Thursday, 22 January 2015

Welcome

5:00 PM EST 
I am Victor, a long time smoker from Toronto, Ontario. This blog/diary is a story about me quitting smoking. I put it together to share my journey with friends and family and hope that another fellow smoker may learn from my experience.  
I am continuously smoking for the past ~40 years and really enjoying it. I love tobacco. How it smells, tastes and hits the throat.  I am also attracted to a "tobacco culture" and collecting fine cigars, pipe tobaccos along with expensive humidors, lighters, pipes, etc.  My everyday smoke, until recently, was du MAURIER, about a pack a day.

Last summer I was diagnosed with the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, ‘smoker’s lung”), a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It is largely irreversible and the main cause is smoking. But one can stop the progression by quitting smoking. 
Next day after I was diagnosed with COPD I switched to a lighter brand (Matinée Mellow) and reduced my daily intake to 10-15 cigarettes. After a month I decided to quit cold turkey with the help of Nicorette gum.  I had sever headaches and quickly relapsed just after two days. Now I was smoking 20-25 cigarettes a day. And then the winter came. For many years I had a persistent cough all day long that just didn’t ever go away and every winter it gets worse, wet with a lot of phlegm. I felt like I was drowning.  Then I decided to follow Reduce-to-Quit program, again with the help of Nicorette gum and spray. Failed again.
I spent another month reading what other former smokers did to quit, and realized that the majority of success stories (one year or more of non-smoking) are related to e-Cigarettes. I talked to my doctor and she wisely advised that adverse impact of using e-Cigarettes is unknown, nicotine is toxic and not good for my heart or blood pressure, but she also added that vaping is likely less harmful than smoking a tobacco product.

So here I am. I decided to go with the step down method by introducing e-cigs into my smoking routing, more vaping = less smoking and eventually stop smoking completely   After doing some research and asking vaping veterans I made up my mind what my first e-cigarette and e-juice should be. I put aside an additional $500 to experiment with other devices and e-liquids to find what works for me the best. Tomorrow is the Day. 

4 comments:

  1. Congrats Victor, I have seen by your banner on ECF that you have 58 days smoke free and I am assuming it is do to this gift called vaping or more widely know to the public as E-cigarettes. Also I see you are or were perhaps a collector of tobacco products from your story, I was never really a collector of tobacco paraphernalia but do have a fair start on PVs or again E-cigarette paraphernalia lol from trying different products and new technology in the industry. I hope you are enjoying vaping as much as I do and may tobacco be behind you for good now.

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  2. Thanks for dropping by. I am 100% into vaping now. Still learning and do my best to educate other smokers by sharing my experience. I am no longer interested in tobacco products or equipment, it is totally replaced by other shiny objects :) Victor

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  3. Great story, Victor. Thanks for sharing. Ellie

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  4. Wow! I would like to congratulate you for having the determination to stop smoking. I think choosing to smoke e-cigarettes is great because they are less harmful than tobacco. I'm glad you're now a hundred percent e-cig user. Thanks for sharing that, Victor! Enjoy vaping! :))

    Lucia Malone @ Carolina Vapor Mill

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