…When I’ve Already Quit Smoking
So, why, if you’ve already quit smoking, are you now using electronic cigarettes?
And I have had a lot of people ask me this, mainly my family because they know that I quit smoking five years ago.
Here’s why. If you’re a smoker, especially even if you’re a heavy smoker, and you’ve been a long-time heavy smoker, when you need to quit, it is NOT easy. I don’t care who tells you ‘Oh it’s easy if you really want to do it.’ No it is not.
And any serious heartfelt smoker will tell you, trying to quit, to put it bluntly, is a real b*tch. It really is. I smoked for 35 years; started smoking when I was 15, and I enjoyed it. I just enjoyed it. To me it relaxed me. It was a way to de-stress. I just enjoyed smoking.
I always liked the old saying, ‘Oh, it’s easy to quit. I’ve done it several times.’ So I had quit a couple of times. I had used the Waterpik filters that you stick on the end of your cigarettes and it weans the nicotine out. I’ve tried the patch, cold turkey, you name it, I tried everything.
What finally worked for me to quit smoking was Chantix, because Chantix targets a receptor in the brain that exacerbates the physical addiction, the chemical addiction to the nicotine.
But there’s a lot more involved than just that. My brother quit just by chewing a lot of gum and he was able to psychologically force himself into quitting. But that didn’t work for me.
No matter what I tried or what people said or how many gross pictures they sent me or whatever, I didn’t care. I liked to smoke.
So when I started having medical issues that forced me to quit — I had a horrendous cough; you might have thought I had tuberculosis. I couldn’t even take a breath without coughing. And it was just horrible. It scared me.
Also, I was getting dental implants because smoking actually helped to ruin my teeth. So now I have really pretty teeth — bought, paid for and glued in.
But anyway, the dentist would not give me implants unless I quit smoking. So it was kind of like a no-brainer. Well, do I keep on smoking and go around toothless or do I quit smoking.
So I was in a position where I was literally forced to quit smoking. And I had an attitude about it. I didn’t want to quit. I was just not ready.
So I went through a lot of mental crap in order to quit. And here are some tips for people out there who are trying to quit. I completely rearranged my routine. I would get up in the morning and the first thing I would do was head right down to the garage or out on the porch, because there is no smoking in my house.
I had to change my routine. There were a lot of things that I automatically, psychologically associated to smoking, like talking on the phone, right after eating, etc.
The Chantix helped with the chemical addiction because it targets the brain receptors, so that part of it was not difficult initially. And then I changed my routine so different things I did weren’t associated with smoking anymore.
So getting back to why I now use electronic cigarettes.
A lot of former smokers will tell you that they went back to smoking a few times before quitting for good. And that’s me. I really wanted to start smoking again, but I knew that with the coughing and other medical conditions, I CAN’T start smoking again.
And that’s why the electronic cigarettes are a major life-saving alternative to smoking again!
The LOGIC ecigs are a two-part e-cigarette. What you have is the battery, the long part. This is part that you can recharge and the end lights up blue.
Not to be confused with the BLU brand, though. Some eCigarettes light up green at the end and others light up red, to mimic a real cigarette.
I like the blue end because when you’re using them in a smoke-free environment, it’s obvious that you’re not smoking a real cigarette.
How LOGIC ecigs work – and other two-piece electronic cigarettes too
The top part — the “filter” contains the atomizer.
Some of the lower end ecigs will be a three-part, where the atomizer is a separate piece and the cartridge with the liquid inside is separate so you can refill them.
The atomizer is the mechanism that converts the liquid into a vapor. That’s why a lot of people say they’re “vaping,” because what these actually are is mini vaporizers.
So when you smoke or puff or vape, you’re inhaling and blowing out smoke. The only way you can get smoke is if you light something up. And that’s where you get all the carbon monoxide when you actually smoke — a real cigarette.
That’s the stuff that can damage your lungs.
Inside of the cartomizer is the cotton part that holds the liquid. The little tube inside the middle of the cartomizer part goes down into the atomizer where the vapor comes out of when you draw on it.
Some people refill the cartridges but I highly advise against it. Unless you really know what you’re doing, you might not get the right blend, so it’s better to buy the refills.
They’re cost effective and the Logic cartridges are very inexpensive as well as being very high quality. So it’s a lot more convenient, faster and safer to NOT refill these cartridges and instead buy the refill packs.
Electronic or smokeless cigarettes are being marketed as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco.
