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I agree with you, if it works for you... go for it.

I smoked for over 30 years and the ecig was the only thing that actually helped me quit. I did have a plan:
- Use an Ecig that is not manufactured by the cigarette companies, why would I trust them? LOL
- Use an Ecig that didnt look like an analog cigarette or taste like an analog cigarette
- Start on the same amount of nicotine that I was smoking with analog and work my way down to zero
- Dont use the Ecig in places where I could not smoke an analog cigarette

I was able to quit smoking analogs using the Ecig. I was able to stop Ecigs after four months. It has been two years since I quit. I will be honest, a craving still creeps up on me now and then, but it is rare.

If I can do this, YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

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Hi, I am glad to join the community. I really want to share my battle against the smoking and how my friend helped me to get out of it.

I have tried to quit smoking for years, but was never successful. I was not only guilty of ruining my life with the harmful smoke, but also find myself culpable for ruining the life of my family by exposing them to a heavy smoke atmosphere. Whenever I start to think of quitting, always got hit by a strong craving and just can't stop myself to take a vape.

Then one of my friends suggested me of E cigarette and offered me the kit nicmaxx.com/nicmaxx-maxx-menthol-sta
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. I started using it and I am sure this was the best decision of my life as I saved a few years to spent with my family and saved money too:-)

I am very much thankful to e cigarettes for helping to win this fight. Now, I am totally satisfied with my ecigs. A great relief!

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Hi again,

Just felt like posting an update... Now we're talking Tuesday and I'm still going strong! No urge for an analog cigarette at all. Actually, if I can help it, I will do anything not to have to deal with those ever again! The only thing I am a bit worried about, is running out of liquid before my new stash (ordered lots!) comes... I didn't order that much at first, as I did not know if I would like it at all and also I thought it would last longer than it does. I seem to use a bit more than expected. And, I have to import it, since it can't be bought in my country (each person are allowed to import their own, for their own use, but it is forbidden to sell), so it takes a bit of time (express shipping is very expensive, 5-6 times normal shipping. E.g. for one batch I ordered, ordered from a few different places, first class was $13, but other quick options, 2-3 day ones, were around $60 and up for around 100ml e-liquid. That adds up when you also have to pay 25% tax on the shipping when it arrives and fees to the shipping company here on top). But, still, if not considering the device(s) and atomizer heads or possible tax, costs will be cut 90% compared to cigarettes (since it's almost $15 for 20 cigarettes)...

I am just SOOOO happy, I can't even put it into words! I breathe so much easier. I got a real surprise when I woke up yesterday morning too. I could breathe freely through my nose. I have thought that was just my allergies, but obviously a big part of it has been swollen mucous membranes due to my smoking, since it is 90% better now! Still sniffly, but not swollen, which was what prevented me from breathing through my nose... When I tried to inhale, my nasal walls would collapse and keep air from entering. I would automatically try to pull air in over and over again, especially at night and sometimes it drove me nuts. It is fantastic! I wonder if I'll start sleeping better because of it, and maybe get more energy... Time will tell! :)

Really want to scream it from the rooftops, telling people to try it out, because I am so happy, want to share it... Haven't told many in my family yet though, thought it should be a surprise next time we meet... :)

And, I got my new e-cigarette yesterday, a Joyetech eCom Mega! What a completely different experience from the cigarette look-alikes! SOOOOO much better, so much more satisfying! I don't have to use nearly as much time on vaping with this one, so much more breaks from it! Love it, love it, love it! Also ordered a Joyetech eGo One, with 2 different batteries, a little 1100 mAh for on the go (short) and a 2200 mAh for at home. That way I have 2 "proper" vaporizers, in case one system should fail at some point. Want to make sure I set myself up for success! :)

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Hi,
I'm all new here, just registered as I stumbled over your post while searching for something on Google and just had to share MY experience with you!

I have to admit, I have been a horrible smoker... In 36 years, I have never even managed to go without as much as 24 hours. Even when I was in hospital seriously ill with pancreatitis (got it as a medication side effect), I dragged myself into my wheelchair and went outside to smoke, even if I was full of heavy duty pain meds, but in severe pain still and had an IV that had to go with me... I just had to, couldn't stand the withdrawal I was having... I have had real problems breathing, especially the past few years, on several inhalers. I have even been up during the night, because I have had to smoke...

The problems have been really scary for years now, but I have not been able to quit, tried everything short of the medications, which I have been scared of trying, since I'm on other meds due to several health issues.

I have looked at different e-cig devices for a while though, but every time I tried to "figure it out", all the "vape lingo" and technical info made my head spin, almost literally... ;) I mean, I'm not afraid of technology and mostly do fine with it (always figure it out), but this stuff is real challenging! But, a while ago, I met a guy who used a Joyetech eRoll-C and he told me he was happy with it and told me where he got it, so I ended out going there and looking for it (but I only knew it by looks, not by name though, should have got the name, but didn't)... After wading through things, I finally saw the familiar e-cig he had and when I read about it, I just thought instantly that that thingie sure was what I needed, to get started... I got it a couple of weeks ago, but then had to figure out which juice to get. That is darn confusing too, that is for sure. The selection is nuts huge! But finally I found one that sounded like it would make sense, it was the TotallyWicked Patriot Range in taste "American Red Tobacco". To me that sounded like it may be similar to my trusty Marlboro Red or Gold's... So I ordered a bottle of 30ml, to get me started.

