I started vaping because otherwise I couldn't vote in polls like this.
I'm addicted to nicotine (cigarettes).
I'm addicted to nicotine (chewing tobacco).
I'm addicted to nicotine (other).
Can't quit smoking because of "hand-to-mouth"
Self-medicating (nervous or other disorder)
Because I can do it where I can't smoke.
Because of the flavors, and/or because it is "cool".
Other - please explain.
I started vaping to self medicate for chemical depression and attention problems. As it turns out, the nicotine helps a lot of problems I have, from seizures to pre-diabetes to chronic pain. It even prevents things that run rampant in my family, like alzheimer's and breast cancer.
The huge variety of flavors doesn't hurt, either. But I would say my primary reason is that I vape to be healthier than I was without nicotine. I vape so I can enjoy life more.
I like shiny new gadgets, a lot. And the carnival of flavors does enhance the whole experience. I never really intended to quit cigarettes altogether. E-cigs were just supposed to be a substitute for when the "real thing" was inconvenient. I just wanted to have my family and my cigarettes too. Spend time with them, instead of with the ashtray out on the porch. However; after frequent vaping, I found I didn't want the "real thing" as much anymore. Once I could breathe and taste again, I really didn't want analogs anymore. I now enjoy it more than I ever did smoking. I am without a doubt far healthier than I was before vaping. I no longer stink of burning weeds. All these things are great, but the primary thing that keeps me vaping is the ability to indulge my nicotine addiction without killing my loved ones around me. They shouldn't have to pay with their lives for my drug of choice. I'm not saying I've never slipped, I have. But I am saying that every time I get frustrated with some equipment malfunction, or the latest FDA BS, crisis de jour, etc. it helps me to remember that my life is not the only one on the line. It's that realization that has always brought me back whenever I have strayed.
I started vaping because it was a cool new toy that let me smoke in places I couldn't (or shouldn't) smoke.
I continue vaping because not only are there lives riding on it, those lives are far more enjoyable because of it.
I started vaping so I could 'smoke' in hotels and rental cars. A week later, I couldn't stand to finish my pack of cigarettes and 'accidentally' quit smoking.
During my most recent cold, I couldn't help noticing that my air intake process is no longer able to withstand being double-teamed by stopped-up nostrils and coughing fits.
There are so many people - doctors, all the people at my fabulous neighborhood pharmacy, family, and most of all Mr-lol- - working so hard to "keep me comfortable."
It is my hope that ceasing the continuous inhalation of Marlboro Reds will help me help them achieve that goal, even when Rhinovirii attack.
I started vaping because I had tried everything else to quit. Gum, inhaler, patches, medicine (not chantix) even hypnosis. Npthing worked. I was up to three packs a day and I knew if I didn't do something analogs were going to kill me so I ordered an pv and gave it a try. No turning back. Vaping is the greatest thing I have ever done to finally get off those darn analogs
Dropping the cigarettes after 35 years was unplanned and a complete surprise. I like gadgets and bought my first PVs out of curiosity after a co-worker received an NJoy as a Christmas present in 2009. I essentially quit smoking the day my first unit was delivered, and with so little effort it was stunning to me!
So, to answer the poll's heading, "Why did you Start Vaping?" ... I'd have to say it was accidental. I have kept vaping for 16 months now for a multitude of reasons. Not the least of which is that after a short period of time I could detect positive, healthy changes in my body ... little things like breathing are kinda important to me. Then, there's the fact that my bucket list has some cool things on it which I feel have a better chance of being realized by not smoking cigarettes.
I answered "Other" in the poll.
Because I use it as an alternative to tobacco and for better health.
My momma wanted me to switch to E-Cigarette for health reasons, and I love my momma so I gave it a shot. I liked it for the taste, and fell in love with it for the freedom! I'll happily Vape in front of just about anyone, anywhere - no guild, no smell, no incessant complaining from those around me - it's great!
I only smoked on average around 3 to 10 cigarettes per day.
But I did that for 27 years.
I smoked for the following reasons...
-Taking breaks from work
-Taking breaks from social situations I found uncomfortable
-Taking breaks from domestic squabbles
-Taking breaks before doing things I didn't want to do
-Taking breaks after doing things I didn't want to do
-Taking breaks to be alone with my thoughts and think things through
I started vaping because if I didn't start vaping I would have smoked for the rest of my life.