I have been a smoker since 2009. The past 3 years, I smoked a pack or two a day. Smoking brought me relief from stress, it made me feel better after a big meal, and it was perfect with a cup of coffee. When I was unemployed, I smoked a couple of packs a day out of sheer boredom.
There was also a social aspect: smokers tend to go on breaks together and chit-chat while puffing away.
So what made me decide to quit in December 2017?
My coworker got gifted a vape set by his friend, and I tried puffing on it just to see if it tasted good. I had tried vaping before, and I hated it because it made me cough.
This time around, though, I liked it enough to buy my own mod, atomizer, and juices. I was excited at the prospect of a new hobby. I watched videos on how to wick properly, and went to several vape shops to taste new juices.
My own mortality hit me: I realized that I was closer to 30 than to 20.
I was wasting potential years of my life to a vice that may cause lung cancer, emphysema, and other horrible diseases that cigarette packs prominently display on their boxes. Smoking made my breath, hands, and clothes smell bad, made me short of breath, and was expensive. There are so many reasons to quit smoking, I finally realized.
The biggest factor in me quitting smoking?
My boyfriend Boopy. I love him so much and I’m scared of dying before getting a chance to fully live my life with him, as cheesy as that sounds. When he met me, I was a walking chimney and he tried to get my smoking under control. Now, he doesn’t have to worry about that anymore.
Switching to vaping
I still get my nicotine fix, but without the tar and many other chemicals that make cigs dangerous. I know there haven’t been enough studies on vaping to conclude that it’s 100% safe, but it’s relatively safer than cigarettes, so I’m running with it.
From time to time, I still slip and have a cig, but I’m doing pretty well so far for someone who used to smoke 20 sticks every day.