Helpful Steps on How to Quit Smoking and Start Vaping

Alrighty Vapers, it is Throwback Thursday time and if you are an expert who knows their stuff, then this blog might not be for you. The point of these Thursday blogs, is to bring back some basic information for those who need reminding about certain hardware, or certain aspects of our website. Today I want to talk about how we can assist people to quit smoking, and help them control their urge to smoke by replacing smoking with electronic cigarettes.

If you are someone who has already made the switch, you’ve probably already felt the benefits  of vaping over smoking and know of how e-cigs not only reduce your lung exposure to dangerous carcinogens, but also make people want to hang around you, since you no longer smell like an ashtray.

According to an article by WebMD1, a study was done of people who wanted to quit smoking, and of those people, about 60% were more likely to succeed if they used e-cigarettes, compared to those who used alternative nicotine replacement therapies such as, nicotine patches or gum. Traditional nicotine replacement therapies just do not give that aesthetic feeling of smoking, and don’t allow for that organic inhale and exhale of smoke (or vapor). Those sensations actually become a large part of the addiction, or really habit, of smoking. Allowing smokers to feel like they’re still smoking, while cutting back significantly on the dangerous chemicals associated with traditional cigarettes, is most likely a large part of the reason e-cigarettes boast such a high success rate. While there are those who can quit cold turkey (props to them!), those who aren’t able to do that are left high and dry, which is where electronic cigarettes come in to save the day.

Allowing someone to be able to feel like they are smoking without having the consequences presented by all of the additional harmful chemicals in cigarettes, opens the door for a less carcinogen filled future. If allowed to go further, and as we collect more and more data about the benefits of vaping, people might actually come to realize that electronic cigarettes are helping people to quit smoking. Those opposed to e-cigarettes in general, may be wondering why our sales (as an industry) keep increasing, and really that increase is showing how many smokers there are in the world that want to quit smoking, and haven’t been able to do it with the nicotine replacement therapies made available to them in the past. We are not in the game to create new smokers, we are not the gateway to creating smokers, we are in no way close to what cigarettes are. We just offer a new, alternative nicotine replacement that gives users a less harmful vice, and with preliminary data, seems to be a more effective alternative that others before it.

Now lets gets starting on a program for smoking less; steps that you can follow on how to quit (or help someone quit) smoking entirely. Remember, this is generally not an instant switch for most people (though for some it can be, everyone is different). This transition can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months depending on how much and long you have smoked in the past, and it’ll probably feel a little uncomfortable at first.  Be sure to do your research on the types of effects quitting smoking can have on the human body2.  During this transition, your body will be fighting to clear out months, or years, of tar build up in the lungs, so expect some coughing. Also, traditional cigarettes tend to make your mouth salivate more, so when making the switch some people experience what we call “vapors cough”. This is completely normal, and should not last long. Just be sure to drink lots of water during this period. If you are nervous about quitting, feel free to consult a medical doctor!

Week 1:

Set a quit smoking date. Try to pick a date of significance to you, something meaningful so you will be less likely to go back to traditional cigarettes. Tell your coworkers, friends, and  family, that way you can build yourself a support system. It’s easy to give up on something if you are the only one telling yourself not to, but with friends and family supporting your endeavor, success if much more likely.

It’s all in the mind… Remind yourself each day of why you are doing this … if need be, write an entire list of your reasons for switching or using e-cigarettes to quit entirely.

In between each cigarette vape instead, allow a back and forth action to get your body used to vaping. If you smoke 12 cigarettes in a day, keep your regiment of 12 smoke/vape times, except 6 of the 12 times, vape instead.

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t take to vaping right away. Many people who switch to e-cigarettes spend the first week or so slowly weaning off of traditional cigarettes, while getting used to their new e-cigarette. Give it time!

Week 2:

At this point, you want to make sure your cigarettes remain at home at all times, limiting your access to them. Also, while leaving your cigarettes at home, start bringing your e-cigarette everywhere you go. Especially if you are going out to have a drink with a friend. Smoking in the car and social smoking are hard habits to break, so making it harder to do these things will make it easier in the long run.

If you need, don’t feel ashamed to have a smoke in the morning and maybe one at night. If you’ve just gone down from the amount of cigarettes you’ve smoked in a day (whether that be from a pack-a-day, down to one or two, or three a day to one or two) that is a victory, so don’t sell yourself short!

Reward yourself! It doesn’t matter how, just make sure you are giving yourself a pat on the back for doing the right thing.

Week 3:

This week you should strive for an almost cigarette free week, though, understandably there are slip ups (just try to make sure they are not every day). By this point, really get it into your head that you want to get your body to a point where you are no longer dependant on cigarettes.

If you are still having trouble cutting back on your cigarette use, find yourself a place where it would be almost a punishment to yourself to smoke there. Like only smoke outside, or somewhere you have to drive to, make it almost impossible for yourself to smoke a cigarette.

If you have successfully started to cut back on your cigarette use (or happen to have cut it all together), you might have started noticing your sense of smell and taste coming back. With this comes more awareness of the intense smell cigarettes cause. If the smell of cigarette smoke is tempting you, throw everything away that has that strong smell (that you can) and try to avoid other smokers.

Week 4:

  • CIGARETTE FREE WEEK! This week you should tell yourself you are not allowed to have any cigarettes, this week is a week where you focus on vaping only. If you make it through this week without smoking, then you are on your way to a cigarette free world.

Understandably, this is not a fool proof plan that will surely get you to stop smoking. This is still a commitment, and you need to have the attitude that you really want to stop smoking. The timeline listed above, is more of a loose guideline. Different people will go through it in different amounts of time, and with varying levels of success. Just remember, you have so  many things out there that you could be doing, but smoking is holding you, and your lungs, back from experiencing life with your loved ones.

Things to Think About:

Alrighty vapers, lets help smokers quit, time to tell them how you you were able to kick the cigarette habit. What is your story about quitting? Since you have been vaping what have you been able to do? What is something amazing that you have experienced?

 

  1. WebMD: Smoking Cessation
  2. SmokeFree: Health Effects
Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

246 thoughts on “Helpful Steps on How to Quit Smoking and Start Vaping

  1. What is this based on? Some guy selling this product.
    I could make a pill out of different flavors and tell someone hooked on oxycodone to try it my way by using my candy.This is probably one of those things where you just “COLD TURKEY”

    1. The studies referenced in the blog are listed at the bottom of the page. There have also been additional studies highlighting the success rates of using e-cigs as a tool to quit using tobacco. The purpose of this was to offer suggestions for success for those wanting to make the switch.

    2. Bonz, people like you make me so mad!! I’m guessing you don’t smoke? I am 32 and have been smoking sense I am 14. I know not the best choice. I have tried every possible way to quit but kept going back. I was up to 2 packs of Newport a day. I started feeling horrible. Today I am on day 3 of vaping and cig free. I just made the jump. Already I feel better, my wife says I don’t smell like smoke and that is just in 3 days. I am coughing a little, but no where near like I was. I wish all you smokers out there luck. I know it’s hard. If anyone has any question or wants to talk about why I stopped email me.

      1. Thanks, Tom! Good luck with your vaping journey. Don’t worry about the coughing, that’s a natural phenomenon that dissipates, in my personal experience. Two weeks was the magic number for me.

        1. Tim. Ty and so far so good. I am on day 6 now not smoking. Didn’t even slip up. I know it’s only 6 days but I really do feel great. Such a big difference in a small amount of time. Do you miss smoking? The answer is yes but as each day passes it’s less and less. Vaping really saved me.

          1. Tom, I’m glad you feel that way. I was only hooked on cigarettes for two years before I switched to vaping, and it was insane how quickly I got addicted! Vaping has become so much more than a hobby to me.

          2. Honestly Tim. Vaping is a blessing for me. I’m on 7 day and still cig free. I’m glad that you were not smoking as long as I was. I loved and hated it at the same time. I hope that vaping keeps helping you like it has helped me, and money wise it is so much cheaper. In the past week I spent like $25 on e juice. Much cheaper then the usually $115. Keep me posted on your progress. I like to hear other people stories on their path from smoking to vaping.

        2. I feel like I’ve vaping allot more than I smoke. I have to quit smoking. I have a reflux disease and everytime I smoke I’m in so much pain. I need to succeed for my health. Vaping doesn’t cause me any pain. CanI get advise please?

          1. It sounds like you’re on the right track so far! Every time you get that craving for nicotine, vape instead and try to do something to distract yourself. If your vape isn’t satisfying you, our customer experience agents can help you customize your set up or e-liquid in a way that may be better suited for your needs. You can contact them via e-mail: support@mtbakervapor.com.

      2. Hey how you doing. I have been smoking since a young age too and I have tried everything under the sun to quit. I used Chantix and still didn’t quite. I am now using my alien mod and still smoking. I just am trying to Quit for good. I get so disappointed in myself. Seeing if you have any pointers. Thanks in advance.

