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How long does it usually take someone to go from smoking to vaping to not doing either?

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  1. WayneH86

    WayneH86 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 30, 2012
    I'm trying to quit here. Smoked half a pack a day of Camel Crush cigarrettes. My plan is to eventually quit smoking and vaping all together. How long does that usually take? I read that only 30% of people who try to quit via vaping succeed.
  2. JC Okie

    JC Okie REOnaut Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jul 2, 2010
    Tulsa, OK
    I'm wondering where you read that stat... Personally, it took me about 2 weeks to go from a 40 year habit of over a pack a day habit to zero. AND....I've been completely off cigarettes now for almost two years. You should go read the "Success Stories"'ll be encouraged. I've found it very easy to quit with vaping....after having tried many other methods for a long, long time. Good luck with your quitting. I was totally surprised at how easy it was.
  3. rookbartley989

    rookbartley989 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 3, 2012
    As for me...I loved smoking, and I mean LOVED it! People would tell me I am going to die young and my answer was maybe but it will be with a smile doing what I love to do! I tried a Blu kit and quit smoking that day...moved on to 510-T's and now an eGo. As far as I'm concerned though, I have no intention of quitting vaping. As stated I love to smoke and this now gives me a healthier way to do it for me, and my non smoking family. Win Win!

    Ron -
  4. JC Okie

    JC Okie REOnaut Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jul 2, 2010
    Tulsa, OK
    I agree with Ron....I LOVED smoking, but hated the $$$$, and the harm to my health. I feel great now and I've saved enough money to (practically) buy a car! I have absolutely NO intentions of quitting vaping...ever. I just switched from smoking to vaping.
  5. tonyhix11

    tonyhix11 Full Member Verified Member

    Oct 27, 2011
    I agree with JC. I found it to be a fairly easy transition. I think the key is to find a good PV to start with, and a dependable all day juice that you are happy with, something that will tide you over until you no longer feel the need to smoke. Then you can experiment a little more. It took me about 2 weeks as well to be completely off analogs. I wish you the best and hope for you success!!
  6. CountSmackula

    CountSmackula Genisis Junkie Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 16, 2012
    Tabasco LAnd
    The day my ego-W kit arrived, I went from a PAD habit down to 0. Okay... I finished the last 3 cigs in the pack over the space of a week, but the last one really tasted nasty. I had one last pack from the carton that sat around for almost 2 months before I finally tossed it in the trash.

    I did make sure to start with a high enough nic level (36mg) to get me off the Marlboros. I will eventually taper my nic level down, but I doubt I'll stop vaping. Because I: a) enjoy it; and b) enjoy it.
  7. Vapoor eyes er

    Vapoor eyes er ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Sep 13, 2011
    Toronto, Ont.
    I read somewhere that the vaping success rate was close to 80%. Unofficial and it was done by a vaping org.
  8. NC_Fog

    NC_Fog Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 29, 2011
    Central N.C.
    Don't pressure yourself. Some folks take awhile to completely switch, some immediately. Everyone is different and no one is in any hurry. I was smoking 3 1/2 PAD and was able to lay them down as soon as my kit arrived. Look at it as changing brands and not quitting anything.

    Good Luck!!!

  9. DC2

    DC2 Tootie Puffer Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jun 21, 2009
    San Diego
    When it comes to vaping, there is no "usually" whatsoever.

    First of all, switching from smoking to vaping can take anywhere from 30 seconds to one year.
    And secondly, most vapers don't want to quit vaping just like they really didn't want to quit smoking.

    As far as the vapers that wanted to quit vaping, it's hard to say how long it took them because we rarely hear from them.
    Once they quit vaping they are usually gone and don't really post a goodbye.

    So I guess my answer is that switching from smoking to vaping will take however long it takes.
    And quitting vaping will take however long it takes.

    Do you have some sort of timeframe in mind?
  10. yiddleboge6

    yiddleboge6 ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 25, 2012
    If you set yourself up with a good starter kit you may be surprised how easy it is. 50 years of at least a PAD, tried everything else. Made it 3 days with chantix. Happy to say it's almost 2 months now smokefree:vapor:
  11. Tom950

    Tom950 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 12, 2010
    Bergen County, NJ
    I stopped the same day I got my first 510 starter kit and haven't looked back since
  12. Vapoor eyes er

