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Hard time getting rid of the last ciggies.

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  1. heroinesick

    heroinesick Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 28, 2013
    Louisville, KY
    Alright, so I'm having a rough time getting rid of the last of the ciggies I smoke. Every few days, usually every other day or so, I get a TERRIBLE craving for them. My mouth starts to water and that's literally all I can think about. I really REALLY don't want to smoke anymore, and the rest of the time I'm fine and don't want them at all.

    Anyone got any suggestions? I did search through the forums a bit to get some ideas, and I tried upping my nic during the crave, and that did work at first, but doesn't seem to be helping anymore.
     
  2. Herb396

    Herb396 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 12, 2012
    NJ
    U can try adding some different juices to keep things interesting or a different flav just for when you have the strong cravings. Or take a walk, phone a friend. sometimes it help me just to say,,"man I really want a cig" to someone else. Vaping is a great substitution but there are still times when i had to fight the old demons off as well. Ur doing great! Just don't give up on the vaping,,it takes time.
     
  3. heroinesick

    heroinesick Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 28, 2013
    Louisville, KY
    Thanks Herb396! I just wish I could pin down the rhyme or reason to it.. I'm not sure if I need that 'special juice' that I've seen posted about that is an additive you put in your ejuice, or even if what I'm exhibiting would warrant getting that.

    If I could pin down a reason for it, then at least I could attempt to head it off at the past or something. Just doesn't feel like there IS any rhyme or reason to it, with the exception of every other day or so.
     
  4. Boden

    Boden Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Sep 7, 2012
    Lexington KY
    What you are dealing with is not the addiction to nicotine but all the other "stuff" in cigs. The alkaloids and other chemicals your body has gotten used to having. This is the toughest part. You have to remember that although your body is telling you that you need them, you don't. I know (heck, everyone here knows) how difficult it is to ignore the craving for that stuff. The longer you fight the urge the easier It gets. After 7 months I still ocasionally think about having a smoke, then I go out to the back porch and smell the dank ashtray I keep out there... just the smell is enough to kill the craving.

    Don't worry about having the ocasional cig, worrying will only make the transion harder. Lots of folk here have told the same story; The more they vaped the nastier the cigs got. After a while you will light a smoke and it will just tastes like nastyness. Basically just let the addiction fade away. For me this took about 3 months.
     
  5. KatyLoo

    KatyLoo Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 9, 2013
    Tulsa
    Here is what worked for me when I was in your exact situation: I was vaping 18mg, so I ordered myself 1 bottle of 24mg. I only used the 24mg. when I had a craving. It worked - no more craving.
     
  6. barbee865

    barbee865 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 5, 2011
    Knoxville, TN
    I keep a Cartomizer loaded up with the harshest throat hitting tobacco blend i have at 24mg. If i feel like having an analog i take a couple hits off of it and the feeling goes away. It happens less and less now. When i first started i would reach for it a few times a day. Now, I can't remember the last time i used it.
     
  7. Boden

    Boden Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Sep 7, 2012
    Lexington KY
    Instead of getting a eliquid with WTA (whole tobacco alkaloids) (yuck IMHO) get some snus. When you feel the need for that Kick suck on one of them for a bit. I still have a tin of General - Mint. I can't use it anymore (holy head rush batman) but it really helped when I was really craving tobacco and It is much less harmfull than smoke.
     
  8. Broodwich

    Broodwich Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 26, 2013
    Charleston, SC
    Ya it's totally ok, lots of us had trouble getting off them for good. I haven't had an analog for a month and I still get cravings for them! I would suggest just chain vaping, every time I have a rather nasty craving, I will chain vape it up, and before you know it you have forgotten about the ciggy craving. Just gotta have a flavor you love for that to work. Unflavored is great for these times too.
     
  9. Strangebrew

    Strangebrew Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 24, 2012
    NE Tennessee
    You start craving... vape. I still stroll into the store to buy smokes. Three cartons within every two weeks, for my better half. Over seven months of being a non-smoker, I feel free!
     
  10. wv2win

    wv2win ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Feb 10, 2009
    GA by way of WV
    The kind of PV you have could also be a problem. I was able to kick those last few analogs after I bought a better PV that provided warmer vapor consistently over 10- 15 hour period. Many vapers actually use 36mg eliquid when they are first transitioning to vaping.
     
  11. Johnnie Price

    Johnnie Price Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 18, 2012
    Waldorf, MD
    I spent about 6 months trying to get away from cigarettes completely. Though I never tried WTA or NET, I did try nearly every other trick in the book. The longest I would last is a week. Finally, I became serious about dripping and my cravings have gone away completely. It's been about 3 weeks since I started dripping and I haven't had a cigarette since.

