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Four years

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  1. nanovapr

    nanovapr Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 15, 2011
    Catatonic State, USA
    since my last cigarette. I haven't been posting in recent months, I have been keeping up on the treadmill of life.
    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, BT, 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.

    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 PVs are just batteries. 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 B&M 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.

    10. Don't get in flamewars on ECF about your favorite PV. 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.
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  2. FlamingoTutu

    FlamingoTutu Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Aug 5, 2013
    In the Mountains
    Nanovapor, a most excellent post! Should be mandatory reading for all new members.

    Congratulations on the four year vapeversary! :party: Hope you got yourself something new and shiny to celebrate, you've earned it. Also hope your life becomes a little easier in the near future.
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  3. kaahn

    kaahn Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 26, 2015
    Eastern NC
    Well said! I'm only at four months but I see four years on the horizon! Congratulations is in order and here is to many more!
  4. crunchie812

    crunchie812 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    May 15, 2014
    Key Largo, FL USA
    Congratulations, and thanks for stopping by to share your positive message and experience.
  5. Just Me

    Just Me Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 4, 2010
    Congratulations on your four years, well done!
  6. 57chilicat

    57chilicat Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 3, 2011
    McKinney, TX
    This is probably the best post I have seen and read. Congrats on making your 4 year mark and congrats on making a lasting impression with your words of wisdom! So will said!
  7. Thrasher

    Thrasher ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 28, 2012
    Madeira beach, Fla
    Congrats on 4!

    Great post
  8. Jugband

    Jugband Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 10, 2013
    PA, USA
    Excellent post! Thanks for sharing, and of course, congrats!!!!!!!
  9. ScandaLeX

    ScandaLeX ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 6, 2013
    @nanovapr ~ CONGRATS to YOU!!!!!

    Your post should be stickied!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Best words of advice eva!!!!!! :banana:
  10. sc12

    sc12 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 22, 2013
    Big congrats on your 4 years! Enjoyed your post. Great advice there.
  11. NotableVirtues

    NotableVirtues Full Member

    May 12, 2015
    Great post!

    Thanks for putting out there what most of us know, but what a lot of people dont know.
  12. ENAUD

    ENAUD falling, falling, down the rabbit hole... Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Congratulations on four wonderful years nanovapr! Thank you for such a great post marking your milestone. Well done! :thumbs:
  13. hashtag

    hashtag Ultra Member

    May 17, 2015
    Congrats, I hope to be posting this same milestone 3 and a half years from now. Great advice as well, very inline with what I have learned so far.
  14. Gilligan

    Gilligan Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 20, 2015
    On The Island
  15. skillzizzo

    skillzizzo Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 9, 2015
    west lebanon nh
  16. issy

    issy Super Member ECF Veteran

    Congratulations on 4 years, and thank you for the thoightful post nanovapr!
  17. nanovapr

    nanovapr Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 15, 2011
    Catatonic State, USA
    Thanks all for the kind words. Flamingotutu, I did buy something shiny, but it was inconsequential. A metal drip tip. It was my reward! Also, for the event? I did inhale two hits of a cig. Augh. It reminds me of why I quit smoking.
  18. SissySpike

    SissySpike Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 1, 2012
    San Diego CA
  19. jaytex1969

    jaytex1969 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 27, 2015
    Austin, TX

    Jay :headbang:
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