My thought was that I wanted to try it and start off by combining it with my cigarettes and gradually make a transition to all vaping. Just like what had worked the best for me when I tried to quit, gradually cutting down (but never got beyond 6 cigarettes/day, then I got so much withdrawal symptoms, really bad shakes etc.)... Thought this may be similar, but better than my original cut down trials, as it could remove the physical withdrawal issues...

Thursday (today is Saturday) it arrived in the morning... I couldn't wait to try it. I had taken my last cigarette at 10:20, maybe 20 minutes earlier. Normally I would take a cigarette at that time. So I filled the tank up and started vaping for the first time...

I could not believe it, I really, really liked it. I had been so afraid that it would feel a bit like inhaling just steam, but it was nothing like it. It was quite a bit like smoking, but better. Yes, BETTER! I mean, I was really overwhelmed. Quickly thought, "Why the heck didn't I get to this sooner?"... I felt a completely new hope really creep up on me! As the day went, I vaped quite a lot. I found that I do vape somewhat different than I smoke, at a slower pace, but more of the time. After a few hours I suddenly realized that I was more relaxed than I had felt in years. And that familiar urge to smoke, that I have felt more or less constantly since not long after I started in 1979, was gone. Yes, ALL GONE! I actually said to the woman who had fetched the package for me that you could think that there was something else in this stuff than just nicotine, because I felt so good! Even within hours, my breathing felt so much better, I felt that I could fill my lungs entirely, to the very bottom. Haven't been able to do that for a long time. I mean, in hours? What a shock!

Now it is Saturday, and I have not looked back. I have not touched a cigarette and I feel like I for the very first time in 36 years can say that I quit smoking! Yes, I really QUIT this time! I don't feel like I am TRYING to quit. I am really, really DOING IT!

I must admit, I'm so excited and happy, I feel giddy! And I am sooo relaxed! My breathing keeps getting better. Seems like the vape makes me cough up all kinds of goop that has gathered for a long time, but I'm getting rid of it... As I have understood, in a month, it will be a world of a difference...

I really felt like I had to share this with you, share my HOPE with you, as I am one of those "worst smokers" myself, one of those who had all the worst habits and pretty much let smoking rule much of my life. Not that it was a choice, it was beyond that, when I got hooked, it soon became too late. Until now, until this opportunity... :)

As far as I understand, it is the nicotine itself that makes you not put on weight. So if you vape with nicotine juice, you really should not see a difference, as the nicotine will keep on suppressing your appetite. But, if you over time choose to gradually cut down on the nicotine, it will become an issue. If you are able to exercise, that should help a lot, together with being wise about what you put into your mouth when you feel the urge to eat, since you're not getting nicotine. Obviously it is a very good idea then to have lots of low calory options ready, like veggies. Snacking on low calory veggies whenever you need a snack and no-sugar candies etc., will help. But if you turn to candy, chocolate, cakes, desserts, sweet drinks and fast food, then you'll be in trouble... Just like you would be otherwise in life... It seems to me that if you make good choices at that point, the body stabilizes after a while and the issue does pass. So it is a matter of making it through that stage without replacing your cigarettes/nicotine with unhealthy foods...

Just to make a tech issue clear. I see already that the eRoll-C is not the best alternative for me while at home, simply because I smoke so much and hence vape a lot too. The batteries in those are a mere 90 mAh... So you have to use the power pack/charging case that comes with it, all the time (charging one while you use the other). So I saw that I had to get something else. But now I was going and found it a bit easier, even if I still chose to go for a starter kit (not building my own yet!), at least I had something to compare it with. So I went for a big brother for my little eRoll-C, the Joyetech (same comp.) eCom Mega (yes, MEGA, LOL)... It still looks like a straight "cigarette", but it is thicker and longer. And, the battery is 1800 mAh, which is one heck of a difference! The tank, which on the eRoll C is just 0.4ml, is 3.2ml. Quite mega that too, right? That is one of the largest I have been able to find! So I will be able to vape all day without having to charge or refill, I am pretty confident of that! :) Really look forward to trying it, should arrive Monday night... :) I think that with these two, I will be set for a while, with no issues. Ordered lots of atomizer heads for the Mega too, so I can use it without having to get any parts for a long time (as I understand it, that part is what boils the juice for you, to produce the vapor. It has a coil/wick and that will be consumed over time, so it needs regular replacement)... With the right strength nicotine juice, you should be able to go to vaping without having any problems. Then you can feel confident that you will feel OK and 100% relaxed, without any craving for actual cigarettes. But you have to get the right juice, I think getting a too weak juice, is really setting yourself up for failure! Better with a bit too strong, than the opposite! I got 18mg, but could maybe have used up to 24mg, that would probably give me a bit more "kick" and maybe it could make me take more/longer breaks? I will have to try it sometime (I would order some at 30mg and mix it with the 18mg I already have ordered, so it becomes 24mg, as that one for some reason comes in 18mg and 30mg, nothing in between).