        1. You need to pinpoint what is driving your smoking habit. Is it the nicotine craving? If so I would suggest upping your e-juice nic per ml. If it just the habitual action of lighting up and smoking? If so, I would just make sure you keep your mod with you. Perhaps have two, one for travel and one you keep at home. Hope this helps!

          1. Hi corey..i just bought a vape kit and I want to quit smoking for good..Is 3mg of juice a good start or do I need more? I normally smoke a little less than a pack a day.

        2. I have found that vaping BEFORE feeling cravings is essential early on. If i wait until i have cravings i am toast.

      3. Good Luck Tom,

        I am trying to figure out why I cough when I am vaping. I am doing every other cig as a vape. I enjoy the vape, but don’t know what I am doing wrong. Are you still cig free?

        1. Hi Will. Although you’ve probably figured it out by now, I’ve found that to get a smooth puff when vaping it’s important to take long, slow drags, the opposite of smoking a cigarette. This should help you get a less irritating haul and increase the amount of nicotine.. Hope this helps! Keep up the good fight people!

      4. Tom way to go I’m in your shoes I’m smoking 3 packs a day.iam on my second day and have only smoked 4 cigs so far can’t wait till the day I’m done for good.keep trying people the struggle is real but I know the results will be SO wroth it. Thanks for the positive words Tom I would love to know how you are doing today.

      5. I just bought my first vape and on day one it’s only vaping and ive smoked Newport for years wish me luck

      6. I am 41, been smoking since I was 13. I spent 3 years trying to find the right vape, battery, type etc. I have not given up and it’s cost alot. I haven not had a cigarette sunday, Sept 10@2pm. My issue was every person in stores told me one thing after another. I am on 3mg nic and have not killed anyone yet. And just went threw irmas big but too. You have to be ready. And you have to be hardheaded,….if I can do this, anyone can. These steps are almost how I did it. Support is the biggest part of it too!

    3. I finally gave in to the vaping thing and haven’t had a cigarette since I began 10 days ago. I literally put them down without any preparation other than saying to myself “I’m quitting tobacco”. I had tried other forms of cessation with zero success. I was a 20+ cig smoker a day for 10 years. Never has quitting been so damn easy and I’m feeling so much better already. Vaping is a fucking godsend.

    4. Wow, fuck you, man. You’re an idiot with clearly zero points of reference, just here to spew your brainless thoughts all over the place.

      Fuck off, you worthless parasite. You clearly didn’t bother reading the article, or checking reference points.

      You’re just a mouthy little shit.

      1. Hi I bought a vape 10 days ago and have not had even a puff on a cigarette for 9 days now but I’m worried I might be using my vape too much

    5. Dude.. you’re an idiot. Cold turkey is simply not gonna Work for me and for many others. Also there are so many vape products.. advising someone to vape doesn’t at all guarantee that the author will somehow profit.

  2. I decided to get a vaporiser as I was going away with my family, I live with my partner and I was in a habit of smoking when I wanted and at work as I pleased. My mam does not like smoking so I opted for a vaporiser, taking my cigarettes with me as a “safety net” my partner joined me and purchased a vaporiser. We did not have one cigarette the whole 2 and a half days we were away, but witnessed my sister miss out on many things as she had to go outside for a cigarette, we also smelt what many other people could probably smell on us, stale smoke. When we returned home we realised if we did two days we could do the rest. The hard part has been breaking the habits and the “scheduled timings” such as lunch breaks at work. It’s a struggle but made us realise sitting back as a “non-smoker” and witnessing my sisters habits.

  3. I quit using vape… slowly at first, but I smoked my last cigarette 54 hours ago. This may not seem like that long ago to some of you, but for a smoker without a cigarette it’s like a lifetime. I have no cravings and only think about a cigarette when I get in the car or go outside- that’s when I normally smoked. Having the nicotine still in my system helps so much… and I enjoy vaping. I do feel like I’m still smoking. I plan on slowly decreasing the amount of nicotine in my E juice until I get to 0 mg and then quit completely, BUT, if I continue vaping, I’m ok with that. My son bought me a vape- spent a lot of $ on it, bought me the best on the market…. so I HAVE to quit, for his sake, for my grandchildren’s sake, my husband’s…. the list goes on and on…. but mainly, FOR ME! VAPING WORKS, PEOPLE!!!

    1. That is fantastic! You’re right, for a smoker 54 hours mine as well be years. Congratulations on making the switch! We’re here if you need tips, tutorials or advice. We have a blog, videos on youtube and a live chat on our website. We want to help you succeed in your vaping journey! Congratulations again and vape on!

  4. I bought my first vape kit before the New Year and have spent as much money on the cartridges as I would have cigarette packs. But that’s fine because after 35 years of hardcore smoking I’m now vaping and not inhaling all the crap that’s in cigarettes. The first week I did smoke a half a pack of cigarettes. This, being my second week, I’ve only smoked two. I’m almost scared to but that cigarette in my mouth…I think of all the tar and other crap trying to escape my lungs for the first time in 35 years. So I huff and puff on this vape. I just want to make it through a month and hope I don’t turn back!

      1. Hey guys, my dad is attempting to stop smoking after years of smoking since being in the military. He smokes about a pack a day. What’s a good vaping kit to get him for Father’s Day? I want him to know that we are all vested in this and he wants to try vaping. What’s a good kit and what’s a good Nicotine mil to start him on if he is used to smoking a pack a day?

  5. It’s my third week using an e-cigarette and I’m almost 2 days cigarette free. I’m not endorsing any product just stating my experience. I’ve been a smoker for 16 years and have tried a few different stop smoking techniques but the e cig along with chantix seems to be doing it . My 2 biggest hindrances have my wife still smoking and my e cigarette devices breaking. From pRobles with atomizers to center pin and leaky tanks it took me a while and 4 different brands to find a quality product, meanwhile going back to cigarettes when my device didn’t work. Hopefully now after 2 days I can stay quit.

  6. Started smoking @ age 15, now 46. I have to say, after two days of vaping, I smell smokers that come back inside after break and think, “did I smell like that???”

    Plus I don’t have to freeze to death. Cigarette free 24 hours and man do I FEEL BETTER!!!

  7. I started vaping two years ago and I love it. I was a pack a day smoker for 16 years and loved smoking but hated everything else about it. I won’t ever quit vaping but I actually enjoy smoking it’s so nice to have a healthier alternative and smell like a girl again. I promote e cigs to everyone I know and almost my entire family now vapes instead of smoking. It’s great you just have to get used to them for a couple of weeks and they taste so much better than cigarettes.

  8. I smoked for 20 years and stopped 6 months ago by vaping. Anyone who says it doesn’t help hasn’t tried to quit smoking. Over the 20 years I tried patches and gum. This has been the best way and for me I don’t miss smoking now.

  9. I had not intended to stop smoking when I bought an e-cig, I really just wanted to save money by replacing some cigs with vaping. In fact, I never bought another packet of cigarettes. After 30 years of smoking a pack per day, I almost gave up by accident! I was one of those smokers who thought they would never be able to stop. It took a week or two to really adjust, but I don’t think I experienced any real withdrawal symptoms.

      1. I don’t know how to post here only reply, I’ve been a smoker for 37 years, had given up on giving up. Bought a vaping kit as a last resort, my other half took to his straight away, not had a cigarette in 4 months, he loves it. I used the last of my tabocco 5 days ago and have been vaping ever since. I love it, I’m done with smoking now. If you’re determined to give up smoking vaping works all you need is a little will power

  10. I am 33 Years old and I’ve been smoking since I was 13 years old so pretty much 20 years, I smoked About a pack of day for the last 15 years.
    So Today is Officially 1 week that I Gave up Ciggerettes and started vaping, This has been the hardest week of my life but thanks to vaping I Honestly cant ever see another disgusting Ciggerette in my hand let alone how good I smell at the end of the Day

    1. Happy Vapiversary!!! Congratulations on making the switch. If you have questions or anything we are here to help! Take a look at our Youtube channel for tips and tutorials, and always feel free to chat with us. Welcome to the family!

        1. The vaping works through a process called atomization. A battery powers a heating element, which heats a nicotine solution (known as e liquid) into a very fine mist. The vapor particles contain nicotine, which are absorbed through the bronchi in a vaper’s lungs. Nicotine is then dispersed into the bloodstream, and registers in the brain. Since nicotine is atomized and not combusted, there is no tar or burning that takes place.

      1. I recently started vaping been smoking for many many years I have MS also so 4 days only 6 cigs but am feeling a lil dizzy is this normal when stopping cigs and vaping I was smoking almost 2 packs a day

        1. Hi Terri! Depending on your current setup and nicotine strength in your eliquid, you may want to reduce the amount of nicotine in your eliquid. Shoot an email to support@mtbakervapor.com, they would be more than happy to assist.

  11. I am 53 and have been smoking since I was 15. I have tried numerous times to quit, to no avail.
    I purchased my vaporizer on Saturday at a cool Vape store in CT and absolutely love it! I had 1 cig yesterday and it tasted like A*#!!!
    Fingers crossed this will work. I lost 2 friends to lung cancer already in 2015 and just want to live- I know cigs are killers and I am a slave to them– so sick!
    Fingers crossed- Vape will work….

