Monday, November 11, 2013

7 Months Smoke-Free!

So yesterday was my anniversary of quitting smoking. It's been 7 months since I had a cigarette. I transitioned to vaping and never looked back.

There's been a lot of changes in my life since I quit. Not only do my clothes, breath, fingers and hair not stink of cigarettes, but I don't have to go outside in the Summer heat or Winter cold to vape. This is really important to me because I was such an addict I would go outside during a thunderstorm and puff away on a cigarette while lightening crashed around me. Yes, it scared the crap out of me to do this but as an addict I just couldn't go without a cigarette. Now I chill in my house and vape anytime I like. Now I don't worry about the cancer-causing tars and what's great is that neither do my friends and family. Nobody minds if I vape around them. In fact, most people are still curious about it and I just had my first person ask me to blow it in their face so they could smell it. In the past I purposefully blew it in the face of hesitant family members so they knew there was nothing bad about it. They were kind of shocked but then quickly realized it was not at all like cigarette smoke. I also love to vape in public and I really love vaping at the movies. I will admit that back in the day I would go to the movies during the day while nobody else was in the theatre and smoke a cigarette, or two, or three, during the movie. Now I can just openly vape in front of a packed house. It's great.

As far as health benefits go, I no longer cough. As a smoker I was coughing all of the time, all day long. I breathe so much better now. I no longer wake up feeling like crap. As a smoker I would always wake up feeling like crap, cough up a lung, and need 2 cups of coffee and multiple cigarettes to get awake and going. Now I feel like how I was as a teen. I simply wake up, jump out of bed, hit the shower and I'm good to go. I feel great!

Smokers really don't know how bad cigarettes smell. They truly don't. They don't because smoking kills their sense of smell and taste. Now when I am around someone who is smoking I want to vomit. It's so strong and nasty. The other day I was at the casino and this guy next to me was smoking this huge cigar and I thought I was going to die.

Anyway, I just want to say to the smokers out there that if you are curious about transitioning just know that you can easily transition to vaping. Vaping completely satisfies. Below are a few YouTube channels I like. These YouTubers make some really good videos on e-cigs and vaping.

If you are a smoker and you are interested in transitioning, feel free to shoot me any questions you may have at


  1. Congratulations Doc! When I did it I had to go cold turkey. People these days should feel blessed that they have vaping available.

  2. Congratulations! I quit in August and I'm enjoying the changes I'm experiencing too. Not vaping, though I'd looked into it. About a year ago, I started taking an antidepressant which, in a lighter dose, is prescribed for smoking cessation. Anyway, a year after being on it and finding myself in really bad shape with the throat-clearing, coughing, and GERD, I finally just stopped. Being on the meds definitely helped, but the withdrawal symptoms were still pretty difficult to deal with. But I'm also noticing how much better things taste and smell. I hope I can stay strong, like you! :-)

  3. Congrats! It'll be 2 years for me this January, and I am so happy for you! Many blessings on your continued (smoke-free) journey!