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8 years today, without a cig.

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  1. nanovapr

    nanovapr Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 15, 2011
    Catatonic State, USA
    I keep posting the same old thing, every year. Adjust to suit!

    It has been 8 years today, since my last cigarette. I haven't been posting in recent months, I have been keeping up on the treadmill of life. For the last couple of years, I have been pasting this exact same thing on my anniversary. I think it still works.

    Thanks to ECF for being here, to the mods for keeping it sane, CASAA for working so that we can have a future, and all of you for helping each other and yourselves!

    Like most of you, I spent too large a percentage of my life killing myself slowly, and eventually spending a lot of money to do so. In my particular case, I still loved smoking, but grew disgruntled over the health realities, Big Tobacco, and the taxation of cigs. I have quit many times, in many ways, but never for more than a few months. During those few months, I was never pleasant to be around.

    It's easy to make excuses to keep smoking, I made them all.

    I am *not* an expert, and nobody asked me, but since I am waxing eloquent I will make suggestions about how it worked for me. YMMV

    1. To quit smoking, you really only need two things. A device that works for you (charging, form factor, blahblah) and juice that you like. Three things. The desire to quit.

    2. Don't feel obligated to stop smoking immediately. I was an accidental quitter. Initially I wanted to smoke some and vape some. I could save some money, and not have to stand outside in the rain. It's OK to smoke while you are learning what works for you. You can do that for the rest of your life, if you want to.

    2b. Keep an idea of where you are on supplies. You need backups of everything (home, work, car). After I decided to actually quit smoking, two weeks in I had two battery deaths in two days. I only had two batteries. After 12 hours of crazy, I had to smoke.

    3. Learn your device well, before you start collecting more and more! It can be convenient to wind up with a couple of different styles that work for different life situations. If you buy one every week, you will spend a lot of money and could still be deep down unhappy that "it's not working like I thought it would". Many of us as smokers can be a wee bit OCD anyway. Don't let collecting get in the way of Not Smoking (tm)

    4. Don't buy a gallon of the first juice that you like. It will take a month or more before your damaged sense of taste/smell start regenerating. What you loved initially you may hate in a month. Buy lots of small samplers, to discover what you like.

    5. Yes, you will save money, lots of it. See #3 and #4 above.

    6. At the end of the day, all these devices are just batteries and heaters. How long they last, charging, the form factor, the ability to adjust them during use are all just variations on a theme. Some of the cig-a-likes have a lifetime of 30 charge cycles. Some larger ones can be charged 500 times. Find the balance that works for you. What *does* matter, is the actual vaping end of it. Explore attys, cartos, tanks, RBA. Try them all, this is what determines the taste and vapor production.

    7. Support your local vape shop. I know you can get this stuff from China for cheap. Your local brick and mortar shop is spending a lot of money for rent and employees, and the ability to sample juice is not possible on AliBaba. They are also providing a valuable service in being a first exposure to vaping for many. Go in and hang out. If nothing else, buy some drip tips, juice, attys or doo-dads. Check out the new PVs.

    8. With few exceptions, the kiosk at the mall is not a good deal, nor a good idea. Free trials online or from radio ads are always a ripoff. You will spend a lot more on much inferior equipment and then have a hard time getting it off of your credit card.

    9. Don't be arrogant about vaping in public. They don't know that you are not smoking from 10 feet away. My area has illegalized vaping. With low VG juice, I can discreetly vape after a meal. It beats standing outside in the rain.

    10. Don't get in flamewars on ECF about your favorite device. Yes, there are idiots here, don't be one. If it works for you, that is the best one for you.

    11. Once you get comfortable with vaping, consider DIY. Juice is what costs the most in the long run. Start small, measure with precision, keep detailed notes, be safe. You know what you like better than any description on a web page.

    12. Join CASAA, and do things.

    13. ECF is great for support. Don't be afraid to bare your soul to kindred spirits here in a hard time, you can find a lot of strength.

