Quitting Smoking With The E-Cig

RondaKay By RondaKay, 4th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If you have never smoked, you will never understand the power smoking has over someone. You will never understand the joy of being able to quit. If you know someone who is trying to quit and failing, don't judge them and don't push them. Offer them love and support because that's what will help them more than anything.

How Do We Get Started Smoking?

I was born in the sixties, so the seventies were my "growing years". I first inhaled a cigarette when I was fourteen years old. I coughed and spit and spewed, lol, but I was now cool like the rest of the kids. I, of course, didn't smoke every day or make it a habit to smoke at fourteen. I never really picked up cigarettes as my choice of habit until age eighteen. It was still for the same reasons as when I was fourteen though. I wanted to fit it. I wanted people to like me. I didn't realize at that age that people already liked me because I was amazing.

Why Do We Smoke?

We smoke for all kinds of reasons. We are stressed. We are happy, we are sad, we had a good day, we had a bad day. The sun is shining or the sky is cloudy. We don't really need a reason to smoke, we are addicted. How many times did I try to quit and found a reason not to? More than I can tell you. I wasn't just addicted to the nicotine or the chemicals in the tobacco, I was mostly addicted to the habit.

Knowing The Facts.

I knew the facts. I wasn't ignorant about the dangers of smoking. My father had a stroke at age 50. The doctor told him if he didn't quit smoking, he'd die of a heart attack within five years. My father died of a massive heart attack at age 54. My grandmother quit smoking thirty years before she died of lung cancer. Addiction knows no boundaries and it doesn't give a hoot about your health.

Never Give Up Trying To Quit

If you try to quit and keep failing, keep trying. It's not easy. Anyone who has quit knows this. I tried quitting with patches, gum, pure will power. I was weak. I kept going back. I rarely made it two or three days. I did come very close to quitting when I got on that stop smoking pill, Chantix. It truly did block the cravings. Not everyone could take this pill because of the side effects, but luckily I had few side effects with it. Soon I realized the hardest thing for me to break was the smoking habit. I ran out of Chantix and couldn't afford to buy another script. The smoking increased again and I gave up quitting.

My Last Heart Attack

September 2013 my daughter shared with me she was having a baby in June 2014 and I would be a first time Grandma. I was stoked. February 1, 2014 I had a heart attack. Here's the kicker. It wasn't my first. It was actually my second in twelve years. It was my second stint. I had a serious and very real decision to make. Did I want to live to see my grandbaby grow up? Of course!! So I set my goal to quit. I was scared. I had tried many times and failed. I did not want to fail this time. I had to succeed.

How I Finally Quit

I heard about the Aqueous Vapor E-Cig from some coworkers. I purchased one with the nicotine-free oil. I also learned my job paid 100% of smoking cessation products, so I also asked my doctor for Chantix again. The Chantix blocked the cravings and I was able to use the e-cig to slowly back down from the habit. The cravings were gone in no time and I got to where I was forgetting to smoke the e-cig. Finally in April 2016, I put the e-cig down too. I won!!! I beat it!!! I quit smoking!!! I have not had nicotine for nearly eleven months. I am smoke-free.

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E-Cig, Father Died, Found A Reason, Health, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Nicotine-Free Oil, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Smoking Habit, Stress, Will Power

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author avatar RondaKay
I'm 50 years old, been married 30 years. I have two grown children, one boy one girl, and the most beautiful grandbaby girl, Zoey. She has my heart.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
4th Jan 2015 (#)

It is tough to quit but also one of the best things a person can do, it saves you money and your health.

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author avatar Shamarie
4th Jan 2015 (#)

Good article, RondaKay! Thanks for sharing! People should take their health more seriously!

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author avatar Carol Roach
5th Jan 2015 (#)

You are writing such wonderful articles, I hope you like it here

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author avatar brendamarie
10th Feb 2015 (#)

Quitting smoking is the hardest habit to quit. I am so happy for you.

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