Tomorrow, 11/11/11, I will have six months vaping and I could not be more proud. I smoked on and off for almost 8 years, robbing myself and others of what little time we have being a slave to cigarettes. Proudly I proclaimed to be an independent person yet became submissive to this addiction that was eating me alive.
I grew up in a household that smoked for as long as I could remember. I started eventually, sneaking a smoke here and there from the older kids at work, stealing cigarettes from my parents and paying extra to local gas stations to sell me my own. By the time I hit 19, I was up to a pack a day easy and had a budding gambling addiction as well. Fast forward two years later, I'm having struggles with trying to supply my habits seeing as how I was smoking almost two packs a day, gambling at least three times a week and realized how much fun drinking and smoking at the same time was. At the moment, I didn't really care what people thought or how much damage I would inflict on my body since I was putting food on the table for my family and I was young.
My Grandmother died in 2009 from Breast Cancer. She had been a smoker in her younger years but had quit in her 30's. Despite her best efforts though, my Grandpa smoked in the house around her for many years despite both of their declines in health. My Grandfather died shortly after my Grandmother did due other medical issues. I decided that some things needed to change in my life or the hardship I suffered with my grandparents passing would be an understatement to what I carelessly would do to my own children.
Going off of a recommendation from a friend at work, I purchased a Joye 510 kit from a local brick and mortar store. I remember smoking each cigarette I had while I waited on the battery to charge and thinking that this would not help though I desperately wanted it to work. I assembled my 510 with hope but no faith while reading over the paperwork for the kit to see about refund stipulations.
I'm glad to say that 6 months later, I've learned more than I ever wanted to know about e cigarettes. I've gotten to the point that I can impart knowledge on others who wore my shoes and more than clocked a mile on them with their frustrations about switching, equipment and will power. I'm proud to say that I'm also 6 months removed from drinking alcohol daily and gambling as well. I owe a great deal of the person I am today to ECF and to ecigs.
An apple was the catalyst for gravity being discovered proving that the smallest of things can have the biggest impact on our lives and our world. Thinking on how I owe so much to a device comprised of a battery and a heating coil is overwhelming as most people would hear the two and not think anything of it. Everything I've gained back was as a result of those initial baby steps.
I am proud to be a member of ECF. I am ready to be a friend to anyone on here. I am glad I will be around a lot longer to answer vaping questions. I'm excited for this new future of mine. Only time will tell what other great things I am to achieve. I thank all of you from the deepest parts of my heart for all you have taught me and wish for all the best to you in everything you do.
"What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself."
Hecato, Greek philosopher
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