Warning: Vaping May Have Unanticipated Health Benefits
I’ve been smoke-free for three months and eight days, thanks in no small part to the community at Ecigadvanced. I’ve experienced pretty much the same improvements to my health that most others who’ve made the switch report. I breath better, cough less and my blood pressure has gone down dramatically. I even lost a few pounds without trying at all. Vaping satifies my sweet tooth and I don’t think about an after dinner snack so often. It was a pleasant surprise to see such clear improvement in such a short time, but what I really didn’t expect was a major attitude adjustment.
It is constantly impressed upon smokers that they are killing themselves. There’s a steady drumbeat of public service announcements, the admonishments from health professionals, family, friends and even total strangers. What smoker has not had the experience of going outside for cigarette and having a passerby stop to point out what a terrible habit smoking is? Actually, most smokers probably have that experience at least once a week. Probably more. I doubt I’m alone in that, after decades of this kind of input, I thought of myself as a person without willpower and seriously lacking in self-control and also doomed. There didn’t seem to be a lot of point in adopting eating well or doing much else in the health department since smoking was going to put me in an early grave no matter what else I did. If those thoughts got me down, I’d just turn to my other vice – chocolate – to cheer up.
After I’d been vaping for about a month I got the results of some routine blood tests. They showed that I was near deficient in a couple of important vitamins, my lipids were bad and I was exactly one point below entry level diabetic. Given my health habits none of this was really a surprise, but it was a wake-up call. With the smoking monkey off my back there seemed to be so much more point to addressing these conditions. Whatsmore, what previously seemed impossible hasn’t even been difficult. I severed my relationship with Little Debbie and gave up almost all sugar. If I must snack, it’s on granola bars or whole grain crackers. Most nights I eat lots of roasted vegetables and a small amount of lean meat or, more often, fish for supper. I can even walk past Entenmann’s half price sales and hardly be tempted. I don’t know if you have Entenmann’s where you are, but if you don’t, believe me, that’s an accomplishment. I remember to take the vitamin supplements that I always used to forget. I’ve lost a bunch of weight, but I don’t consider that I’m on a diet at all. I’m just eating differently and I have no doubt that it’s a permanent change. I don’t feel deprived at all. I just feel better. And it started with vaping.
Up ’til now, when people have succeeded in quitting smoking, it was just expected that there’d be a second struggle to follow in losing the weight gain that so often came with kicking the habit. For me, vaping has completey turned that paradigm on its head. I’d think that if it’s happened for me, it’s probably happening for a lot of others as well. I hope so.