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When I was a pack-a-day smoker, everything about my day was controlled by the thoughts of smoking and getting my nicotine fix.

I was a slave.

“Deep down, I knew I was a slave. I just denied it.”

From the moment I woke up, the thought of smoking remained at the forefront.

Eating became secondary, along with sleeping, working, taking care of my pets, myself, and my apartment.

If I didn’t have cigarettes, then I couldn’t do anything.

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If I was out with friends at the bar, if I ran out of cigarettes and there was no way to get any, I left and went home.

I remember doing this dozens of times.

I couldn’t hangout without smoking. I couldn’t handle the withdrawal.

Everything in my life became a trigger.

Opening the door outside, driving, going on break, leaving work, going out, coming home, before bed, etc.

The list goes on and on.

I was a slave to this drug in every way.

“I thought smoking made my life better, but it was clearly the opposite.”

It absolutely made it worse.

I wouldn’t even date non-smokers at the fear of rejection if they didn’t like me smoking.

I wouldn’t even bother in the first place, so I cut out a lot of people because of smoking.

I certainly smoked behind people’s backs, too.

Even if I only got to enjoy one drag, I still took that one drag and risked people finding out.

I would constantly have gum in my pocket, or breath mints.

I washed my hands probably 10 times a day.

I took showers after smoking so whoever I was meeting wouldn’t smell it on me.

I was scheming left and right all the time to find a moment to smoke.

“I was paralyzed.”

When I finally quit, the sheer amount of freedom I had was very overwhelming.

That’s what’s so exciting when you first quit.

Suddenly you have all this freedom and you don’t know what to do with it!

You were wasting so much time a day smoking, that now you have all the time in the world to do other things.

It’s mind-boggling.

But I can’t tell you how important having the freedom to make your own decisions is in life.

Before, the amount of cigarettes in my pocket controlled my thoughts and actions.

When I quit, I took control of my life and my decision-making.

It really was the best decision of my life, and I can’t possibly imagine going back to that slavery.

If you want 100% of your freedom back, and your life back, then join me.

Get ready for the best part of your life.

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The Feeling of Regret http://iquit-smoking.com/the-feeling-of-regret/ http://iquit-smoking.com/the-feeling-of-regret/#comments Thu, 25 May 2017 01:53:05 +0000 http://iquit-smoking.com/?p=2141 Things we do that we know we’re not supposed to do oftentimes make us feel regretful about the decision we made. Why did you do those shots? Why did you buy that pack of cigarettes? Why did you go home with that person? The list goes on and on. “The feeling of regret is felt [...]

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Things we do that we know we’re not supposed to do oftentimes make us feel regretful about the decision we made.

Why did you do those shots? Why did you buy that pack of cigarettes? Why did you go home with that person?

The list goes on and on.

“The feeling of regret is felt across many facets of life, and it’s all based on the decisions we make.”

I’ve been having a difficult time not drinking.

I’ve made it almost 14 weeks, which is an impossible number for me to begin with. It’s amazing!

But I’m a bartender, so I’m around people who are drinking for hours at a time.

But that’s my choice.

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Some people are really annoying when they drink, and I’m always saying to myself I don’t want to be like them at all.

Too loud and obnoxious, irritating towards others, and just acting foolish.

That’s what I want to avoid.

“But then there’s those people who genuinely are having a good time without overdoing it. Makes me jealous.”

I want to go out, but the sheer number of days I’ve accumulated has made me think twice a number of times.

I wanted to go out last Friday, and my mind was totally convinced of that.

I was home early from work, and got dressed up and ready to go.

I had my phone charged, my cologne on, and my keys in my hand. I was about to leave.

But then I looked at myself in the mirror and thought, “are you really going to throw away 14 weeks of not drinking for this night?”

It was a hard pill to swallow.

I kept thinking about the next day, and how I might regret it. I didn’t want that feeling.

I could avoid it just by staying home.

I basically played a game of tug-a-war with myself. Back and forth. Going and staying.

After a while, I just couldn’t justify making THAT specific night the night I was going to wipe away 14 weeks of sobriety.

I couldn’t do it. I stayed home.

And the next day I was so relieved that I kept my streak alive.

Now imagine quitting smoking for a number of days and then suddenly giving in.

You smoke a cigarette or two and call it a night.

I guarantee you the next day you will feel regretful.

Why?

Not only did you ruin your streak, but you put that nasty drug back inside your body where it doesn’t belong.

