Moonbeams story

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  1. Judith

    Judith Mostly harmless

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    I am 65 years old. I began smoking when I was about 5 years old when my father got me to light his cigarettes in the car. When I was 14 years old I began to smoke regularly so I was smoking for 58 years.

    I have been trying most of my life to stop. I tried cold turkey many times, hypnosis, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges and Zyban (which caused a myocardial infarction in 1997). I have had three attempts with toxic Chantix with increasing abdominal pain each time I used it. The longest I lasted off cigarettes was just under 3 months on the last Champix course before I couldn't stand the pain any more. I was also stressing my son with my irrationality and irritability too. Any time I managed to stop smoking I would start again the next time I had any stress. When you start smoking young it is very difficult to stop smoking I now know.

    I have COPD, had decided that I couldn't give up smoking and was prepared to die within a few years when the shop where I bought my cigarettes suggested e-cigarettes. I was smoking 50+ a day and I decided anything was worth a try. After a lot of confusing research I emailed a vendor in Australia in March 2014 to ask what I needed. He suggested a Smok starter kit with two set-ups. Because nicotine is not allowed to be sold in Australia (except in NRT's) I had to import nicotine and mix it myself with local PG, VG and flavour. The vendor suggested I start on 24mg liquid which I did and I began vaping in April 2014 once I had everything I needed. I dual used for the next 5 months, mainly smoking during that time. It wasn't until I began to use a rebuildable atomiser, a mechanical mod and 36mg liquid that I was able to stop smoking altogether.

    I have now been tobacco free for 9 months in a few days, except for a relapse a couple of weeks ago when I went out without my vapouriser, and have no desire to smoke again. I have cut my nicotine down from 36mg to 12mg over that 9 months without even trying.

    When I was smoking I would have trouble getting to sleep because COPD caused me to wheeze and I had sleep apnea because I couldn't nose breathe. I would cough for at least half an hour in the morning, terrible hacking coughs which must have disturbed my neighbours. I couldn't walk up a short hill to the letter box and was virtually housebound unless I drove. My poor dog wasn't getting exercise either.

    Now I sleep easily and soundly because I no longer wheeze and my nasal passages are clear, I rarely cough and it is usually because my lungs are still getting rid of tar. I eagerly walk up the hill to get my vape mail and the dog gets walks now.

    The effects are not only physical either because I am no longer depressed, probably because I don't expect to die a gruesome death from lung disease in the next few years. I go out and socialise more now and expect my health to keep getting better despite aging.

    I can honestly say that vaping has saved my life.
     
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  2. Pipesub

    Pipesub Senior Member

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    Great story Moonbeam - I was struck by the depth of your troubles and efforts to give up tobacco. I was also impressed with the progress you have made (36mg to 12mg) in such a short time. It amazes me that examples like yourself are still not enough to convince the mainstream that vaping is a life saver.

    Well, done and thanks again for your story. Keep it up :)
     
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  3. Noe

    Noe Adorably quirky ... QUIRKY Noe! VCA Approved Post Whore

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    Wow age of 5...
    Do that today (what your father did) & see if you aren't put up on child abuse charges or something of the kind.

    Anyway, it is great you have cut back on your nicotine, since that was your goal but for myself I have no such goal, nicotine isn't the demon it's made out to be, I vape 24mg/ml & probably always will, until my mod collection is laid to rest with me lol
     
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  4. Judith

    Judith Mostly harmless

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    I only cut back because it seems to make for a softer vape, or something like that, don't know what it is. I'm not fussed about nicotine either. I am still very dependent on nic.

    My father loved me and would be absolutely horrified at what he had done if he was alive now. The government told him it was good for him during WWII. I guess he had never tried to stop smoking before that so didn't realise he had a future problem as well as giving me a start to my future, but now past, problem. He finally managed to give up when he was diagnosed with emphysema which is more than I could do when I was diagnosed.
     
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  5. Noe

    Noe Adorably quirky ... QUIRKY Noe! VCA Approved Post Whore

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    There's a lot of other factors besides nicotine that contribute to Throat Hit, which is what I think you are describing when you say "softer vape".
    Resistance of the coil, volts or watts used, type of atomizer coil, air & juice flow, which - all contribute, as well as type of juice & PG/VG ratio.

    Oh & I wasn't trying to make your dad out to look bad, more just commenting on how times have changed.
     
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  6. Judith

    Judith Mostly harmless

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    Yes, I knew where you were coming from and that it wasn't a criticism of my father. :) I also know that other factors contribute to throat hit and I should probably experiment more with resistance etc. but I seem to spend more time reading what's going on in the vaping world than experimenting with vaping these days. It doesn't hurt to use less nic I figure. One day we might all be able to focus on our hardware and liquid instead of having to deal with misinformation. Everything works adequately to keep me off the stinkies now so I am a happy vaper.
     
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  7. Jennifer

    Jennifer Pyjama Queen

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    I'm actually scared to reduce/stop nicotine. Both my father and my grandfather gave up smoking in their 50s and then a few years later started showing symptoms of Alzhiemers disease. I'm worried I have a genetic disposition and the same will happen to me if I stop using nicotine.
     
  8. DogMan

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    I just get really crabby if I lower my nic. More so than I usually am. Currently on 25mg
     
  9. Judith

    Judith Mostly harmless

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    Fair enough fear too. It would be interested to know what strength nic patches they use in research. I figure if I'm not craving more then I have enough. I trust my instinctive eating so I might as well trust my instinctive vaping.
     
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  10. Judith

    Judith Mostly harmless

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    Relax I say and let the body sort it out. We don't trust ourselves enough these days because everyone wants to let you know they know better than you what your body wants.
     
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  11. DogMan

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    lol, i don't do relaxed on low nic. i don't get cravings at all, my personality just changes to the point i am horrible to be around
     
  12. Judith

    Judith Mostly harmless

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    That's is what I am trying to say. If your body wants 50 mg nic then give your body what it wants and stuff anyone else's opinion.
     
  13. Nico and Laughter

    Nico and Laughter Senior Member

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    Wow and I thought 30 years was a long time! Incredibly well done!
     
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  14. Pufnstuf

    Pufnstuf Carto Connoisseur

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    I love reading all of these stories of people winning against a habit that had betten them for so many years
     
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  15. Steve Thomas

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    Thanks for sharing your story moonbeam. All i can say is WOW, your dad got you to light his smokes when you were soooooooo young. You never had a chance. It would seem you were always going to be a smoker.
    Im so glad you found vaping and so happy you help all of us out on this site.:thumbup:
     
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  16. Pippi

    Pippi Mother of Pudles

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    I hadn't read your story @Moonbeam, wow you have done so well, we started vaping about the same time! Thanks for all you do. xxx
     
  17. Aqualung

    Aqualung Vagrant

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    Ditto
     

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