But just how safe are e-cigarettes? Are there any health risks?
Let’s compare smoking ecigs to “real” cigarette smoking so you can make an intelligent decision if this may be a wise alternative for you – whether you’re looking to cut down, quit or keep from starting up again.
The most harmful aspects of smoking cigarettes are all the toxic chemicals that you inhale when you light up a real cigarette. It’s actually what’s inside the smoke – tar, nicotine, carbon monoxide – that is said to cause lung cancer and respiratory disease.
With smokeless cigarettes none of these chemicals – except nicotine in low doses – are produced because there is no smoke… nothing is actually burning. No smoke means no tar, carbon monoxide, etc.
But what about the nicotine? Smokeless cigarettes still deliver nicotine unless you’re using ecigarettes with zero nicotine. How dangerous is that?
More independent studies on the effects of nicotine by itself need to be done. But – that’s exactly what the nicotine patch and nicotine gum already have in them. So even though the health risks may still be inconclusive, it’s obvious that a method of delivering nicotine that doesn’t involve real smoke is going to be much safer than burning tobacco.READ… The Best Electronic Cigarette – How To Find Yours
Using an electronic cigarette will deliver the nicotine in a vapor, not a smoke; it’s liquid nicotine, just like you’d get using a patch or gum to help you quit or cut down.
The FDA recently reported that traces of carcinogens where found in a sample of electronic cigarette nicotine liquid. However, these same carcinogens are also found in nicotine delivery alternatives like the patch and gum (which are both approved by the FDA).
Also keep in mind that many every day foods like peanut butter contain trace levels of carcinogens. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be concerned about it. But any dose of a particular carcinogen is an important factor in it’s toxicity.
Right now there is no evidence that these carcinogens are are even translated into the actual electronic cigarette vapor that is inhaled.
So, are smokeless cigarettes completely safe? E-cigarettes do give smokers an alternative to breathing in carbon monoxide and tar, which is obviously a better choice and more than likely a much safer way of smoking.
I can see where ecigs could probably save lives too, not only for the smoker, but for those around them who are no longer subjected to the secondhand smoke of real cigarettes.
Actually, the amount of money you can save if you quit smoking depends on quite a few factors. So when people started using the “save money” reason for me to quit smoking, it just went in one ear and out the other.
Before you can say how much money you might save, you have to consider:
- Where you live. It might be cheaper down in the south than it is where you live.
- What brand of cigarettes you smoke. Most private label brands or “generics” are cheaper than name brands. But in recent years, some of the name brands have started to come down in price to compete with the generics, so the savings for quitting might differ.
And if you “roll your own” using pure tobacco and empty filtered papers, you may only be spending about $0.75 per pack, again, depending on where you live.
I did that for a few months before I quit smoking. So when people tried saying to me, but you can save so much money if you quit, $0.67 a pack was nothing, which is what it was costing me at the time to make my own.
- How much you smoke. If you smoke more than two packs a day, you’re going to save more money by quitting than someone who only smokes a half pack a day or less. And you’ll save less money by quitting than someone who smokes two or more packs a day.
Of course, there are more things to consider than this. You could save money on your health or life insurance, depending on if you’re buying your own insurance plans or you’re covered under an employer.
Depending on who covers your home owners insurance, there might be a credit if there are no smokers living in your household.
And if you plan to sell your house at any time, and you are a smoker, it might cost you more money to clean the smoking residue and smell out of the house, depending on how much you smoked inside the house.
I still remember how much time and money it cost me to clean an apartment I was moving out of. After that, I never smoked indoors in any subsequent residences!
What about your car? Do you smoke in your car?
If you decide to sell it or trade it in, you might get less money for it if it still smells like smoke. Or, like with your house or apartment, you’re going to end up spending more money trying to clean it up so it doesn’t smell like stale cigarettes.
Potential Health Costs Associated with Smoking
When you think about how much money you might save if you quit, you might want to take your health costs into consideration too.
I ran into this myself and ended up having to quit due to health reasons that started costing me money. And today, doctor’s appointments and tests are not cheap!
I needed to be tested for asthma or COPD because of a horrible cough, wheezing and shortness of breath.
And then I needed to have X-rays and other tests on my lungs. And every test had a co-pay with it that ended up costing more than the cigarettes.
I finally had my doctor prescribe me Chantix to quit. And that was expensive too, but it cost less than the cigarettes and all the tests!
