I’m always surprised when I’m able to successfully introduce someone to vaping. I don’t know why it surprises me. If I enjoy vaping and am able to use it to give up cigarettes and so many other people out there are able to do the same thing, then why should it come as a surprise when someone else I know is able to use vaping to do the same thing?
I would love for all of my friends to give up cigarettes and start vaping. That’s not my offical goal in life, but it is one of my subgoals. I’ve had quite a bit of success at it. I’ve found that the best way to try is actually give someone starter equipment. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but if they are even a tiny bit interested, having an ecig of some sort will give them a push to get them started. It’s how I got started, a friend gave me a cigarette look a like. I didn’t use it right away, but when I was finally ready, it was there and waiting for me. All I had to do was use it.
Having support is also important, so when I give them that first ecig I make it clear that I am there to support them in their journey as well. It’s that support that helped me through the toughest times of my own quitting experience. That’s why it came as such as shock to me when I recently discovered that my biggest supporter in quitting was also a closet smoker. My own boyfriend had kept it a secret that he did more than steal the occasional drag when drunk, he was actually a regular smoker. He just never did it around me. This knowledge came out when the decision was made for me to move in with him.
He’s not a jerk though and he didn’t want to do anything to derail my own efforts to quit. He offered to get rid of his humidor and all his cigars, but I told him that wasn’t necessary. I told him we could compromise. No more cigarettes and I’d forgive the occasional high end (and I wasn’t joking on that account) cigar or pipe tobacco. He agreed, but he still wanted nicotine. I told him we could fix that.
I set him up with one of my Ego Twists and let him go through my juice collection. Now he enjoys a nice key lime pie or vanilla malt while I’m vaping away on a strawberry lemonade or sweet tart. No one smells like an ashtray, the kisses are always sweet, and chances are good we’ll live a nice long life together.
I don’t know why I’m surprised that he was willing or wanting to follow me on my vaping journey, but I’ve never been happier in my life. So don’t ever hesitate to offer up a vape to your friends or your significant other. They might be more receptive than you think and you might be able to support each other as you move away from cigarettes.