Like many people, I grew up in a smoke filled home and began smoking at 15 years old. I tried multiple times throughout my life to quit using every option on the market without success. My mother passed away from complications of COPD in 2007... which did eat at me but I continued to smoke.
While at a seminar in Portland Oregon in 2011 I joined the other smokers on the outdoor patio. While we were outside smoking cancer sticks, some of the other attendees were taunting us from inside vaping and blowing smoke. I questioned the vapers about flavors and so forth and ordered a Blu ecig kit so it would be delivered to my home by the time I returned.
Over the next year I smoked and vaped off and on and increasingly preferring the flavor choices of vaping over the nasty cigarettes. At first I just vaped at night, then vaped earlier and earlier in the day until finally I was only vaping. May 1, 2012 was the first day of being smoke free and I have not had a cigarette since. I don't want a cigarette at all, in fact they smell disgusting to me. Just don't mess with my vaping supplies and no one will get hurt
Smoke free after 33 years of smoking. Vaping is the ONLY reason I was able to quit smoking!
Six years of being smoke free has made a HUGE difference in my overall health and stamina. I rarely get winded and seldom even catch a cold or flu. My Dr is exceedingly happy with my general health.
My mods of choice have evolved as the industry grew and now I vape with Eleaf Pico S exclusively and my current atomizer of choice is Eleaf Melo 4 at .3 sub Ohm. In the beginning I vaped with 18mg of nicotine but over time I reduced it down to about 5 mg. I can do zero nicotine and have, but I do get more sleepy during the day. Nicotine is a stimulant so it does make sense.
I am currently learning the art of ejuice creation for the vapers in our family and will write another article about that as I delve into it. I have no interest in making this into a business, but it is a huge monetary savings as well as knowing exactly what ingredients we are ingesting into our bodies. Saving money is just as important as making money.
See also an article I wrote for a newspaper back in 2012. Sandra Warren - Vaping Kicks Ash