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    Default Yes I still Smoke Cigarettes and I am addicted to the smoking habit - support and chat thread.

    First of all I want to make it clear - there is NOTHING wrong with us. We are not broken nor are we failures and ashamed to be here. Smoking is addictive and we are addicts. Lets face it quitting for some of us is one of the most difficult challenges we've ever faced. While we continue in our struggle to quit completely we just can't get past the need for a cigarette. This is a thread where We can freely and openly discuss the difficulty we are having making the transition completely from cigarettes to vaping. A thread where We can chat, rant, and get the support We need from each other. We can offer up our own personal experiences and ask for suggestions how to accomplish our individual goals.

    We also welcome our other ECF friends who support "Us" in our "Transition into the Vaping World" however keep in mind (as hmlessalky so eloquently put it) "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"
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    This is great. Thank you so very much lox for putting your time & effort into this. I'll be the first to admit the feeling of jealousy for those who quit smoking the day they started vaping or shortly after but, I am also extremely happy for those who were able to conquer it so quickly & easily. I do have days where I think to myself, vaping tastes sooooo much better so why can't put down the cigs. I try not to beat myself up about. Every time I go and buy a pack I think to myself, this will be the last pack I buy. It never is. But I refuse to give up as I search daily for a juice that I LOVE in hopes that finding it will be the answer I've been searching for.

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    Ok I'll kick it off with my story some of you may remember from the contest thread.
    I've been vaping for 3 years now and at first I thought it was easy - I got an e-cig and 3 days later I was smoke free.
    Then after being smoke free for 7 months I picked up a cigarette and I was hooked all over again now I won't bore you all with boring details or excuses - its no ones fault but my own. I'm an addict plain and simple. I smoked 2 to 3 packs a day since I was 14 and now I'm down to less than half a pack a day. I can live with that and I'm not embarrassed or ashamed that I'm struggling - point is I'm going to keep trying and I'm here to try to help anyone and everyone I can to succeed where I haven't (yet )
    It bothers me that some people here are embarrassed or ashamed of the fact they haven't been able to kick those last few cigarettes. I know its frustrating reading all the success "I quit within 3 drags of an ecig" stories.
    Imagine how I feel knowing I've helped so many others either quit or stay off cigarettes - yet I myself haven't been able to.
    But I'm telling you DON'T BE ASHAMED - we're here to help. Just ask. No need to feel like a failure or be embarrassed - you've taken the biggest step and that's trying to quit. That right there is very commendable. You should be proud of the fact that although your still struggling, your committed to your goal and you HAVE NOT GIVEN UP THE FIGHT. So as of right now STOP counting the ones you do smoke and START counting the ones you don't smoke. Speak up and let us try to help you along. That's why we're here. Heck even if we can't do anything other than offer encouragement or even a friendly ear to listen to you - we're here for you. We've all been where you are - some of us still are - but we can do this together or die trying.

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    I still have the occasional cigarette. But it all depends on who I hang out with. For the most part, I've gone days even weeks with out an analog, but when I chill with my cousin, or if I'm going to be out all day with smokers, I will eventually have one. I think the first step though is to make the initial decision to not buy a pack for one day, and then go from there. The first day I finally decided not to buy a pack for the first time, I went 5 days without an analog. The next time I bought a pack, it took me 5 days to finish that pack because I found that I preferred to vaping more. As i've said, i still have the occasional analog, but it is far less often now a days. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dilong1717 View Post
    This is great. Thank you so very much lox for putting your time & effort into this. I'll be the first to admit the feeling of jealousy for those who quit smoking the day they started vaping or shortly after but, I am also extremely happy for those who were able to conquer it so quickly & easily. I do have days where I think to myself, vaping tastes sooooo much better so why can't put down the cigs. I try not to beat myself up about. Every time I go and buy a pack I think to myself, this will be the last pack I buy. It never is. But I refuse to give up as I search daily for a juice that I LOVE in hopes that finding it will be the answer I've been searching for.
    Juice does make a huge difference. As does equipment. Neither can make us quit obviously but it does help tremendously.

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    Yay Loxxy!

    I am so happy you made this thread! I am here to support and when I do break down and have a smoke, I will know where to come for help and support. I am so glad you said what you did about none of us being "broken" or "needing to be fixed". I have to stop and think about this for a minute but me and a lot of other people, do not start vaping in order to quit smoking. We really like the idea of getting our nicotine in a way that doesn't hurt us. We all.......well........lots of us are still using nicotine and may always do so. So, it is just a different way to get to the same place. You guys (and sometimes me) just need to figure out the best and happiest way to do that.... whether it be with the WTA (I think that is right) or the snus or whatever. We may all find out that we have been brainwashed. Not even kidding here. Just like flipping a switch. I am not a big one on all those crazy conspiracy theories but hey........... I do believe in ET. I saw the movie.


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    I am so happy you opened this because now I can tell you this.

    I was just looking for something and looked in a bag I had thrown on a chair. I found what I was looking for AND found a pack of butts I had bought. I had forgotten I bought them on the same day. Well my thought when I saw it was.......Bonuuusss.

    Is that too much? I can't help it. That's what I thought. Cause now I don't have to go buy one.

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    as some people know I still smoke 2 cigs a day, at bedtime, because I'm old and I want to. I got down to 2 cigs a day a month or so after starting vaping 2 years ago

    my goal was to go from 2 1/2 pad to 1 pad. I had no intention of quitting! I liked smoking the main reason I didn't plan to quit was I was not going to allow the nannys and the government to dictate to me what I could do in my personal life. I'm still a little like that 15 year old who if told to not do something then becomes bound and determined to make sure they do it LOL. I refuse to buy scott garden products because they even dictate that their employees families can't smoke either . I like to go park in lowes parking lots and vape in my car because apparently that isn't allowed either!

    the only reason I wanted to cut back was the cost was killing me. I happen to think that (at least some) nicotine is probably good for us.

    I am proud that I have been able to hold my cigs at 2 a day without going over. I am proud that I don't even think of having a cig until it is getting close to bedtime. right or wrong, I do consider myself a non smoker too.
    one of the things I love about getting old is I really only care about what I think of myself, I could give a flying fig what others think of me

    on this forum there is no need to be embarrassed or ashamed about what stage you are in. this isn't a quit smoking forum it is a vaping forum.

    I don't judge smokers ... you won't see me calling cigs "stinkies" or complain about the smell of smoke, etc.

    so, do the best you can and don't judge yourself, there are plenty of people out there to do that for you
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    We all deserve a pat on the back for what we have accomplished so far. I feel like I chose the wrong thread to vent in last night. That was a contest thread, But I was feeling like a zero at the time for smoking after being so long without them. I have no plans to smoke anymore, but if I do, I will come back and read this thread and not feel so bad. And I want to thank you all for your words of encouragement and virtual hugs after letting me vent last night.
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    We're here for you Emily <3 no need to be a stranger.
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