Back to square one you go, and that is not a good feeling.

“It’s important to talk yourself out of a relapse before you wake up the next day feeling regretful for what you’ve done.”

All it takes is 5 minutes. That is nothing.

That 5 minutes could mean the difference between going back into the nicotine addiction, or staying strong without it.

When those cravings hit, it’s important to understand what’s going on and talk it out.

Think about what might happen. Think about the next day.

Think about the implications of doing whatever it is that you are convincing yourself to do that you know you shouldn’t.

Give yourself 5 minutes. You deserve it.

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Relapsing For No Reason http://iquit-smoking.com/relapsing-for-no-reason/ http://iquit-smoking.com/relapsing-for-no-reason/#comments Wed, 10 May 2017 21:08:55 +0000 http://iquit-smoking.com/?p=2128 There are many times in my life where I made a stupid decision to relapse, and it ended up being for no reason at all. Sometimes you can justify in your mind that it absolutely is the right thing to do at that moment in time. Like if you were at the coolest concert ever [...]

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There are many times in my life where I made a stupid decision to relapse, and it ended up being for no reason at all.

Sometimes you can justify in your mind that it absolutely is the right thing to do at that moment in time.

Like if you were at the coolest concert ever and you’d only been off smoking for like 2 days, then you’ll totally justify relapsing.

And I can understand that.

I’ve been there many times.

But you most likely wouldn’t have put yourself into that situation of having to decide in the first place if you knew 100% that you were going to a concert in a few days.

What I’m talking about is relapsing days before whatever “event” is coming up, only to get to that moment, and the event doesn’t even take place, so you smoked in vain.

“Relapsing because you can’t fathom future events is the worst decision to make.”

Half the time, those future events don’t even happen.

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Let me explain.

Let’s say you quit smoking on a Monday, and you’re all excited about it.

Then on Tuesday, you get a text from a friend inviting you to a party.

Right at that moment, the withdrawal strikes really hard and you begin to think about that party and get scared you won’t be able to not smoke and still have fun.

So, because the party was more important to you, you relapsed on that Tuesday.

The weekend rolled around and plans changed. No more party.

Guess what?

“You smoked the entire week for no reason at all. You could’ve been on Day 5 by now.”

This happened to me many times.

I relapsed because I couldn’t fathom an event coming up on the weekend, so I smoked the entire week instead of quitting.

Only to find out the event never happens, and I smoked the whole week for no reason.

It made me so mad.

Then I would smoke more and more and end up at the bars drinking my problems away.

It’s almost like the drug was tricking me into relapsing and convincing me I couldn’t make through those events.

What I should’ve done is forget about those future events all together.

I wouldn’t remember them anyways.

Looking back on my life, I hardly remember what daily life was like month to month and year to year, let alone all those parties.

I should’ve just kept to myself for a few weeks and not allowed myself to be tempted by parties and concerts.

“That’s how nicotine withdrawal gets you. It finds your weak spot.”

So in order to successfully quit, you MUST say no to everything in the near future.

Make some time for yourself and really focus on quitting, and focus on making it through the day.

Don’t worry about the future. Don’t worry about that party on Saturday.

You can go to the next party.

There will always be another party.

Quit smoking, take some time off to focus on yourself, and then slowly re-introduce yourself back into your social life.

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Thirdhand Smoke http://iquit-smoking.com/thirdhand-smoke/ http://iquit-smoking.com/thirdhand-smoke/#respond Tue, 09 May 2017 22:04:41 +0000 http://iquit-smoking.com/?p=2114 We all know what firsthand smoke is. It’s the actual inhalation of cigarettes or cigars that goes into the lungs and causes damage. Secondhand smoke is the indirect inhalation of all that exhaled smoke from the smoker. Bartenders are good examples of innocent bystanders, as are spouses, children, and pets of smokers. “Thirdhand smoke is [...]

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We all know what firsthand smoke is. It’s the actual inhalation of cigarettes or cigars that goes into the lungs and causes damage.

Secondhand smoke is the indirect inhalation of all that exhaled smoke from the smoker.

Bartenders are good examples of innocent bystanders, as are spouses, children, and pets of smokers.

“Thirdhand smoke is the transfer of toxic chemicals found in cigarettes and cigars through touch.”

When someone smokes inside the house, where do you think that smoke (containing all those chemicals) goes?

Does it dissipate completely?