So, how much money can you save if you quit smoking?
That’s up to you to figure out. But if you take everything into consideration, you might be surprised! You just might save enough to take some extravagant vacation, buy a new car or remodel your house!
Can Switching to Electronic Cigarettes Save Money?
Again, that depends on how much you’re smoking and what brands. It also depends on what brand of ecigs you decide to get and how long their cartridges last.
It also depends on whether you buy e-cigarettes that have replacement and/or refillable cartridges or if you’re going to use disposables.
The best thing to do is to compare different brands against how much you’re spending now on regular cigarettes and go from there.
But aside from money, there are some considerable health advantages to using e-cigarettes. And sometimes, you just can’t put a price on your health.
I’ve been hearing the phrase What Is Your Why or ‘What’s Your Why’ lately but it’s in the network marketing field, mainly:
- Why do you want to work for yourself?
- Why network marketing?
- Why affiliate marketing?
- Why a blog?
So why quit smoking? What is your why – your reason for wanting to quit? Do you even have one? I didn’t, until I was forced to. And then it wasn’t even my ‘why.’ It was the doctor’s reason and my dentist’s reason.
My ‘why’ was given to me, leaving me not much choice actually. I quit because the doctor’s said so.
But let’s look some other reasons why you should quit. Maybe one or more of them will hit it home for you too.
I took a temp assignment one day – that’s all it lasted too – one day, in fact, I don’t think I even made it through the whole day. I didn’t find out until I showed up for work that not only were the offices smoke-free, the entire property was smoke-free! I couldn’t even go out and sit in my own car and have a cigarette as long it was in their parking lot.
Personally, I think that’s going a bit to the extreme, but it was their company, and that’s the reputation they wanted to maintain. Funny for an off-track wagering company, I thought, but whatever.
Maybe your company has moved to being completely smoke-free, and you can’t leave your office or your post frequently enough to get your smoke fix. That’s incentive enough for some people to quit.
Your Kids – Your Grandkids, Maybe
My daughter hid my cigarettes behind all the food in the freezer once when she was little. She was hoping I’d just quit smoking. Didn’t work.
From when he was kid clear up until he moved out with his wife, every time my son walked into a room while I was smoking, he’d pull his shirt up over his mouth.
And then, he said my grandchildren couldn’t visit if I was going to smoke around them.
I promised I wouldn’t – and I didn’t. When they went down for a nap, I stepped out on the porch and puffed away outside.
In fact, I was 50 yrs old before my son would give me a hug – as an adult – after I’d quit smoking.
But that wasn’t why I’d quit. We’ll get to that part.
Your Spouse – Significant Other – Partner
My husband and I met online through a dating service. He knew before he even met me that I was a pretty heavy smoker. He wanted to meet me anyway, and didn’t have much to say about it except No Smoking inside of his house. No problem.
In fact, it wasn’t a problem until after we got married. And that’s when the digs and snarky remarks started. We used to get into some all-but knock-down, drag-out fights over my smoking!
I did try to quit a couple of times after we got married. I used the patch, I tried cold turkey; I couldn’t chew gum because of my dentures
I tried the “One Step” filters and fake cigarettes – actual fake cigarettes – cheap plastic things that didn’t light up or have any taste.
After one pretty serious argument, I flat out yelled at him – “You knew before we even MET that I was a smoker. If you wanted a non-smoker for a wife, you shouldn’t have ever met me in the first place!”
“And if I ever hear one more sarcastic remark about my smoking, you can damned well find another wife because I’ll be out of here!”
He knew I was right, and figured it wasn’t worth a divorce, so he shut up about it – forever.
I finally did quit about four years into our marriage, but it wasn’t “for” him or as a result of him getting on my nerves with his remarks. My smoking was leading to some adverse medical issues that resulted in me being forced to quit.
What Is Your Why? Your Social Life Maybe?
More and more people are quitting all the time. No, I don’t memorize or blog about statistics. It doesn’t matter how many people are quitting or not, or starting to smoke again or not.
Smoking and the decision to quit is a very personal matter. You shouldn’t base your decisions on who is or isn’t smoking.
But, I have noticed less people standing outside and smoking than I used to see. READ… How Much Money Can You Save If You Quit Smoking?
The “smoking sections” are getting smaller in places where designated smoking areas have been set up. And fewer people are huddled inside of them.
So maybe most of your friends today are non-smokers and you’re the one feeling left out that you need to step outside to have a smoke.
