Quitting The Easy Way With An E cigarette Part 4
I’m now in my third full week using my e cigarette in my effort to quit smoking tobacco. So far, i have been able to resist the temptation to smoke tobacco cigarettes on all but one occasion. I was riding in a car with my friend the other day and he was smoking a cigarette. Without really thinking, i picked up his pack off of the seat and lit one up before i even realized what i was doing. It is a very good example of just how much of a habit cigarettes become and just how difficult it is to quit smoking. To be absolutely honest, once i lit it, i smoked it to the end.
Fortunately, that has been my only slip up so far. I have been using my e cigarette on a regular basis. I’m finding that i am using one of the high strength nicotine cartridges per day which is the equivalent of a pack of tobacco cigarettes a day. The cartridges are costing me $2 each so i am saving over $3 a pack. I happen to live in a state where cigarettes are still about $5 a pack. If i lived in a state like New York, I would be saving over $12 a pack. This is a very nice amount that will leave me over $1000 a year to use for more important things. Once i quit completely i will be saving almost $2000 a year. Imagine the savings for a New York State resident. They will save over $4000 a year while using the e cigarette and over $5000 a year once they quit completely. From an economic point of view, e cigarettes are a smart move.
As far as my health goes, it is already starting to improve. I am feeling less short of breath and i have stopped coughing. At first, i was coughing a lot as my lungs cleared out all the junk i had accumulated from a lifetime of cigarette smoking but that has subsided as i begin my third week on the e cigarette. My sense of well being is markedly improved. Not to mention, no more cigarette smell and filthy ashtrays. Since it is now late spring and the weather is quite lovely here, i have started to air out my house every day and the smell of tobacco is finally leaving my home. These are just some of the many positive benefits to using the e cigarette.
One important thing i would like to mention is that the e cigarette works better for me when i stop trying to emulate my normal cigarette smoking patterns.
Instead of smoking my e cigarette to mimic the amount of tobacco cigarettes i used to smoke, i now only use it when i get a craving for nicotine. At first, i was using my e cigarette whether i was craving nicotine or not and i was using it much more than i needed. Over the past few days, i have started to moderate my use of the e cigarette and i am now using it about half as much as when i started. This seems to work better for me and i am curious about what smoking patterns other e cigarette users follow.
Well, the first two weeks were quite successful and i am very encouraged. The real test will come in 2 more weeks when i reduce the strength of the nicotine cartridge for the first time. If i am able to continue to resist the temptation to smoke tobacco after i reduce the cartridge strength, i will then be well on my way to quitting smoking; hopefully for good and ever. e cigarettes are a vast improvement over the other methods i have used to quit smoking.