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  • I first heard about e-cigarettes in 2012

  • my boss at the restaurant I worked at

  • her and her husband used them

  • and I remember thinking how cool they looked

  • all steampunky and glass tanks

  • which for me was really appealing

  • From the first puff

  • I thought this is something that might work for me

  • I had an e-cig that the stop smoking nurse

  • had given me, I tried it a couple of times

  • and thought yeah this is alright

  • I think it was more the habit of the smoke, and doing that

  • that I needed so I thought I'm going to get

  • a real good go.

  • I think for me transitioning from smoking to vaping was a kind of a natural thing

  • and it happened really without any

  • effort on my part at all and the reason

  • for that I think is because it's

  • actually a perfect replacement for smoking

  • It felt like I was smoking

  • I was getting the nicotine that I was so

  • used to all along, but of course now

  • I didn't have the negative health aspects

  • of it, it's just it seems to work

  • The first lungful it worked

  • it just made sense the sensation was similar

  • but the exhale was there

  • so I could see something coming out of my mouth

  • and it was cool, and it was geeky

  • and I literally went back in the house and

  • threw all my tobacco stuff in the bin

  • I literally picked it up started using it

  • thinking ah, yeah, yeah, I'll cut down by half with this

  • and got to the end of the day

  • and thought hang on a minute I haven't smoked

  • It wasn't an intentional I'm going to stop smoking

  • it was a this thing is going to help me

  • reduce, but actually it turned into a

  • switch it was I don't need that anymore

  • You get the benefits of smoking so

  • you get the action of smoking you get the

  • inhalation and exhalation you can choose

  • what nicotine level that you want

  • you can choose what flavours you want

  • And after a while it's actually better than smoking

  • it tastes better

  • I mean at the time, I think I was vaping

  • juicy peachwhy wouldn't it be?

  • You'll get a device you get a liquid you

  • get a combination that kind of makes you

  • go oh hang on a minute, I quite like that.

  • The e-cig juice I'm using today is

  • three milligrams of nicotine

  • strawberries and cream.

  • There are so many different types of

  • e-juices, and strengths of e-juices

  • anybody that's quitting smoking can get

  • an e-cigarette, find a juice that

  • makes them happy and stick with it

  • I started on tobacco of flavour and when I

  • first I stopped smoking, and then it started

  • to get a bit sickly the taste it was not

  • very nice, but it helped at first when

  • I'd just stopped smoking, it was that tobacco

  • it was like fag taste

  • You've got people making these really complex flavours

  • it's not just banana or just blueberry

  • It's like a whole pudding, with custard and things

  • once you start getting in to that and seeing how

  • much there is out there, it keeps your

  • interest going

  • You can get everything from chicken flavor, custard cream, to

  • papaya and melon

  • and everything inbetween

  • The one that I've got in here is actually

  • rhubarb crumble

  • you couldn't actually pay me to eat rhubarb

  • but this is one of my favorite flavours

  • And you don't have to be expensive

  • some of the liquids are £1 a bottle

  • cheap as chips.

  • I only have one flavour.

  • I love that flavourlemon and lime – but love it

  • I don't like any other flavour

  • As I've continued to use e-cigarettes I

  • find that I don't need the strength of

  • nicotine that I started with

  • it gradually gets lower and lower

  • Most smokers now start at 18 milligrams per

  • milliliter, a lot of people find that

  • goes down, and then you end up using less

  • nicotine, I don't know if you don't need it so

  • much anymore but it's really quite

  • common to find yourself reducing your nicotine

  • without even realising that

  • you actually are.

  • I don't get nicotine withdrawals now

  • I could go 12 hours without my e-cig

  • whereas before when I was smoking

  • I couldn't go an hour without

  • I'd be pulling my hair out, you know what I mean?

  • With vaping I don't have that same

  • sense of anxiousness and fear about

  • not having it

  • it's not a major panic if I leave the

  • house without it

  • I don't have to turn back, and I'm not

  • gonna buy something else while I'm out

  • I enjoy it as much, I probably enjoy it more, in

  • terms of habit, but in terms of needing

  • it in the same way? I don't need it in the same way.

  • If I could give some advice to smokers

  • what it would be to

  • try vaping, and find vapers - they're

  • all over the place, they're online they're

  • everywhere and if there's one thing that

  • they like to do, it is to talk about vaping

  • don't be scared off by the stuff that

  • you read in the media

  • don't be scared off by your other quit

  • attempts which are stressful and

  • upsetting and all of that stuff.

  • Vaping is fun, and it's meant to be fun

  • and you can enjoy it.

  • e-cigs are the best thing that I've ever discovered

  • if you've struggled quitting with patches and tablets

  • try e-cigs

  • because I tried them, it changed my life.

  • I'm a non-smoker now, and I'll never turn back

  • I feel quite proud of myself now I'm not beating myself up

  • because I don't smoke anymore

  • and I'm very confident about the future now

  • If you can switch you've beaten it.

I first heard about e-cigarettes in 2012

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    Danny Wang posted on 2017/10/24
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