Please, don't worry! With all respect, I of course do not know you and your variety of cigarette use/addiction (we are ALL different, that is for sure!), but I really believe that I have been in the "worst class" of smokers myself and since I am doing soooo well, I allow myself to have hope for you too! :) And, if you may have to use a bit of time to get the right equipment for you, please don't give up, I really think it is a matter of getting the right device for you! Since there is a huge selection, there'd definitely something that will make your transition easy! If you find it difficult, please go to a vape store, if there is one near you or call a store and talk to them. Explain your challenges and ask for their advice! I did call a local store which just started myself and was immediately invited there for a visit to try different options and for a good explanation of how these devices really work etc. Very, very helpful! As far as I have gathered this far, most of these stores are manned by people who are real enthusiasts, mostly ex-smokers who have found this to be the solution for them and want others to get the chance too, while they also make it their living... So I believe that they, even if they are in it for business, are the right people to talk to. Together with vaping forums, tons of them online, Facebook groups too, join one and ask people... :)

Sending lots of good vibes your way, wishing you the very best of luck!

PS! Have not read any of the other answers yet, hope I didn't just say something others already said... Sorry it got this long, I really got carried away, since I am sooooo excited! Third day without cigarettes - who would have thought that was possible? Wonderful! :)


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Trying to cut down with the e-cig. I bought it so I could use it in the bathrooms of airplanes, especially on international flights. It doesn't set off the smoke alarm . . . trying to cut down on the real cigs. ALMOST ready to try a whole day with just e-cigs...but it will have to be a stress-free, non-work day at first. SO SCARED OF GAINING WEIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I will try nicotine anonymous. Been wanting to get off the e-cig.I quit smoking cigarettes in April and used the e-cig for a transition. The problem is that it is too easy to smoke inside now so transitioning is proving difficult!

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Hi all,

I joined this group a couple of years ago when i quit smoking the first time, lol. I am done this time, for good. No going back. Nothing in my life could ever be so bad, that a cig, e cig, or any kind of nicotine delivering device could solve, or make better.

My motivation this time vs. last time, was running. I lost enough weight to start running again, and my lungs hated me for running. My kids kept telling me daily that I should quit. I always had an excuse, but the most truthful one was, I will quit when I actually want to.

Running made me want to, and my kids' happiness made me want to.

I do understand that it is hard to quit when one is smoking 2+ packs a day for the last 30 years. I also have to side with passionatetiger here, that ecig thing is a trap. It will not make you try harder to quit, it will just make you feel like you've done enough for the next, "however long" you have to keep using them.

I tried ecigs a year ago, hoping that I would miraculously quit. Instead, 3 months in,I was smoking way more on the ecig than I ever had with cigs, and spit up some blood and other interesting colors. I too, used Blu and V2. The ecig burned as I inhaled, and it was not a good thing.

I loved to smoke. It made me happy. I rewarded myself with a cig for everything, Ooooh, I just finished dinner- CIG! I just finished my workout- CIG! Just took a shower! Woo hoo! CIG!

Best wishes to all of you, I hope you all are reading this, totally cig of any kind free!

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I agree with you Holly......I smoked for 40 years......ugh.....shocking.......started on the e-cig and have been free of regular cigs for almost 2 years now. I have never looked back, the e-cig worked for me where the patch, gum, hypnotist, classes did not help. If people have nothing but negative things to say they should keep it to themselves and let us celebrate what the e-cig has done for us......cheers to all who have found the e-cig~~~~

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To passiontiger who is forcing her opinion down others throats about e-cigs continuing to keep you addicted, let people be.
I smoked a pack a day for 20 years and used the e-cigarette and am now completely nicotine free.
I had tried everything else to quit but I COULDNT!
I believe the e-cig saved my life.
So, give people a break. Let them do what works for them and stop forcing your uneducated views regarding an extremely effective harm reduction and cessation tool.

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I started using an ecig the day I decided to quit smoking. It has helped more then the patch or gum that I tried in the past and ended up going back to smoking. I started out on 12 mg a month ago and have worked my way down to 6mg. The ecig was the best choice I have ever made. I feel so much better since I started to vape and my overall attitude has changed.

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I started using ecigarettes with this kit: https://tekcig.co.uk/ecig-electronic-cigar
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Already saved a lot of money and a few years of my life :)

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I can so relate to all the people here on this forum! It feels really good to be able to quit smoking. I have tried to do so for years, but was never successful. I felt guilty because I felt I was not only ruining my life with the harmful smoke, but I was also ruining the life of my wife and kids by exposing them to a toxin-filled atmosphere. I feel grateful for e-cigarettes for helping me with this decade long fight! They have been a great relief, that is for sure!

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I've been using a ecig for over a year now. I started at 18mg and I am now at 0mg. I a still vaping but no nicotine anymore and doing well.

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e-cig helped me to quit smoking. It's been 9 1/2 months since I've had a cig. I enjoyed smoking, the whole ritual and all. From packing the pack, getting one out, lighting the lighter, taking puffs, to putting it out. I enjoyed it all.

