I am by no means an expert in this subject, I can however offer my experience and sincere support. My habit was 1-2 packs a day for 30 years. Through those years I tried all the nicotine replacement methods for quitting and any alternatives I could find such as hypnosis and anti-depressant medications. Nothing came close to working, and while I have never been accused of being a bunny hugging touchy feely want to share kind of person I can empathize where you are coming from so I will relate my story to you in hopes that you can find something of value.
My journey with electronic cigarettes began about two years ago with the same type of kits you mentioned, they did not work for me. They were harsh, did not satisfy, and problematic in operation/battery life. To be fair it was a half hearted attempt on my part as I really enjoyed smoking and was looking for any excuse to not switch to what is now my honest belief that "vaping" is a safer alternative. My end goal is to become nicotine free after all these years, because lets face it nicotine is classified as a poison it was commonly used as an insecticide. Although it does have some limited medical applications, overall it is a very additive substance with little to offer but short lived simulation. Not to mention all the other harmful chemicals ingested with tobacco.
My second attempt with electronic cigarettes involved "upgrading" to an e-go style battery and clearomiser refillable tanks. This defiantly gave me a better experience as far as taste, satisfaction, and performance, however I still experienced coughing fits. I do not know if I should attribute this to my lungs starting to clear, or the way I was chain hitting the e-cig which caused very dry hits due to the fluid being rapidly depleted in the wick. I found that I could not rapidly puff away in a desperate attempt satisfy my craving for nicotine. I needed to slow down and let the mechanics of the e-cig work. A slower slightly longer draw with a pause was instrumental in replacing the feel of a standard cigarette. Two things of note that were missing which took me awhile to realize and overcome were that 1.) there is no smell with an e-cig, it was a strange thing that took a bit for my brain to recognize. 2.) you just can not hang it off the end of you mouth like a regular cigarette, it weighs too much which is a minor inconvenience. While this setup while greatly improved the experience it still did not quite do the trick for me. It had its own limitations and drawbacks such as leaks, flooding, poor taste at times, and carrying around a charger, juice, and replacement coils was cumbersome compared to a pack of smokes. I found that quality also varied between hardware, nicotine content, juice taste and vendors. I continued down this path for about two and a half months still smoking quite a bit and not kicking the tobacco habit. Guess I really did not want to quit smoking badly enough to go all in so back to cigarettes I went.
At this point I was beginning to think that I would be a smoker to the grave, this is a prospect that does not make me happy! I decided to give it one last shot determined to make a concerted effort in making the switch. This time I decided I would invest in an advanced variable voltage and variable wattage "mod" or personal vaporizer battery which I had seen some people use. Initially the cost is what kept me from this (really!!! compared to the cost of a cartons of cigarettes) as well as being inundated with so many choices which can be overwhelming to novices. I visited a local vape shop and was greeted by a friendly knowledgeable staff that guided me through my choice as to the hardware I currently use. I bit of trial and error finding an acceptable tank for my needs, and sampling various e-juice flavors which the great staff at the shop let me try onsite and I was on my way. I stated with a vegetable glycerin base, 24mg nicotine, tobacco flavored juice which is the highest concentrate of nicotine they had available. A "mod" that was variable wattage of 3.0 - 15.0 watts (dialed in anywhere between 5.0 to 6.5 watts depending on the juice I am using) a bottom feed style tank with replaceable elements, and a plastic or glass tip.
This is where a dramatic and vastly superior vaping experience brought my goal to replace cigarettes into view. Taste, satisfaction, basic maintenance required along with slight adjustments were finally acceptable. I have now been tobacco free for nine and half months and have brought my nicotine level down to juice with 11mg content. I will not mislead you and state that was easy from that point on, at times the cravings for a real cigarette were overwhelming. I had half a carton of cigarettes left when I started vaping (of which I threw out three and a half packs) and would allowed myself to indulge in a real cigarette on rare occasion. It was actually quite ridiculous, I would stand there with a cigarette in one hand and my mod in the other alternating between drags. I could hardly tell the difference, in fact the last few cigarettes I smoked tasted horrible compared to the flavored juice I was using. The coughing ceased after about two weeks I suppose it takes a bit for your lungs to acclimate (it appears to be a common transition even for some non smokers who choose to vape). My energy level and breathing have greatly improved as well getting a better nights sleep (not snoring as much), and saving a lot of money. I do not have cravings after meals, coffee, or partaking of alcohol. So far the benefits have outweighed the draw backs, the only one and I consider it negligible is that my mod is not ever more that a arms length away from me. I vape a lot, I mean a lot, pretty much all day long, but I am no longer smoking and I have the added benefit of my wife no longer harassing me at every turn.
I truly wish you success with your endeavor to kick the tobacco habit and hope my ramblings have helped you in some small way. If you have any questions please post a response on this thread and I will offer what small assistance I can. Keep your head up, YOU CAN DO THIS!
Last edited by NEONIC; 10-23-2013 at 10:09 AM. Reason: Sent before completing
It could also be the flavorings. There are some that irritate lungs like cinnamon, etc. Or just some that don't agree with certain individuals.
Or you could be coughing from dry throat which could be from too high PG for you.
Are you able to buy your own juice to use, or are you using their pre filled cartos and stuff?
More information, please.
