I have a confession to make. I’m a smoker. Yes you’re reading a website about improving your life and changing your habits by a man who calls himself a smoker. Contradiction? Well not really. I have a surprise for you. It’s an earth shattering, mindblowing fact – there is no such thing as an ex-smoker. There never have nor will there ever be ex-smokers. There are simply people who choose not to smoke anymore. Fact. The sooner you sit back and accept the fact that there are no such things as ex-smokers the quicker you’ll make progress. Believe me. Why? Well I haven’t smoked a cigarette in close to 3 years. With every day that goes by smoking seems like more and more of a bad memory. It’s a great feeling.
The Secret To Quitting Smoking
Now you’re waiting for my magic, secret solution to quitting smoking right? This is the point where I drop the bombshell on you completely. Folks there is no secret to quitting smoking. Smoking is a choice. We choose to do it. We can choose to give it up. The power that smoking has over you is entirely self-inflicted. We all chose to smoke that first cigarette and the one after that and the next 1,000 after that. Nobody has frog marched us at gunpoint to tobaconists, supermarkets or service stations. Nobody ordered us to smoke one stupid cigarette after another. Smoking is simply a habit we’ve all developed over time. It’s something we’ve been introduced to from an early age from seeing our parents, guardians or other “grownups” smoking. We’re also been “conned” into smoking through most visual and audio media. We see it on TV, at the movies, in magazine, hear it on the radio. Hell we even see it on sports channels. They advertise smoking, which causes innumerable, crippling diseases, on channels which are devoted to the pursuit of mental and physical agility and strength. How sick is that? How did I quit? I made a choice. I chose to quit smoking.Here’s the honesty part. I’ve quit smoking maybe a dozen times over the last 12 years. At one point I’d not had a cigarette for 5 years….. until the day my father died. I made the foolish mistake of smoking that day as a crutch. I continued to do so for the next 2 years. My father died of a smoking related disease by the way. How ironic is that? His smoking related death is what caused me to start smoking again. After 2 long years of smoking again I decided that enough was enough. I had to do something about it. This is when I had help from a friend of mine – Angela. Angela had recently quit smoking using e-cigarettes and couldn’t stop talking about how easy it had been. Having previously quit using only will power and grit, I found this hard to believe. However, she went on to explain that e-cigarettes and vaping devices have completely changed the way people smoke and have made it much easier to quit. Before we talk about exactly how she quit, let’s take a second to give a quick background on what vaping is.
What is Vaping?
Vaping can be defined as inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or vaping device. An e-cigarette consists of a battery, a tank to hold what is called vape juice (more on that later) and a mouth piece to inhale the vapor created by the device. The battery heats up a wire coil under the tank. This coil then heats up the liquid nicotine or vape juice in the tank which creates vapor when you inhale via the mouth piece.
How Does This Help?
Now you’re thinking, how does help me at all? To start with, even if you simply moved from smoking regular cigarettes to vaping you would automatically reduce your risk of cancer and other smoking related issues dramatically. A 2015 study conducted by the UK Government stated that vaping is 95% safer than smoking regular cigarettes. This is because when you smoke you are inhaling combined with thousands of other harmful chemicals. When you vape you are simply inhaling nicotine and nothing else. On top of that, vape juice comes in many different nicotine strengths so over time you are able to reduce your nicotine consumption to zero without battling the cravings that most people experience when trying to quit. Eventually you will only be smoking flavored vapor and nothing else. At this point you can completely stop. If you ever get a strong desire to smoke again you can simply inhale nicotine free vapor without completely relapsing.
What is the Plan of Action?
The first thing you need to do is find an e-cigarette. There are many options out there, but the best e-cigarette for you will really depend on a number of different factors such as how big you want your clouds to be, how long you want the battery to last and how much vape jucie you want your tank to hold. The e- cigarette that both Angela and I used was the Vaporfi Pro 3. This is both high quality and affordable at only $50. We both wanted something small and portable that resembled a traditional cigarette with good battery life and the PRO 3 ticked all those boxes. Not to mention that VaporFi is one of the highest quality e-cigarette brands out there.
You then need to find the best vape juice for your current smoking habit. If you smoke unfiltered cigarettes for example you are going to have to start with a vape juice that contains at least 36mg of nicotine to satisfy your cravings. If you smoke lights then you can start with a vape juice that contains only 12mg of nicotine. We have created a list below so that you can easily decide on which nicotine level will be right for you.
Unfilitered (Very Strong) – 36mg
Full Flavored (Strong) – 24mg
Regular (Average) – 18mg
Light (Medium) 12mg
Ultra Light – 6mg
No Nicotine – 0mg
It takes approximately 30 days to form a habit so we suggest smoking at each level for at least 30 days before moving on to a lower strength. You can find vape juices that go down in 2mg increments so if you are finding it hard to make the drop, consider moving down in smaller increments.
Tell us Your Story
Both myself and Angela have successfully used this method to quit smoking and have read the stories of many other people who have successfully used this method. We both agreed that reading other people’s stories really encouraging and hope that you will share your story with us in the comments below.