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    Quit Smoking!

    I smoked for years growing up then quit about 15 years ago. When I graduated with my masters 2 years ago, my nephew bought me a couple of quality cigars to celebrate. Well I didn't think about it and ended up smoking again. Since I've started riding, I've been wanting to stop, but the damn things still tasted too good.

    A few weeks while visiting said nephew, he told me that he used an e-cig to stop. I bought one and surprisingly it worked! I haven't had a butt in almost a week now!

    Next step will be to to switch to a nicotine free juice when this bottle of .3% runs out in a couple of weeks.

    Make fun of vaping all you want, but it helped me get off the cigs!

    Now if I could only lose that extra 100 lbs I'm carting around as easily...

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    I've never smoked, so vaping seems odd, but my understanding is that it doesn't present the carcinogens of smoking.
    Good luck.

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    I stopped smoking 18 years ago at 31 after a bad crash. I still have the odd cigar and oddly can put those down without any need to smoke on a daily basis.

    Of all the things I've indulged in over years (aside from alcohol which I still consume) nicotine in cigarettes was the hardest to stop.

    Good luck with staying off them, I'm still a day-at-a-time. Too many failed attempts at "quitting".

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    You look just as cool vaping as you did smoking but now a little healthier. haha


    Kidding, I hate that vaping has become popular, but I am happy to hear you kicked the smoking habit again. Good for you.

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    Nicotine gum was the trick for me, after many failed attempts at quitting.

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    Cold turkey, just quit.
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    I struggled with it, quit twice and couldn't do it. I'm finally free with nicotine gum. I did have a breakdown when I went to Vegas, but that was just a trigger, especially playing on the smokey tables. That was just 48hrs.

    My gf doesn't tolerate it. Riding sure helps motivation as well.

    Hang in there but lose that vape, it's not any better. Good luck!

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    I quit cigarettes 6~yrs ago.. I have vaped since.. but I 100% think that even if vaping isn't "good" for you it is certainly "better" than cigs

    whatever.. for me quitting with vape was easy.. no problems..

    quitting any other way near impossible...

    when I goto a show I will frequently buy (or at least over to buy) a cig off someone... but just the one and then back to vape... been working fine for long time now.

    I wish in America people would realize vape safer than smoking.... so leave me and my damn Vape along it ain't hurting you none... it was cool in Ireland in most bars you could use your vape.. (ask first though cause not all of them).


    oh also .. I hate to be the one to break it to you.. but quitting smoking seems unlikely to result in weight loss... I gained weight when I quit for sure.. cigs suppress your appetite some.. vape no so much...

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    In front range colorado, vaping no matter what you are vaping is prevalent EVERYWHERE. High school kids, business professionals, homeless, maids, stay at home yoga mom's... I'm glad it is working for you, but it looks stupid.

    I quit drinking and smoking cold turkey 4 years ago. I know it isn't as long as some, but zero regrets, and zero desires and life has been crazy since then. Plenty of opportunities have presented it that would make some take up old habits again.
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    Cold turkey here. 20+ years ago.
    When I would try to quit, I would finish a pack at the end of the day and say "That's my last one". The next day I would obsess over the fact that I didn't have any cigarettes around.
    The day that I quit, I had half a pack with me. I carried them for 3 days. I figured that if I wanted one that bad, they were right there.

    To this day... I still have dreams where I have been smoking again and have to quit again. They are nightmares.

    And for vaping in public? I've been in places where people around me are vaping and I always get chest congestion from it.
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    Vaping is a great way to get off the smokes. Congratulations! Make sure to get some tobacco flavored vape juice first, then transition to the other flavors.

    Quitting vaping will be tough though, nicotine is a bitch. As said before, it's so much "less bad" for you than smoking, and much cheaper.

    Just remember, the desire to smoke/vape will go away, whether you have one or not.
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    I don't have a clue about the health aspect of Vaping.
    I dislike the inconsiderate use though.

    Similar to a smoker but smokers do seem to have a little more respect for those around them.

    Any of you been parked at a traffic light when the person next to exhales 'smoke' that looks like a building fire and the disgusting scent leaves their car and enters you own vehicle?

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    Cold turkey takes some serious will power. I still keep a piece of 2mg nicotine gum handy at all times. Non smokers will never understand what it takes to quit. Some 420 can be helpful too if that's your thing.