I started keeping my 2 grandbabies every day while my daughter is at work. She doesn't like smoking around her babies. So, while the babies were here (age 18 months and 4 months at the time) I would smoke outside. But being as little as they were, I couldn't go outside much at all. So, my daughter asked me if she bought me a vapor cig, if I would quit the cigarettes. I told her I would try, but can't guarantee it. She bought me one, and I haven't had a cigarette since May of 2014.

In Nov. 2014, I had to have gall bladder surgery. Prior to the surgery, I hurt non stop for 5 days. I couldn't even puff on my vapor. It would make me sick. I had the surgery, and after a week of no vaping, I said to myself. If I can go a week without vaping, then I don't need it. I did try it once, but it made me feel nauseous. So, It's been 4 months vapor free. If it weren't for the e-cig, I wouldn't have quit the cigarettes

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Each and every smoke free day is cause for celebration count them you've earned them! emoticon

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Today is day 62 since I quit smoking. Is it silly that I count each day instead of just the milestones? I quit with the e-cig called Vuse. It's SO much cheaper, and it helps me through the cravings and the need to hold something in my hands. My boyfriend still smokes, but he cut down a lot for me. Baby steps, right?

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emoticon emoticon emoticon SHOREIDO,

KUDOS to YOU. Replacing a drug or a behavior with proactive choices are SO much more sane than keeping the drug in you by any delivery system you can switch to.
[What BS that Ecigs are a good idea.] Advertising tobacco was as seductive before as the new methods of using nicotine are now. Clever as ever marketing to keep addicts addicted to all the stuff they sell us.

My supports and tools are so vast and so much healthier than soda and coffee and sweets and panic. I LOVE ALL THE WALKING I DO, and like you, I began (when I put the smokes down) by leaving my work desk often and walking around the block rapidly (with a coworker when I could add a person in on this, too.) I drank water all the time, carrying that in place of a cig.

emoticon " Let's get physical" is absolutely life saving!! I hope others realize that what you've shared here is so much more than useful -- it's a MUST DO.

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You've found your spot!! The right word is "replacement" but not with what you're looking at. You need something to take you away"just for the moment" while you ride your "crave".
As I celebrate my 3rd year today as a non smoker I offer you a blog to read on my page at
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Sparkpeople.com introduced me to "exercise replacement" for my habit and no "im not talking GYM" Just simple stuff like get up and walk around the block or up the downstairs or see how long i could sit on a stability ball or lifting dumbells (3lb is a good start) starting with 3 sets of 7x3=21x3=63 and from there I took the ball and ran with it. I still run today! I still workout and I still don't smoke. Make your dream come true. OWN it and make it happen!
Hint: Stay away from the foods/drinks you associate smoking with and it'll help alot.
I wish BIG success for you and a smile when you look at yourself after the first week of not smoking. You'll be surprised!!!

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Hi, I'm new here looking for encouragement, which reading through a bunch of your posts, I found it. My doctor actually prescribed Welbutrin, but after 3 wks. I showed signs of being allergic. Too bad. That was really easy. He then switched me to the patch, which was doing ok, along with an e-cig my son introduced me to about a yr. or so ago. I can say the e-cig is a huge help, and my doctor would rather I was doing that than smoking a pack a day. Like one of the other posters here, I live in an environment where the other 3 people around me smoke, so I slip up. With reading a few posts from people who have quit, I'm hoping to strengthen my resolve.

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I am on Day 3. Haven't had a cigarette since 4am Sunday morning and it's now 3pm Tuesday afternoon. So far so good. I am really enjoying not smoking. I smoke my e-cig when needed. So far for 3 days I haven't even used 1/2 the bottle. I normally fill up my bottle 1-2xs a day. The bottle is really tiny too. So I figure I'll spend $4 a week on the liquid and I spent $20 for the E-cig.

I used to smoke 20 cigs a day Camel Methol Silvers. I am using the 24mg. Started with 12mg but was craving so increased to 24 with no cravings. I place 2 weeks at 24mg 2 weeks at 18mg 2 weeks at 12mg.... 2 weeks at 6... then no nicotine. That is 8 weeks or 2 months before I plan to be smoke free. I've been smoking for about 15 years.


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The USB cord charger can be plugged into any wall charger. I have been using e-cigs for 6 months and they have helped TREMENDOUSLY in my ongoing effort to quit smoking.

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emoticon WTOP news radio station alert:

that eCigs get recharged in computer ports and CAN place malware there.

I don't know who you fact find on this finding but since that is an all news radio station, might be actual danger you pose to your computer by using eCigs!

I was told that malware is not a virus but a bugging system where you cannot detect that all your data is being shared through and to sources that are unknown to you. Now that's important to know about!

Ain't that a kicker emoticon

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emoticon Gorgeous autumn day here. Hello fellow Sparkers.

My life has been dedicated to unlocking the thoughts and behaviors that enslave us to destructive consequences. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
None of you have written for weeks but I know this delivery system is the new fad so you are still talking about it's benefits.... elsewhere.

