The Vape Update…

So… how is it going?

It goes Well I believe.

When I started two weeks ago I kept on smoking regular cigarettes while introducing myself to vaping.

Now understand that I was a two pack a day smoker, sometimes (actually often) more if long hours enabled it. I elected not to go cold turkey as I felt it was an invitation to failure.

The good news. Each day since starting vaping has seen a steady decrease in the number of “real” cigarettes smoked.

At first I smoked 10 real ones per day, then 8 then 5 or 6, the last few days have been 4, 4, 2 yesterday and so far today none…

One of the first habits broken was the “Have A Cigarette Soon As I Rolled Out Of Bed In The Morning”. I was surprised that even in the first week I was able to break this habit with a 1st smoke being put off for a minimum 2 hours from rising.

The urge to have a “real smoke” is still present and rears its head from time to time however it is not nearly so strong as I imagined it would be, no doubt because I am vaping a 6 mg. Nicotine solution. This is on the low end of nicotine content, you can go as high as 24 mg. nicotine content in the product line I use.

The money saved on smokes has already paid for the vaping gear investment and more.

Yes I feel better.

Update: OK it does appear I have developed edema, never had it before but for the last few days my feet have looked like something out of a cartoon, but less charming.

Water retention? Who knew.

my right foot

Gratuitous Photo Of Scantily Clad Vaping Aficionado

Gratuitous Photo Of Scantily Clad Vaping Aficionado

  • Petey

    “Gratuitous Photo Of Scantily Clad Vaping Aficionado …”

    Ha! We know that’s you.

    • k1992

      whoever it is, such photos are never gratuitous and always on-topic 🙂

      • Petey

        Exactly. We need more on topic photos.

        Uhm, just ignore the young lady. It’s all about Aaron Clary’s book. Truly.

        • Yes I see that.

        • andycanuck

          Great! Now I want ice cream with sprinkles. 🙁

          Or is that a cupcake?

          Now I want a cupcake too. 🙁

          • Justin St.Denis

            It’s a Vaping Vamp and I want one of my own. Do they come with the Vape Kit?

        • Justin St.Denis

          Clearly, it’s a hosiery ad targeted at women. 😐

      • Blacksmith


    • I’ve lost some weight I see.

  • Tokenn

    I commend your progress…and I find nothing at all gratuitous about that photo..

  • Kaye

    That’s good news – and think of all the money that has not gone to Wynne and her union friends. Extra motivation!

  • Sharkibark

    Congrats and continued good luck to your effort! I quit about 10 years ago using Zyban – after trying the gum, reduction therapy and cold turkey all without success. If Vaping works for you (and it has for a few of my friends) I think it`s terrific!

  • El Martyachi
    • Hmm I was wondering about swelling in my feet and legs, turns our Edema is very common when you quit smoking

  • Darel_Herb

    You’ll be amazed. Because you tried vaping Nic free, which is uber cold turkey, you’ve accelerated your reduction. You could’ve gone with 18 mg vape and switched over without any need for the real burn. Some folks will never get off vaping using that scenario.
    I know its hard to quit a habit that spans decades. Just imagine breathing without the wheeze.
    Good on ya.

    • So far so good with the low nic dosage.

      • Darel_Herb

        It’ll take as long as it takes, and don’t feel guilty for havin’ a real one. The post effects will remind you why you’re vaping towards the inevitable removal, ’cause if you don’t, you’ll just be removed with it. There are better buddies in life to have in the end. Although, if I walked out of a smoldering ruin of an aircraft that just crashed as the lone survivor and someone offered me a smoke…sometimes you have to get the bear.

        • Yea I am not gonna beat myself up for having one, so far that seems to be the best route, as the reduction alone has been monumental.

  • Blacksmith

    I am glad to hear it is working, I pray for your success, Quitting was one of the hardest thing I have ever done.

    • I am gonna try.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I tried everything. Nothing worked but cold turkey. It’s been eight years now. But my younger brother is still going at it and I am tracking BCF’s tale to use on him when I buy him a kit.

  • ntt1

    that picture is dead serious and right to the point ! Just a friendly warning even after you have quit, as you will, you will still have weird dreams where you have smoked and awaken feeling a failure or the most deadly kind of mental fadeout where you give an order in at the 7-11 and are surprised that the kid hands you a pack you really don’t remember ordering. its a deep rooted addiction

    • I have “woken up” with a lit smoke in my hand having no conscious memory of reaching for it to begin with.

      • ntt1

        I found blaming the cat helps take the edge off

  • FactsWillOut

    Good job, BCF.

  • Rama44

    Keep up the good work! More power to you.

    • Am tryin…

      • Justin St.Denis

        BESTEST of good luck, BCF!

  • Morticiaa

    Best tip ever,
    Smoked over pack a day for 46 years
    Every time I had a craving
    I did a type of neurlinguistic programming
    I say to myself
    I can breathe
    And took a deep slow breath
    Eventually this reprograms the brain
    It can not be done with a negative construct
    But try it, I am sure it will help
    Quit 9 years ago permanently
    After about 50 aborted tries
    Never hurts to try new ideas
    For getting rid of this expensive addiction
    Best luck
    And keep trying regardless of how many times you fail
    Eventually it will take
    Hopefully this time

  • Edubeat

    Like Bill Clinton said in college he smoked it but never inhaled

  • Brett_McS

    Great work BCF! The other good thing is that the lungs will clean out and it will be like you have never smoked.

  • cmh

    addict loser…. get psychological help

  • dukestreet

    I smoked as a teenager and I still get cravings decades later. Keep up the good effort. It’s worth it.

  • Stay strong!