    Vapoor eyes er ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Sep 13, 2011
    Toronto, Ont.
    I smoked 1 PAD VERY STRONG tobacco for 40+ yrs. Began vaping Sept, 2011 at 36 mg nicotine and am now down to 8 mg. My game plan is quit completely by Sept, 2012. Just my personal goal/ preference and I don't knock anyone that is not doing the same. One more point...if I don't achieve my goal by Sept. it's no big deal...I have goals but they're not set in stone cuz who needs the pressure.
  13. Forkeh

    Forkeh Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 16, 2012
    That depends on your definition of quit. If you mean stopping the use of cigarettes, and vaping entirely, yeah I can believe the success rates are that low. But....why should we not celebrate quitting cigarettes, even if the majority of us continue to vape the rest of our lives? I'd say ecigs are a pretty good means to significantly lower your risk of smoke related illnesses. And then there are the Zero nic users, which kind of defy the concept of either category. Did they "quit" even though they're still vaping? Are they still considered "users" even though they use no nicotine?

    Like I said, it depends on your definition. I suspect the skeptics (and those who seem to have such a problem with vaping....idk why) do their very best to make the scenario sound as bad as possible. Even if, by your personal definition, the quit rate is only 30%, compare that to other sorts of quit methods.....and it'll start to sound pretty good in terms of success.

    Then again, ecigs aren't really stop smoking devices, and are certainly not marketed as such. They're more like harm reduction devices. They're meant to withdraw you from cigarettes, but not necessarily nicotine. And even with ecigs, it's not a magical road to quitting tobacco. Will power and desire to quit factors into it. If someone really really wants to keep smoking, and only tried ecigs to get the proverbial monkey off their back, they don't stand nearly the chance of success as someone who is really committed to giving up tobacco.

    That's my two cents.
  14. arcturus

    arcturus Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 8, 2012
    San Diego
    I can only speak for myself and anecdotal evidence being what it is, it cannot be taken as absolute proof. Nonetheless, these anecdotes are still powerful enough to convince me that the rate of quitting smoked tobacco is much higher than 30%. I suspect that it's above 80%. I quit the same day I started vaping, without even bothering to finish my last, half-full pack of cigarettes.
  15. R53_Dave

    R53_Dave Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 3, 2012
    Being a PAD smoker for over 25 years, I was supprised how easy it was to give them up for Vaping. My plan is to slowly ween myself to lower and lower nicotine levels until I'm vaping 0. I'm in no hurry though. Good luck!
  16. HowlingBadger

    HowlingBadger Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Like everybody else has said, times differ between people dramatically. Some people give up cigs the day they get their first pv, others take up to a year. What's important is that you try to think of it as switching rather than quitting. Slowly make the transition and eventually you'll find that youre reaching for your pv rather than a cigarette. As for quitting vaping entirely, I don't think there are many that do. I'm sure it's possible, but I haven't personally heard of any. As long as you keep at it and really focus on your goal I'm sure you'll get there eventually.
  17. yzer

    yzer Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Nov 23, 2011
    Northern California
    I don't know. ECF seems to promote vaping as a long-term solution to smoking with vapers embarking on a permanent progression of increasingly sophisticated and expensive e-cigarettes that deliver more and more nicotine. That's a good business model for vaping vendors but I'm not convinced it's the healthiest path for ex-smokers.

    I plan on about 2-3 years to make the transition from full-time smoking to full-time vaping to non-smoker & non-vaper. Good fortune willing.
  18. Kay1959

    Kay1959 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    How many people have successfully made the switch from cigs to PV's....ALOT. How many people have successfully gone to 0 nicotine...quite a few, but there are so many here that don't care whether they get off the nicotine, it's hard to tell. I for one am in this ball park, as I'm hanging somewhere between 5-3 mg's of nico and going down to 0 soon. How many people have gone from 0 nico to stopping way to know since they don't come here anymore.
    I originally thought I'd vape for awhile, until I got off the nicotine and then stop vaping. But now that I'm into vaping, I'm really enjoying I may or may not stop vaping. But it isn't because I couldn't, but more I just don't want to. I'm loving the flavors!! And it's a great stress reliever.
  19. PropogandaOfTheDeed

    PropogandaOfTheDeed Full Member

    May 3, 2012
    Albuquerque, NM
    I'm curios- Is there anyone who used ecigs to replace smoking but now vapes with no nicotine liquids?

    I'd really like to eventually stop being dependent on nicotine. If I enjoy vaping I can see myself still doing it but I really do want to break the addiction. My Vmod XL is charging. I guess time will tell.
  20. yzer

    yzer Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Nov 23, 2011
    Northern California
    I seen posts from a few ex-smoker vapers that now vape zero nic.
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