How I did it...how did you do it?
When I decided to start vaporing...I hadn't really done any research into how others recommended or how they switched over from analogs. I just got it and started. This is how I did it: When I wanted to smoke, I made myself pick up my pv first. Spent whatever time vaping and if I still felt the need or craving for an analog, only then would I let myself light one up. I never let myself smoke more than half of one and honestly, after a couple drags, I didn't need it. So would put it out. There were certain and still are times that I wanted a cig more often...first thing in the morning, with my coffee, after eating, etc. But pv was what I grabbed first and I found within a couple days, it really wasn't the hard.
After reading what others have written here and there on the forums, I guess I really wasn't to far off base in how to go about switching. I have a couple friends that started their ecigs months ago and they are still smoking. Infact, they smoke their analogs a lot more than they smoke their pv. I think the difference is that they don't make that concious effort to try the pv first. Their still reaching for the cigs first and the pv is an after thought.
I'd like to hear how others switched over and how long it took them. For me it was the morning of the 4th day...had a couple drags of a analog and I knew that was it for me.
I did the same as you in making the effort to grab the PV first. I still smoked analogs for about the first week, but only for the major cravings. You know the ones, first thing in the morning, after meals and such. After the first week or so I made the full switch. Then about 3 months into it my girlfriends battery died on her way to work so she picked up a pack to get through the day. I tried one for the hell of it and couldn't get more than three puffs in, it was awful. If they had been that bad when I first started smoking I never would have picked up the habit. She had the same result, and we both agree there's no going back.
I think for me the great part about it was just not stressing about it. When I got my pv I still had 5 or 6 packs of cigarettes left in a carton. Like you, I started my day with the pv and just tried to prefer the pv the rest of the day. No stress to quit on any timeframe. Within a week I was almost 100% on the pv. In fact I smoked my last pack of cigs just so I didn't feel wasteful. Finally I was on the pv, but had a cig or two at parties with drinks. About two months in I tried one at a party and it just tasted nasty. Haven't smoked since.
No stress to quit. I think that's the key.
Last edited by mrkipp; 08-16-2011 at 01:50 AM.
First off I read literally thousands of posts on this forum trying to decide what would be best for me. Finally decided on an ego, got it, charged it, started vaping. 8 months later,I still haven't had a ciggerette ( I did lite one about 2 months in out of curiousity and was disgusted by it),still have the same ego batts and they are working like champs.
I just dropped cigs completely when I started my pv, the change wasn't as difficult as I had expected. The most important thing is to not give up even if you do smoke a few analogs along the way.
I started with 24mg, that killed any desire for an analog.
I did keep what I had for analogs left infront of me on my desk at all times. I was worried that if they were out of sight they would not be out of mind and all that I would think about to the point that I would have to have one. So, I just kept them within reach and it never happened...not once did I worry that if the pv wasn't working that I wouldn't have analogs to back me up. It made things much easier. Now the analogs are in the bottom of my freezer...just incase but not so easy to get to. I'm short with a short reach!
Got Volt from Smokeless Image on 7-22-11. Started vaping and really liked it, 24 hours after thought to "try" the analog; I couldn't even finish half of it. Gave the left over pack along with a carton of Marlboro Lights 100's to my friends. Have been analog free since and I feel great. I'm very glad I switched.
I didn't even think to do any research until I had been using the 21st Century Smoking ecig for a few weeks. Picked the 21st Century up at my local smoke shop. Although I went from a pack a day to ~5 or 6 a day within a week, I just wasn't able to get past those 5 cigs a day easily. When I did find ECF and got my 510 starter kit, I was still smoking at least 5 cigs a day. Then about a month into vaping/smoking I told myself that when I finished the pack I had, that was it. Even with vaping the first 2 days cig-free were a bit rough for me. The most I had gone without smoking in previous attempt to quit was 3 days. But with vaping I pulled through and haven't had a cigarette, or even really wanted one after that 1st week without, since March 7.
Awesome, TomCatt. +1 encouraging example