My name is Donna and I am 54 years old. My story starts when I was 10 years old. My parents both smoked and often left packs laying on the table with one or two cigarettes left in them. That was when I picked up my first cigarette.
It seemed to be the cool thing to do at the time, but very quickly became a burden. Over the next 43 years I would try to stop smoking many times. I thought that when I got pregnant I would be able to stop…but I didn’t.
I tried patches and gums on many different occasions, just to light up in between. When drugs were introduced to help me quit smoking, just the list of side effects steered me clear of those. By age 54 I was up to a pack and a half a day.
I coughed all night most nights and my breathing sounded like an iron lung. Mucus came up in large wads, my chest always hurt, there was discomfort in my lungs to the point my ribs hurt…plus I smelled awful most of the time and food had no real flavor.
Around Father’s Day 2014, several of my husband’s coworkers fell ill due to cigarette smoking. One lost a leg. My step daughter had started vaping several months before and sent us both a starter kit. I wasn’t about to throw away a whole carton of cigarettes, so we finished off the stinkies as we learned the finer points of vaping. July 8th 2014 was my first day of vape only.
In the year since that day I have gone from 24mg of nicotine to 3mg. I no longer cough all night, as a matter of fact, I rarely ever cough now. I no longer hark up lugies as big as golf balls, I no longer feel like a horse is sitting on my chest. I can take a deep breath without a hitch, I smell better, food has flavor and I have probably added several years of quality to my life.
As for the financial aspect, we used to spend about $3200 a year buying cigarettes for three people. Now our cost is 1/4 of that. To me, this gives my family a better quality of life in yet another area.
Just so you know, I use a simple set up. I use an Evod 1600 variable battery with a Pro Tank Mini style tank which uses a Kanger style single coil. I didn’t make it a hobby, but I don’t bash those who do. I just don’t have the patience for building and rebuilding my coils. I buy everything in bulk about every 6 months.
Vaping probably saved my life. I won’t kid myself into thinking I wasn’t well on my way to smoking myself to death. All the signs were there that at my next stop would be an oxygen tank which I would have turned off so I could go smoke a cigarette.
My goal is to get to zero nicotine within the next year and I may or may not continue to vape on a consistent basis. I will always keep a charged battery and a tank handy just in case.
We would like to sincerely thank Donna for offering such a heartfelt story about what vaping means to her. She will be receiving an 8oz of her choice of juice as a special thank you.