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Still smoking support and chat thread

Discussion in 'Pay It Forward - PIF' started by loxmythe, Jan 26, 2014.

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  1. tgs3

    tgs3 Senior Member

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    Aug 3, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    This thread is going a bit dark. Hope it doesn't die completely! Just wanted to say that I just finished a week at 8 cigs per day. I don't smoke at all after 6:30pm. Daytime hours are still a problem.
     
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  2. B-Dang

    B-Dang Full Member

    Sep 28, 2017
    International Falls MN
    opposite for me vape soon as iam home from work at 4 30 its the 8 am to 4 30 that iam on the go or in the office that i cant seem to kick the cigarettes today is day 2 of no ciggs just vape and i almost broke down an bought a pack but i survived to fight for another day lol
     
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  3. Medea

    Medea Full Member

    Sep 21, 2017
    I lurked on this thread for a long time, like 2013 long time, lol. It helped me to accept myself as a smoker, and why I was and still am reluctant to give up that title. It's an identifier and it's really scary to let it go. I decided not to. So far, it's working for me. I am not smoking, but I won't/don't want to say how long etc, because I might just choose to have one tomorrow. And that's okay. I'm still doing better thanks to vaping :D
     
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  4. thayamax

    thayamax PIF MODERATOR Extraordinaire Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Mar 7, 2013
    Detroit, MI
    Hi, everyone! It's been a while since I've been here but I'm still around. I'm having much trouble typing with my carpal tunnel wrist braces on both hands. It's even harder to be a touch typist when all your fingers are numb and you can't feel the keys. It has taken me the better part of 5 minutes just to type this much with more backspacing than forward typing. :grr:

    @Medea, that's a loooong time lurking! You must remember how busy this thread used to be back in the day. By the time you were able to type out a post you had 5 new ones to read! Many of the old posters quit smoking and eventually moved on, then it gradually slowed to a stop. I'm glad you reached a place you're comfortable with. That's really what this thread is about...reaching your goal, whether that's to quit completely or to cut down and remain a dual user. Those last ones surely are the hardest to let go.

    @KC0YNU, @tgs3, @B-Dang, @JJ1977, how about an update? @Foggy Road, are you still with us? We miss you.
     
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  5. tgs3

    tgs3 Senior Member

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    Aug 3, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Hey Thayamax, good to hear from you. I had a huge upheaval in my personal life and fell off the wagon for almost two weeks. Back to 20-25 analogs a day. Four days ago, I decided I needed to get back on track. Prior to the disaster, I was down to 7 a day and was considering which cig (I have a cig schedule) to drop next. I have begun to turn it around. I have averaged 11 for the last four days. I know how to get back to where I was and will do so.
     
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  6. tgs3

    tgs3 Senior Member

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    Aug 3, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Medea, I think that is the best way to go psychologically speaking. In my case, I have learned that once you tell people you have quit or are in the process of quitting expectations get raised and problems ensue. I think I will be a dual user for months or longer. My goal is to get back to where I was before I fell off the wagon a couple of weeks ago - less than ten a day. After that, I will shoot for five or less a day. After that ... who knows. There has got to be at least some benefit in smoking less, a lot less.
     
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  7. KC0YNU

    KC0YNU Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 27, 2013
    McPherson, Kansas
    OK, update is as follows;

    am still here and am still dual using, have found in times of stress i revert to the analogs quickly.

    now knowing/realizing this will be watching for the "trigger" so I can make changes.
     
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  8. thayamax

    thayamax PIF MODERATOR Extraordinaire Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Mar 7, 2013
    Detroit, MI
    I would say there is definitely a huge benefit in smoking less. Even if one ends up as a dual user, it has to better health-wise to smoke 5 to 10 cigarettes a day as opposed to 1 to 2 packs a day or more.

    Smoking definitely has triggers and they can be different for everyone. It's amazing how something that's a stimulant can calm you down when you're angry or frustrated. Telephone rings, grab a smoke...start the car, grab a smoke...eat a meal, grab a smoke. The list is endless. Realizing your own triggers can help you avoid them or learn to deal with them in different ways.

    Whether one cuts down or quits completely, reaching your own personal goal is what's most important.
     
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  9. tgs3

    tgs3 Senior Member

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    Aug 3, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Whether one cuts down or quits completely, reaching your own personal goal is what's most important.