  12. I’m 37 hours in with my vape. I love smoking, and i think that has been my biggest problem over all these years of smoking 1-2 packs a day. i havent had one cigarette in almost two days… i’m determined to do this. my biggest fear is having a cig and liking it.

    1. Congratulations! After a couple weeks of vaping you will start to smell things again, and the flavor of analogs will make you gag. If you have any questions, we’re here for you. You can do this! Vape on!

      1. I just started vaping seriously today. Yes I had about 4 cigarettes today with the vaping but I am a little hesitant to go to vaping completely cause I live in PA and we have had vape places close due to the extreme tax they just added to cigarettes and also vape stuff. Point blank I am worried that I am going to to the point of just vaping and all vape stores will close ??

        1. Linda,

          The store are closing but some will stay open. We will also be here to ship to you! If you need anything for your vape, you can come to us.

  13. I started smoking when I was 13. Tried patches, they gave me knightmares. So I stopped. being stressed out by the side effects was not going to help. My cousin had a easy time quitting but would end up going back, she showed up one day with a really neat looking vape pen. I had used blu cigs before and I hated them but what she had was totally different the very next day I bought one. I haven’t had a cig since I turned it on last Sunday i felt fine for the first two days but now I’m back on my add medication it is causing me to have those strong cravings again. I’m carrying around a full unopened pack of smokes more or less to taunt me but I wont open!! With using a higher dose of nicotine in my vape I can be around smokers and even smell the smoke and it only bothers me for a minute But when I vape, it all goes away and I’m relaxed after a few minutes. So happy I made the change

  14. I started vaping December 21, 2014.I am amazed at how well I did for the first month. I have been smoking a pack a day for too many years to count. In the first month I was down to 3 cigs a day and doing really great. I am now having a problem staying committed to the 3 a day and hoping to get to NONE in a day. My cravings seem to be getting higher to have more than 3 a day. I am beating myself up because of this and just need to know if even after going on to 2 months…….should I increase my mg or just keep persevering?? FRUSTRATED AND SAD…….

    1. First – never beat yourself up. We have all been through this, and we know when you start beating yourself up it just makes it work. You can try increasing your nic level, but I would suggest a couple other things first – if you can, decrease the airflow so you have to pull more when you inhale, like with a cigarette. When you’re really having cravings, go to your smoking corner and vape there. Also, vape longer than you would smoke, it takes longer for the nic to process into your system when you vape. The psychological effect is the hardest to break. Don’t give up. We’re with you!

  15. I smoked my last cigarette 8 days ago and even then I only had four cigarettes that day. The previous day I was a pack to a pack and a half smoker. The first day I had over 300 puffs on my mod; day two around 250; day three to day five around 200; last couple of days right under 200! I started with 18mg and now am rotating 18 and 12mg. I am hoping to be vapor free within a month. I feel as if I am doing exceptionally well (till I read this article now I want a cig!!!)

  16. I have to say at first I was dubious about the whole vaping thing. However, a colleague at work encouraged me to buy a vape kit as she hadn’t smoked an analog in a month since switching to vaping! I have smoking cigarettes for the past 24 years, and three days ago, made the switch to vaping, using 18mg e liquid. I am amazed that I have not craved a cigarette and have not smoked for the past three days. Incredible! I love using my vape, I am delighted that I no longer smell like an ashtray! Marvellous!

  17. I bought my vape kit three days ago. I have had 2 cigarettes in the last 3 days. I have smoked a pack a day for 20+ years. I have quit twice before for a year and it was hell on earth. I can’t say there aren’t moments that I find myself looking for my smokes, but this has been a much less cruel way to go about things. I am so happy I found this, I have a healthier future in store now.

  18. I decided to try and cut down a couple of weeks ago after smoking since I was 14,I’m now 41.Suddenly thought I dont really enjoy smoking anymore.Ive tried patches,gum and medication but its never worked for me.Bought my vape kit Saturday morning,its now Tuesday evening and I haven’t had a cigarette since 10:15am on Saturday,nor do I want one.I’m gobsmacked,I thought I’d get withdrawal symptoms but so far so good.I’m only vaping when I really fancy it(18mg)hoping to cut it down slowly to nicotine free.Happy bunny

  19. I’d been a smoker for almost 40 years and was up to almost 2 packs/day. Like many other posters, no success with patches, gum, medicine. Beyond thrilled – I have been smoke free since Jan. 11th. For those considering making the change, JUST DO IT. Reading info here for beginners or finding yourself a vape shop that will take the time to explain things will definitely help.

    1. Congratulations on being smoke-free! Thank you for encouraging other smokers out there to quit and try vaping, especially if other methods have failed in the past. We also definitely encourage paying your local vape shop a visit to help all you new vapers get started. Stay strong and vape on!

  20. Long time vaper of two days here. I hated the taste and smell of cigarettes, as well as the way my chest hurt sometimes. I was ready when I walked into the smoke shop three nights ago. The only that had been holding me back were the flavors. I dislike fruit, candy, and menthol. Finally the spiced chai hit my palate and I was in. Haven’t had a cigarette in two days and I love it! My lungs are clearly trying to get rid of the garbage in there because I’m hacking it up throughout the day. It’s a great thing. I can’t imagine putting another nasty cigarette near my face again. I walked past an ashtray today and wanted to wash it with soap. Ha

    1. That is fantastic! Congratulations on making the switch and welcome to the vaping community! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. We’re here to help throughout your vaping journey!

  21. This is my first day trying in earnest to quit. Reading all this has helped me relax about the whole thing. I was really craving a cigarette but now that I see it’s ok to have one I don’t exactly feel the urge. Thanks

    1. We are soo happy to hear that you are kicking that habit and moving to bigger and better. Please drop us a line if you ever have any questions about making the switch! We wish you the best of luck! 🙂

  22. I bought my first starter kit a week ago and was super eager the first day, then I just stopped using it. After being a smoker for 40 years it’s almost like a security blanket! Like im afraid to quit! Sounds so stupid, I know but I cant explain it any other way. Well today starts a real week one. I have smoked today but far, far less than I ever have and its honestly not bothering me from a withdrawal stand point so I know the only thing that’s been holding me back is my HEAD! That revelation seems to be helping (and reading all of these posts here did as well).

    1. YOU are not alone. That fear of loosing your security blanket, as you put it, is what has stopped me from quitting as well. I need to quit and have made necessary steps to get started. Let’s do this together.

  23. I was a pack and 1/2 a day smoker for 40 years. I tried one of those small pencil type vapes and didn’t care for it. It seemed I was wasting my time since nothing was coming out. I happened to walk into a vape shop and was allowed to try different vaporizers. When I saw the vapor that came out after a short pull, I was hooked. I bought a 50w. vaporizer, tank, and some 6mg. E-juice (tobacco flavor). I told the guy I wasn’t into any fu-fu flavors or menthol, but he took me to a table where I could sample some. I asked him to recommend some and tried them. Its been almost 3 weeks and never even opened the tobacco juice. I got home after vaping all the way and decided to try a cigarette. After taking a couple of drags I was very disappointed on the output and taste and put it out. I have not touched a cigarette since. This really worked for me and my wife is more excited about this than I am. She says it’s so nice that I can walk through the living room and not smell like an ashtray. For you smokers out there, this has been a real blessing for me. I asked the vape store employee for a baggie of the generic tips so I can let my smoking friends try my machine to see how they like it. Told the clerk I will be sending him some business soon. They were glad to give me all the tips I wanted. Michelle, If I can do it after 40 years, anyone can. I would be glad to let anyone know what I use if they want to know. Thanks for letting me share and smokers go to your local vape store. It is a whole lot cheaper and healthier than cigs.

    1. That is fantastic!!! I love hearing success stories like this. Vaping changed my life, and I am thrilled to hear that it is offering that to others as well. Vape on and know that we’re always here to help throughout your vaping journey.

  24. i started smoking when I was 18; socially at first but after drinking and smoking is crave a cigarette and well, it escalated and turned into a nasty habit. It was so bad at one point I’d steal spare change just to get a crappy cigarette from the liquor stores. My girlfriend hated it when I smoked and she never liked the smell either. I bought my first vape pen last April but I didn’t like the disposable ones so I tossed it. After 8 months of researching and studying I bought my first mechanical mod in December. For the first weeks I had to ease off of them but I quickly learned how to build my own coils and I never thought of smoking another cigarette again. I haven’t had a cigarette in about six weeks and even though my girlfriend wasn’t too fond of this vape thing I do smell a lot better and I enjoy all the different flavors to choose from. Did I mention how much I love building my own coils?!

  25. Been a pack a day smoker for 30 years. Tried couple ecig cigarette look alikes, they were ok. Then a co-worker who went to hospital for major health issues some related to cigs convinced me to try vaping. Took me 1 week of doing both, second week only 1-3 cigs a day, now week 3 been cigarette free! Think I’m feeling better too already. Not sure about tastes and smells but who cares. No DR. here but, vaping has got to be 90% less harmful than smoking cigarettes. Im convinced ill be smoke free in 6 months or less.

