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I Quit Vaping

Discussion in 'General Vaping Discussion' started by Ohm My God, Apr 15, 2019 at 4:36 PM.

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  1. Ohm My God

    Ohm My God Full Member

    Dec 5, 2018
    Currently, I'm 56 days off of nicotine and vaping. Just a little back story about me, I use to be a cigarette smoker for a few years, and then I found vaping about 3 years ago. I quit vaping and nicotine on February 17th, 2019 and haven't consumed any nicotine since.

    The first few days was the hardest obviously because of nicotine withdrawals. I was feeling very irritated, almost to the point where I was going insane. Nicotine addiction is really no joke at all, regardless of the method consuming it. Nicotine literally took over my life, making me have mood swings if I didn't have it, costing me money which I could be saving for the future and investing, and just made me an overall tired and stressed individual which is why I went ahead a bit the bullet and wanted to change. However, I came to a discovery which I would like to share with you.

    If your goal is to eventually quit vaping and quit nicotine altogether at some point in your life, then let me give you a quick tip. DON'T PICK UP A JUUL AND STAY AWAY FROM NICOTINE SALTS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. This is literally so important if your goal is to eventually get off of nicotine at some point. During my vaping era, I found that nicotine salts, Juuls, etc were the worst products to consume if you're looking to eventually quit nicotine because of how much the dosage these products have per hit/serving. Once you start consuming these high nicotine salt products, you will adapt and build such a strong and strict tolerance for it, and you will eventually want more and more and up your dosage consumptions. Oh, and I can confirm this because I went through this entire process, however, everyone's body is different so I can't really speak for everyone's situation.

    Also, I found that quitting vaping was MUCH easier than quitting smoking cigarettes, for obvious reasons. Cigarettes not only have nicotine but other addictive chemicals. On the other hand, vaping doesn't have all the nasty chemicals, so it was much easier to quit vaping than cigarettes (IT'S STILL VERY HARD TO QUIT NICOTINE, SO QUITTING VAPING WITH NICOTINE CONTENT ISN'T EASY, IT'S JUST EASIER THAN CIGARETTES TO MY EXPERIENCE.)

    If you are smoking cigarettes and you tried quitting cold turkey GOOD LUCK AND PROPS TO YOU IF YOU SUCCEEDED. The success rate of people quitting cigarettes cold turkey is very low. However, on the other hand, people that have quit vaping cold turkey have a higher success rate than those who tried quitting cigarettes by itself. So, my advice to those who still smoke cigarettes, first work on switching to vaping, then quit vaping cold turkey. This is a much easier route and it's the right way in my opinion. The right way of quitting is cold turkey. I don't care what anyone says, and I don't care about those fake gimmick products that are a bunch of lies and garbage. The only true way to quit is to quit. Quitting cold turkey is the right way, cut all nicotine consumptions COMPLETELY. This thread isn't about bashing on vaping, it's about bashing on nicotine, and it's about your long term health physically, and mentally.

    As far as my progress, I'm feeling very well and more energized. I don't feel depressed about nicotine anymore, I don't have any more mood swings. However, I do miss vaping just because of the memories and good times I had doing it, but at the end of the day, I am no longer addicted to nicotine, it's just something that was apart of me but not anymore if that makes sense. It feels good to be nicotine free, and that's before getting into all the money I was able to save ;)

    Hope you enjoyed the read and if you want any advice on quitting, just shoot me a message and we can talk about it. Quitting nicotine is hard, but it's very possible. The only one that can do it is YOU. No one else is going to do it for you, and no product is going to save you. The decision is all in your hands. Good luck :)
     
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  2. Jebbn

    Jebbn Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 2, 2018
    Australia
    Good on you.
    Fwiw I regularly go without nic and don't have the problems you went through. No extreme mood swings like you had what so ever.
    Glad you found a way out of your problem, good luck going forward.
     
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  3. Ohm My God

    Ohm My God Full Member

    Dec 5, 2018
    If you haven't picked up nicotine salts, I can definitely see this as a possibility as nicotine salt products have huge nicotine dosage content that makes it feel bearable to hit because of the smoother throat hit (resulting in a higher nicotine dosage per hit). If you still go back to nicotine, you are not fully out of the addiction, meaning you will be satisfied as soon as you take that rip. If you have been consuming nicotine for a long period of time, and you cut all nicotine consumptions completely, you are extremely more than likely to get mental withdrawal effects because you're body is trying to adapt and change. However, if you have done this and you don't experience any of these nicotine withdrawal symptoms... then congratulations, you are a superhuman and I'm happy nicotine isn't a problem for you :)

    Also, thank you for the kind words, I very much appreciate it.
     
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  4. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    Thanks for sharing your experience. Congratuations on your success quitting nicotine consumption completely.

    For myself, I'm content to continue vaping. I smoked cigarettes for over 35 years, and despite the adverse health effects of smoking I enjoyed doing so. Tried many times to quit smoking for the benefit of my health, but failed every time until I tried vaping. I enjoy vaping as much if not more than smoking.

    I'm consuming 6 mg nicotine base. I enjoy the effects that this level of nicotine provides me. I've not found any evidence to convince me that consuming this amount of nicotine will be a detriment to my health, but I could be proven wrong over time.

    As with any controversial topic, there are opposing views on the use of nicotine. I tend to side with the first article below.

