I’ve been smoking since I was 16. That’s seven years I could totally have done without smoking. I never wanted to be one of those peoples who smoked their entire lives. I always said I would quit, but I still hadn’t done it.
I was finally ready. I didn’t do it on my own though. I had heard of electronic cigarettes (eCigs) before but had never really used them. I was given the opportunity to see if Mistic eCigs actually worked well for quitting smoking or not, and I took it as a calling that this time I was serious about quitting.
I have never heard from anyone that to quit smoking cigarettes is an easy task. It’s kind of like when you’re talking to an 8-year-old and they tell you “oh that’s easy” even when you know it’s not. If someone tells you that quitting smoking is easy, it’s a lie.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) quitting smoking usually requires a few attempts mainly because of the stress, weight gain and withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting. After three attempts of trying to quit and failing, I have finally been smoke-free for a week.
Mistic eCig’s homepage states that they are easy to use and a great alternative to traditional smoking. I don’t think their intentionally used to help people quit smoking but to instead smoke when you don’t want a normal cigarette or if you don’t want to go outside to smoke.
These eCig’s do have nicotine in them but not nearly as much as a normal cigarette does. They contain nicotine, flavoring, propylene glycol and water. It is pretty much a little vaporizer that looks like a cigarette. When you inhale you can feel the smoke in your throat and you do actually exhale the smoke you suck in.
Many people are addicted to that feeling of having a cigarette in their hands. It begins to be an oral fixation, much like biting your nails or sucking your thumb. I think for me the eCig helps the most because it feels like an actual cigarette.
It has definitely helped to rid myself of the withdrawal symptoms. I didn’t necessarily want to chew that nicotine gum or get nicotine patches so I feel like this was the next best thing.
Now that I’ve gone a week without smoking actual cigarettes I feel that it’s best to rid myself of the eCig as well. I shouldn’t need another form of nicotine to get me through the day even if it’s barely anything and I don’t want to become “addicted” even though most people say I won’t.
I will tell you one thing though, it feels awesome to wake up every morning and not have the taste of cigarettes in my mouth (even though I brush my teeth before bed) and to not smell like smoke constantly. It’s the little things I look forward to, and it’s the little things you should look forward to as well if you’re trying to quit.
I say give it a chance. My first time quitting I failed. But I didn’t stop there. I gave myself another shot and this time I know I’m done for good. If my math is correct I’ll be saving $100 or more a month. I might even be able to save all that and afford my books for next semester.