  26. Hi,I’m Sam,Smoked 15 Marlboro Reds a day for 4 years,I was literally chain smoking,thought I couldn’t live without lighting up a cig,got introduced to vaping a week and a half back,it’s just awesome however,after I started vaping ,I limited down to about two cigarettes per day,and now I just smoke one a day and will quit entirely tomorrow going by my plan 🙂 ,I can now feel that I really have a nose,no wonder I stopped smelling for 4 years lol,the smell of cigarettes disgust me now,thanks to vaping and yeah MBV rocks,the juices are just awesome. Cheers 🙂

    1. Yay! Congratulations on quitting!!! It’s awesome that you have quit entirely. Isn’t that interesting that something we used to love to inhale every day, now just the smell repulses us?! Congratulations again!

  27. Just decided to quit on monday, its day 4 now. I was close to 18 cigarettes a day, now i vape, don’t feel like I am missing the stick.
    But not sure how much to Vape. Last night went to a bar could smell the smoke, didn’t smoke. Though I feel I was vaping about 20 puffs yesterday.
    Today I feel very hungry & have a craving to eat every hour.

    1. We recommended to vape until that craving is diminished, but if you feel that you are getting too much then you may want to decrease the amount of nicotine. Vaping does cause hunger, just make sure to monitor your intake as to avoid overeating! Cravings are a funny thing, they tend to linger even after you have fulfilled that need for something, like a slight delay.

  28. get a decent e-cigarette and that’ll help alot (i only spent $25 or so for a starter pack. yes i understand this is on the very low end, but i wasnt ready to spend $100-$200+ on something that i might not like). i jumped to vape only one day. just went out and bought an e-cig instead of a new pack. took like half a day to get used to it. might not work for everyone, but i didnt feel the need to taper from regular cigarettes. its kin of like not being able to buy your normal brand smoke. it tastes different, may be a bit weird, but i got used to it pretty quickly. why i didnt try this before, i dont know.

  29. i was really surprised how painless it was to switch. it was a day of ‘this is different’ and now i am starting to really like vaping more than smoking (especially because i have a sweet tooth lol) the flavors! the variety!

  30. Three days ago I smoked 30 Winstons a day.
    Now I’ve vaped instead,12mg juice.
    Works pretty good so far.

    I’m a vapist.

    1. Congratulations on taking the step to become a vaper instead of a smoker! Thank you for including us in your vaping journey. Please let us know if we can provide any support or answer any questions. Vape on!

  31. after 16 years of smoking a pack a day it was time for me to quit. I wanted a better sense of smell again. I wanted to be able to walk up a few flights of stairs without being winded. I had a friend who was a 2 pack a day smoker who made the switch and I thought if he could do it I could. The whole vaping thing was a little new and overwhelming, so I went to the local vape shop that opened about a year ago and bought a starter kit. The people were full of helpful information and started me on my journey. I quit for smoking for a day then just for the heck of it I took a drag from ciggarette. The drag was underwhelming to say the least. I’ve quit for over three weeks now and I don’t intend on going back to smoking. I can smell things alot better and i can breathe a little easier now. wish i made the switch sooner.

    1. That is absolutely fantastic! Congratulations on making the switch. We are here to help throughout your vaping journey, so if you have any questions feel free to ask. Keep it up and vape on!

  32. I was a 20-25 a day smoker. I was one of those who loved smoking and thought I’d never want to give up. But my daughter bought me my e-cig and asked me to give it at least a try. So I did and been cigarettes free now for 26 weeks- ive not had one since that day! The smell of cigarettes actually makes me feel sick now. Ive got at least 80% of my work colleagues vaping . If I can do it anyone can. Good luck to you all

  33. my father who has been a heavy smoker since he was 13 quit using vape its been over a year for him and every time id go to my parents house he’d cough and say how bad i smelt i’m a pack a day smoker. So the past month or so i’ve been debating quitting i love smoking not the smell or cost and health risk and i’m a Dr i know better. Last night i bout a vape i do like it, however i still want a cigarette, is this normal ? can i still have a cigarette and use the vape. The vape store i went to which was fantastic said no cigg for 2 weeks just use the vape. Any suggestions would be helpful thanks again

    1. It is normal for many people to still want to smoke even once they start vaping. For some, one vape is all it takes and they never go back, for others, it’s a process. There are several different things you can do to help with the urges to smoke, and having the right vape set up is an essential part of the process. I would suggest reading our Tips for Making the Switch and Sticking with it – http://blog.mtbakervapor.com/tips-for-making-the-switch-sticking-with-it/. Also, for us to be able to really help you personally, please email support@mtbakervapor.com or chat live with one of our customer service representatives. Everyone’s vaping journey is a bit different, and we’re here to help you through.

  34. I smoked for 30 years – started vaping and it suddenly dawned on me that I enjoyed the taste of the vaping a lot more than the cigs. One day (after vaping on and off for several months) I just stopped smoking (had a full carton of cigs in my car). That was almost one year ago – have not smoked since and have absolutely no craving to do so. Started at 24mg, moved to 16mg and now I’m down to either 3mg or 0mg!!! Slowly working on all 0mg. Still enjoy vaping and could not have quit without it.

  35. Smoked a pack of Winston a day for 35years. I have no intention of quitting. Have never tried.

    Having recently moved to NZ, Winston is not available and cigarettes costs $25 a pack, I have decided to get a starter kit with the 555 and Banana Gone Nuts eJuice.
    555 was ok but its nothing like Winston which I could not get in NZ anyway. Ordered some tobacco flavoured juice, including the GWRY4 which I preferred.

    Now ordering other eJuices with various strength and new devices to try.

    I have no urge to buy an analogue.

    Had my last cigarette on the 15th of March 2015.

    1. Well, congratulations on making the switch, even though it was involuntary. I believe this is one of my all time favorite stories of people successfully switching to vaping. While I understand it wasn’t something you were looking for, hopefully you are feeling better and enjoying your vaping journey. Remember, if you ever have questions, we’re here to help. Vape on!

  36. Feeling great after going thru the withdrawal symptoms.

    Similar to analogues, it’s all about taste without the nasty things of analogues. I believe I have not found the right eJuice yet.

  37. I bought my first e-cig from a local shop and was fleeced as I paid £29 for a unit that would have cost me £5 on e-bay. Tried it out on day one but kept smoking cigarettes at the same time. I ended up losing the e-cig and went back analog. Three weeks later I met a guy vaping on a vision spinner with K1 glassomizer. Told him my experience and he suggested I try go for the same set up as him. Gave this a thought and made my way to amazon having thought of the future and what I wanted for my newborn son. My set-up arrived and when I inhaled my first vape from this I loved it. The day I decided to quit I smoked my last cigarette and promised not to buy any more cigarettes. Its been eight days now and I havent smoked a single cigarette. My sense of smell has already improved loads and I have started to hate the smell of cigarettes myself. Not the smell you get when you first light up but the smell that sticks to fabric (the stale smell). The stale smell of cigarettes when I encounter it has been a game changer so far as it makes me think everytime I crave a cigarette. I ask myself, “did I used to smell this bad after every cigarette”? The only downside however is I have started eating alot of candy but I know this will be easy to break once all the cigarette cravings disappear. I am also spending more time with my family as the need to smoke does not surface when I am with my missus and son. All in all the one week I havent smoked had made a big difference to me and also to my relationship with my loved ones at large.

    1. That is fantastic that you were able to find a set up that works well for you. For me personally, I started vaping candy flavors and it satisfied those cravings for me as well, so I’m not eating them anymore. Still get the flavor without any of the calories. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help you throughout your vaping journey. Congratulations again and vape on!

  38. Today is my first day of Vaping !!! I had my last cigarette last night, I have been smoking since I was 14 and I am now 45 I just recently had Adrenal Cancer removed and it really made me open my eyes and I take my life a lot more seriously. I am excited about quitting cigarettes I hate the smell and I am the only person in work that smokes. I am doing good right now although I am close to my lunch break and it can’t come quick enough I need some nicotine lol. Now I just need my hubby to join me, I am excited to smell the plug in airfresheners I buy but can never small too.

  39. I bought a Vape pen 5 days ago, and have not touched a cigarette since! I’ve been a smoker for almost 20 years, recently smoking up to a pack and a half a day. Buying this was the best decision ever. I only wish I would have purchased one sooner!!

  40. I smoked for 42 years. Tried every way to quit. I have been vaping for almost 2 months, now have switched to the lowest level of nicotine, and plan to be nicotine free by the end of 6 months. I have not picked up one cigarette. IT’S AMAZING!