    #14 for 2017. Consider a banner. I forgot about mine here. For several years, I kept one going on my phone. It was a good motivator for me. I would await milestones. When I had a hard time quitting, my banner helped me. "Only two more days until <whatever exciting increment is coming up>".

    #15 for 2017. Reward yourself with the money you save. I am not wealthy, but after a few months of not smoking, I realized I was not as broke before payday. Buy something fun. Take your significant other out. Buy those tires you have been needing. If you are not inclined to buy 'things', invest in something risky. Or in something conservative.

    #16 for 2019. Now? I find myself mixing juice with zero flavor, a few mg/ml of nic. It's mostly ritual now. But I like it!
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  2. Daniel Forsyth

    Daniel Forsyth Ultra Member

    Mar 26, 2019
    Victoria, Australia
    Congrats on the 8 Years nanovapr:thumbs::thumbs::vapor:
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  3. Lordron's_Drag

    Lordron's_Drag Super Member

    Mar 7, 2019
    Karnes city, Texas
    To me it wasn't about saving money it was the fact that I could no longer afford cigarettes I found vaping took a few months of wasting time with has station rigs then I finally had a little disposable income best investment I ever made.
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  4. classwife

    classwife Admin Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    8 years !!!

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  5. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

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    May 22, 2010
    Central GA
    Congrats, @nanovapr! All good info that you posted. I'm 9 years into vaping and almost that many years since my last smoke.
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  6. charlie1465

    charlie1465 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Congratulations @nanovapr 8 years is a real achievement. To think that you actually could have cheated death too...brilliant :)

    @classwife I think this should be stickied :)
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  7. bigbob2322

    bigbob2322 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 27, 2014
    Schiller PK IL USA
    A big congrats on your 8 year win over tobacco. :rickroll::rickroll::rickroll::rickroll::rickroll::rickroll::rickroll::rickroll:
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  8. TierodBoots

    TierodBoots Full Member

    Apr 25, 2019

    AND NOW WE DANCE!! :banana::banana::banana::banana:

    Great starters guideline info too.
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  9. Izan

    Izan Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jul 1, 2012
    Mallorca, Spain
    Congrats OP!!!!

    Yep... Time to Dance!

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  10. Anise

    Anise Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    May 11, 2016
    Southern Louisiana USA
    Congratulations on your 8 year vapeversary!!!
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  11. rosesense

    rosesense ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 1, 2010
    South GA
    Congrats on a great milestone.
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  12. jwbnyc

    jwbnyc Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Mar 4, 2014
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  13. Robert Morgan

    Robert Morgan Full Member

    May 16, 2019
    Congratulations on your 8 years. I had a health experience in 2007. A stroke make me a smoker and die or a vapor and see my great-grandchildren.

    I chose vaping. Still here to tell you that I use a single coil RTA. Stainless steel wire because it is clean. 27g around 3.0mm rod - spaced coil. MuJi cotton. Whiskey Juice. Fired at 15 watts with a Efleaf ikuu 200. No adjustments once it is put together. No battery messing around. Charge over night. Just Vaping all day.

    Like you said in all your notes. Be Smart and do it right to your liking.
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  14. zoiDman

    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All* ECF Veteran

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    Apr 16, 2010
    Right On nanovapr!

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  15. Diver9543

    Diver9543 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 26, 2015
    Oklahoma City, OK, USA
    Congratulations on your 8th anniversary. Super informative musings, thanks for sharing.
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  16. vimagreg

    vimagreg Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 9, 2019
    Wow congrats, man! Now straight to ninth year!
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  17. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Congratulations this is fantastic (the anniversary and your post) thank you for sharing them with us!!! :)

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  18. Tonee N

    Tonee N Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 24, 2017
  19. Letitia

    Letitia Citrus Junkie ECF Veteran

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    Apr 2, 2017
    West Frankfort, IL
    Congratulations on the 8 years!
  20. gnees

    gnees Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Mar 31, 2014
    Telford Pa.
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    May 24, 2019
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