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    I don't know as I should post in here, because I am a success story. I started vaping when e-cigarettes were just starting to appear in America, back in late 2007 or early 2008. The concept appealed to me. At that time I was also experimenting with nicorette, patches, snuff, eclipse ashless cigarettes, and various forms of chewing tobaccos. I eventually gave up on e-cigarettes after supplementing their use with regular cigarettes. At that time, the cost balance favored cigarettes, e-cigs were much more expensive, and the flavors available then were not what you would call, "tasty."

    After coming across threads on two other forums that I'm a member of, asking if anyone else "vaped," I became intrigued with the concept of vaping all over again and dug out my old nJoy King kit to see if I could do it this time. Unfortunately, the cartridges were all empty, and so I headed down to the store to purchase more. I ended up getting a whole new 510 starter kit. A week later and I had upgraded to the eGo system. A short time later I was using Variable Voltage devices. Through all of this I continued smoking. Sometimes dropping to a few cigarettes a day, sometimes going as high as my usual pack a day habit. Mostly I was vaping non-stop with an occasional cigarette break, going through a pack of smokes every two or three days.

    I wasn't really trying to quit. At that point I was counting success by the cigarettes I hadn't smoked that day.

    Two things happened to change all of that. An unexpected expense left me broke for several days and I started vaping WTA tobacco flavored juices full time, with only the occasional fruity or dessert vape in the evening. 5 days passed, then 10, then I hadn't had a cigarette in two weeks. Aside from the occasional brief craving, I was off of the smokes. "Would it last," I wondered? Only one way to find out. Last night I bummed a cigarette from my cousin. I had to bum a lighter too, as I had stopped carrying a lighter some days previous.

    Half excited, half in trepidation, I lit it up and took a long drag. I looked at it in surprise, "What the hell?" I couldn't taste any tobacco. Only burned paper. Two more drags. I knew this is when most people start liking the taste again. Nothing. Only a surging nicotine buzz. Another drag, followed by a wheezing cough. Oh yeah...I'd forgotten about that. Several more drags all tasting like charred paper with the barest hint of tobacco, and now there was a nasty taste in my mouth. I looked at the cigarette. two thirds smoked. One third to go.

    I put it out. Pulled out my PV. Took a drag off of it. Smiled. Because I knew that cigarettes would no longer have any attraction for me. I still enjoy the smell of cigarette smoke, but now it's like the smell of popcorn. I love the smell of popcorn, but I don't care for the taste.

    I hope you guys will find my story inspiring. It took months to get to this point. I didn't think I could ever put down the cigarettes. I figured the best I could hope for was to cut back on my smoking. Without WTA juice, I would most likely still be smoking. If I go back to smoking, I won't beat myself up over it, I'll just try to remember that I beat it once, when I thought that was impossible.

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    I don't beat myself up over it but I do want to quit and I can't figure out why I can't.

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    I smoked occaisional (those MUST HAVE) cigarettes for weeks after starting with e-cigs. I didn't want to quit smoking. I wanted a viable, healthier alternative. My mindset with e-cigs was, "This will do." It took constant conscious self-control to tell myself to get past the urge for a cigarette. If, after vaping heavily for several minutes, I wasn't satisfied, I'd lught-up.

    I got down to my last couple cigarettes. I was at my buddy's house working on cars (hobby). I smoked my last cigarette, and FREAKED DA EFF OUT!! I didn't have a pack in my pocket as a security blanket for if the e-cig wasn't "enough". I immediately went and bought another pack. I didn't open it for 6hrs. I smoked about a dozen of those cigarettes over the next week. The following week, I was able to walk around with cigarettes in my pocket without lighting a single one.

    This is my success. I hope you will find yours. My best advice would be to continually tell yourself that the e-cig is "Good enough" to get you through the craving. When you really want a cigarette, pick up your e-cig and vape your brains out. If the urge to smoke passes, you've crossed a hurdle. There will be more . Practice for finish line. Good luck!

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    something i've noticed in the last couple days is the less i try to quit the less i smoke, It's like there's no pressure to stop so i just end up vaping more because i like the taste. Went out and bought 3 days worth of smokes today and at the rate i'm going now they'll last over a week......or not

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    I'm really glad someone posted a link to this thread...it's really awesome to see how much we have in common.