    1. Yes you can, and many have. The ultimate goal is to completely switch to an alternative to cigarettes, but the journey you take to get their is uniquely yours. Find what works for you and go with it! Even less cigarettes is better than no change 🙂

  41. I am 53 and have dipped Copenhagen for 40 years since I was 13. In the last 35 years I have dipped a can and half a day. I’ve tried to quit using the nicotine patches, gum and various prescribed methods. I would quit for a month and then be hooked again. So I decided a week ago Friday to try the vaping way. My Grandson is almost 2 and I don’t want him seeing me dip. So I had a couple of good reasons to quit. I got my Vape setup and dabbled with it over that weekend, but didn’t get serious until last Monday. I had 5 dips Monday, 3 dips Tuesday, 1 dip Wednesday and since then no dips. So far I’m 3 days dip free and don’t even want one. I have thought about dipping a few times, but only after eating and probably because I’ve done it for so long it was just habit to reach for the can. I am currently on 18mg, but plan to go to 14 or 16 in 3 weeks. I really enjoy peppermint, spearmint and cinnamon which is my absolute favorite. In closing I am so thankful for the vape it has been a blessing. I didn’t think I would ever quit and now I know it’s a reality.

    1. Congratulations on deciding to quit dipping and keeping that commitment! Your story is definitely inspirational for many other Dippers out there and we hope that they have a chance to see how much vaping has helped you already with quitting tobacco. Vape on!

  42. I am 11 days of vaping with no cigarettes, followed your guide the first three weeks like it said. Thanks for the guide, it really got me through.

  43. Hi, i am completely afraid of trying vaping after they try to scare you with what is wrong with e-cigarettes. I have a store nearby that i want to check out where they make the products. Just want to make the right decision. I figure a cigarette has so many chemicals how in the world can they put this fear about formaldehyde etc.. thoughts on this… thanks.

  44. 16 days since I’ve quit smoking and have become a “vapor”. I’m so loving it. I had one cigarette a day the first five days and then threw away all cigarettes. The morning is the hardest but now 100% fine. I used to smoke 1-2 packs a day for the last 22 years (I can’t believe it’s been that long). I just can’t imagine going back.

    I loved reading all the comments. For some reason I felt that I haven’t really quit since I’m “vaping” and not sure why I feel this way. These post so make me feel proud for what I’m doing! Thank you.

    1. It’s the psychological connection that I struggled with in the beginning. Just keep reminding yourself that the reason smoking is a bad thing is because it kills 50% of it’s users, and it’s a known fact that it does. Throughout all the studies, I have yet to see definitive proof of even one cancer causing agent in vape when used in real life settings. Be proud that you’re no longer playing the 50/50 odds. It’s a very good thing. Congratulations on making the switch. Any questions, we’re here to help throughout your vaping journey.

  45. I have some quality vape set ups and im really working to stop smoking. However in the mornings i want a cig, not vape! My husband doesnt smoke amd gives me a real hard time when i smoke, very discouraging.

    1. This is pretty common. The “eye-opener” cigarette can be the hardest to give up. My advice would be to use a stronger nicotine level than usual for the mornings, and maybe an extra cup of coffee until you adjust to the change. Think of quitting smoking as a journey, and not an event!

  46. I smoke a half a pack to a pack of cigs a day. I just bought my vaping starter kit, what juice is the best to get to help someone quit smoking?

    1. It depends on your flavor preferences. Some ex-smokers like to have tobacco or menthol flavors, but many jump into fruit and dessert flavors and love it. Have you had a chance to look at our flavor options?

  47. Thank you for putting this blog/support system in place.

    After 36 years of smoking I quit 4 days ago. Used a cigalike for the first few days, and yesterday – I was in the horrors of grief and longing for cigs – I got a proper tanky e-cig. And it’s making a big difference. I feel proud of myself for doing this, but it’s taking a lot of my energy to stay focused and not let the challenging parts overwhelm (concentration not great, sweaty, a bit sad, a bit hyper – even with the e-cig). On the other hand, I feel more energetic, already a bit easier to cycle, do stairs. And my family think I’m a hero 🙂

    Anyway, thanks again for this resource. Good to put words to this experience. I really hope I can keep this up.

  48. I was 15, thought I was being cool with my best friend. She smoked. I got one from her. It made me feel goofy and dizzy and half sick but to stay ” cool ” I kept smoking that weekend while staying at her house. From that point on, I was hooked. I could kick myself for ever having started!
    The years flew by and for a while I actually enjoyed smoking until I realized others around me were getting sick through the years of smoking. I wanted to quit but I could not, no matter what I did or how much I tried. I spent the hours crying and beating myself up. There was nothing a non smoker could tell me that I haven’t told myself so many times. I was harder on myself than anyone else could ever know..
    Seven weeks ago a guy I work with introduced me to ecig. I tried his. I went and got one the next day. It was and still is the cheapest I could get ( in case I failed.) I didn’t want to dump a bunch of money into something that might be set aside as another failure. That began my journey with the ecig. I haven’t had a regular cigarette since that day. I can say, I will never go back to smoking cigarettes. I can see me for the first time ever being smoke free totally! It’s still a bit of a journey but I’m getting there one day at a time. I have had zero cravings for a cigarette.
    My advice to others would be to try it. I didn’t think it would work for me but it did! My prayers are for those who cried those hours I did. You know where I’m coming from when I say that. I feel your pain. This does work. Don’t delay. Get to cape shop and start a new life. It can/will happen. God bless?

  49. Hi Tim. No, I didn’t realize there was a place to submit stories. You can if you want to. If it helps one person out there to take a step away from killer cigarettes, it’s well worth it.
    I’m 48 years old so, that tells you how long I smoked in my life. Vaping is saving my life! Thank you for allowing me to share my albatross for so many years. God bless.

  50. A week ago I decided to quit smoking, I didn’t buy and e-cig because I’ve tried those in the past and finding a quality product is hard. Many break, and buying replacements costs as much as cigarettes. And lets be honest, the biggest reason to stop smoking is to save that money you spend on it. Instead I bought a quality mod, and drip tip. Found a few juices I liked. I went with 3mg juice. I smoked for 15 years. I haven’t had a cigarette since I bought my vaper. And I haven’t even wanted one. My wife and some friends smoke around me all the time and it doesn’t affect me. Vaping works people. Spend the money on a quality product. And you won’t go back.

  51. Ok so I obviously have been living under a rock for some time now. I just now got back from a Vape Store in my area, bought my first kit and 3 different flavors of eJuice. I did a google search on how to start vaping and stop smoking and this blog post showed up, which is awesome. I am 37 years old and have been smoking since I was…..12 years old. 2 packs a day. I AM DONE. I am making a serious commitment as I have never tried to stop smoking or quit, I just let this addiction run me over for over half my life. I am setting this blog on my favorites and will let you all know how it is going. I am super excited and will probably run to the vape store a lot as this machine looks tricky 🙂 (the owner is like a walking encyclopedia of all thing vaping lol). I went in there to buy a pack of cigarettes, I ended up yes I bought a pack, but spent 3 hours talking and testing and YES something that tastes good and it hits my throat like I am truly smoking a cigarette. Whoops sorry to carry on so much. Catch you all later 🙂

  52. I’ve not had a cigarette in 3 days thanks to vaping. And to people saying this is some plot to get people to buy their products, I haven’t bought a single vaping product from mount baker vape (yet) as its not local for me, but its rather an inspirational set of tips to remind us smokers (ex-smokers) that we can do it! I honestly couldn’t do this without a vape. Kudos to you mtbakervapes for giving out this information. We appreciate it greatly. I’m doing so good, my family is proud of me, my wife enjoys being around me now that I don’t stink, and I’m having dreams about having my healthy active lifestyle back. I’m so HAPPY!!!

  53. I been trying to stop smoking for a couple months. So I bought a vape nd sun juice with a lil bit nicotine nd more juice with out nicotine, so far its been bout a week and I have a smoke wen I wake up nd goto bed but none throughout the day. I’m happy nd proud of myself for this. And thanks to everybody who support people trying to quit, it rele does help.

  54. I smoked for 12 yrs. i quit for 5 yrs cold Turkey from a pack a day. I started smoking again 4 yrs ago. I needed a break from the basis and going outside to smoke was my only vice as I don’t drink, curse or do drugs..I needed that break. I started vaping 4 months ago but i still smoked. I realized that my vape wasn’t right for me. I bought a sub ohm set-up two days ago! I’ve gone from a pack a day every day of the strongest cigarettes on the market, to 5 cigs a day and I can only smoke them half way down now cause the vape tastes so much better! The only thing that’s hard is the emotional meltdowns I have as I withdraw. Otherwise I’d throw cigs away completely! Does anyone have suggestions on how to deal with the emotional unbalance that comes from withdrawing?

    1. Time is really the only thing that I found helpful with the withdrawals. It will get easier every day, trust me! But, if you’re really having a hard time with it maybe your e-juice isn’t a high enough nicotine level for you? Try a juice with a higher nicotine content or maybe try and give up those couple cigs a day and vape more. Once your body adjusts to a new way of getting nicotine things should get easier.

