I started smoking in high school (peer pressure is a thing). I smoked a pack and a half (30 cigarettes on average) a day for 32 years. I tried several time to quit smoking, cold turkey, nicotine gum, “The Patch”… etc. None of those methods worked for me. My father smoked, he also had heart issues. My Great uncle smoked, he also had a lung removed (and continued to smoke). My mother’s best friend from life died last month from complications due to emphysema, she smoked since they were in high school. My mother had been wanted me to quit smoking for years, she would mention it several times a month. I finally found vaping. It worked. I vaped for 3 days and tried to light a cigarette. It tasted awful, I wondered why I had ever smoked. THREE DAYS and I was done with smoking. I can now breath better, food tastes better, my sense of smell is better, I don’t smell like smoke, my house doesn’t smell like smoke, my life is better. I have been save from a future that included an oxygen tank as an accessory.
I started with a disposable “pen” type e-cig, I now have a larger, more complicated system and I “straight lung”. I now work in a vape shop where we sell starter kits as well as “cloud chasing” systems. I love what I do, I get to help to create non-smokers! I get to help people live healthier. Want job satisfaction and a feeling of accomplishment? Work in a vape shop and help people, every day, to stop killing themselves slowly with combustible tobacco use. My regular customers include 20 somethings trying to blow bigger clouds, sure, but also men and women from 30 to 70 who have quit smoking after decades and are healthier for it. People who come to the shop regularly to keep off cigarettes. I’m addicted to a substance that equates to caffeine, I’m also addicted to the hand to mouth action. I know this and accept it, but I don’t have to die from it, because I vape.