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  1. Heidi S

    Heidi S Full Member

    Jan 24, 2019
    Hi all,

    I'm new here, so I big hello to everybody! So here is my story (sorry if its long!) I have been vaping on and off for the last few years. Been smoking since I was 16 and I'm now 43 and a pack a day smoker and at nearly £12 a packet its an expensive habit! I first started vaping about 6 years ago with a pen stick clearomiser thingy. That lasted about 6 months. I tried a few times after that with a few other pen sticks but wasn't very successful staying away from the cigs.

    Then about a year ago I got my first internal battery mod - a Vaporesso tarot nano. Loved its size, it's simplicity, didn't have to faff about with batteries and the fact I could change the wattage to actually taste flavours etc. I lasted about 4 months before going back on the cigs. Towards the end of last year I got another mod as I thought I was ready to quit (plus just wanted something new lol). So I looked about and went for the Vaporesso Tarot baby - yes there is a pattern for internal battery mods lol. Loved that too, however it wasn't my time to quit. I was smoking and vaping and although I was smoking less, I was still smoking lol

    Until now.... I went away for a few days by the coast for the New year and the air was so clean and clear that I didn't have the urge to light up a cig as regularly as I would (although I did take a few stigs and a packet of cigs). When I got back home I started researching Nic salts. Now usually I would mix my favourite ejuice (loaded glazed donuts) with normal nicotine to make 6mg, however the liquid would always quickly turn dark once the nicotine was mixed in. I decided to try nicotine salt Nic shots instead....and wow what a difference that has made. No harshness, full flavour and no more dark liquid and I'm only vaping 3mg juice (verified by some kind people on here when asking questions about mixing Nic shots).

    My first week I decided to just have a cig in the morning (when you first wake up and have that urge) and one after I had dinner in the evening before bed - so only 2 a day. At work I was on a low nicotine patch). Sometimes I would only have 1 cig a day. This was working very well to the point where I no longer use the patches at work and haven't touched cigarettes in over a week (that's an accomplishment for me lol). I still have the last packet of cigs I bought sitting in a cupboard and I haven't had an urge to have one. The real difference came when I got the Voopoo Drag mini (yes another lipo lol) and the Freemax mesh pro. WOW, why was I smoking stinky nasty tasting cigs? lol

    I'm 3 weeks in and something has just clicked in me now and I know its my time to quit....I just need to keep it up!

    Although a small accomplishment, wanted to get it off my chest to a community of people who would understand :)

    Thanks for reading!
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  2. r77r7r

    r77r7r ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
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  3. bombastinator

    bombastinator ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2010
    MN USA
    Gratz! Keep it up! :) big cloud DL just works better for some people.
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  4. Letitia

    Letitia Citrus Junkie ECF Veteran

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    Apr 2, 2017
    West Frankfort, IL
    Loved your intro! Welcome to the community.
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  5. Eskie

    Eskie ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 6, 2016
    Congrats on finding what works for you and welcome!
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  6. MJCSD

    MJCSD Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    May 7, 2014
    Hello and welcome to ecf congratulations
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  7. Frenchfry1942

    Frenchfry1942 Chillin' Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 12, 2014
    *waves* from Rivanna, Virginia.
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  8. Katya

    Katya ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Feb 23, 2010
    Congratulations, Heidi, and welcome aboard!

    And yes, we DO understand! :)
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  9. IDJoel

    IDJoel Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 20, 2015
    Boise, ID
    Well done; you should be proud of yourself!!! :thumbs:

    Remember, that quitting smoking is a process, and doesn't come with an on/off switch (though; we all wish that it did:rolleyes:). There may be some bumps, and even U-turns, along your journey. But, as long as you never give up your goal; you have NOT failed. Keep up the good work! :D

    As for dual using (smoking and vaping); it is not uncommon. Find what works best for you.

    My own journey started out similar to yours. I didn't throw out my last half pack of cigs either. I never told myself I "couldn't" smoke. If the urge became to great; I lit one up without guilt (well... maybe a little self disgust:facepalm:). Each time I did, it tasted nastier... and made me quesier, until I had no desire for another one. It took me nearly a year, to get through eight more cigs remaining in the pack, and I threw out the last two. I also found I smoke less of each one, each time I lit one. Of course, I am fairly sure that it didn't hurt, that I was smoking very stale cigs. :D:blink::D

    Again; congratulations! And welcome to the community. :thumb:
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  10. Storm52

    Storm52 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Jan 27, 2014
    Shreveport, LA
    Welcome to the forum. Congratulations on your quit decision and good luck on your journey.
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  11. greek mule

    greek mule Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 2, 2018
    Welcome to the forum.Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking.:rickroll::rickroll::rickroll:
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  12. Opinionated

    Opinionated Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 19, 2015
    My Mountain
    Hello and welcome to ECF!

    congratulations on making the switch! It's an awesome feeling to realize you finally quit smoking isn't it?

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  13. Kelly1988

    Kelly1988 Senior Member

    Jan 2, 2019
    Hey I am also fairly new to the forum. . Congrats! I can tell you everyone here is so wonderful and are the best support available! I'm glad you found ECF, if I can be of any help to you let me know! I've learned a lot in such a little time and you are in good hands! Hey late night crew!
    :D :thumbs:
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  14. lupinehorror

    lupinehorror gumption investigator Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Jul 11, 2017
    hello and welcome to the show. nice place to be.
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  15. muth

    muth Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    May 20, 2014
    Boston, MA, USA
    It's a GREAT accomplishment! Congratulations and welcome. You'll have to teach me some British slang. I like that "faff" about expression.
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  16. Mordacai

    Mordacai Ultra Member

    Jan 16, 2019
  17. Museem

    Museem New Member

    Jan 29, 2019
    I am new here and I am from Indiana :)
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  18. BrotherBob

    BrotherBob ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Dec 24, 2014
    Welcome and glad you joined.
    Hurrah for you! Your glazed donuts e liquid may get overused in the long run. Suggest finding a few more e-liquid flavors you might like and rotate them when you feel like it. The bakery flavors are my favorites too.
    examp: Bakery Flavour eLiquids
    Might want to visit and check out UK info :
    UK Forum
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  19. BrotherBob

    BrotherBob ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Dec 24, 2014
    Welcome and glad you joined.
    Might want to post your greetings in the new members forum:
    New Members Forum
    :All new members begin here.
    "Please read the sticky in the New Members Information forum. It will enhance your ECF experience and answer many frequently asked questions."
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