The following is an account of my (successful) attempt at quitting smoking using Electronic Cigarettes. I was able to become smoke free in 90 days, and while I cannot guarantee it will work for everyone, it certainly worked for me. If you want to give it a shot, here is my Month by Month account of how I did it.
Smoking used to be a very popular pastime. Most smokers (myself included) started smoking at a very young age because it was thought of as being glamorous and cool. As the years have gone by, smoking and tobacco companies have come under heavy fire. The health risks involved with smoking just became too obvious and hazardous to ignore. All around the country states are making it very hard to even smoke in public anymore. With other “quit smoking” products (nicotine gum, nicotine patch) producing only moderate success, the electronic cigarette was born. A battery powered device that produces water vapor and nicotine content, the Ecig has become a national phenomenon. It also has become the #1 way for smoker to try and quit. It worked wonders for me.
After finally deciding to quit smoking, I came to the conclusion that using Electronic Cigarettes would be the easiest way. Using the taper down method I was fully quit smoking in just 3 months. No, that is not a typo, 3 MONTHS. I know many long time smokers who are reading this do not believe that is possible. That is why I am writing this, because if a 20 year smoker like me can do, I truly believe anyone can.
The E-Cig Taper Down Method
I started with the 12mg cartridges because I found the 18mg cartridges too strong for my liking. I used the congress flavor from V2 Cigs. The best way that I can describe this cartridge, is that it tastes similar to Real Parliament Cigarettes. At first I will say it was an adjustment. I had to puff on my V2 Cig a few times to break in the new cartridge and get a good vapor pull, but once that was done everything ran smoothly. I smoked like I always did at first, but I did notice as the month wore on that I had started smoking less even without switching to a lower mg. I think the reason for this is because even though V2 is the “most real feeling” Ecig I have used, it still was a little different that real smoking. While I was put off by this at first, by the end of the month I realized that this was a very good thing to happen for a person who was trying to quit.
At the beginning of the second month I dropped down to the 6mg cartridges. During the first week I became discouraged because I noticed that my Ecig smoking was going back up. I think this happened because of the combination of me getting used to it and enjoying it, and my body reacting to the drop in nicotine. However, the normal grumpy feeling that I and most other smokers get while trying to quit never really materialized (to my wife’s delight). By the second week I had begun to smoke less again and got used to the new nicotine level. However, I did not see another drop in my smoking as I did in the first month. Because of this I began to wonder if this was really going to work.
The big switch to 0mg was here and I was nervous. While Electronic Cigarettes had already helped me cut down substantially, I had a feeling that I was not going to be able stay with it smoking 0mg cartridges, because they essentially had no nicotine. I could not have been more wrong. Unlike the beginning of the second month I did not jump back up for the first week. My cravings were becoming less and less with each and every passing day very much to my surprise. By the second week I was literally only pulling out my Ecig 2 or 3 times a day at most. This lasted until about halfway through the third week . . . and then it happened. I went one whole day without using my Ecig or having a smoke of any kind. It had been 20+ years since I have been able to say that. It felt good and I was very proud of myself. Throughout the rest of the month I used my Electronic Cigarette only 5 more times (and one of those times was when my wife was having surgery, so admittedly the stress got to me), and by the end of the month I was not only nicotine free, but smoke free as well.
About the Brand I Used:
I can’t begin to tell you how impossible I thought quitting smoking would be. I made the right choice with V2 Cigs, and have gained nothing but respect for them and their product. I still keep my V2 around because it really is enjoyable and as any former smoker can tell you, you never know when the stress of life is just going to be too much one day. The good thing about that is even if stress forces me to use my V2 again (I haven’t yet), I will still be using the 0mg cartridges. So there is no chance of me becoming addicted again. Plus, with all the different flavors like Chocolate, Cherry, Vanilla, etc . . . sometimes its nice to have a little fun and puff away
I am so happy to be smoke free and as I said before, if I can do it, anyone can do it. So if you have been thinking about quitting but have been too nervous to try it, there has never been a better time that right now.