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Discussion in 'Vaping Success Stories' started by ElectriSean, Sep 1, 2014.

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  1. ElectriSean

    ElectriSean Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 26, 2014
    Alberta, Canada
    My name is Sean. I am a 40 year old electrician living in Small Town Alberta. I started smoking when I was 12. My parents smoked, my friends parents smoked, many of my aunts and uncles smoked, and most of my teachers smoked. Everyone knew it was bad, and no-one encouraged it, but I doubt it was a surprise to anyone the first time I got caught.

    Twenty eight years is a long time to do anything. I loved smoking, and I told myself I would never quit. I didn't want to. When the Anti Tobacco fascists started cracking down, I became even more adamant. I have always been a non-conformist, so I used smoking as yet another badge of honour. I am also very introverted, and as smoking became banned in more and more places, I became less and less social. At the end of that particular part of my life I was smoking at least 2 packs a day, spending around $700 a month, and hardly leaving my house except to work. If I couldn't smoke there, I wasn't going.

    I had seen those crappy plastic e-cigs on display at the place I bought my smokes for months. I asked the clerk if they worked well, she said she heard they weren't great. On closer inspection I learned that there was no nicotine. I knew that the patch and the gums didn't work very well, and they have nicotine, so I thought there is no way these things would work for me. I need my nic. So I hopped on the net, started looking for something better. I found a lot of stuff. Almost too much. I decided to bite the bullet and order a starter kit for around $50 and a few different flavors of juice. I thought if I could cut my smoking even by half, I would be a lot better off. Financially and in terms of health. Let me tell you, 2 packs a day takes it's toll.

    I tracked my package through the standard online procedure of anticipation and doom and gloom. From Calgary it took 4 days to arrive. For the first 3 days of waiting I chain smoked. I wanted to be so sick of smoking that I would be ready to try anything. I almost made myself sick, I gave myself almost all of the nicotine overdose symptoms by the end of the night. The morning my package arrived I spent at the dentist having my teeth cleaned. Not a pleasant experience at all, as I said – 2 packs a day takes it's toll. After leaving the dentist I went to work for awhile. It was a slow day and the boss let us leave early, which was just fine and dandy with me. Between the dentist and getting to the post office I smoked 3 cigarettes. I really didn't want to undo all the time I spent in the chair getting my mouth abused by the hygienist. So I went home and unpacked my new gear.

    I haven't had a smoke since. That was July 17 2014. Today is September 1, 46 days later. I no longer need to smoke. I no longer want to smoke. I no longer smell like smoke. My car no longer smells of smoke at all, nor does my house. I can smell things again. That isn't always pleasant, but I can also taste things. My teeth look the same as the day I had them cleaned. I am enjoying vaping much more than I ever did smoking, and feeling the benefits of not smoking.
  2. Nana Gail

    Nana Gail Super Member

    Aug 9, 2014
    niceville Florida USA
    What a great story Electrishean, welcome to the otherside. I'm new at this too stopped on My birthday. I smoked for 44 yrs (since age 14) and followed the exact same path (not the Dentist). I've never been happier,and my husband who quit 35 yrs ago (cold turkey) is thrilled. I can tell you that Vaping has it's own addiction, not so much the nic but the gadgets. The fact that you are an electrician will make you one up on the rest of us, so be prepared to share your knowledge with your fellow Vapers. We will promise to share what we have learned from our Vape journey with you in return. Just promise to turn your smoking friends into Vapers if you care about them, and enjoy the thrill of being a non smoker!:banana:
  3. LisaB711

    LisaB711 Senior Member Verified Member

    Aug 18, 2014
    Fox Lake, IL, USA
    Awesome story! Congrats on the huge achievement :thumbs:
  4. psyc63

    psyc63 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 14, 2014
    Great story and congrats. The FDA should read this!
  5. freeatlast!

    freeatlast! Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 5, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    Loved your story, ElectriSean!! Big congratulations on quitting that smoking habit! I smoked for 47 years and also was able to quit almost immediately with vaping - I consider it almost a miracle! Keep it up!!
  6. Rat2chat2

    Rat2chat2 ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 16, 2013
    Fantasy Island
    [​IMG]to you ElectriSean. That is awesome and I wish you continued success. [​IMG]
  7. dirtybirdy

    dirtybirdy Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 31, 2014
    Congrats. Keep up the good work.
  8. Donovan69

    Donovan69 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Awesome keep it up!!

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  9. Harleybarbie

    Harleybarbie Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 7, 2009
    I smoked for 30 years and quit July 29, 2013. It's the best thing I've ever done! Keep up the great work and enjoy your new hobby! Backups are the key to not going back!
    Welcome to the forum!
  10. Beitriis

    Beitriis Full Member

    Sep 9, 2014
    Dartmouth, NS, Canada
  11. DHubbs

    DHubbs Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 20, 2014
    Canton, Georgia, USA
    Amazingly touching story! Thanks for sharing and keep it up man!
  12. ElectriSean

    ElectriSean Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 26, 2014
    Alberta, Canada
    Thanks for all the kind replies :) I didn't even know there were any as they aren't showing up in the 'my posts' search :/
  13. Evilocity

    Evilocity Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 30, 2014
    Washington DC
    Outstanding! I'm a carpenter and smoked more than 22 years. I've been smoke free for more than 3 months and I couldn't be happier. Like you, I was a happy smoker and hated the opposition. Now my whole life smells and feels better.

    Glad to hear from you! You are amongst family here.
  14. Lovebug6737

    Lovebug6737 Full Member Verified Member

    Sep 14, 2014
    Delta, CO, USA
    Congrats!! Your line about being able to smell better and it not always being pleasant defiantly made me chuckle. I work in a bank and just started to notice how much better my sense of smell is getting....not always a good thing :p
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