From Smoke to Vapor: How I Quit Smoking Cigarettes

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I used to smoke 20 cigarettes a day.

That’s an average of course.

When life got stressful, or I was out with friends having a few drinks, I could smoke 25 – 30 at a push.

I started smoking when I was just a teenager. I felt indestructible at that age, and just wasn’t too concerned with the repercussions at the time, you know? At 18 I remember being on my lunch break from my part time job and thinking, “I can keep smoking for a few years, then I’ll just quit smoking before it does me too much harm.”

That’s a funny thought, isn’t it? I’ll just quit smoking cigarettes.

Then all of the sudden I was 25 and enjoyed smoking too much to quit.

I was still young, so I didn’t think too much of it. After hitting the big 30, I started seriously considering quitting. Life had moved by so fast, and I knew if I kept smoking every day that it would catch up to me sooner or later.

Each day, the same echoes and reassurances of , “I can quit anytime I want” or “I can quit tomorrow.” Instead, I would persuade myself why it wasn’t a good idea to quit each time an action step was required. The same reassurances surfaced as excuses over and over; Nicotine is good for memory and concentration, it helps me relieve stress – I’d tell myself anything in order to keep smoking.

Throughout the 24 months after my 30th birthday, I tried everything from nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and even a nicotine inhaler.

I tried weaning myself down to less than 5 cigarettes a day so it would be easier when I committed to quitting fully, only to backslide into the higher consumption during the first sign of a stressful situation. I even tried quitting cold turkey a few times, and that didn’t go well either.

In fact, any time I managed to quit, I was back to a pack a day within a very short period of time. I just could not break through.

Vaping Saved Me

One evening outside a cinema, I thrust out into the cold in order to have a cigarette away from my friends inside. What I saw outside of the cinema that night would change my life. A man next to me was chatting with a few friends, looking at the posters outside to see what was playing at the cinema. He exhaled a huge cloud, I thought it was whoa, it was different.

In his hand was a silver looking object. At first I thought it was some kind of pipe or a cigarette holder (I’d seen those in old films from the 40s), but I quickly learned otherwise. As I took a drag of my cigarette, I looked over to see the man inhaling deeply. And exhaling, obviously enjoying the dense billowing cloud it produced.

Before he went inside with his friends, I asked him: “what is that you’re smoking?”

“No smoke here. It’s a vaporizer.”

Waning Off Of Smoke

Now remember, I was a pack a day smoker. From when I got up to when I went to bed, a cigarette was always nearby. Like an old friend you know is causing you harm but can’t leave behind, cigarettes were a seemingly unshakable habit. Nothing had worked for me. I’m not saying that nicotine gum and other smoke cessation aids won’t work for you, but I did read some research which showed that nicotine gum isn’t always effective when trying to quit smoking.

After doing some research I found out that vaping truly isn’t smoking after all, yet it provided the same sensation. It is really a form of vapor mix which the electronic cigarette produces when it heats up, giving the same feel as a smoke. What’s more? Anyone who becomes a “vaper” rather than a smoker can control the amount of nicotine they are ingesting. You can even vape with no nicotine if you just like the habit itself! The flavor enhancement, nicotine levels and odorless consumption were all features that helped me convert. After doing some research and trying a few vaporizers, cigarettes became an afterthought.

Cheap E-cigs Vs a Quality Vape

Most vapers will know this already, as it’s a common story. I found out that my local gas station sold cheap e-cigarettes.

Cheap is the key word in that last sentence.

Yes, they worked. However, I didn’t get the same throat and chest hit I was used to when smoking a normal cigarette. I ended up jumping between my cheap gas station e-cigarette and the real deal. Not good when you’re trying to quit.

More research was needed, and just as I was about to leave vaping behind as a mildly interesting, but ultimately unfulfilling replacement for smoking. That is when I used my first Veppo.

I read some stuff on their website, which helped to answer a lot of my questions, and I decided that it was time to take the plunge and try a quality brand. I cautiously ordered a pack of disposable cigarettes, half-worried they might be the same as the cheap gas station brand.

Boy, was I wrong.

No More Smoke

Within a week and a half, I stopped smoking completely. It was a miracle. I loved the disposable pack that looked and felt similar to the real thing, helping the transition. It tasted great, and more importantly, produced a ton of vapor.

Soon enough, I wanted something more, and that’s when things came full circle. I ordered my own personal vaporizer, The Vault. I opened up the box and was impressed with both the craftsmanship and packaging. It produces massive vapor compared to disposables. I took a hit and looked at my expression in the living room mirror, and that’s when it hit me. Sharing an expression to the man who had the vaporizer outside of the cinema, I realized I could actually see myself never smoking another cigarette again.

It’s a indescribable feeling that I hope every smoker can someday enjoy. To that I say, vape on!

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4 Comments

  • Reply March 4, 2016

    Chuck Lantz

    My experience with smoking tobacco and then getting into vaping is very similar. The big difference is that, in my case, you’d have to double just about everything. I smoked two packs of cigarettes a day, for decades. And then, after the inevitable “first” heart attack, I got slightly smart and tried smoking cigars to get off of cigarettes. But within a very short while, I was smoking up to ten (?!) cigars a day. Cheap ones, fortunately for my wallet.

    And then the guy who runs the tobacco store where I bought my cigars introduced me to vaping. The store had a small selection of vaping supplies, so I gave it a try. Just a few weeks later I was off tobacco for good. Though I began with a high nicotine content – 24mg – I’m now in my ninth month of vaping, and down to 3mg and sometimes 6mg of nicotine, with absolutely no desire to smoke cigarettes or cigars.

    So, thanks to all those who have spent the time and effort to develop vaping. I’m certain that vaping has added a few years to my life.

    • Reply March 18, 2017

      Dean Spaniol

      Thanks for the response, Chuck. We’re so happy to hear that vaping has contributed to improve your quality of life. It’s truly a revolution!

  • Reply March 6, 2016

    Christopher Robin

    I smoked a major brand of cigarettes, between one and three packs a day for 30 years and the last time I lit one was on the way to the mailbox where I was surprised to see my Veppo Vualt. Yes my last cigarette was before I received my Veppo. I have never desired to smoke a cigarette since that day and I thoroughly enjoy vaping with my personal vaporizer.

    • Reply March 18, 2017

      Dean Spaniol

      Hi Christopher,

      Thanks for taking the time to share your story. So happy to hear the Vault has helped you to be smokeless. Enjoy!

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