I have just another opinion that is counter to the question, so that ought not be reason to stop such an important addiction topic. Why not just listen to other sides of a topic when respectfully shared in a team thread? I know this is the new fad for securing the addiction. All I say is that there's more to the story.

BESIDES, I would think you'd all still be proud of me for my hard won and fought for achievement:
emoticon emoticon Today is my nicotine free anniversary: 11/11/99, and AMAZINGLY to me, I am 15 whole years clean now emoticon emoticon My life is so much better than my wildest dreams. I am so grateful!!!

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emoticon emoticon Just returned from a fantastic annual retreat up in N.Y.S. where 50 of us celebrated the freedom of living nicotine free in fellowship. This retreat has been held for 21 consecutive years and folks with as much as 28 years nic free gather with the still suffering nicotine addict to share their experience, strength and hope with one another. The newcomer who still uses nicotine is the most important person in our fellowship.

I am inspired and satisfied to spend another year giving back to the fellowship that has blessed me with 15 Nic Free years as of 11/11/14. Find your own way of course but know that others are out there to support your journey.



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Interesting.

My joints were destroyed by my addiction as well as a lung lobe many years later. Organs are not immune from the bug poison because they aren't the first area to be hit by any delivery system. American bug killer for decades was the poison nicotine. But that's just an aside to the topic at hand.

Buying eCigs isn't saving much money because you are still an addict who is using. Being clean includes removing the drug from your body, not a body part. It's WONDERFUL that you have not picked up a cigarette to date. That is not the rest of the recovery story. Good luck with forever finding freedom from nicotine however you choose.

Keep in touch for the long haul please. Thanks,
the p tiger

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The e-cig is a no brainer.
I have been tobacco free for 589 days
Money saved: USD 4,629
Cigarettes not smoked: 26,505 (I was smoking 45 a day on average)
Husband quit at the same time - he no longer snores :)
We can both BREATHE more easily and feel great.
No weight gain - actually increased fitness since we have more energy.

You must, as another poster has said, get the right product for you, learn how to use it so that it gives you the same satisfaction as smoking.

I cannot believe EVERY SMOKER is not using these things to escape from cigarettes.

I was smoking for 37 years - I am so happy that's now behind me.
The over regulation or banning of these products would be, literally, deadly.

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A friend of mine bought one but she is Diabetic and it would make her Blood sugar spike. I have decided to go cold turkey since I am diabetic too. I am chewing on cinnamon sticks the real ones not sugar coated. It helps. Also getting up to walk when I have the desire.

I have not been around for a long time but glad ti be back
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emoticon ONE PERSON'S EXPERIENCE STRENGTH AND HOPE emoticon


If you must believe that the methadone source for heroin is a different story than the eCig for nicotine, do keep addicted and support the industry by buying any of the substitute products to keep on using.

But, if in you KNOW deep in your heart that there is no denying you are addicted, just looking for quick fix solutions for your habit, to avoid the long term growth and coping skills required to live free from any nicotine in any disguise, you can join others who learn how to live Nic Free.

Mail me if you want to save that addictive spending and find there are resources available for free for life.

I honor your path to come to your own understanding of how to live free and clean, no matter how many ways you try or how long it takes you to come to believe it is truly possible.

Quitting is not all that hard. I've quit a dozen time in my life. Living long term without picking up or substituting addictions is the life saver that works for thousands of us. I will be nicotine free for 15 years this autumn. Please, think hard about what's in your heart and not your head. The voices in your head are the addiction and not you saying "but I must use or I'll go crazy; or I tried and failed so I must believe in the false promises of market advertising." They are betting on the Nicodemon thoughts in your head to believe what they promise you.

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I quit smoking today! It's been almost 7 hours! Longest I've gone in ten years!
~ So excited~

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Hi All,
I am new to this team.
I am super excited about the e-cig I purchased last night!!!
I am a two pack a day smoker.
I have not had a real cig since I purchased the e-cig!!!
A helpful tip from the salesman that educated me said that if
you do not get the right nicotine level, taste you like and e-cig you like, you will not find pleasure in using it and go back to cigs.
I am starting at 18% nicotine and planning to wean myself down in 6 weeks to ZERO!!!
So I think it is very helpful if you visit a vapor shop and try before you buy to get your e-cig personalized to your tastes so that you will use it.
Heres to no more smokers stink!!!!!!

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CBH819. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you as I was not on here for awhile.

I got to 6 mg in 3 months I think. I am now stepping down to 4mg and been quit for 6 months as of today1

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We have e-cig shops in Omaha, NE that sell the kits and juices. My favorite is Plumes. Only three of their flavors are from out of the country. So I have a Smok battery with cartomizer tanks. It's awesome.

I'm just starting to quit today using my e-cig. I have 6 different flavors of juice, and I'm on 11mg of nicotine.

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We used it for a very short period of time when we first quit. I think I used mine 3 days I didn't like the taste but it did help get through the first week. 16 Months Tobacco free now and going strong.

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Thanks Pam!

Americans spend less than 10% of their discretionary income on food - the least of any developed nation. How much is the quality of what you put in your and your family's bodies worth to you?


