I had a dirty habit. I was a smoker. I was a smoker for 20 years. My husband was a smoker for 25 years. We enjoyed it. It was our break. It was OUR time kid free to spend time together since we smoked outside. It was a break from work. An excuse to sit outside for a few moments. It was our sanity saver and our “blankie” when our anxiety would strike in a crowd.
However, it was also taking us away from our children. Smoking kills. We all know that. Smoking also majorly affects your health. I could not go from my basement to my top floor without being out of breath. I could not walk around the block without being out of breath. I blamed it on my asthma and never blamed it on smoking.
We tried to quit many times. Heck, I blogged about quitting smoking in the past. But it never stuck. Patches didn’t work. They fell off and when they didn’t I had a reaction to them. We tried gum. Didn’t work. We tried the inhalers. Didn’t work. We tried cold turkey. That last all of 5 hours and then one of us was going to kill the other if we didn’t pick up a cigarette.
Last year we were introduced to vaping AKA electronic cigarettes. We decided to give that a try. With electronic cigarettes, we could get our nicotine fix without all the other chemicals and we could wean ourselves off the nicotine. My husband has been smoke-free since February 1st.
I had a harder head. I could not get over the fact that I enjoyed smoking. So I vaped and smoked for a few months as I weaned myself off the cigarettes. My quit date is March 19th. I have had a few slips here and there. I did smoke socially for awhile but now I have not touched a cigarette at all no matter what since July 24th. I am proud to say that I am a non-smoker.
As for vaping, we started off at 18mg of nicotine per 30ml bottle and we are now both down to 3mg of nicotine per bottle. 1 month after being cigarette free my husband went to the doctor who was amazed at how crazy my husbands stats were. He was a fully healthy human being. My husband using to have constant bronchitis. Since he has quit smoking, he has not had bronchitis.
I can now run up and down my stairs no problem. I can walk about my neighbourhood no problem. I can’t even tell you where my asthma inhaler is as it has been that long since I have had to use it.
The children are so happy we are no longer smokers. Now when Big Brother sees a smoker he says, “Ewww smoker, I am so glad you don’t smoke anymore mommy”.
There is an unknown from the general public about vaping due to lack of education. The reports are out there and more are coming out each day. I can tell you that vaping has changed my life and I am way healthier than I have ever been. It is still a vice but it is a much healthier vice than smoking. Bonus… I have even lost weight as now I can vape chocolate flavoured juices instead of eating chocolate.
If you want to know more about quitting smoking with vaping PLEASE feel free to reach out to me.