A few weeks ago we asked customers to share their vaping success stories and were soon flooded with personal narratives on how the freedom to vape has improved lives.
Without further ado, this is Chris’ Story:
I should probably entitle this: “Diary of an Idiot Smoker”. Yes, I wasn’t just a smoker, but a particularly idiot kind of smoker. I smoked anywhere from 1/2 a pack up to 3 packs a day during my smoking career. I also smoked cigars and dipped (that’s chewing tobacco) on occasion.
The thing that made me an idiot smoker? I have severe asthma. And chronic bronchitis. And I kept smoking.
At one point, I was on 6 medications just for my breathing… and I still smoked. I could not quit. Yes, I tried EVERYTHING. Gum? Check. Patches? Check. Hypnotism? Check. Cold Turkey? LOL, check. Chantix? Check. Wellbutrin? Check. Nothing worked. Nothing even slowed me down. Not even the countless trips the the ER for the horrible asthma attacks I continuously suffered. I was even intubated once, and legitimately came this close to dying. Yet, the minute I was released after almost a month in the hospital, I lit up. I knew smoking was going to kill me, but I just couldn’t quit. I was resigned to this.
I always thought vaping was silly. How was some flavored water vapor going to help me quit smoking? That’s what I thought about it for the longest time. However, having (finally) reached the point of desperation, I finally started seriously looking into vaping. As I read more about it, understood how the equipment worked, read the many ‘miracle’ quitting stories, I started to believe. Finally, I determined to buy my first set-up and try it.
I have not smoked an analog cigarette/cigar or dipped SINCE THE DAY I STARTED VAPING. I literally ****ing quit smoking in one day… after I had been resigned to killing myself by not being able to quit smoking. Was it a miracle? I dunno. My wife would say yes.
My health has improved 100%. I have dropped 5 out of the 6 breathing meds I was on. I don’t need to take pills or inhaler steroids any more. I don’t need to use a nebulizer any more. I only need my rescue inhaler now for the (now very) occasional minor asthma attack. I haven’t been to the ER or been hospitalized for any kind of breathing problem (asthma or chronic bronchitis) since I started vaping.
Oh, and vaping smells a hell of a lot better than smoking. Instead of smelling like cigarettes, I smell like… me. Well, me surrounded by a cinnamon roll. Or Fruit Loops. Or a hazelnut latte. Or whatever delicious flavor juice I happen to be vaping at that moment. The point being that my wife and kids don’t mind being close to me now, instead of avoiding me because smoke stink.
I find that its because I get to still go through the motions of smoking – raising something to my lips, inhaling, feeling the inhale, and then blowing out ‘smoke’- is the reason why vaping worked so well for me. It was just a matter of stepping down the nicotine until I reached zero. It took a month to do so, and I was finally free!
I haven’t touched, or even thought about touching, an analog cigarette in 2+ years, after being a 25+ year smoker. I have never had a craving since I stopped smoking and started vaping, and I definitely don’t miss smoking at all.
We would like to sincerely thank Chris for taking the time to share why vaping is important to him.