    So try everything you can think of. Hell, try dripping. It takes some work to get it right, but once you do it's awesome. And I think part of it for me is that it feels a lot like smoking. I drip, vape for about 5 minutes and then I either repeat the process or I'm done. Much like lighting a cigarette.

    Good luck.
     
  12. heroinesick

    heroinesick Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 28, 2013
    Louisville, KY
    @Johnnie, out of everything dripping eludes me the most. I'm not sure why that is, but I just can't seem to figure out what equipment that I would need. I change juice flavors ALOT ( anywhere from 3-10 times a day.) so it would seem that would be the best way, but I honestly don't know EXACTLY what I'd need to do it. I know I need a drip tip, but beyond that.. a cartomizer? An atomizer? Dunno. :(
     
  13. Boden

    Boden Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Sep 7, 2012
    Lexington KY
    What kind of PV are you using? We'll be able to answer the dripping part after that. :)
     
  14. Beccca

    Beccca Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 29, 2012
    PA
    When the last of my smokes were gone I didn't buy any more so I can crave away but if theyre not here I cant smoke them. I don't allow myself to smoke.
     
  15. heroinesick

    heroinesick Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 28, 2013
    Louisville, KY
    Right now I've an Ego C Twist, and two 650 mah ego batteries. I'm trying to keep costs low because my wife started vaping with me, and I sorta made a promise to myself no mods or anything for at least 6 months.
     
  16. heroinesick

    heroinesick Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 28, 2013
    Louisville, KY
    @Beccca, that's definitely the plan. Unfortunately, I've got half a pack left, and my wife has about half a carton left. I used to smoke her's when I would run out if I didn't feel like going to the store, though.
     
  17. Schnarph

    Schnarph Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 21, 2013
    Dripping Springs, TX
    Hsick, seems like you have come up against a very normal problem. Are you at all comfortable trying a rebuildable atty? Even if that seems daunting, some rebuildables are pretty cheap ($10 - $12) and come ready to vape, holding around 10 drops. Most brand name atomizers have a short lifespan and cost a lot for something you can't fix when it dies. The suggestion of using 36mg e-liquid is a great one, but the psychological desire for a cigarette will not go away, nicotine replacement aside. I got over the want of a real cigarette by a one day at a time regimen. After a couple of weeks, I have a hard time riding in a car with a smoker, they smell like a wet ashtray. Good luck with your future in becoming tobacco smoke free! BTW, if you smoke something else (hint, hint), it's going to be extra hard to quit cigarettes. The act of smoking anything will make you miss cigarettes. Chemical addictions are not hard to get over, the physical act of smoking as a habit has it's own place stuck in the back of your mind. I'll hit 3 months tobacco free in a week, and I still find myself looking for a lighter when I want to vape, now and then. Old dogs can learn new tricks, I saw it on Mythbusters and tried it myself.
     
  18. Johnnie Price

    Johnnie Price Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 18, 2012
    Waldorf, MD
    It took me a while too. But all you need is an atomizer and a drip tip, maybe a 510-510 adapter and a drip shield if you want to go whole hog. Since i only use autos, the drip shield and extender are useless for me.

    If you want to try it out, I suggest getting a 306 atomizer and drip tip. Until you get the hang of it, dip instead of dripping. Just take a small cup, I use a contact lens case, and fill it with some liquid. Then dip your atomizer (while it's attached to your PV) into the liquid, let the excess drop off, attach the drip tip and vape. Though this process is a little more involved than dripping, it's also much easier to get the hang of and much less messy than dripping.

    You can only dip on an open bridge atomizer: the 306, l88b, the modified 4081 at Avid Vaper (though you'll need an adapter) or the Sidesho atomizers at Modern Vapor. Though I rarely leak anymore when dripping, I primarily dip at home just because of the ease of use and the ritual involved.

    The 510 and 901 atomizers are a closed bridge system; they take a different drip tip than the 306, but it's the same tip that you would use on a cartomizer or a Vivi Nova.

    Good luck with it.
     
  19. John Alexander

    John Alexander Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 18, 2013
    On the back nine
    I had those same urges until I found some fantastic flavors. Now I don't even think about analogs.
     
  20. stefania123

    stefania123 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 5, 2013
    Los Angeles
    Why the yuck when it comes to WTA juice? It works for some people.. I just got some.. and personally the thought of using Snus is yucky to me lol.
     
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