Yes please let us know us know your nic level and pg/vg ratio (eg. 30/70, 50/50...), and flavor. As for the size of the ecig/mod and the atty/clearo/carto/tank, that can be determined when a battery is selected. We gotta find what works most favorably for you Once selected there are different ways to intake the vape that reduces coughing fits. I personally take it into my mouth for a second and then inhale that and exhale it through my nose and mouth. I don't do a full throat hit because it makes me cough and my throat to get hoarse.
Hello and welcome to the forum. It is a terrific source of support and knowledge. As for the coughing, there could be a few different causes. The liquid or cartridges that you are using is too strong. The cig-a-like kits have no vapor control which make adjustments difficult. Another source could be technique. There is a learning curve that cigarette smoking does not have. Try taking more shallow draws. Also, draw slower, the faster you draw, the more dry the wicks of the delivery system will be. With a cigarette, the faster you draw, the faster it burns. You do that too much, you burn your lips. With vaping, the atomizer gets dry and you get burned hits and frequently coughing. It is a common problem. Technique and experience will deliver the best vaping experience. Gear does help, but you don't need expensive equipment to get a good quality vape. Good luck and have fun!
May your wick never burn and your tank never run dry...
Hi, welcome to ECF. You'll find lots of people willing to help here. You came to the right place.
The smaller cig-a-likes can't keep up with heavy use and I suspect that you're getting "dry hits" that burn the liquid, taste bad, and can irritates your throat, lungs and sinuses.
At 3 packs a day for 47 years, I suggest getting something better.
I smoked 1-3/4 PAD for 30 years and while I was able to cut my smoking in half with a cig-a-like, It wasn't able to fully quit until I got a variable voltage (VV) battery and a tank. I struggled even with an ego battery and a CE5 clearomizer.
I highly recommend getting a ego twist or a vision spinner battery at least 900mAh like this
eGo Spinner Variable Voltage Battery - AltSmoke
The 900mAh means it will last roughly 9 hours.
And a "top coil clearomizer". The top coil type gives a warmer hit than the bottom coil type that most prefer. I finally quit with this one that comes with 2 spare "heads"
You'll also need an ego usb charger and wall adapter. (About $15 at altsmoke but cheaper elsewhere)
Two batteries would be better but you can always get another later if you find that it's working for you.
A kit with 2 batteries might be cheaper than buying them separately.
You might be able to save a few bucks if you shop around, I think most of the suppliers listed as forum suppliers (link at the top of the page) are reputable.
Liquids are much harder to suggest because it's so subjective.
High PG = good flavor and "throat hit" but not a lot of vapor
High VG = more vapor but less flavor and throat hit.
As a heavy smoker you probably want to start off with at least 18mg or 24mg liquids
Hope vaping helps you quit like it did me, I'd tried everything for a decade with no success. I couldn't quit cold turkey like some people. It was a gradual tapering off over several months for me once I got the right e-cig.
Once I had my vaping gear I pretty much quit smoking instantly. But I still had a cough for about 2 weeks.
Now about 2 months later I don't cough at ALL.
I think throat irritation and coughing is natural when switching from smoking to vaping. I'm not sure if it's the quitting smoking thing that does it, or the starting vaping thing. Probably a bit of both.
I started out on 75-80% PG and 25-20%VG, quite happy now on 60/40% mix, so maybe changing that helped a bit too. Also dropped nic from 24mg/ml after the first couple of weeks, to 18mg/ml for just over a month, and now to 12mg/ml
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I can relate to your experience. I smoked for 40 years a pack a day. I tried a lot of different ways to quit and my best efforts netted me a month - cold turkey being the most successful. I tried some of the first ecigs to come out - the cigarette shaped style and they didn't last me a day. $150 down the drain. Then I ran into a friend of mine at work that asked me why I'm still smoking those things, look what I have. He showed me a battery and tank setup. I thought hmmm, they've come along way since I tried them last. So I ran into ................ and did my homework for about 2 weeks. I knew I needed something that would keep up with my old habit. I personally settled on the iTaste SVD kit complete with 2 iClear 30's, added some batteries and juice and I was set. I had 3 pack of smokes left which I used to taper off while I started vaping and getting the hang of it. Smoking and vaping at the same time is what I discovered was causing me to cough quite a bit. After 4 days of tapering off the analogs and going strictly to vaping my lungs cleared up in about 2 days and I stopped coughing. I also stopped wheezing in my sleep. Week 2 I had some anxiety which was mild and lasted about 2 weeks.
Stanton Glantz, head of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education San Francisco, wrote early Thursday. Any forceful FDA action appears "years away," he added.
The satisfying vape really kept me on track. I'm really glad I picked a system that could keep up with me. The top of the tank dual micro coil gave me a near analog experience. The throat hit is similar to analog. Cranking the wattage up to 10W gives a nice warm strong tasty hit. I also had to find a juice that did well under those conditions. For me I found that a tobacco blend with something sweet added did the trick. V4L WOW tobacco (no tobacco) to start with. There's lots more but that's the one that really did it for me. I'm not sure if we're allowed to mention vendors here but after 2 weeks of research I found that MyVapeStore.com had 2 different combinations of exactly what I was looking for. It turned out to be a real solid starter kit. That's all for now.... I'll be back!