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  1. Tarja

    Tarja Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 27, 2014
    Paicines, CA
    Greetings.

    A bit about myself. I'm in my 40s, I started smoking when I was around 20 or so. Over the years, I've tried quitting multiple times (failing miserably). My husband would joke that buying me a pack of smokes would be less costly than the hotel room he'd have toget if I tried quitting one more time.

    A few things you realise over the years: everything you own smells of smoke, your car smells of smoke, your family smells of smoke....hell, your dogs smell of smoke. That white paint on the walls, yeah, it's now a nice shade of yellow/tan. Breathing? Sucks (oh, forgot to mention, I'm also asthmatic. FUN).

    In December, I learned I was having surgery in January. However, all of the prep tests (particularly, oxygen levels, breathing tests, etc) failed miserably. This meant, no surgery.

    Now, just how in hell am I supposed to quit, after I've failed so many times over the years?

    I made my first purchase of an e-cig (V2 I think) at that time, and was surprisingly able to last a week. I wasn't too thrilled with the taste and flavours, but it gave me what I needed to continue. At that point, I realised that it wasn't just the nicotine which made quitting difficult, it was EVERYTHING. A nicotine addiction, a TACTILE addiction, a TIMING addiction, and a TASTE addiction. Post eating? Cigarette. Stressed at work? Cigarette. Long drive home? SEVERAL smokes.

    I kept with the V2 for a week or two, and then came across the Tornado Ego-C 1000mh, and I snatched that up. Before I got it, I thought...the hell, that isn't natural looking, it's too big, too bulky, it'll never work. I had figured out that I definitely preferred the fruity blends, so...whatever.

    4 months (and one surgery) later, I'm shocked. The house doesn't smell, my clothes don't smell...and my dogs don't smell (at least of smoke). I'm spending pennies on the dollar of what I was spending, and my juice levels have gone from 2.4 to .6 . I'm breathing better, I've taken up running, and...well, my husband is just thrilled that he's actually seeing me in a light he's never seen me before: as a 2 pack a day smoker.

    I'm also very, very high verbal.

    Pleased to meet everyone:)
     
  2. Susan~S

    Susan~S ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 12, 2014
    Mpls/St.Paul, MN
    Congratulations and welcome! Lots of friendly and knowledgeable people here on this site. Enjoy exploring all this site has to offer.
     
  3. jimbodaddy74

    jimbodaddy74 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Insert the insert witty retort here insertion.

    Keep up the good work!
     
  4. Buggainok

    Buggainok Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 1, 2014
    oklahoma city ok usa
    Hi Tarja, and welcome to the forum! I just love stories like yours!:) Thanks for sharing it.

    Like you, I quickly figured out that it wasn't just the nicotine that was so compelling about smoking. If it was just the nicotine, then the patches and gum would have much better success rates. In my opinion, smoking is a complex, multi-phased activity, and vaping pushes all the right buttons so that I no longer have a need to light up a cigarette.

    Glad to have you with us, and big congratulations on your success!:toast:
     
  5. Chimney34

    Chimney34 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Congrats to you & welcome to ECF!
    As time goes on it only gets better!
    I think my pets are even happy I quit too! You're so right. After my sense of smell started to come back the dog was sitting in my lap & poor thing smelled just like cigarettes so I got up & grabbed the cat...she did too! Poor things! I didn't even realize it. Figured since they put up with me & loved me as a smoker the least I could do was treat them both to a spa day so they could smell as good as I did:)

    Glad to see your surgery went well!
    Keep it up! Happy Vaping:toast:
     
  6. Ms.P

    Ms.P Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 29, 2014
    Mid-Missouri, USA
    Welcome Welcome! Congratulations! I assume your surgery went well? This is an AWESOME place! Enjoy!
     
  7. Tarja

    Tarja Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 27, 2014
    Paicines, CA
    Surgery went amazing, thank you!

    So glad to be here, there's such a wealth of good information here. I'm thrilled to see that a forum exists like this!
     
  8. jmur

    jmur Aggie AND Moon's Acct., on retainer for Beckyblue Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 7, 2013
    Connecticut
    Yes, congratulations Tarja! It's been one year for me, after 45 years of smoking. A LOT of smoking. Everything is so much better. You're already realizing that, and that's good. No, great. Everything I've learned towards getting me off of this horrible addiction has been from ECF. You've found the right place. (And my Golden Retriever thanks me everyday for not smelling like smoke anymore)!

    Welcome!
     
  9. Fisheeboy

    Fisheeboy Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 16, 2013
    Colorado, USA
    Great introduction! As you can see, we are all very pleased to hear of your successes. Welcome to ECF!!! :D
     
  10. dice57

    dice57 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 1, 2013
    Mount Vernon, Wa
    Welcome and, "don't go searching for regulated, or mechanicals of any kind, say no to rba's, and sub ohm vaping, and high watt vaporize. Stay right there, no upgrading, be happy where you are. I'm just saying, there's more to vaping, then simply ego's and changeables. "

    Yes, after finding this site, found what's possible is incredible. Stick around to long and you'll end up collecting. lol

    Vape long and Prosper!!!
     
  11. Fisheeboy

    Fisheeboy Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 16, 2013
    Colorado, USA
    This forum is a one of a kind! I don't care what anyone says, ECF is the best and biggest because of the fine folks who frequent it on a regular or daily basis.
     
  12. Ms.P

    Ms.P Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 29, 2014
    Mid-Missouri, USA
    ^^ Yup, what Fishee sez. :) This is the biggest, nicest, warmest, most welcoming group of people! Even if I still don't understand more than half of what some of them get up to. Crazy monstrosities of vaping gear. Wild collections. It's nuts and fun!

    Many of the vendors run contests. It's actually a really great way to "meet" people. My favorite bunch is GotVapes. http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/gotvapes/551924-play-win-all-new-weekly-gotvapes-ultimate-contest-prize-giveaway-chit-chat-hangout-thread-come-hangout-have-fun-177.html There are tons of others, but I really like these folks.

    P.S. Fishee! 1,000 posts! Woo hoo! lol
     
  13. Slots

    Slots Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 20, 2012
    Eastern Wa.
    We're thrilled you found us.
    Welcome "home"
     
  14. jensy

    jensy Super Member ECF Veteran

    Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh baby , now that's a fab story !!!!! Keep up the great work . As a side note if your dogs still smell a little doggish just gently rub them with a bounce dryer sheet and it really works like a charm when they come in wet from the rain.
     
  15. Fisheeboy

    Fisheeboy Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 16, 2013
    Colorado, USA
    YAY!!! I was very happy that that was my 1,000th post. I don't think I could have made a better or truer one for my #1,000:D
    Thank you for noticing!
     
  16. jensy

    jensy Super Member ECF Veteran

    Ohhhhh FISHEEEEE you are no longer a virgin oh, oh, oh I mean ECF virgin. OH FISHEEE ((((((()))))))xoxo
     
  17. aerin34

    aerin34 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 15, 2009
    Chester, WV
    Welcome to our crazy little corner of the internet!

    :rickroll:
     
  18. Rat2chat2

    Rat2chat2 ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 16, 2013
    Fantasy Island
    Congrats to you. That is just a wonderful story. Hope to read more about your success. Glad you were able to have your surgery. You should be pretty proud of yourself. :toast:
     
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