My name is Paul and I’m a reformed chain-smoker.
I started smoking when I was 16, so I had been smoking tobacco for roughly 35 years non-stop by the time I made the switch to electronic cigarettes.
I was what is considered a pack a day smoker.
Tobacco is very expensive and was costing me in excess of $50 a week at today’s prices. This was money best used elsewhere.
To say I was also becoming unwell is a bit of an understatement, but there didn’t seem to be an alternative.
The anti-smoking ads on TV – as graphic as they were – didn’t have their intended impact; which was to convince me unless I quit smoking, I was going to die.
All those ads relayed to me was the fact I was going to die (and quite horribly) as I saw no other way to quit smoking.
Patches didn’t work, nicotine gum didn’t work, nicotine lozenges didn’t work. The one time I seriously went cold turkey was frightening and I swore never to do it again.
I’d heard enough about the negative effects of certain medications used for quitting smoking from people that had used them that I decided I didn’t even want to risk them.
I just felt hopelessly addicted and gave up giving up many years prior.
Introduced to ecigs
I looked into e-cigarettes a couple of years back but my lack of understanding, the lack of information and reputable merchants put me off actually trying them.
Then through a forum I administer I read about a member’s success and I started researching electronic cigarettes again.
To cut a very long story short, I had my last cigarette in June 2014.
Even going the first 24 hours smoke-free was an amazing thing to happen. I had to pinch myself – I hadn’t gone without a cigarette that long since I was a teen!
I actually hadn’t intended on stopping smoking on that particular day – I was just taking a couple of test puffs.
If someone had told me a couple of weeks before starting on ecigs that I would totally cease smoking on that day – and without withdrawal symptoms – I would have laughed and then hurled abuse at them.
While I hated the taste and smell of tobacco and the effect my smoking had, I also protected my habit fiercely; such is the nature of addiction.
At this point in time, I still haven’t had as much as a puff of a cigarette; nor do I feel like one. Electronic cigarettes have stopped my smoking dead in its tracks and I’ve already saved a lot of money.