    I'm totally new, but I was one of those "instant quitters by accident" stories. Didn't want to quit but thought if e-cigs were a decent alternative I might cut down some (or maybe quit depending).

    When I got my non-disposable e-cig was when I had my last cigarette for 2 weeks. For someone not wanting to quit, to quit so easily was mind blowing. The first week was a little tough but nothing I couldnt' get through. Once I hit the two week mark I figured it would get easier. But over the weekend, just before bed, I started getting insane cravings to have a smoke. Last night (on the 3rd night) I gave in. I had 1/2 a cigarette, it tasted awful but was so relaxing!

    I tell myself I'm not going to beat myself up over it, but it still makes me feel a little like a loser that I couldn't just get over it. I"m back to vaping and I guess I"ll just take it as it comes.

    Thank you for offering this great forum for support and community!
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    Oh boy, a support page with 'I quit completely' posts already! Not trying to be a grump, but there are a myriad of threads where people can talk about how they have completely given up cigarettes and have people pat them on the back and such. This is a place where people, who may feel ashamed for not being a 'success', can post and not feel alone or guilty. I understand that people are trying to be supportive and such, but I have been vaping (off and on) for a few years, and as much as possible for over a year. I have tried hundreds of juices, lots of devices and delivery systems, and kept my nic level at 24mg for about a year. I still can't seem to give up those last few. Some days I don't smoke at all, but they are far and few between. I have eliminated at least 37 cigarettes from my life each day though, and for that I feel a huge success. I feel much better, smell much better, and look much better (not really!).

    Anyway, thank you for your stories of giving up the stinkies all together, but maybe the point is being missed. We all hope to give them up for good, but, until we do, we have a place to not feel like we are a failure of some sort, or a freak.

    When I give someone a starter kit, I tell them where I am, and where I came from. And I tell them to give it a fair shot and at least try to eliminate some cigarettes from their lives. And I wish them luck (and tell them if they don't use it to give it back because my vape budget is eaten away by all the stuff I give away!) and ask them to let me know how it is going in a few weeks. I think I have had only one person switch completely, and a bunch cut back drastically. They both get my kudos and support in their future endeavors.

    Sorry if I seem ranty and disjointed. Nothing personal to anyone, I just had to put my thoughts down on (digital) paper.

    I hope I can be of help in some way on this thread.

    Keep up the good fight!

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    Good point Hm. I'll revise the first post as soon as I'm on a real computer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougiestyle View Post
    ................. I smoked about a dozen of those cigarettes over the next week. The following week, I was able to walk around with cigarettes in my pocket without lighting a single one................
    I carried cigs around with me for 6 months after I started vaping...even though I was only smoking the 2 at bedtime. my security blanket. the first time I left the house without cigs in my purse was a milestone for me
    1. drink more water and get backups for your backups!
    2. careful! vaping may turn you into a shopaholic and hoarder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cags View Post
    I carried cigs around with me for 6 months after I started vaping...even though I was only smoking the 2 at bedtime. my security blanket. the first time I left the house without cigs in my purse was a milestone for me
    I know what you mean. I still have cigs around but I don't freak out if I have less than half a pack and I now have been known to leave the house with only a few. It's funny what a big step that is. It used to be like leaving the house not completely dressed. Not that I have done that mind you. lol

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    Phew, I totally thought I would get flamed for my last post!

    I am not saying that there shouldn't be success stories here, it would be nice if someday we could all drop in the thread and say "hey guys, I am here to help, but I have finally made it over that hill...." The same with advice/suggestions. I would love to hear what helped other people finally give up those last few, but maybe in a 'have you tried this?' format as opposed to a 'this is what worked for me'.

    I'll admit it, I always figured I was just weak by not being able to stop smoking completely. I was a heavy drinker years back, and gave it up completely with no problems for about 6 months, just to show that I could do it. Why is this so different? Once I committed to the e-cig I went from 2 packs to 3 cigs in less than a week and even had a week or so where I did quit altogether. But I kept falling back into my 3-a-day average. I have had many instances where I said "once I get this new device/juice/tank I will be able to give 'em up for good", and yet here I am. I am glad I am not alone.

    Thanks for the awesome thread lox. Hope everyone has a spectacular day!

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