So why do you want to quit smoking?
No matter what your why is, keep this mind because it’s very, very important. When at all possible, YOU have to be the one who’s ready to quit. Just like any other addiction in the world, you can’t do it “for” someone else.
You need to do it for YOU. But even though you quit smoking for you, it benefits everyone else around you anyway.
If you’re being forced to quit due to medical reasons, it might be harder for you to quit than you think. But then again, the fear of the impending medical condition if you don’t quit might outweigh your addiction and it’ll be easier to give up the cigarettes.
Do you have a quit smoking story? Success or otherwise? Share it below!
Tis the season… and whether you’re looking for stocking stuffer ideas for large-sized stockings or you’re looking for something to put inside of a “mini” stocking, ecigs make cool Christmas stocking stuffers.
Last minute gift ideas can usually get stuffed into a Christmas stocking. These are the gifts that are too small to put under the tree. Or they’re unusual gifts that do better as a stocking stuffer.
Most people think of Christmas stockings as being “hung by the chimney with care.” So they hang up these large stockings near the Christmas tree – or if they have a fireplace, they hang their stockings on the mantel.
And then they hit shops like the Dollar Tree or Dollar General, or the last minute gift ideas or stocking stuff ideas sections of their favorite department store for stocking stuffer ideas like:
- iPods and accessories
- Pack of socks
- Hair items for women
- Shaving items for men
- Small novelty toys for kids
- Little kitchen items for the cooks and chefs
But you can also buy “mini” stockings for your small gift ideas too. These stockings can hang on the tree as a Christmas tree ornament with the little gifts inside.
They’re usually just large enough to put in a couple of tubes of lip gloss, a few expensive pens maybe, or a cigar. These little stocking are made for little gifts, like you would give to the office workers.
Sometimes people use them for putting lottery tickets inside to give to coworkers instead of wrapping the tickets up in a box or envelope.
“Techy” Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the Smokers on Your List
We all know it’s getting tougher and tougher for smokers to find places to light up. More places are banning smoking not only from the buildings, but from the entire properties.
Hospitals are a perfect example. Not only can you not smoke inside of the hospital, but a lot of hospitals have now banned smoking from their property as well.
So if you work in a hospital, you probably have to go all the way out to your car so you can have a smoke.
And not just hospitals! I took on a temp job over 10 years ago where the firm banned smoking anywhere on their property. You even had to move your car off the property to have a smoke.
Airports are another place where smoking is extremely limited. Some airports don’t even have indoor designated smoking areas anymore.
Today smokers are being banished to parts unknown almost every day.
This is tough on people who have to travel frequently for their jobs. Just think of how many people you might know who are:
- Bus drivers
- Cab drivers
- Police officers
- Regional sales directors
- Flight attendants
- Restaurant workers
- Bar workers – and the list goes on…
Yes, even some bars have banned smoking inside. In fact, in some areas, if they don’t make a certain percentage of their revenue in liquor sales, it’s actually against the law to allow smoking inside the bar itself.
And the “traveling salesman” or woman. Electronic cigs make great gifts for the traveler on your list.
Pharmaceutical reps, for instance, do a lot of driving from one doctor’s office to the next, or from hospital to hospital. They speak to the doctors about their company’s latest prescription drugs and leave samples.
If sales reps haven’t kicked the habit yet, it could make their careers just a little more stressful not being able to smoke in all of these places anymore.
Smoking travelers who are racking up some frequent flyer miles, and they’re a smoker, surprise them with an electronic cigarette in their stocking. They’ll come in handy when they’re waiting at the gate to board.
Usual Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Smokers
A lot of people go out and buy their smoker friends and family a carton of their favorite brand of cigarettes and stick them in a stocking.
Cartons of smokes used to be pretty inexpensive Christmas gifts a few years ago. Today, those same cartons of cigs can run almost $70, depending on where you live.
But if the smokers on your list have switched to electronic cigarettes already, you can buy them refill cartridges of their favorite brands instead. These are gifts that are mostly still under the $40 range and they make perfect stocking stuffer ideas.
So if you have smokers on your Christmas gift list and you’re stuck for last minute stocking stuffer ideas, hop online or head to your local department store or smoke shop and pick up some disposable ecigs for your smokers to try.
And for your “vaping” friends who gave up regular cigarettes, surprise them with a pack of cartridge refills for their favorite brand of ecigs.