I started smoking at age 14. It was learned behaviour from my parents, who were also heavy smokers. It essentially ended up killing them both, my father in 1989 at the age of 58 (massive heart attack) and my mother last year at the age of 77 (cancer). I smoked for 32 years and knew it wasn’t doing me any good, but I neither had the willpower or the desire to give up until late last year, when I found out one of my childhood friends had died from a heart attack. This caused me to seriously examine how much I had been smoking, so over a few days last September I noted down how many cigarettes I was smoking per day. On the first day it was 94, the second day was 87 and the third day was 92. After the third day, I knew I had to do something, so I bought a cheap e-cigarette.
This first e-cigarette lasted me about four months before it died, but by that time I was ready for an upgrade anyway so I ended up buying a box mod, which I still have to this day. I started on the cheap e-cigarette in mid-September last year while still smoking cigarettes, but as the months went by, I began to smoke less and less and vape more. In February this year I completely stopped smoking and started reducing my e-cig nicotine dose. I started off on 3.6mg, today I’m down to 0.3mg.
I feel so much better. I’ve put some weight on but this is to be expected when giving up smoking, but I’m no longer breathless when climbing the stairs and can once again taste my food. The invention of the e-cigarette is one of the best things that’s ever happened for me, and I just wanted the people you’re helping to know it IS possible to leave the cigarettes behind. I will very soon be giving up the vaping too once I get down to 0mg nicotine, and if I ever feel tempted to smoke again, I will pick up the e-cigarette before lighting another cigarette.