  55. Been back and forth with vaping for about a year, I find it’s hardest to make the switch especially in the morning, trying this vape again and hopefully making it stick this time.
    I can’t stand all the negative side-effects from analogs, and from what others have experienced it’s been a real game changer.. hopefully for me as well.

    1. If there’s ever anything we can do to help just let us know! We know it’s not easy making the switch, but we’re all wishing you the best of luck in the new year!

  56. Hi everyone. I just decided one morning when I had 5 cigs left in my pack that I just did feel like stopping. I had an old e-cig in my drawer so I knew I would be ok. This was yesterday and my last real cig was at noon yesterday but now I have my e-cig. I wonder if I am trading one habit for another? If I use it can I really consider myself a non-smoker? I don’t know.

    1. There are different ideas in this regard. Some folks use vaping as a stepping-stone to getting off nicotine altogether. Many vapers will phase from 12 mg nicotine to 6, to 3, and finally to 0. At that point a lot of our customers give up vaping, which we consider a triumph. Alternatively, a lot of people want to keep nicotine in their lives, but want to stop smoking. Nicotine is an important part of a lot of peoples’ lives. However you’d like to proceed, we support it.

  57. My fiance bought his vape the end of December. I knew I would have to get one too if we had any real hope of quitting. January 3rd I smoked my last cigarette & went out to buy my vape kit. I have now passed 1 month cigarette free. I smell better, my car smells better, my house smells better. I don’t cough as much and I can go 1/2 a day sometimes before I feel the need to vape. I hope to quit nicotine completely this year.

  58. Started smoking in 1982 at 14. Have been up and back from about 4 a day to 2 + packs a day since but mostly around a pack and a half a day since. Had lowered and mostly quit, although short term without nicotine replacement three different times. Most recently in 2009 and 2012. Have been trying to figure out how to get back to that place for 3 years. I’m not afraid, at all about quitting. It feels like it’s half chemical thing, half the physicality of the habit. Saw my lifelong BFF for lunch 2 weeks ago and we decided to quit together. The next day while running errands, I passed a new Vape Shop lounge and talked to everyone there for 2 hours to find out everything I could and hear everyone’s stories, which are all so different and enlightening. That was Saturday, 27 Feb ’16. Tuesday my vape mod was delivered. Monday I smoked 28 cigs, Tuesday I had smoked 12 when the mod showed up. After 2pm, until 2 am, I only smoked another 4 that day. Wednesday, yesterday, I smoked 7 cigs. Thursday, which is today, I got up at 7:15 and I smoked my first cig at 2pm. Now it’s 4, I’m craving a bit – haven’t lit a cig but I’m elated that the mod, filled with juice that tastes like cake, a MAJOR incentive for me, is satisfying the craving. Using the mod takes care of the hand-mouth habit thing. And it feels like I’ll be completely off analogs in less than a week or 2. I’m going for a few days, but giving myself the room and patience to adjust. I’m so grateful that I found the perfect Vape lounge/shop that has a built in support system of people who are going through the same thing and this blog is great so thank all of you too! My hubby quit after 3 days of the patch in 2010 and has been awaiting my joining him. My process is different. I’m so relieved to have found something to ease this process and really help me safely and effectively quit forever. This should really be out there to every smoker no matter how much or little they smoke. It’s easy, pleasant, not scary and a truly viable immediate way of quitting for good. Thank God for vaping!!!!! Day 3 and almost smoke free already after 34 years!!!

    1. Thank you for sharing your story. I just passed this comment around the office, and we’re all glad you’ve been able to make the switch to vaping! It’s stories like yours that make this job so rewarding. Keep up the good work! Never hesitate to reach out to us if there’s anything you ever need.

  59. Everybody knows that a smoking habit cannot be leave easily and quickly mostly bad habit. When you want to change this habit it takes some time. The smoking habit is not easy to quit. Firstly, you have to count how many cigarettes you are using in a single day. You can easily quit the smoking. For this, you have to go outside like park, beach, pool and Water Park. All these will help you to avoid the smoking. You will feel fresh and happy.

  60. I made the decision to quit smoking after my mother passed away from lung cancer in December. My brother in law turned me on to vaping as he has been using his vape for quite some time now. Today is my first day with my new vape. So far I’ve only had 1 cig. Taking it slow and trying not to set myself up for failure. My motivation is to do this for my kids so they don’t have to see their mama die of cancer like they did their Mimi (my mom). Any tips or words of wisdom will be welcomed!

    1. We’re so proud to hear that you’re making the switch with vaping, Jenny! These are our favorite kinds of stories to hear. You’re doing it right by starting slowly, make the transition at the pace that is right for you. If you ever need someone to give you advice with your new vaping device, please contact us at support@mtbakervapor.com. Best of luck!

  61. Found this when googled. Looking for inspirational stories, as I quit tobacco 3 days ago and started vaping. I have smoked for 50 years, started in my senior year of HS. I thought I would NEVER be able to quit, the idea to quit actually brought on fear and anxiety. Aside from health and watching mother and father die from smoking related conditions, the cost of cigarettes has become far too much. A funny story, way back in the day, when cigarettes prices were going to be raised to .50 cents a pack, I said I would never pay that kind of money….ha! they now cost around $5.00 a pack. The vaping has helped so much with the psychological side of quitting as well as the nicotine addiction. I am not out of the woods, as the idea of buying a pack, “just to be safe” is still in the back of my thoughts, but I am fighting those thoughts with everything I can.

  62. I first started vaping a year ago as a half attempt to cut down or eventually quit smoking. I’m 39 and started smoking when I was 16. I knew I needed to quit but still loved to smoke. My quit day was never planned, but 4 weeks ago I got the flu and while still smoking through my illness I didn’t feel like driving to the store to get cigarettes so I decided that it was just time to quit for good! I haven’t had a cigarette for three weeks now and haven’t really had too many thoughts about it. if I do, I just take a few hits off my e cigg and I’m fine. What really helped too the first week was doing a ton of searches of people with lung or throat cancer at a younger age from smoking and along with the vaping..it honestly has never been easier for me. I never thought I would actually quit..but this time it’s for good:)

    1. It is always great to hear these stories or people quitting smoking! The vape industry is all about switching from analogs to vapes. This message here just how much good we are doing in peoples lives each day! Thank you for sharing with us and vape on!

  63. Found this thread while googling.

    I’ve had my vape pen for a week now and had my last “real” cigarette three days ago. For right now, my pen stays within arms reach at all times. I was told to “Hit it like it owes you money, cause it does.”

    My hardest time is the morning, I tend to throw a mental tantrum when it’s time for my coffee and wake up time. I bought a pack of smokes tonight, to see if my tantrums were actual cravings or just pushback against the idea that I can’t have it. The pack has sat on my desk for nearly four hours now, unopened.

    I realize I’m only a few days out, but, I’m amazed at how little I want a cigarette. The advice of to not be ashamed of basically holding onto my pen like a pacifier has helped tremendously.

    I really feel like I can do this. 20 years of smoking and I think I’m finally going to be able to kick it! Not just for me, but for my kids too. We didn’t smoke in the house, but it was still around. No more stale smoke smell, no more horrid chemicals around them. I was doing laundry today and at the bottom of my hamper was a sweater I’d worn last week. The smell hit me in the face and I couldn’t stand the idea that I’d carried that around for two decades. So glad to be free of it.

    1. We’re so proud of you! I, too, struggled to quit cigarettes for years. Once you realize there are other ways to get a nicotine fix than burning paper and chemical-infused tobacco, it gets easier. It takes a while to reprogram yourself away from cigarettes. I’m off cigarettes, and I’m never looking back!

      Thanks for sharing your story, and stay strong!

  64. Three weeks ago my brother came home and told me about a Free vaporizer in exchange for my pack of cigarettes. I had never vaped before, but a friend had quit smoking after many years doing it, so I tried it. I finished the cigarettes in my open pack that day, and learned how to vape. That was it. After about a week of no cigarettes, only vaping, I took one draw off of a cigarette to see what my reaction would be. I was ecstatic that I could not even inhale the cigarette smoke. It tasted horrible, and made me sick. Since that day, I bought a better vaporizer. I’ve enjoyed experimenting with different juices and steadily going down in nic levels. I actually began at 24 mg with a tobacco flavor, and worked my way down to 6 mg and fruity flavors. I smell better, my skin looks better and I’m happy not being a slave to 20 cigarettes a day! 30+ years smoking cigarettes gone in a day! Now, if I understood about ohms and coils and watt settings……… (hint, hint)……

  65. Hi. I bought an ecig and chose to replace cigs altogether straight away because I was a pretty light smoker. I am now on day 5 of my first week and am finding it a bit hard to not go back to smoking. But now I have read your article and others replies and see that it takes 1-2 weeks to get used to it I’m encouraged to stick with it now. Thanks so much!

    1. It is great that you decided to switch! We know how hard it is to kick the addiction. You may want to increase the nicotine level if that is not helping you fully. Also, it can take a little time to complete quit. Sometimes it helps to have a cigarette every now and then. Once you start vaping though, you get your taste buds back and the taste of cigarettes can be unbearable. It has happened to a lot of people.

