The Smoker, Before the Vapor
by, 06-25-2012 at 11:23 PM (314 Views)
I lit my first cig when I was 14, just a few weeks shy of being 15. My grandmother was in the hospital, we knew she wouldn't be coming home, my mom had MS so dad and I where shouldering most of the stress related to this. Then due to work my dad had to be away. I didn't know what else to do at the time. We lived in another part of Cali so didn't even have my friends close to talk to, and all of the adults I knew smoked to deal with stress. Goes to show how little we knew.
No one in the family knew I was smoking until I was 16. They all sorta had the same outlook, they had hopped I wouldn't but they where not surprised. For Christmas that year everyone gave me cartons of smokes.
When I was 24 my ex's grandmother passed away from lung cancer, that same year my father was dx'ed with it as well. Tho he was able to have part of his lungs removed and he continued to smoke until he passed away when I was 25.
My sister who is 11 years older than me has also smoked her whole life, and has been on O2 for the last year and a half. I have helped her with basic activities since as she is unable to do even simple cooking now due to her medical problems. While I can't say smoking is the cause of her issues I know it doesn't help them.
I just turned 41 in march. I knew I needed to quit, but knowing and being able to do was 2 different things. I had tried the little cheap e-cigs sold at local shops and they didn't help at all. I was smoking between 2 to 3 packs a day. The more I smoked the worse I felt, and the worse I felt the more I smoked. I talked to my boyfriend, and he got me my first ego set up and some juice and gave me the link to ECF.
That was a major turning point for me. I can't say I never have a cig at this point as even now family socializing happens in the “smoking” room of the house, (with sister on O2 no one can smoke just anywhere anymore so it is now confined to one room). But that 2 to 3 packs a day is down to 1 or 2 when in there talking with her and her hubby. On the plus side, my sister seeing me with my ego and now my BB is making her think about trying vaping again.