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Woo Hoo!! Great job! Once you get down to 0 nicotine on the vapor cig for awhile, it is just a matter of the habit, not the addiction. You are doing awesome!

The tracker is for my most IMMEDIATE goal. My long term goal is too depressing.


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After decades trying to quit with the patch, gum, cold turkey, I have been tobacco-free for nearly 11 months with an e-cig.
I make my own juice and am titrating down the nicotine level. Not rushing that, do not want to relapse, although I doubt I will as the smell of cigarettes is nauseating to me now.

I'm thrilled with my results. Here are my stats:

Time Smoke-Free: 317 days, 1 hour, 20 minutes and 49 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 4439
Lifetime Saved: 1 month, 3 days, 21 hours
Money Saved: $1,497.82

Americans spend less than 10% of their discretionary income on food - the least of any developed nation. How much is the quality of what you put in your and your family's bodies worth to you?


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I quit 10 months ago using the E-Cig. I used a variable one that I could adjust the "throat hit" and the mg of nicotine and the flavor of the juice. I didnt use one that looked like a cig, felt like a cig, smelled like a cig or tasted like a cig. I started with 18mg nicotine and went down to 0 mg nicotine. Then I knew I could quit the ecig also. It worked for me. I have quit the ecig also and have been completely smoke free since January 1! The Ecig works! I was a 35 year 1+ pack a day smoker.



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I am using 12mg of e-liquid and I don't buy the convenient store ones. I buy everything through zeecigs.com. I bought the Zee Model starter kit which has the clearomizer system on it. They have awesome flavors and are all made in the USA. Some claim they are but aren't and that worried me. I don't allot of research before I even bought an e-cig. I do have a tendency to smoke allot when I am stressed out which is quite often. I started off with what is called "favorite Flavor" e-juice next I am going to try different flavors. This place mixes their own flavors too so more for me to chose from. They also tell you how to mix your own mg of nicotine. I just hope I can stop smoking because I have 2 heart conditions. ): How long did it take you to get from 18mg to 6mg? Thanks for messaging me back. emoticon

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It all depends on what MG of ejuice you are using? Are you using a store type of ecig or a refillable one? I puff on mine all the time. I dont smoke at all now but i did in the beginning. I smoked about 4-6 smokes a day for the first few days then was down to 2 smokes after about a week i just quit smoking. I the same as you a 1 -2 pack a day smoker and started at 18 mg and am finally at 6 mg.

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I started my e-cig today. I am wondering when people start using them how many cigs are they smoking a day? How many times a day are you supposed to use the e-cig? I seem to have to puff that e-cig a lot. I have smoked 4 cigs with also using the e-cig in the past 3 hours. I'm not sure what is a safe amount of puffs to use off of the e-cig along with still smoking. I really need some help and guidance here. I usually smoke 1-2 packs a day.

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I've been on the ecigarette for a month now and I am down to two cigarettes a day and working towards getting free of them. I love my new eciggatette!

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After 12 years of being a heavy smoker at almost two packs a day, I successfully stopped smoking two weeks ago thanks to E-Cigs. Now it took trying a few companies and different liquids to finally find what I liked but... I QUIT!

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Actually GYPSYGOTH, I believe you must be thinking of ethylene glycol, which is used as antifreeze. Propylene glycol, the main ingredient in many e juices is a harmless chemical compound found in many foods as a preservative. It is nearly impossible to ingest it in large enough quantities for it to be harmful and it is broken down in your body into normal acids. As for glycerine, it is even more harmless than the propylene glycol. The only thing in e juices that could be potentially harmful is the nicotine, but nicotine alone is just a stimulant, similar to caffeine. Nicotine can raise your blood pressure and heart rate, but is not a carcinogen and is not overly dangerous.

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I received a free v2 e cigarette last week was going to start them on Friday but of course didn't. Ended up in hospital Saturday afternoon with COPD oxygen level dropped lung exacerbation came home yesterday. Have not smoked since Saturday I am using the V2 and doing okay for the 3rd day without smoking although today was the worse for cravings.

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Iv'e been smoke free for 1 month! I do use an e cig but i know that once my 12 ml nic bottle of Butter Toffee is gone i will be lowering my Nic to 6ml.

The thing that i have noticed is my appetite has increased. I think this is because my body is not getting near as much nicotine that it did from cigarettes. Also food taste really good even morso now that my taste buds are working better.

I am not stressed craving a smoke as i did when i was quitting cold turkey, therefore i can focus on my healthy eating habits better than when i quit cold turkey because at that time i needed to eat all the time or i would crave a smoke and that crave seemed like an all day everyday crave for the 7 1/2 months that i did quit. I also gained 30 pounds in that time.

I love my ecig for three reasons. One i don't crave a smoke and two i am able to control my eating habits better as when i quit cold turkey. Third reason my health has improved a lot!