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    For most smokers nicotine is the real monkey on the back and smoking is just one way to ingest it, vaping is another. If vaping helps wean you off then that's great but I know at least a few people who were just as addicted to nicotine while vaping as they were when they were smoking. Cold turkey worked for me, once you get through the first few days of withdraws it's not so bad.
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    i switched to heroin. after that i was too lazy to smoke cigarettes anymore...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest Rider View Post
    Similar to a smoker but smokers do seem to have a little more respect for those around them.
    Yup. They seem to think it's somehow different and OK since it smells like Skittles or whatever childish nonsense they think is cool at the time. It doesn't help that the 'cool' thing to do is blow clouds that can engulf small towns either.

    I'm all for it as a quitting tool, but from those that I know that doesn't seem to pan out - they just vape indefinitely. I know a few who are likely actually ingesting more nicotine than they were with cigarettes because they worked their way up to some pretty strong juices.

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    Mountain Biking while smoking.............AKA.... Aerobic Smoking
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    I smoked from the age of 16 to about 22 and quit cold turkey. It wasn't easy but it was worth it. The hardest part of quitting was the need for a cigarette in one hand while I had a beer in the other.

    Now, when I see someone vaping it just looks silly. For some reason, my first reaction is to laugh out loud. I don't know why, except it just looks totally ridiculous to me. Kind of like sucking your thumb.

    To the OP, good luck on quitting again. You've done it before, you can do it again.
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    Never smoked, my wife did. when we got engaged she said she would quit smoking by the time we got married. She kept her promise. It wasn't cold turkey, just a slow transition.

    I have no problem with vaping. Like said above I just feel some people very inconsiderate with their use. There is a time and a place. I have a friend who used to smoke and now vapes. I make fun of him. I call it his binkie because it is always in his mouth, he vapes many times more than when he smoked.
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    Cold Turkey for me in 2000. What worked for me was when I got a strong craving I focused on it and kind of rode the wave until it passed. Then I would tell myself if I had just light up a cig I would still get the craving for another so why bother.

    After about 3 weeks the cravings and habits started to dissipate.

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    I have quit most drugs in my time after over use, including the "big" ones, and I have to say that quitting nicotine was the absolute hardest by far. I did quit cold turkey the first time, and that lasted 7 years. Then I was sitting in my production office on the phone one day at the start of a very stressful tour and someone offered me a cig. I took it without even thinking and was right back at it for another decade or so. Did the vape thing for many years after it first started, and that helped stop the cigs, and then I stopped that a couple of years ago. I still get the pangs tho, and guess I always shall! The gum is just plain nasty! Couldn't get on with that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    I have quit most drugs in my time after over use, including the "big" ones, and I have to say that quitting nicotine was the absolute hardest by far. I did quit cold turkey the first time, and that lasted 7 years. Then I was sitting in my production office on the phone one day at the start of a very stressful tour and someone offered me a cig. I took it without even thinking and was right back at it for another decade or so. Did the vape thing for many years after it first started, and that helped stop the cigs, and then I stopped that a couple of years ago. I still get the pangs tho, and guess I always shall! The gum is just plain nasty! Couldn't get on with that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    I have quit most drugs in my time after over use, including the "big" ones, and I have to say that quitting nicotine was the absolute hardest by far.
    x2, maybe because it's so easy to get and doesn't carry such a "stigma". As I said earlier I just go a day at a time. Haven't had a cigarette in ~17 years now but there are days I still miss them.

    the craving never really goes away, it just becomes a bit less overwhelming everyday.

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    vaping is no better than smoking. Maybe not for the same reasons, but there's some nasty shit in vape juice.

    https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/full/10.1289/ehp.122-A244
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...91743514003739
    https://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/conte...l_2/ii36.short

    Though it seems they might be effective to help with smoking cessation in adults, they're getting more kids hooked on nicotine.
    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jam...stract/2579858
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/...1111/add.12878
    https://academic.oup.com/ntr/article.../5/647/2511294

    The worst part about it, IMO, is how many people vape in crowds and indoors and whatnot. It seems that most of the time, people aren't clear if prohibitions on smoking apply to vaping, and a lot of vapers don't seem to GAF. Seems to me that there are a fair number of smokers who bring vape pens to places where smoking is expressly prohibited, either by business policy or by law, and use them instead of smoking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    I have quit most drugs in my time after over use, including the "big" ones, and I have to say that quitting nicotine was the absolute hardest by far. .



    A doctor told me that it was harder than getting off of junk, after quitting cold turkey I believed him.
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    More power to you, and keep it up. You'll have to wait until you give up the vape to really get that lung capacity back, as most vapes have diacetyl, which causes a condition known as "popcorn lung" because it's used in manufacturing fake butter flavor. When it vaporizes, you inhale it and it causes scar tissue to build up in the lungs. Still better than inhaling all of the gnarly byproducts of tobacco. There's a reason you can make insecticides out of that stuff.

