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  1. moze229

    moze229 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    Central NC, USA
    I just realized that it's been 1.5 years since I lit up a traditional. I know I'm not as cool as you all that's going on 10+ years now, but it's been a long road and I've hung in there. I vape a lot, but it keeps me from the cancer sticks. I don't cough anymore. I don't get sick as much with "chest colds". I don't stink. My garage doesn't smell like an ash tray anymore.

    I started here as a hybrid vaper. I smoked and vaped for years, but could never kick the cigs. It wasn't until I really focused on quitting that I was able to go full vape. I forced myself to accept the vape as the only fix. That combined with finally finding the right equipment that worked for me had put me where I am today. I'm on 18mg right now, and I'm happy with that. As I move further down the road, I'll focus on dropping that level. For now, I'm just focusing on not lighting up.

    I still have a pack of unopened cigarettes that I bought in April of 2016. I'll probably hold on to it for the rest of my life, signifying the last pack of cigarettes I bought. I priced a pack of cigarettes while at a gas station recently and I'm so glad I'm not buying those anymore!

    My message for those that are still struggling is to keep at it. The key is finding the right equipment that works for YOU. From cigalikes to box mods, they all have a purpose. My salvation was finding a cigalike combo that was worth a crap.

    Thanks for this site and all of those who are supportive here. I don't spend a lot of time here, but I have in the past. I truly believe that traditional cigarettes will soon become a thing of the past.
     
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  2. Trigster

    Trigster Super Member

    Aug 2, 2017
    SF Bay Area
    Dynamite...So glad you were able to finally stick-a-fork-in-it for good...I was a bit different with the last 1/2 pack...I don't think I'll ever forget my self amazement at throwing them in the trash...I was a dual user for about 3 years after smoking for 30+...It's only been about 3 months but the smokes feel long gone by...It's pretty funny how shocked friends are that I Quit...Trig ??? Quit Smoking ???...I'm Happy For You...Trig :thumbs:
     
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  3. moze229

    moze229 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    Central NC, USA
    Thanks for the support! And congrats on your success as well. I smoked for 25+, so it was really weird not going out to the garage in the morning to light up. Instead I just kept lying in bed and vaped a few puffs, then hit the shower. It took a while, but that's my routine now.

    I'm surprised and happy that at only 3 months you feel like the cigs are long gone. Took me longer than that! lol
     
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  4. IMFire3605

    IMFire3605 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    May 3, 2013
    Peoria, Arizona, US
    Hey, 1.5 years is nothing to shake a stick it is still a commendable and a great milestone. 6 more months and you'll be at the 2yr mark, that is not far off either ;). Keep up the good work.
     
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  5. lupinehorror

    lupinehorror Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jul 11, 2017
    dunblane
    a real achievement! congratulations.
    (i'd type more but I'm so hungover right now...)
     
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  6. MJCSD

    MJCSD Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    May 7, 2014
    usa
    Congratulations. I smoked for 43 years and turnd to vapeing to quit smoking i have been cigarette free going on 4 years now .
     
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  7. HauntedMyst

    HauntedMyst Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 18, 2013
    Chicago
    Nice job! It's good to be free.
     
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  8. Possum64

    Possum64 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 25, 2017
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hey moze229 - I love your story! It gives all us dual users out here hope that one day we too will be free of the cigs. Thank you so much for sharing with us.
    May I ask what 'cigalike combo' you found? I have been busily looking (and buying) an assortment of things to try to find a more suitable, easier to use set-up for work. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
    Catherine
     
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  9. gofishtx

    gofishtx Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 24, 2014
    Tomball Texas
    Congrats on your victory. Whether it's 2 weeks or 2 months or 10 years. You are still a winner:thumb:
     
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  10. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Congratulations, and I'm so glad you returned to share this milestone it's fantastic! There are vapers who have spent a long time dual using before quitting, I am one of them, though I did stop dual use for a while and returned quickly to cigs alone but my health deteriorated rather quickly, so I returned to vaping with new determination and it worked! Congratulations for getting to that point, that's fantastic. I agree, there are times it is still a struggle for me, but most of the time, I am so happy I switched to vaping alone.

    Congrats~ :rickroll::headbang::headbang::rickroll:

    Anna
     
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  11. JCinFLA

    JCinFLA Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 21, 2015
    Way to go! That's terrific! 1.5 years ciggy free is no small milestone at all. :thumbs:

    Also, it's not the length of time that you were a "hybrid vaper" that matters. It's the fact that you stuck with it and DID kick the smokes to the curb! You're another example of a former smoker with a wonderful success story! :)
     
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  12. moze229

    moze229 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    Central NC, USA
    I didn't expect this much of an overwhelming response! Thanks for everyones' support!

    Recent cigalike batteries last longer and run at the same voltage as their traditional larger counter-parts. (They just don't last as long before a recharge as the big ones.) This coupled with a good mini-clearomizer solved my issue. In the past I had always tried the cigalikes with cartomizers, and that wasn't sufficient for me. People still use them, but they just don't burn hot enough for throat hit, at least for me. Now I have a fairly cheap and easy to carry solution right in my pocket with me all of the time. Whenever I have the urge it's there.

    Find cigalike batteries that run at least 3.6v (I think they all do now) and mini clearomizers that burn at least 2.2 ohms. As a smoker, you will be happy with this. I go with auto batteries because I don't want to worry about turning them on and off all of the time. With the manual button switches, you WILL forget to turn it off at some point down the line when putting in your pocket/purse, and that can be a dangerous situation.

    Once you find a solution that works ALMOST as well as a cigarette for you (you will never find a direct replacement for burning cigarettes and you will not get the same satisfaction from vaping - at least at first.), you can focus on removing cigs from your lineup. I'm thoroughly convinced that I was more addicted to the chemicals in cigarettes than I was to the nicotine. No matter how much I vaped, I never got fully satisfied. At first. After a few days it got better. After a few weeks, vaping was all I did. Mornings and after meals are most difficult, but force yourself to accept vaping as your only fix. It gets better.
     
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  13. Beamslider

    Beamslider Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 29, 2017
    San Francisco
    Congratulations on the end of the nasty cigarette habit. 1.5 years is indeed a great milestone.
     
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  14. Letitia

    Letitia Citrus Junkie ECF Veteran

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    Apr 2, 2017
    West Frankfort, IL
    Congrats Moze. So happy for you. I just passed my 2 year mark in May. Great share. :smokie:
     
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  15. vapdivrr

    vapdivrr ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 8, 2012
    sarasota,fl
    It's an awesome thing to quit a smoking habit, so congrats. I also like the fact that you said you are happy right now with your nic levels and aren't to focused on lowering at the moment, as you are more focused on just forgetting about smoking...I think that is the correct frame of mind, it seems all to often people immediately start thinking about lowering, when they haven't truly and honestly quit the smokes....

    Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
     
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  16. Possum64

    Possum64 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 25, 2017
    Brisbane, Australia
    Thanks Moze for sharing your tips. Anything that helps the full transition to vaping is a winner.
    Catherine
     
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