Quitting With The E Cigarette The Easy Way Part 7
Things have been going well since I reduced the strength of the nicotine cartridges in my e cigarette last week. As a matter of fact, I’m doing much better than I expected i would after reducing the strength of the cartridge and noticing that it was quite a bit weaker than the full strength cartridge. Once I got over the initial shock and my determination to quit smoking kicked in, I relaxed and went with the program. At first I thought i would be constantly fighting off the urge for more nicotine and switch back to the full strength nicotine cartridges but that hasn’t happened.
I will admit the first day or so was a bit of a strain. I was much more focused on my electronic cigarette than I had been up to this point and I had to resist the temptation to over use it. But it is amazing what a good night’s sleep can do for you. When i woke up the next morning i took my first drag of my e cigarette and lo and behold, it was OK. Maybe a full night without nicotine while i slept made the difference but for whatever the reason, it felt fine. I didn’t notice the difference between the nicotine cartridges the way i had the day before and it was a welcome surprise. I’m continuing my program of reducing the strength of the cartridges in stages and in 3 weeks, i will make the next reduction.
While quitting win an e cigarette, I’d like to comment on the attitudes of non-smokers.
Many of them really need to do a reality check and grow up. Just because they don’t smoke or have quit smoking, they are not superior human beings nor where they put here to live in judgement of smokers. Their attitudes vary from distaste to downright immature hostility. They should try to remember that many of us, especially older smokers, started before the real dangers of tobacco where even known and we don’t smoke with some grand plan to kill non-smokers off with second hand smoke. A little understanding and sympathy would go a long way to showing some compassion for fellow humans who are struggling against a difficult addiction. An addiction that is still totally legal and heavily promoted with billions in advertising.
The perfect example of what i am talking about are the non-smoking couple i encountered recently. The weather has been wonderful where i live and i went for drinks and snacks with a lady friend at a local cafe. The weather was so nice that we decided to sit outside. After my initial, negative experience using my e cigarette in public, i follow a now constant policy of asking first if i can use my e cigarette and the woman who seated us said it would be just fine. However, that didn’t seem to matter to the couple sitting next to us, when without warning i was suddenly hit with a face full of water thrown by the female half of the couple. She followed her action with a screaming tirade of obscenities about my disgusting smoking and how i was killing her with second hand smoke.
Obviously this caused quite a commotion and about 5 of the staff came running over. The male half of the couple slunk back in his chair and said nothing throughout the whole ordeal. I don’t know if he was a whipped dog or just not interested but he never moved or opened his mouth. The woman more than made up for his silence and managed to be loud enough to disturb the entire restaurant. However, when i stood up and said, “Lady, this is a smokeless, tobacco free, electronic cigarette”, the whole place suddenly went so silent you could have heard the proverbial pin drop. The manager took the woman aside and after a minute or so she came back, got her handbag and motioning to her dog (i mean companion), they were ushered out of the restaurant.
The staff couldn’t have been nicer and more apologetic. I must say getting drenched is not my idea of a good time but i did end up with drinks and snacks on the house. I am so glad i adopted a policy of always asking first if it is OK to use my electronic cigarette. I can’t honestly say how things might have turned out if i had just started using it out of the blue without asking permission. Good manners win the day and two idiots took a walk. I hope this is the last time i have to go through such antics while using my e cigarette. Of course, no matter what strangeness may occur in the future, you will be the first to know.