    Totally true.That's my guiding principle for now.
     
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  10. B-Dang

    B-Dang Full Member

    Sep 28, 2017
    International Falls MN
    still no ciggs vaping was and is my saving grace 28 days smoke free thanks to alot of support on this fourm and my alien mod whoop whoop like my dad says if i can do it you can do it LOL
     
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  11. thayamax

    thayamax PIF MODERATOR Extraordinaire Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Mar 7, 2013
    Detroit, MI
    @B-Dang Congrats on 28 days cig free! That's a great start. It's so important to have support when you try to quit smoking, and everyone here understands what you're going through. Once you find equipment that suits your needs and juice you love, it makes the battle a lot easier. Keep up the good work! :cool:
     
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  12. tgs3

    tgs3 Senior Member

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    Aug 3, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Today, i smoked six. Could have smoked less. WTA iiquids have been a help.
     
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  13. thayamax

    thayamax PIF MODERATOR Extraordinaire Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Mar 7, 2013
    Detroit, MI
    Congrats, @tgs3! It sounds like those WTA liquids are really helping you out. I never tried them, but I've heard that they've helped a lot of people who struggled to quit.
     
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  14. Medea

    Medea Full Member

    Sep 21, 2017
    Thanks for the welcome, guys, and Thaya, yes, I read hundreds of pages, lol. There were more than 800 total, I read at least 500. It helped me. Vaping was different then and we've moved on, but the reluctance to redefine, that is hard. Only we can truly understand that (I say). I haven't had a cigarette in a few months, btw, but I don't know when was my last, nor do I know when will be my next. It helps that I have a supportive and easy going partner, I know if I tell him I want cigarettes he'll be all : okay, how many? For right now, I'm okay just vaping and I feel so much more free. :)
     
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  15. tgs3

    tgs3 Senior Member

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    Aug 3, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    I am now back on track - 6 yesterday, 5 the day before. Aside from the WTA juice, getting a variable wattage battery has really helped.
     
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  16. tgs3

    tgs3 Senior Member

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    Aug 3, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    I have averaged 6 per day for the last week. Had 4 cigarettes today (that's a new record). That's the good news.

    Now, what maybe bad news: my last cigarette today at 6:15pm was the best one I have had in a long time. American Spirit black. I thought cigarettes would become more and more disgusting (at least that is what others have reported). To be honest, dual using, when I am under 5 per day is something I can accept for the next few months.

    Now that I have found some juices that I really like, I am finding cutting down much easier.
     
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  17. redeuce

    redeuce Super Member Verified Member

    Jul 11, 2017
    Chicago suburbs
    And there lies the problem that hinders some of us from quitting completely. Cigs don’t taste like crap to all ex smokers who switch to vaping. Like tgs, I still like the taste and smell of a cig. I dual used for almost 2 1/2 months. Kept telling myself it was fine to dual use because I had gotten down to 1 cig with morning coffee. I’d quit when it felt right. Then I read a post by Coastal Cowboy that for some people to stop completely, they must get rid of the cigs completely, throw them away or don’t buy more. That’s what I did on 9/15. I believe Foggy had to throw his out the window to get to 0.

    TGS, you are doing great, and it is fine to dual use for as long as you want. Any reduction is a victory. Just be aware that for some of us, to go to 0, it took physically removing them from easy access.
     
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  18. tgs3

    tgs3 Senior Member

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    Aug 3, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Averaged less than five cigarettes per day for the last seven days. Today, four. Smoking cigarettes is now a choice for me. Never thought I would say that since it never felt like a choice - at least not for many years. I am really grateful that I joined this community and began vaping.

    I have also decided to start reducing the nic level of the juice I am using. I have a lot of 2.4 on hand, but have been enjoying some some liquid from blacknote at 1.8. Each time I reorder, I will do so at the 1.8 level. Baby steps!
     
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  19. redeuce

    redeuce Super Member Verified Member

    Jul 11, 2017
    Chicago suburbs
    Don’t go too low too fast. I went from 12 to 6 quickly. Then quickly went to 3. Mistake. Went back up to 6 and stayed there. May be easier if you up the nic.
     
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  20. KC0YNU

    KC0YNU Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 27, 2013
    McPherson, Kansas
    7 Hours with out a cig, just now starting to get a little jittery.
    Vaping through with 24mg, will use 12mg during the day at work tomorrow.
     
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