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  1. rustybikes

    rustybikes Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Jun 30, 2011
    Concord, NC
    Greetings everyone. I'm making this my inaugural post here at ECF. The first of many, I hope. I'd have posted this in the Success Stories section, but yeah - I'm new here.

    Like so many others here, I'm living a success story. I came to ECF (as a Guest) a couple weeks ago, as well as a few other places to discuss PVs, dealers, reviews, etc. to see what was going on in the eCig scene. My only contact with eCigs, so far, was a SE mall-kiosk eCig (with all the sub-optimal performance issues that those thing usually have). I (finally) made my choice last Sunday to pull the trigger on this. I figured than an eCig would help me transition off of analogs with as little pain (for losing my "routine" and "smoke" breaks with coworkers and such) in the process as possible. I was wrong (more on that in a sec). After absorbing the reviews and user feedback, I settled on an eGO-T. I liked the notion of a tank-system and the LR atties are really really effective. A shout out to Vicki at Cignot! She got everything I ordered on Sunday night to me on Wednesday afternoon. I think that's freakishly fast.

    So, Wednesday evening, I familiarised myself with the gear, got batteries charged, etc. and played with some of the flavours I'd got. Before I knew it, it was bedtime. The next morning, I had a fleeting thought of having an analog with my coffee, but I was curious to see how the eGO would fill that spot. I kept the remainder of my last pack of analogs, "just in case", but my initial plan of weaning kinda fell apart. It was early afternoon (on Thursday) when I realised, to my surprise, that I had become functionally smoke-free overnight - literally. No serious cravings and no break to my routine at all. I still get to go outside for "smoke" breaks and hang out with my smoking coworkers. I've even begun to be a bit of an advocate for PVs in the process.

    Saturday I woke up, having been dreaming of smoking analogs (a familiar scenario to many ex-smokers), and got out of bed determined to get an analog to start the day, on the way downstairs, I had a few puffs of my eGO. By the time I got to where I'd squirreled away the remainder of my supply, I'd totally lost the urge to have an analog after all. So I didn't.

    The occasional urges have popped up since, but hitting my eGo a few times squashes the urge, and I've remained 100% analog free for the past week. It's not a long time, compared to many of the other testimonials here, but it's a pretty major milestone for me. In every previous quit (attempt), whether it be with patches, lozenges, gum, or whatever, I'd still be smoking a stray analog here and there within a few days after starting whatever NRT I chose that time.

    I'm still a bit amazed that, even after ~30 years of smoking I was able, for the first time EVER, to quit overnight and make it stick for more than a hundred hours or so. Being quit a week is unheard of for me (and other members of my family who still smoke analogs), and I've the very clear sense that this is "the one" quit that is finally successful.

    I have to thank everyone at ECF for helping educate me, give me new things to consider, and for ultimately introducing me to Vicki and Cignot. Seriously, from the bottom of my heart - you guys have, through your information, reviews, and recommendations, had a part in saving my life. I'm finally free of smoking, and you guys have had a HUGE role to play in that.

    Thank you!!!
  2. donnaq4

    donnaq4 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    May 15, 2011
    Powder Springs, GA
    Congrats on making your start! I've been vaping for 10 weeks now, and am still amazed that it has worked for me. Nothing else has ever come close to making me give up analogs. It's a lot of fun too, experimenting with new equipment and juices. Good luck.
  3. Lorax

    Lorax Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 3, 2011
    California, USA
    Congratulation on being analog free! Thanks for sharing your story.

    I have only been vaping a few weeks and was surprised at how much I like it.
  4. rustybikes

    rustybikes Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Jun 30, 2011
    Concord, NC
    Thanks! Congrats to you as well!

    Yeah - that's the other thing that's helping, I think - I get to geek-out on new equipment, juices, and how they all work together like this. I've been in IT, as a kind of IT-Ninja for 20-odd years, learning and hacking around on different systems/platforms/architectures so the "gadget" element of eCigs is really appealing to me.
  5. Noodoggy

    Noodoggy Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 29, 2011
    Orlando, FL
    way to go! and what you said about taking puffs is the secret to staying off the analogs. i luckily didnt have many urges for analogs but whenever i did...i just puffed on my pv and i was fine. crisis averted! Congrats!
  6. classwife

    classwife Admin Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Welcome rustybikes ! Congratulations to you ! It's a wonderful thing isn't it ! (I smoked for 40+ years...)

    Sounds like maybe you have some modding in your future !!!
  7. Devilman2075

    Devilman2075 Full Member Verified Member

    May 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh Pa
    it really is an amazing feeling. wait a couple more weeks and tell us how you feel. i promise it only gets better :)
  8. Del Boy

    Del Boy Super Member ECF Veteran

    Way to go Rusty - well pleased for you.
  9. AttyPops

    AttyPops Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Whooo Hooo! Good work! See you in the modders section.
  10. Olef

    Olef Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 22, 2011
    Welcome to ECF :) So many of us have very similar stories yet I never get tired of reading them. That feeling of total surprise when you realise that you quit tobacco without effort is sooooo good, and before you know it you will be seeing the weeks then the months pass. Enjoy!
  11. Iffy

    Iffy Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Feb 3, 2011
    Florida Suncoast
    Oh so true!
  12. blue8091

    blue8091 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 2, 2011
    Vape Town
    Congratulations on your HUGE accomplishment! I smoked for 30 years too so I completely understand your amazement at giving up analogs - just like that. For me it was 4:29PM I smoked analogs - 4:30PM I was vaping and have not looked back!!

    Isn't it just amazing!! The confidence boost you just gave yourself is really as priceless as the whole quitting analogs is! Soon we will be hearing about your 2wk - 30 days - 60 days....
  13. MsTick

    MsTick Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 12, 2011
    Congratulations, Rusty. Yup, it's amazing. And keeps getting amazinger and amazinger. It's really cool the day that you realize that announcing your one year anniversary is just a matter of enjoying your e-cig while the time passes.
  14. DaDoc

    DaDoc Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 8, 2011
    new york
    congratz on a week analog free i felt so much better after i got the first week under my belt with my tank system. now ive spent alot of money on other pv's and liquids but it's not like it's money lost ive made a better choice in my life

    Vape On
  15. mafig

    mafig Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 18, 2011
    wow rustybikes:)that is great news! giving up analogs after a short spell on e-cig..took me 2 months on e-cig be4 i gave up analog for good and already 2 months strictly vaping under my belt..i too,have many members/veterans to thank with their encouragement as i did not think i could give up on analogs being a 30+yrs smoker..regards mafig
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