  66. I am 72 hours without a cig thanks to my vape! I smoked for 20 years, quit for 8, then got a divorce and started again, yuk .. have been smoking again for 2 1/2 years, a pack a day. I’m 47 and lost my mom to lung cancer when she was 62 and was fully aware of my own idiocy in starting it up again .. well, I refuse to be a slave to cigs anymore. I feel good despite the twinges and cravings — my mind is made up and that’s the most important part. I do plan to slowly work down to 0mg and then probably just enjoy the vape flavor. Vapes are a lifesaver, literally.

    1. I am glad to hear that you are cigarettes free! The first step is always the hardest. It gets easier with time and the cravings should go down 🙂 Vaping has turned a lot of people away from cigarettes and that is why I love this industry. Keep up the good work and Vape On!

  67. Hi, I brought a vaper on the 17th May, and I was buying 30 cigerettes a day, I cut down on them more or less straight away, by the Friday I noticed that I preferred the Vaper… I havent had a cigerette since Saturday 20th May, I didnt intend to stop but I have, I have also gone from 24 mg of nicotine to 6mg as well as the flavour and I am slowly using the vaper less and less, its been hard at times, as I have missed the ciggie.. I KNOW it isnt the nicotine, but the taste, however I know that its the other crap thats in them that gives it the taste and I DONT want to inhale that… After 30 plus years of smoking I am actually excited to get a cough because once I have that I KNOW that my lungs will be recovering, now my son wants to try..

    Vaping DOES help, without mine I would still be smoking

    1. It is so sad that these stories come out and the FDA does not recognize them because they aren’t “scientific”. Even though doctors are now seeing and saying they are better for you than cigarettes…

  68. Hey
    I have been smoking for ahhh 20+ years in Australia ( July 2016) the cost of a packet of 25 ciggies is ( the cheapest I have found) $18:90 each..the federal government election is next month…one of the leading parties has promised to double the price of smokes within the next five years…
    So I have bought a vapour and I am so happy I have.. I just went straight into it vaping and it’s been 5 days now with no ciggies
    Unlike some of you I didn’t cut gradually I just stopped buying ciggies once the nicotine liquid had arrived ( I had to order it from overseas as it’s not legal to buy it here)
    The hardest part I am having is my morning coffee… I am unsure if i just vape for the same time that it would take me to have a smoke or just puff a couple of times till I get use to the vape system….
    I would just like to say thank you for having a notice board and I wish you all the best

    P.s. On the phone and sorry for amy typos

      1. That is ok 😀 Here in Arizona, it feel like July. We are suppose to have 120 degree days Sunday and Monday 😀

    1. This is great to hear! Almost $15 dollars USD for a pack of smokes is a lot of money! We are always trying to help people quit smoking and here is another great story. Thank you for sharing this with us. It shows us the hard work we do does pay off!

      1. A quick update
        Since I last posted (June) I have had 6 ciggies
        The first time a coil went in my vape and I had no idea what the burnt taste was.and panicked
        I just like to say a big thank you for you site it’s nice to read the support you have for people

  69. Having made the transition from a 30 Cigs per day Smoker (45 year habit) to full time Vaper (1 week and no Cigs) I am feeling the benefits to my health and to my Wallet. However, I am still cast in the same light as a Smoker by non Smokers which they regard on a Par with Child Beaters and Kerb Crawlers.
    Everywhere I go, Vapers are ostracized, shunned and banned from vaping in Public places. Despite the fact that Vaping is 95% safer than Smoking, non smokers just don’t want to give an inch at all which I find socially frustrating.

    “It is ‘Vaping’ – Not ‘Smoking’ ” falls on Non Smokers deaf ears.

    1. This is true. They do look at us as smokers. I do not know how many times I have had people trash talk me since I was vaping.

  70. Tomorrow will be three weeks since I started vaping. Today was the first day I left my cigarettes at home ( was having an occasional cigarette, about 5 a day ). I had no anxiety about not having a pack of cigarettes on me. ( this is a victory of itself ) I have been smoking since I was 13, now 56- and have never tried to quit. was about a pack and a quarter a day smoker. Love smoking but also got tired of it for many reasons. I am enjoying the vaping. I feel cleaner. I know I can do this, I am ready.
    I am enjoying not having my clothes smell like stale smoke, or my home or car. I never thought I would be able to do this……or get this far. I think it’s going to be alright. I feel good. Thanks for this site, it is very helpful. and yes…. vaping is still frowned upon by non smokers….. who cares…….I like being a little edgy anyway and this is much more healthier. cheers.

    1. Congratulations! That is awesome to hear! The reason non-smokers frown upon it is because they are not educated. It is our job to try and educate them instead of letting the media and government do it. 🙂 Keep up the good work and Vape On!

  71. I ordered a vape thing. Been smoking for over 15 years now. 2 and a half packs a day. It should be here tomorrow. I can’t wait! Still have tons to learn like what is vg/pg?! Coil? 510 thread!? lol I feel old.

    1. I’d be happy to help! VG is short for Vegetable Glycerin, which is a viscous fluid which produces tons of vapor. PG is short for Propylene Glycol, which is a flavor-carrier, and also constitutes a greater “throat hit.” A coil is a piece of conductive (usually metal) material which is the core of the heating element in the atomizer. 510 threading is a type of screw at the base of the atomizer, which attaches to the battery.

      Let me know if you have any more questions!

  72. Thanks for thee great website, lots of good info.
    I went straight from smoking to vaping just under 2 weeks ago and haven’t looked back.
    I actually like vaping more than smoking and I love the fact that me, my garage and my car smell like pineapples (actually nerds on a rope right now but you get the picture).

    1. You are welcome! This is great to hear! My office at home smells really good. It changes frequently 😀 I like to think that we are living air fresheners 😛

  73. I received my vape Friday afternoon @ 3pm… I can proudly say it is now Sunday @ 2:06pm, not one cigarette since… Not even the urge for one. I have smoked a pack a day for over 20 years…. Vaping has opened up a whole new world for me?.

  74. Day 38. No cigarettes. I purchased one of the first electronic cigarettes online (Liberty Brand) in 2009 and loved playing with it, but never quit. Quit for two weeks in 2013 after I purchased an Eleaf vape pen and started smoking again because I thought I was gaining weight and had some digestive issues. Then about 45 days ago, I charged up my old vape pen because I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t want to go buy cigarettes and enjoyed it very much. I considered not smoking in my brand new car and thought that was a great idea and before I knew it……..I quit. I quit by accident. One day went by, two days went by before I made a conscious (sp?) decision that I was no longer going to be a smoker. I smoked for over 30 years and smoked two packs a day for probably the last 8 years. I honestly never thought I would quit smoking cigarettes. I have ADHD and self medicated with nicotine and caffeine. I’m not smoking now just because I don’t have to, unless I want to. And I don’t want to! I’ve had some serious withdrawal symptoms and after not smoking for 38 days, I can attest to the fact that I was addicted to much more than just nicotine in the cigarettes. But symptoms are getting better now and I’m seriously working on getting through them. I couldn’t have quit without the electronic cigarette.

  75. I didn’t do any research before I started vaping. I just picked a day and went to the vape store with the one cigarette left in my pack. That was four days ago and I have not smoked a cigarette since. I have started with 6 mg of nicotine and have purchased a bottle of 3 mg. I so loved smoking but like everyone else I needed to try to quit. Honestly I have only struggled a little and seem to Vape far less then the pack a day 30 year habit I had. What I think has helped is the Vape store had a wide selection of juices to experiment with and I am very pleased and satisfied with the juice I chose. I also chose a very good vaporizer. I have found that vaping after a meal and while socializing is as much satisfying or more then a cigarette, and a big plus – I do not smell like smoke. There is no logical reason why after 30 years of smoking this should be easy but it is. I encourage all who want to quit cigarettes to try vaping. With the purchases I made at the Vape store versus buying cigarettes, has of today, I broke even, it is all profit going forward!!
    I am finding that I look in my purse for cigarettes and remember I quit smoking or I reach for them and they are not there. It’s not a craving just habit. These signs will subside soon.
    Now for the negatives. I wake up in the morning taking terrible coughing fits for approx 45 minutes that I attribute to my lungs clearing. I hope. I have incredible amounts of phlegm and cough sporadically during the day. It has lessened a bit over the course of the four days but not by much. I have read that I should drink more water and will start that today. That’s it! My only negative?
    I am anticipating the 20 pound weight gain and have already been watching my food and calorie intake. The dieting seems to be more difficult but it gives me something else to think about. In conclusion I am an avid fan of vaping and will offer any encouragement and words of kindness or advice, although I am not an expert, to anyone that I can. If I can do this anyone can ???