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my friend who smoked about 30 a day has reduced that to 5-6 a day with the help of a vapour cigarette,he started with a 16mg normal ecig and now 2 weeks later is on a 6mg vapour..so for him i would yes its definately helping,he said he just couldnt stop..but he's proving himself wrong :)
I have one and also a normal e-cig ,as well as patches,and inhaltor all lined up ready..however I know if I chew normal chewing gum it abates my cravings,so it maybe i dont use the ecig and just use patches or inhalator and normal gum..:)

'just because I slip up, it doesnt mean that Ive failed. Ive only failed if I give up, and I refuse to do that. So, I take it one day at a time and realize that one day isnt going to make or break me, and I just keep going and doing what I know I need to do. www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
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I have been using the V2 e-cigs off and on - they do satisfy the craving and my hope is to gradually drop down the nicotine dose and reach the 0 nicotine level. I like this much better than the patches and gum because it allows my to keep my hand to mouth habit emoticon



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That is my issue - the e-cigs are satisfying, but when there are 'real' cigs in the house it makes it diffiucult especially during stressful times.



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I am using an e cig to help me quit. My goal is to stop using that in a few months. i hate the taste of it so i dont use it few often. I Almost broke down at work today my e cig got my through that 5 minutes. Hopefully soon i will be nicotine free.

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My wife bought me an e-cigarette about six weeks ago and I have not smoked a cigarette since she bought it for me. I quite cigarettes cold turkey and have no desire to smoke one. I love my e-cigarette. Be well my friends.

I have lost 6 pounds. Though I am not trying as hard as I feel I should I am very happy about the weight loss. Good luck to all of you.


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My Fianc and I used E-cigs, Me for a few days (I hated the taste) him for about 2 weeks. We rae 2 Days away from 1 Year Tobacco free.

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I have two friends that quit with a electronic cigarette and they just smoke nicotine free vapors that replace the unhealthy nicotine. I myself quit for health reasons cold turkey but I always enjoyed smoking. Now that i look back one year later it was a nasty habit I am glad I did away with. Congrats on stopping!

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emoticon Here is a view from the other side of using nicotine. emoticon

Using eCigarettes full time just like regular cigarettes? Then you're still a nicotine addict paying for your regular drug supply.

The amount of nicotine in the eCigs is very high. Your coping style has not developed beyond grabbing for something external to take in.

The manufacturers still have you hooked and dependent on a product they profit from. While your pocketbook still thins out from the wasteful overhead.

Some people think it is the solution. That is why the advertising for eCigs is so effective. It appeals to your desire for quick fixes rather than freedom from your drug of choice.

In order to live without nicotine, what works for me is nicotine-anonymous.org and the 12 steps. After all, it IS an addiction. On my own, I always ruined my quits by picking up again. AND also significant, I've saved $45,000 because I stopped using nicotine from any delivery system (back on 11/11/99. That's 14 years from those older, lower prices.) I'm just saying...
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Lungs are not the only part of your body taking in the poison! It flows throughout your body into cells everywhere. Whatever organ or joint or tissue that is weakest in your system is where it will find its place.
emoticon See this all the way through. Investigate long term support and lifestyle changes beyond what any alternative delivery form it's being peddled to you as. Pushers make the drug of choice enticing. You may be buying into the psychological trap that keeps you addicted no matter what else you could choose.

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My wife bought an E-Cigarette for me yesterday. I used it for the first time this morning with my morning coffee. I love it. No tar. No withdrawal systems. My goal is to never smoke another cigarette. Wish me luck friends. I still have to pass the drink a beer with the E-Cigarette test which I will do tonight. Be well my friends. Marry Christmas.

I have lost 6 pounds. Though I am not trying as hard as I feel I should I am very happy about the weight loss. Good luck to all of you.


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This time I Will Succeed !


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So I thought I'd drop by and give encouragement to those who are trying to quit the nasty habit using an ecig! I've been using one for two years in February!

In 2011, I visited my doctor, and found out that 30 years of smoking 1.5 to 2 packs of cigarettes a day was finally catching up with me. I had high blood pressure, horrible heart rate, and diminished lung capacity, not too mention, with cigarettes at over $8 a pack, my wallet was getting very light. (we won't mention my stinky clothes and bad skin)

I bought my first ecig, a V2 kit (similar to the Blu). I used that to successfully quit in one day. As soon as it arrived in the mail, I was done smoking. I had to mentally convince myself that my analog smoking days were OVER. I used that V2 set up for about 4 months at which point I decided that I hate charging the batteries every few hours and definitely didn't love the fiber cartomizers and made the leap to the larger, more powerful, EgoT and have been on that set up since then!

Fast forward one year and back to the doctor I went for a check up. Guess what? I have a perfect heart rate, perfect blood pressure and my lung capacity is in normal range!! I can also now run and exercise without feeling like my lungs are going to collapse!

In the two years since I made the switch, I have not had one cigarette, although I did take a puff off a friend's and at that moment, I realized I'd never be a smoker again. Talk about nasty tasting! haha.

