a Lady CAG MM

    Occupation:
    Breathing
    Location:
    Sweden
    I have tried one time before and did also try to use 'snus' instead. I manage for four days.
    That was 10 years ago and I would probably have made it if I hadn't been so aware of how I looked using that :oops: At the time I was working as a taxi driver and as a woman you do get more tip if you look good so...I continue to look good but also to cough and smell. Poor customers :D

    So suddenly we were three that stopped almost at the same time.
    Well done zap and jjezebel :thumbsup:
     
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  24. Mar 18, 2014
  25. osulle

    osulle Ueber Meister CAG mm4 mm1

    Occupation:
    life
    Location:
    Northern hemisphere
    3 weeks without tobacco.

    Hi its been 3 weeks for me without tobacco. I am now using e-cigs. I feel better already. I was using the e-cigs before along with the tobacco but woke up one day and thought what is the point? So now I use e-cigs. I like greensmoke but there expensive so I switched to eco ego which I like. I have had a few hard days where I really wanted a real cigarette but I didn't give in. I am glad. I am saving my health and not to mention the money.e-cigs are the best invention in years IMHO.

    Way to go everybody!
     
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  26. Mar 18, 2014
  27. maphesto

    maphesto Ueber Meister CAG MM webmeister

    Location:
    Sweden
    I have so many "bad" answers to this...I can't post those...:D
     
  28. Mar 18, 2014
  29. Tirilej

    Tirilej Still a Lady CAG MM

    Occupation:
    Breathing
    Location:
    Sweden
    Then we were four :)

    Well done us :notworthy
     
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  30. Mar 18, 2014
  31. Tirilej

    Tirilej Still a Lady CAG MM

    Occupation:
    Breathing
    Location:
    Sweden
    Please don't:eek2: Your imagination have nothing to do with the truth :p
     
  32. Mar 18, 2014
  33. osulle

    osulle Ueber Meister CAG mm4 mm1

    Occupation:
    life
    Location:
    Northern hemisphere
    It's great to have support of other ex smokers! Having support even on a forum I think helps me to stay away from the nasty tobacco. It reinforces my desire to keep what I am doing. I was like you Trilej I started this by thinking I wasn't quitting just taking a break however the longer I have been off the smokes the desire to stay off increases if that makes any sense? I know I am still dependent on nicotine (which I now get from e-cigs), I hope to wean myself off the e-cigs sometime in the future. I know the EU and some contries want to regulate e-cigs (probably looking for more taxes) but I hope it doesn't make the e-cig route cost prohibitive.
     
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  34. Mar 20, 2014
  35. AndyB-MrGreen

    AndyB-MrGreen Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Casino manager
    Location:
    Malta
    I've been using ecigs for 7 years now. I've had dozens of them.

    Stick with them, just experiment with the liquid until you find a sweet spot, oh and go for a variable voltage ecig too, they really help.

    Good luck!
     
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  36. Mar 20, 2014
  37. homerbert

    homerbert I-Gaming Industry Representative webby

    Occupation:
    nothing :)
    Location:
    middle of Europe!
    Just in subject, today read article that on Finland 20 cigs costs 5.5 euros, lol :)
    Here it is 1 euro for 20, and this is very good, worse cost something like 0.5 euros.
    I am smoker, but if they made it 5.5 euros, i will stop. But they never do this ofc.
     
  38. Mar 20, 2014
  39. homerbert

    homerbert I-Gaming Industry Representative webby

    Occupation:
    nothing :)
    Location:
    middle of Europe!
    Ah, forget, of course well done tirilej!
     
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