    Nicotine 101: The Truth About What It Is and What it Does

    Nicotine Addiction 101 - WhyQuit
     
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  5. Eskie

    Eskie ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 6, 2016
    NY
    Glad you're doing well. I would do the same as you if I only smoked a few years. But I, and I expect a large majority here didn't smoke a few years, but several decades. As such we're not as concerned about any longterm issues with nicotine use in vaping. The majority here also don't use Juul and as such typically don't use high concentrations of nicotine, salt or plain in our daily vaping. But if I were in your position I would probably have stopped vaping after a few years as well.
     
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  6. englishmick

    englishmick Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 25, 2014
    Naptown, Indiana
    I don't intend to quit vaping myself. Apart from the fact that I like it I've heard that nicotine can be helpful at keeping Alzheimer's at bay. I've got that in my family tree.

    I worked with 2 people a couple of years ago who started vaping to quit smoking. Their plan was to vape for a while then stop when they had got over the cigarette addiction. They both succeeded, one after a year and one after 6 months. I'm not in touch with them any more so I don't know how it worked out longer term. They both said the same as you. It was hard to quit vaping but nothing like quitting the cigs.

    It would worry me. I've known several people who did that and went back to the cigarettes eventually.
     
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  7. Ohm My God

    Ohm My God Full Member

    Dec 5, 2018
    A few weeks, or a few decades, nicotine is very addictive and you should stop immediately regardless of dosage or how long you been consuming in my honest opinion. Dopamine is a major transmitter in the extrapyramidal system of the brain, and important in regulating movement. Once you start releasing dopamine after dopamine consistently all the time, you will need nicotine all the time, and for the "decade" smokers, you don't even feel buzzed anymore, you take nicotine just to feel normal. I would never recommend someone to keep on using nicotine, but if that's the lifestyle you want and money isn't an issue for you, by all means to each their own!
     
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  9. MarkSkylark

    MarkSkylark Full Member

    Apr 10, 2019
    I have some neighbors who are decades-smokers and tried Blu cigalikes but didn't like them. I'm considering getting them a Jusfog Minifit and 30ml of I Love Salts Classic Tobacco @ 50mg strength. Do you think this is too much nicotine if their intention is not to quit smoking, but to move to a cheaper and healthier alternative? Or is it the most likely to be able to get them to give up cancer sticks?

    I'm a non-smoker and non-vaper although I've dabbled in both.
     
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  11. Rossum

    Rossum Surly Curmudgeon Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Dec 14, 2013
    NE FL
    Gosh, looks like we have a reformed vaper in our midst. One who reminds me of some of the reformed smokers I've known in the past. :yawn:

    As another decades-long smoker who switched to vaping over 5 years ago, yes, that's the lifestyle I want, because I enjoy it, just like I enjoyed smoking. The only part of smoking I didn't enjoy anymore were the side effects, which were starting to take a toll on me. Switching to vaping has fixed that.

    Money doesn't merit consideration because the cost of my DIY liquid supplies runs somewhere between $50 and $60 per year.
     
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  12. the wind

    the wind Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 12, 2012
    alabama
    very informative post which could help others with the same goal.thanks for posting OMG
     
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  13. Jebbn

    Jebbn Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 2, 2018
    Australia
    Not sure if serious
     
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  14. the wind

    the wind Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 12, 2012
    alabama
    Yes OMG is very insightful.
     
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  15. Jebbn

    Jebbn Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 2, 2018
    Australia
    Still not sure if serious. :unsure::?:

    Edit. Omg! Got it. You are serious.
     
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  16. englishmick

    englishmick Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 25, 2014
    Naptown, Indiana
    I must say I don't share your views on nicotine. I don't believe it's all that addictive, and certainly not as harmful as you suggest.
     
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  17. Skeebo

    Skeebo Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    If I ever disappear from the forums just know, I either died or I quit vaping. Whichever it is, celebrations are in order.
     
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  18. Jebbn

    Jebbn Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 2, 2018
    Australia
    I promise that if I ever quit vaping I will stay on teh forumz and casually drop it in to as many threadz as possible.
     
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  19. englishmick

    englishmick Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 25, 2014
    Naptown, Indiana
    If I quit vaping I'll come back and yell at you all for being degenerate addicts.
     
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  20. ScottP

    ScottP Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 9, 2013
    Houston, TX
    Wait, I'm confused. According to your other posts you vaped using a dripper on an unregulated box mod at 6mg and were looking for salts at 5mg to 6mg strength and was given sources for it. So when did you use a JUUL and why would you switch to one from a dripper and mech mod? Also based on these other threads, you know that all Salts liquids are not at "JUUL strength", they do come much much lower, but now you are saying they are and that all should be avoided. I guess I am just not following the story gaps and logic leaps.

    Anyway, congrats on quitting completely. I am sure it must be a relief to be done with that chapter of addiction in your life. As for me, I plan on consuming nicotine in some form until I die. I mean with the research showing how it can help prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, why not take a little preventative "medicine". If I am going to live longer by not smoking, I'd like to keep my mind during that extended life.
     
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  21. Lordron's_Drag

    Lordron's_Drag Super Member

    Mar 7, 2019
    Karnes city, Texas
    Tell me about it my wife and I were disagreeing about things she decided it would be funny to take off in the car with my vape I nearly killed someone
     
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  22. ScottP

    ScottP Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 9, 2013
    Houston, TX
    Let me guess, the wife?

    I bet next time you agree with her.
     
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