    I smoked regularly from 16 to about 22. I'd like to say I'm not prone to having one at the bar when I've had a few to many drinks, but that'd be a lie. I had a pretty long bout of anxiety a year and a half ago and was smoking regularly again, but kicked it again. If you slip up you just take it in stride. Feeling shame only makes it worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by life behind bars View Post
    A doctor told me that it was harder than getting off of junk, after quitting cold turkey I believed him.
    He was right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    I did have a breakdown when I went to Vegas, but that was just a trigger, especially playing on the smokey tables. That was just 48hrs.
    Oh no! The casinos are bad for that, I still like the smell.

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    To this day... I still have dreams where I have been smoking again and have to quit again. They are nightmares.
    Happens all the time to me, wake up mad and disappointed, then relief!

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    Quote Originally Posted by driver bob View Post
    the craving never really goes away, it just becomes a bit less overwhelming everyday.


    Quote Originally Posted by life behind bars View Post
    A doctor told me that it was harder than getting off of junk, after quitting cold turkey I believed him.
    For sure!

    I smoked 1-2 packs a day for 23 years. What a waste! When I started I could buy a pack of cigs on the Indian Res for about a dollar a pack, now here where I live they are about $6, and a friend went to NY recently and a pack of cigs was $17!

    I quit 4 years ago when I had a really bad cold, it hurt to smoke I was coughing so bad. So I quit cold turkey, for about a day, on Thanksgiving, with a bunch of family in town, not pretty!

    The next day I bought an e-cig that looked and felt and worked like a real cig. Took it to work and for the next few days waited longer and longer in the morning until I used it for the first time that day. Pretty soon it was late in the afternoon, and then just put it down forever.

    I coughed up some real nasty crap and did gain about 40 pounds after quitting, but it's slowly coming off. After quitting I jumped on my old rigid GT Timberline size small that a coworker gave me (that I used to ride to the store to buy cigarettes) and joined this forum. Needed a new sport for exercise so I didn't get too fat!

    And I thought I was going to save money by not buying smokes. N+1
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    Quote Originally Posted by driver bob View Post
    the craving never really goes away, it just becomes a bit less overwhelming everyday.


    It did for me. I was a heavy smoker for about 30 years, a total addict. I haven't had one in over 7 years now and have absolutely no desire or urge to light up again, ever. I do still have somewhat of a nolstalgic affection for the smell of them though.
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    Nicotine addiction, all addiction sucks. I smoked clove cigarettes for 32 years. I knew I should quit. I would consciously try to slow down, which worked until it didn't. I then made a conscious effort to not inhale.

    I had an unrelated medical emergency that kept me in a hospital for six days. I was too weak and sedated to think about smoking. I had to share a room with a guy that was a smoker and was jonesing hard, cussing at medical staff, calling people to sneak cig's in. I remember thinking I never want to be that guy.

    I have had previous experience kicking addictions, and nicotine by far was the hardest. I used the six day headstart of the hospital stay and my go-to weapon of hate to take on this monster. I'ved used hate and cold turkey to take control of my life and while it is emotionally and physically draining in the beginning, I've been real lucky to break the mental chain of addiction relatively quickly.

    Everyone's different. What works for one may not necessarily be correct for another. What I believe is that one NEEDS to WANT to quit and then quit. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    More power to you, and keep it up. You'll have to wait until you give up the vape to really get that lung capacity back, as most vapes have diacetyl, which causes a condition known as "popcorn lung" because it's used in manufacturing fake butter flavor. When it vaporizes, you inhale it and it causes scar tissue to build up in the lungs. Still better than inhaling all of the gnarly byproducts of tobacco. There's a reason you can make insecticides out of that stuff.
    Dunno where you got the idea that "most" vapes have diacetyl. I'm pretty sure it's extremely uncommon in 2019. And cigarettes have a ton more of it than any vape.

    I'm way more worried about having diacetyl in my homebrew than any vape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodownzero View Post
    Dunno where you got the idea that "most" vapes have diacetyl. I'm pretty sure it's extremely uncommon in 2019. And cigarettes have a ton more of it than any vape.

    I'm way more worried about having diacetyl in my homebrew than any vape.
    I mean, I don't really keep up with that stuff, just saying that's what I heard and it was a few years ago. I never said they're worse for you than smokes, just that it's not totally neutral. If you're going to do one or the other no matter what, probably vape, I guess.


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