I did have one minor issue after quitting, but no one is attributing it to the ecigs--exactly. haha. I woke up on Oct 31st, 2012 and had a horrible feeling in my abdomen. So off to the docs I went. Long story short, they found I had two ENORMOUS fibroid tumors. I never had any problems of that nature before, although in my early 20s, I'd had doctors tell me I had some small fibroids not worth paying much attention to. (I'm in my late 40s now) ... I was pretty shocked, the tumors were so huge (16lbs worth!!) and grew so fast that there was some concern it was the dreaded C-word, so off to an oncology surgeon I went. Thankfully, it turned out to be totally benign, but the oncology surgeon told me that quitting smoking in general might have contributed to the rapid growth! He said it was antidotal, but that he frequently sees rapid fibroid growth in women who are heavy smokers and quit in their 40s... it's like all that increased circulation and clean living just feeds the tumors! LOL. So, the following February, I had a total hysterectomy, which brings me to Spark, because dropping weight after complex girly surgery is rough! LOL. But I'll never stop the ecigs.

If you can dedicate yourself to the ecig, it's very very effective. It's not always an easy switch to make... I've seen many friends fail at it for one reason or another. I'm always happy to help with supporting people who want to try it. Feel free to ask questions! I've made myself to be kind of an expert for my own health, but happy to share that knowledge with others too!

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11/24/13 12:41 P

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After reading all the posts here I think I may need to check into the E-cigerette a little more. Have been trying to quit smoking for sometime now without much luck. Since we will be going totally smoke free (e-cigerette included), no smoking on any company owned property, not even in your own car in the parking lot January 1st 2014 I need something to help get past that first 3 weeks!

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11/21/13 1:41 P

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I go back and forth. I believe if my husband did not have cigarettes in the house, I would be perfectly happy and fine with my V2. I'd say I'm 75%/25% vaping vs smoking. Which I am okay with for now. I get the ecigs that I can gradually go down nicotine levels till I am at a zero. That is my goal.

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11/21/13 7:33 A

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I have started electronic cigarettes and with them I was able to get rid of the bad habit of smoking regular cigarettes. I started using e cigarettes when a co-worker in the office told me about these cigarettes. I was not aware which He recommended me to use electronic cigarettes. I purchased e cigarette from Ecigarettesworld and I started vaping. There is no more problem of cough and high blood pressure now. I am using different flavours of electronic cigarette. One of the best thing is that e cigarettes are battery operated and I can use them at many public places too as they are not banned at some places. Those who want to quit the habit of smoking they should at least try e cigarettes. There are various flavours that one can choose such as vanilla, mint, menthol, apple etc. For further reference you can visit ecigarettesworld.ie/7-eliquids-for-e
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9/30/13 7:37 P

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Hey guys! My name is Amy and I am a student journalist at Stony Brook University. I am currently working on a story about electronic cigarettes can be used as a potential quitting tool and I would love to hear your stories. As a former smoker myself, I know how hard it is to nip the habit in the bud. If you are interested in sharing your story with me and live in the New York City/Long Island/Westchester area, please let me know. This is for a project. You can contact me directly at art.onorato@gmail.com. Thank you.

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9/23/13 12:25 P

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I hope you find success with the e-cigs. They've kept me smoke-free for 6 months this coming Wednesday.

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9/23/13 12:22 P

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Today: Vaping RY4 from Mr. E Liquid mixed with a touch of Peach Tobacco from Mt Baker Vapor. Alternating with Peanut Butter from Mt. Baker Vapor. I was a menthol smoker, and began e-cigs with menthol, but have taken a liking to other flavors. Cinnamon Roll from Mt Baker Vapor is good, as are Grey Matter, Jamocha Haze and Dime Piece from Mr. E Liquid. Loving that my car and clothes smell clean (not like smoke) and that I don't hack my way through the morning any more. Goodbye nasty cough. And in the long run, vaping is way cheaper than smoking. Would be healthier not to do either, and that is ultimately the goal, but vaping's got to be the better option healthwise to smoking.

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9/22/13 1:34 P

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I just started using a brand called iClear 16. It's great. I have been a 1 pack to 2 pack a day smoker and have quit the "real" cigarettes. I am using the 24mg just to get me started. I am a menthol smoker so I bought the menthol flavor and it is great for me. If you do a google search on iClear 16 you should find what I am talking about. I am ready, with my next purchase of cutting back on the nicotine.

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I love your plan. I especially like that even though you have quit smoking, you are also changing the behavior.i.e... going outside to smoke. Good job and a great plan!!!

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9/22/13 1:22 P

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4 days no smoking! I am getting some help from the e-cig. Even though I am getting some nicotine, I am not getting all of the other carcinogens in a regular cig. Feeling determined to stop. I plan to tapper off the e-cig. soon.. Needing some advice for others who are new to quitting please...

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9/21/13 10:10 A

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I have smoked for 35 years and have never been successful at quitting. My mother died last July of lung cancer and I vowed to stop smoking. I have been using the e-cig for 3 days now and with the exception of the first day, I am cigarette free. The first day I smoked 3 cigarettes. My husband told me not to toot my own horn but after 35 years, I think I can toot my own horn. I hope to eve4ntually get off the e-cig too but right now I am happy to not be putting ALL of the chemicals from a cigarette in my body, I do have the type with nicotine in them but thats a far cry from everything else in a cigarette.... Now to stay on a healthy diet!! :)

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8/24/13 4:16 P

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