  76. how did you get used to switch from cigarettes to vape/ecig? Why am I struggling with this so.
    I’ve been a menthol smoker for 16 years but menthol cigarettes are banned in my country as of Jan 1st 2017. I really don’t like the harshness and taste of normal cigarettes even the new green packs promote ‘smooth taste’ but I still find the too harsh, even with mint chill Itsa flavour card. So that’s a lost cause. I’ve found a nice menthol tobacco juice however, maybe it is the vape tool I use? -KrangerTech Evod,
    Find I used cigarettes as way to tell time, remained in my hand as pursued my writing (smoking chair outside is my ‘thinking chair’ ) – when the cigarette is lit you actively inhale it, while vape I find hard to treat the same as a cigarette, the thing is I don’t like cigarettes – means I’m outside freezing my butt off, but heaven forbid, I still do it and warmer weather just encourages me to dwell outside for longer and smoke even more! I want to only rely on vape but can’t wrap my head around using and relying solely on my vape pen. It’s just not the same, hear so many stories about people who have successfully adapted, but still struggling, which is why I wonder if my tool -purchased years ago- could be a reason?!
    Alll help, advice and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

    1. The KrangerTech Evod was a great mod for its time but it is limited. Because of its small size, it is restricted with how much vapor it can produce, which may not be enough to curb your nicotine addiction. We have several starter kits ranging in price from $20-$50. Here: goo.gl/KMYyac
      I suggest the Joyetech eVic-VTC Mini Starter Kit or Innokin iTaste MVP V2.0 Starter Kit

      Using a higher nicotine than you are used to might also help. If you smoke around a pack a day, I would suggest starting at a 12mg and slowly reduce your levels from there. Hope this helps!

  77. I have been a heavy smoker for more than half my life. I am generally one of those people that just like to smoke. I have been smoking a pack a day for longer than I can remember. Three weeks ago I got my first vape. Right after that I didn’t smoke a cigarette for 2 weeks straight. I didn’t have any cravings or mood swings. I have saved a lot of money since then and honestly I don’t think I’ll ever smoke again. Vaping gives me what I want and I know what’s in it. After about 5-7 days the flavors really opened up and it’s even better than I thought it was.

  78. Hello, congrats on not smoking an actual cigerette, but please be aware that you all were not addicted to a cigerette, you are addicted to nicotine. You found a less socially disgusting way for feeding your addiction, but you are still an addict. Please read on what nicotine does to your brain chemically. The only way to call yourself a non smoker is to stop smoking anything that is feeding that addiction. It takes 1-3 months to break down neurological pathways that drive your addiction. I’m only saying this 14 days off cigs and nicotine. Please realize that you are still damaging your body and mind on capes.

  79. I also quit using vape – actually Vuse vibe. Not bad.. My concern is that the Vuse Brand does not have a step down nicotine cartridge and I really like Vuse. I’ve tried the vape devices and find that the dosage can be inconsistent. The problem with the Vuse Vibe is I just smoke this thing all day long… still better then Cig’s .. But this is day 4 cold turkey from Cigs to Vape. Any suggestions?

    1. So the main issue you are having with vape is that the nicotine dosage per hit is inconsistent? Depending on your coils saturation, this can be true. You many get a more consistent hit from the new Eleaf iCare Mini: Eleaf iCare Mini PCC Starter Kit. Very easy to use, stylish, and affordable. Not to mention the refillable tank will allow you to use Mt Baker Vapor E-Juice again and is cheaper than pre-filled throwaway tanks. Hope this helps!

  80. My hubby and I wanted to quit smoking, but had the typical love/hate relationship with cigarettes. One day, shortly after they went up to $10 a pack, costing us $600 per month, we said enough is enough. We were pack a day smokers for YEARS (both in our mid 40s) and have not picked up a cigarette in 2 days. That is a BIG deal! I can say I “think” about having a smoke, but then tell myself “I don’t do that anymore” and get my vape pen. It is a tiny bit uncomfortable, sort of like hunger, but nothing like when I tried to quit before. We will slowly decrease the nicotine levels in the next few weeks. It is awesome not having to eat a gazillion mints and spray myself down with body spray all the time! We are going to do it this time thanks to vaping! I KNOW we will finally be free of cigarettes!

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  82. I have been vaping for 7 days now and not once have i touch a cigarette, I have also had my dad around for the weekend and he smokes like a chimney, I can honestly say I love vaping this is my first attempt of quitting and im doing so well im 31 yrs old and started smoking at 13 so I’m a long time smoker and using the vap has definitely helped me two quit there’s no way I would of been able to with out it i was on 30 aday and now I’m on none ?

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  84. Hi. I was just reading through these posts, and I’m probably the oldest person to vape on here. I’m 67 years old and have been smoking 2 packs a day for 53 years. I bought a vape kit last week, and on day 7 of vaping. I’m not going to say horray, I’m not smoking but vaping only. I’ve gone down to about 10 cigarettes a day instead of the usual 40 a day. Where I have the most trouble is with morning coffee and after meals, which I’ve heard others say this also. I’m not giving up my coffee or eating lol.
    I know I’ve got to set a date to start eliminating the 10 cigs. I’m not going cold turkey and just vape because of the horrible diarrhea I get with withdrawal. I’ve been through this before with e-cigs which didn’t work for me. Not enough smoke in or out. With the vape my head looks like its on fire lol.
    I think I might make it this time since I like the vape and flavor. Its just the coffee and meals part that’s the big struggle.

  85. My blood pressure is raising after 8 days of vaping. 18 mg nicotine. My blood pressure is normally 118/80 last 3 days it’s going between 127 to 142/78. Could the vaping be causing this. I have never had a blpressure?

    1. It definitely could be. I would check to see if you can find out how many mg of nicotine were in one cigarette you used to smoke, then see how much you were intaking per day smoking to see if your nicotine level in your vape are a match. For me, I used to smoke cigarettes that were roughly 1.8mg of nicotine per cigarette at one pack per day. 20 smokes in a pack – 36mg of nicotine in one day total. I vape 3mg. 🙂

      1. Did you start at 3 mg. I smoke Winston lights, roughly close to a pack a day. Does it tell you how much nicotine in a cigarette on the pack? So I started at 18 and noticed the last few days my Bp went up, so dropped down to 12mg today.

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  87. For those of you who are switching and it burns your throat this is what helped me. I need 24 nic to not feel the craving of a smoke as often but I still smoke about 4-6 a day for now. But when I first started I didn’t want to vape because it burned my throat so bad. I read many articles where it was talking about lowering the nicotine levels and now I have a full arrange of level of nicotine trying each level and nothing below 24 even touched my cravings or decreased them. However, knowing my throat was killing me I first tried chloraseptic and yes it helped. After a couple of hours of vaping the burning would go away on it’s own and I wouldn’t need the chloraseptic but in beginning it was attached to my hand if I vaped. Then once I started getting sorta use to it I changed to chewing gum. If I vaped I would chew a piece of gum. I don’t know if it coats the throat or just makes you produce more saliva but it helps tremendously. Also airing out the bottle once I get it for at least 2 days helps as well. I wish you all the best and good luck.

  88. Hey thanks for this thoughtful article! I have schizophrenia, and the statistic is that like, 90% of people with schizophrenia smoke heavily, and I can happily report that I’ve been vaping and loving it for a couple years, now. It’s a safer vice than cigarettes and I know that because I’m vaping and not smoking, I feel so much healthier, now, and know I’ve probably added, like, 10 years to my life, and saved me from having associated health problems, in the future.
    My dad’s a vet with PTSD, and has been a smoker since the war. Trying to get him to start vaping, so we got him a vaporizer and low nic level tobacco flavored fluid, and some high nic level fluid of the same flavor, and I’m just hoping he’ll take the time to give it a true shot. You cough a lot at first because the vapor feels like it’s literally getting the tar out of your lungs, or something like that, so it’s hard at first, but I’m trying to stay on him (with respect and deference, of course) to keep at the vaping. Here’s hoping.
    Just wanted to mention our mind states because I just thought I’d share about how, for certain people, quitting smoking is just too hard to be something that you feel like you should have to worry about when you have bigger and more pressing problematic conditions with the very mind you live in. I’m so glad there’s vaping, I enjoy trying all the different flavors and brands, and equipment, and vape culture, and it has really helped me, personally, and it may be able to help you, too, reader 👍😀

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  90. Bought vape last week, today is the day, am rotating, one smoke then vape, am determined as smoked a pack a day for over 30 years, starting with a bad smokers cough, pains, out of breath, not good, fingers crossed this will work for me, but am positive had read the other blogs and they are encouraging I say if long time smokers can do it I can too, will re post along the way to give an update oh how I am doing…. This WILL WORK!!!!

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  91. Down from a pack a day to 5 smokes a day, very impressed with the vape, never thought I would ever do this.. Quick question how do I know when I have to change the coil?

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  94. Hello, I bought yet another vape but this time instead of nicotine as the flavor I am trying a fruity blend. I have researched tips and this post was by far the best so thank you. One question I still have is do you still go through the same motions? Meaning about every hour I go outside to have a cigarette. Do you recommend still doing that and vape for as long as I would smoke? Or do I not go out and immediately change that part if the habit? TIA

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