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January 2021 Ex-Smokers   Quit Buddies Unite

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Nope62

From: Nope62

1/8/21

 How did you get along with stretching it out to 4 hrs. between vapes? When you vape do you take one or two drags off the vape at a time? I'm not trying to be noisy, but I have no experience with vaping.

I read back a few post to understand what and how you are quitting. As I understand it you are tapering off by reducing the amount of nicotine your putting in your body each day. Like someone who keeps cutting down on the amount of cigarettes they smoke each day until they get to none.

I've never tried that approach, but I do hope it works for you!

I've used the patches and cold turkey. I had my longest quit several years ago using Chantix, 17 weeks. I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter how you quit, as long as you get it done.

Good Luck!

MDS27

From: MDS27

1/9/21

Hi,

Yeah, mostly going well. Yes, tapering off is the strategy. Day 6 now after waking up and deciding I need to knock my nicotine addiction on the head.  Stretching out to 4hrs was successful on Friday despite a few challenges - a 'stress trigger', socialising and alcohol. I'm on vacation, so the days before Friday were ideal - quiet with not much to do and not many people around. As soon as I realised I'd be socialising and drinking, I knew I would be tested, but I actually got through it pretty well and found I enjoyed myself more - this process is giving me a sense of confidence and I felt more self-assured and authentic around others. Yesterday was mixed. I went 6.5hrs at start of day and it felt easy, but then with drinking and socialising and feeling pretty tired, I let it slip a little and had a couple of vapes with only a 1 hour gap. Goal is within the next few days, perhaps this coming Tuesday or Wednesday to have a day without vaping.

With the vape, I probably take 10ish drags on it a time, so around the same length as a cigarette. It's been encouraging to reach a designated time and not really be that fussed about it. It definitely has less of a hold on me and I'm loving the freedom that is emerging.

How you been going?

  • Edited January 9, 2021 2:43 pm  by  MDS27
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Chloeleb2001

From: Chloeleb2001

1/9/21

Hi all, Today is day 13 for me... Im super proud of myself. Its definitely been a struggle putting down the vape for good, but I've found good use of my time having two hands to do things with! :) 

gkim

From: gkim

1/9/21

Good job,  Chloe! Keep going!

Nope62

From: Nope62

1/9/21

Thanks for explaining that to me!

  I hope you are able to get to your goal of not vaping for one day! I think if you can do that, your on your way. I guess that vaping is as addictive as cigarettes are.

   I quit drinking about three years ago. I don't think I could drink and not smoke. I'm at the end of my 9th day. It's been rough at times.

   How do you deal with your cravings when they come?

   Take Care!

MDS27

From: MDS27

1/10/21

Nice work! 

Can't wait to be there myself. I'm enjoying all the extra time I have on my hands as well. There is so much admin and time taken up by smoking/vaping. The time saved is one of the best benefits of quitting.

Good for you for getting through the hard patches!

Well done!

MDS27

From: MDS27

1/10/21

Yes, drinking just throws a complete spanner in the works and seriously dents my will power.

I'm planning on either Tuesday or Wednesday for no vape day and yes, it will be a big step in the right direction. I'm feeling more confident every day I can do it.

Good work on getting through the rough times. For me its deep breaths, a sip of water, delay and distraction. The distraction is particularly helpful. If I can distract myself with something else then urges seem to pass more easily. 

What about you, whats working?

DanJF3

From: DanJF3

1/10/21

It sounds like you are on the right path.  You have the techniques to get it done and if you feel overwhelmed, come on here and let us know.  

I found your previous post interesting as it just shows that nicotine addiction is present for both the good and bad times.  Drinking and socializing can definitely be triggers and yes, not surprising it lowers inhibition and decision making capabilities.  I hate to say it but that's one thing that probably need to be put on pause while you are trying to quit.  In the year since I quit I have not had more than one drink on any occasion as I think having more might lead to a bad decision about smoking.

Regarding stress and bad days, remember those will always be there.  They are just a part of life.  We have always been used to using nicotine as the "solution" to our problems and bad moods when in reality it's not solving anything but making us numb to what  is going on in life.  On a positive note, at least for me as I got further into my quit, the thought of smoking during stressful times is the last thing I want to do.  If I ever do smoke again, relapsing will feel awful I am sure and why would I want to throw that stress on top of other stress?  It may sound kind of odd but that's my experience that I am more likely to relapse if I am either bored or celebrating something.  It's complicated stuff isn't it?

I look forward to hearing how your no vape day goes.  Try to look at it as a positive challenge and you will get it done!

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

1/11/21

Strong work Chloe! Yay!muscle

So today is two weeks for you? I’m glad you are super proud of yourself; you should be! I think you will find that each day you gain a little bit of momentum. I think Dan wrote somewhere here that the urge goes away whether you smoke/ vape or not, so just keep riding those waves and it will be a month before you know it. 

  • Edited January 11, 2021 12:16 am  by  Loreficent
Loreficent

From: Loreficent

1/11/21

Good work for you too! You’re laying a good foundation and showing yourself that you can control this. It’s been interesting to see the folks on here that vape. I tried quitting smoking that way a couple of times in the past and quickly found I did it just as much if not more and it was a lot of extra work, so I went back to smoking. Whatever delivery method, nicotine is such an amazingly powerful substance, right? Don’t be surprised if you get a bit more tired the first few days you go without. That will pass though and you will quickly find so many more productive ways to use that time. 
Hang close to here the first few days and reach out when it gets tough. You won’t regret stopping!

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