E-Cigs, The Only Way I Could Quit.
Before I ever tried an electronic cigarette, I tried my best to quit smoking cigarettes. My first attempt was probably about 4 years ago when I tried to quit “cold turkey”. This approach did not work. I just craved cigarettes so badly, and I felt the side effects of quitting instantly; it was not good.
So then my friend told me he quit using nicotine gum, but he was smoking while he said this. He said it works, but he just decided to smoke again because he was stressed. I listened and bought some expensive nicotine gum. First of all it was just plain nasty tasting, and secondly I did not feel it working at all. I think the gum works better for someone who dips, or chews tobacco.
So my next attempt was the nicotine patch. I put it on as the label instructed and I did not want a cigarette…for a while. The place where I put the patch on started turning red and itching. I thought it was normal. So I went to sleep, and it took me a LONG while to fall asleep. When I finally did, I had the most vivid, scary dreams imaginable. I always thought having a dream that felt real would be cool, until I had the vivid dream, well nightmare. It was a terrible nightmare, and it felt so real I was scared out of my mind. I woke up, took the patch off, and the red rash was even worse. I googled the side effects, and there were a LOT. They included rashes, vivid dreams, chest pain, trouble sleeping, depression, anxiety, and a lot more terrible side effects that they did not want the buyer knowing about.
So finally I tried a friends electronic cigarette which I had never even heard of before. It looked just like a cigarette, but tasted better. Vapor came out while I exhaled, I thought it was smoke at the time, and I knew this was the thing for me. He told me all about it how it is just nicotine, and the smoke was actually water vapor. He showed me where he bought his at, so I bought the same one. It wasn’t the best, but I did not know that at the time. All I know is that it actually worked for me and kept me off real cigarettes for like 4 months! After that I searched around and of course found out better ones to buy. Every time I “upgraded” an e-cig, it felt easier to quit.
Now I consider myself pretty smart about electronic cigarettes thanks to a lot of forums, and ECA. I am still learning, but ECA is teaching me more than all the other sites/forums combined. So now I have gone about 3 years or more without a cigarette; I didn’t keep track when I first started. I’m sure a lot of you guys probably did the same thing as me, and finally found out about e-cigs. All I have to say is that the e-cig was the only way that I would ever quit smoking real cigarettes, and I am so grateful!