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.