Donna’s Vaping Success Story

Earlier this week we sent out a call to our customers via the blog asking them to share their vaping success stories. A few hours later, we were overwhelmed by the number of people who took the time to send in their personal narratives on how the freedom to vape has improved their lives. One of the fastest to reply was Donna, and we felt her story perfectly summarized the kind of response we are looking for.

Without further ado, this is her story:

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. 

Vape on!


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Mt Baker Vapor.

  • Penny Carlson says:

    My story is very similar to Donna’s. My mom has emphysema, and it’s very sad to see a formerly fit and active lady have to curtail all her activities. HER father died of lung cancer. So great to know I broke the chain of dependency! Grats to you, Donna.

  • steve , australia says:

    Well done donna. Its great to hear your story. Thanks for sharing. Isnt it wonderful that the benefits vaping give us change our lives in so many more ways than we initially imagine. It sounds like your healthier and financially better off which surely is benefiting not only you , but your whole family. Just awesome!

  • Norma says:

    HI My story is very similar!! Vaping HAS saved my life also!! After to many times to count being in the hospital with pnumemia (never spell it right sorry) & having had to have three stents in my heart I still did NOT qwit!! Kicker last time I was in hospital I really almost died! Was in ICU for idk how long but my comeplete stay was 4/30-5/17. And you know what I did?? had a smoke when I got home. It was so bad though that I couldnt take a drag without coughing! My step daughter had a cool looking ecig so I had to try!! The first week I was done with cigarettes!! Smoking was my last vice I had been clean & sober for 12 + yrs so I also do little caffeine now. I do vape like crazy & love it!! I have graduated to the cool fire 1V Love it & love all you wonderful people that help us save our lives!! Thank You!!

  • Richard says:

    You know, I’m 29, and had been smoking for about 11 years. I’ve been vaping for about 1.5 months (without a single cigarette, nor the urge to smoke one), and the line in this story, “I can take a deep breath without a hitch” really just resonated with me. I hadn’t really thought about many of the physical changes since I switched over, but I just took several very deep breaths….and no discomfort! When I smoked, I would always get a little tickle about halfway through a breath and then start coughing. I don’t have that anymore. Really happy for everyone’s success. I couldn’t imagine going back to cigarettes.

    • Who knew we could quit smoking and actually enjoy the process? I still get moments where I stop and think, I could never do this before, and now it’s not even difficult. Like breathing while climbing stairs. Congratulations on making the switch and welcome to the MBV family!

  • Beatrice says:

    I have not had a cigarette since May 1, 2014! It seems impossible! I smoked for 45 years and tried hundreds of times to quit! My husband quit too! The funniest thing he said to me was, “now I can sing again”! And he can!

  • Roger says:

    So glad I left cigarettes through vaping. My car smells good, my clothes smell good, and I smell good. I now can also savor my favorite foods.

  • Maria says:

    Thanks for sharing, Donna. I related a bunch.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Hi my name is Elizabeth. I smoked almost 2 1/2 packs a day and smoked while I vaped before finally quitting. I am 3 months without a single cigarette. I finally quit and I am at 12mg. I have smoked ever since I was 12 years old. Now I can take deep breathe and I don’t weaze. It’s great!

  • Renee Kyttle says:

    I am so relieved that I went back to vaping.And would love to thank the person that thought up the idea. My Baker Is the best company.Not only are they less expensive then any company that I’ve looked at online or ordered from.

  • Pam says:

    I was an avid chronic smoker for 36 years until I found vaping. Now I am not saying that I still don’t have phlegm in my lungs because I do. I am hoping to get this cleared up someday maybe when I finally quit vaping. I can though breath much better, but am still winded so maybe I smoked for too long I don’t know, but I do know that I would like to not be winded nor have phlegm because phlegm is a dangerous thing to have which can bring cancer in the future.

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