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    I think what made it easy for me was the fact that my wife and I did it together. That made it kinda fun. If your sig other smokes maybe you guys should try it together. If you don't have a sig other, find one that smokes, marry them, and you guys start vaping together. Simple as that.

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    First 2 days were a bit of a challenge for me, the last 17 no problem whatsoever. Must be the rig you are using. Find something that gives you a good hit and a flavor that you enjoy. Stay away from those crappy plastic ones they sell at walmart etc.

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    The soar throat will go away pretty fast, at least for me. I think it has something to do with the vape crossing your cig-uped throat. I started with 36 mg, and just through trying diff flavors and strengths, i find it hard to handle 18 now. This is only a few months later.

    At first, i did not agree with big apv products, id rather a cig a like, until my cig craves went away and i wanted to say 'improve' my vaping experience with things like battery life and better quality flavors. Opinion here..

    My thing was that the cig a likes were the last string holding me to smoking, once i switched, i have no urge to go back
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    Had to reset my counter :( 11-18-2013

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    First, I understand what you're going through. When I started, I started with "cigalikes" (Ecigs that look like cigs). 18mg was a good starting level. However, stopping the analogs was not an instant thing. Keep this in mind: Analogs have more in them than just nicotine. Chances are, you're addicted to other chemicals in an analog cigarette. When I started Ecigs, I went from a pack a day to three per day, and that was without trying hard. The trick is, try vaping when you feel the need to smoke, and see how long you can vape before you just have to get a real cig. Don't view smoking a cig as a failure at that point, just try to beat the time between cigarettes the next day.

    Second, I noticed you smoked Menthol cigarettes. Perhaps you should get a menthol ejuice or add menthol to your flavors. I would start off with something somewhat similar to a regular cigarette, since every time you vape, you'll have that mental thought in your head "this is not a real cigarette"

    And lastly, keep note you will experience some temporary side effects of quitting smoking... for a brief time, your cough may worsen as any tar loosens from your throat. Some withdraw symptoms may appear, perhaps your headaches are one of them, but they could be because of the high nicotine levels. Take some headache medicine, and lower the nicotine levels and see if that helps. Lastly, try a flavor that you like. most of us go through a lot of ejuice before settling on one of their "go-to" juice. buy small ammounts, but buy a wide assortment of flavors. Take note of the type you like and let that steer you into what kind of juices to buy in the future. I went from smoking Doral orange to Ry4 to Guava. After adding it up, I've vaped about 500ml of guava now. I too notice that when I vape, the flavor becomes muted, so I will buy guava, then when my tank is half full, I refill the rest with bananna, then when that gets half full, I refill it with strawberry.... but the flavor is constantly changing, and constantly flavorfull to me.

    Keep at it and experiment with it, there's more options out there than just smoking one brand/flavor of cigarettes. Now you need to find your E-cig version of smoking.

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    I was never a menthol smoker when I was on the smellies. I bought my first setup and found that I loved the minty flavor over all others. I dropped the analogs right away because I wasn't smoking and the flavor reminded me of that. I was a 2+ PPD smoker for over 35 years. I started with 24 mg juice and the necessity to strangle somebody was not an issue at all. I loved smoking too. Everything I did (or didn't do) was all around being able to smoke. I hated the movies because they ran too long and if I ran out and choked one down, the movie didn't make sense when I got back. Crazy huh? This is how strong the need to smoke drives us in our actions and thinking. There is a choice we have to make at one point or another and that is if we are really going to stop smoking or not. The nicotine addiction can be handled through vaping and therefore it becomes a matter of just dropping the analogs and leaving them behind. This has to take place in the mind. Until this change in thought takes place, there is little hope of kicking the habit. That is exactly what it is, HABIT. Once you do drop the cigs completely, you will see how much better life becomes. I am battling a case of loss of taste right now that I hope will pass but I still won't go buy another pack just because of this. I know it can't be as bad as I felt before. I have breath now and I have more stamina to do thing I have always wanted to but didn't have to capacity of breath to attempt. Now I can outlast my 13 yr old son when we go for walks or bike rides. Why would I give that up. If you stay with it and keep after it, you will find your sweet spot and dropping the analogs will be just a matter of just doing it.
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    '...I too notice that when I vape, the flavor becomes muted, so I will buy guava, then when my tank is half full, I refill the rest with bananna, then when that gets half full, I refill it with strawberry.... but the flavor is constantly changing, and constantly flavorfull to me'.

    NealBJr, I like this idea. I have separate clearomizers for each flavour but I believe I will give it a try.
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    I agree that 24mg is way too much for you, especially if your wearing the patch at the same time. I smoked more than a pack of home rolled pipe tobacco cigarettes a day and have found 18mg to not be enough but I still get a little out of it.

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    Nobody loved smoking more than myself. I'm not going to go thru a dissertation of the whens, whys or wherefores. Suffice it to say I smoked for over 60 years (1.5 packs a day) and never thought I would ever quit. Bought an EVOD kit Nov. 1, 2013. Started using it on Nov. 2 and I have not even thought about an analog since. I am one lucky old fart. Still have 7 packs of Sky Dancers in my garage.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DC2 View Post
    I only smoked about 7 cigarettes per day myself, but I did that for 27 years.
    And the hardest thing for me about switching to vaping was the fiddling and the inconsistency.

    The thing that solved all my problems was dripping...
    Regular Atty Drippers (A Dying Breed?)

    Another good thing about dripping is that it helps simulate the "single cigarette" experience.
    At least it did for me, and has been working great for well over four years now.
    I've been dripping Boba's all morning with a Smoke 510, honestly, if all my other gear didn't exist, I'd be fine with this. Everyone kind of looks down on them, but they work just fine, they just don't have a tank on 'em.

    Think I'll switch to a 5 Pawns now...I love cartos, but you can't switch like that, it's a commitment until the liquid is used up.
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    I enjoyed reading the OP post and replies here and I can totally relate...

    I don't want to quit smoking but I know I need to quit as I don't want to destroy my health. I started with Blu ecigs from gas stations (garbage) but it wasn't satisfying and a good friend from online recommended I get a Provari with a Protank and just try it. I loved it and shortly after purchased my first Genesis atomizer.

    Now, almost 9 months later, I have a collection of 5 mods and a handful of rebuildables, drippers, etc and I love it. I've cut down my smoking from over a pack a day to only a handful of cigarettes a day.

    The only thing preventing me from making the full committed switch is finding the right juice that I can vape nonstop and not get sick of (I've tried a ton and most are either too flavorful, not enough, or just plain bad). 710, White Rabbit and CREAM are sufficient and I love them but probably not 100% ready to eliminate cigarettes. I hope to be ready soon though!
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