It’s been 35 years since I started puffing away on cancer sticks, and while I have quit a few times along the way, the longest I’d managed was 6 months. But this time it feels different. It’s like I’ve learned from my previous mistakes and I’m certain I won’t start again.
I do get the odd pang for a smoke, but they really are minor and 2 minutes later it’s gone.
Well obviously there are the health benefits, but that aside my desire to quit was more immediate, I’d finally developed a smokers cough. I’d noticed that I only coughed after a fag, and after a while it stopped. Then I’d light up again… and again I’d start coughing. Rinse and repeat.
I was worried that maybe it was cancer, and this played a big part too, but after a little experimenting I did narrow it down to just a smokers cough as outlined above. So now was the time to quit.
I had some e-lite curv electronic cigarettes and I started using these exactly 7 weeks ago today. I tried tobacco flavour, but they were bland, so I jumped to menthol, and while they were tastier, they too were bland… but both are a lot better than smoking tobacco.
The first couple of days were tough no doubt about it, but looking back they were only tough because of fear. My fear and every smokers fear is living life without that little friend, without their crutch. That dependable little friend that is also used as a comforter. Once I realised that the e-cig was giving me enough nicotine I then started to relax, and even enjoy quitting. After a week though I was over-eating, and I’d started to replace one habbit with another. So I upped the nicotine with an Endura T18 vape kit and liquids. This helped a huge amount, it seems the e-cig just didn’t give me enough nicotine. Now I’m much happier and less anxious, and with a huge plethora of flavours to choose from instead of just two bland types.
Along the way I also had some lapses, in all I’d smoke 7 real cigs. Now I don’t look at it like a let down, I looked at it as a positive, you see by the time I had my first lapse my taste buds had woken up again and the first fag was utterly vomit enducingly digusting. Then a few days later I had two more, and again they horrible beyond belief. A week later I had a big lapse, for me there’s nothing better than a couple of beers (Innis and Gunn) and a few cigs. So I bought some baccy, some beer and smoked my head off while I drank one of the best beers in the world. Needless to say I didn’t enjoy the beer and after the cigs… I vomited. My body just wasn’t used to the poison any more. It was at that point that I decided to just put smoking behind me and get on with being a proper non smoker.
I haven’t looked back since, and that was 5 weeks ago.
So this was my process, it worked for me, but it might or might not work for you, we’re all different and have different reasons and methods of quitting… don’t give up on giving up. If you want it badly enough… you WILL manage it. Eventually I’ll also quit vaping, but I’m not ready for that just yet.
Here’s a breakdown of what happens to your body as you quit.