The answer is obviously no, but here’s what actually happens:

Over time, all that smoke exhaled, which contains 1000’s of chemicals, eventually settles onto the floor, or any surface in your house where you’re smoking.

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The floors, the carpet, your bed, the bathroom, the kitchen, your bedroom, the counters, the furniture, and those pesky crevices in your hardwood floors all get layered with the chemicals found in cigarette and cigar smoke.

“If you smoke in the house, everything you own is covered in chemicals.”

Cleaning can only do so much.

The ceiling, the walls, and the perimeter of the house I’m sure has the most buildup over time.

Ever visit someone who smokes in the house and their walls and ceiling are yellow?

What do you think that is? Fresh paint?

It’s a layer of chemicals.

Most people just paint over that, but that doesn’t erase the toxic environment. Now you’ve trapped the toxins for good.

So let’s say you walk barefoot around this house. Because your skin is porous, meaning it’s not a solid surface, the chemicals on the floor are being transferred to your body through your feet.

It may not mean much at first, but over time, this can potentially cause problems.

If you smoked a cigarette 5 minutes ago, and you suddenly held a baby, you are transferring the chemicals found in cigarettes TO THAT BABY through your hands.

The chemicals seep through the cigarette into your skin, and it doesn’t go away unless you thoroughly cleanse it.

“That’s why a smoker’s fingertips are yellow in tone.”

Over time, the constant transfer of chemicals causes pigmentation in the skin.

It’s just like the ceilings and walls of the house. It’s a layer of toxic chemicals.

Years and years of exposure might lead to something like asthma or other tobacco-related diseases.

So just be aware of thirdhand smoke, especially around babies and pets. They have no choice.

Clean your house, including the perimeter, on a regular basis to remove unwanted toxic chemicals from the surface.

If you haven’t quit smoking yet, do everyone else a favor and go smoke outside.

The result of smoking inside is far worse for your family than you getting off the couch and stepping outside for once.

Maybe this will help you quit for good.

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Being Sick as a Smoker vs. Non-Smoker http://iquit-smoking.com/being-sick-as-a-smoker-vs-non-smoker/ http://iquit-smoking.com/being-sick-as-a-smoker-vs-non-smoker/#comments Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:09:26 +0000 http://iquit-smoking.com/?p=2056 Being sick sucks regardless of when it happens. We all go through it, and it’s almost impossible to avoid. But I have to tell you that the difference between being sick as a smoker and being sick as a non-smoker is like night and day. “Being sick as a non-smoker isn’t even that bad.” Yea, [...]

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Being sick sucks regardless of when it happens.

We all go through it, and it’s almost impossible to avoid.

But I have to tell you that the difference between being sick as a smoker and being sick as a non-smoker is like night and day.

“Being sick as a non-smoker isn’t even that bad.”

Yea, you still have to go through the process.

The itchy eyes, the runny nose, the sinus pressure, the coughing, the wheezing, and possible body aches and fever.

But you know what?

It’s not nearly as intense as it was when I was a smoker.

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I just finished 2 weeks of bronchitis and I literally sailed right through it.

At first I thought it was allergies, but then it became obvious it was something else since the symptoms wouldn’t go away.

Yea, I was sneezing and had a runny nose and was coughing, but underneath it all I still felt amazing.

That’s the huge difference.

When the sinus pressure stopped and it moved into my lungs, the wheezing was pretty bad. It awoke me some nights.

But again, beyond the frog in my lungs I still felt amazing, so I still rocked my days at work.

I just slept and rested when I needed to. Now 2 weeks later and I feel absolutely incredible again.

However, back in the day when I was a smoker, having bronchitis was an entirely different story.

“As a smoker, bronchitis sent me to the hospital.”

I remember when I first moved out to Portland in 2003 I had an intense cough that just wouldn’t go away.

And not just a smoker’s cough, but a really intense cough. A cough that made your chest hurt.

It got to the point where I was chugging a bottle of cough syrup almost every night to suppress the coughing so I could sleep.

My coughing I’m sure annoyed my roommates a lot. They never said anything, but it’s clear they could hear me.

But I became addicted to cough syrup.

And you know the worst of it all?

When the medicine kicked in and my coughing stopped, I immediately took that opportunity and smoked a cigarette.

I couldn’t smoke while I was coughing, so cough syrup gave my addiction the opportunity to strike.

How horrible it is to think about being barely able to breathe in the first place, and yet the moment things got slightly better, I made it worse by smoking.

I can’t believe I did that.

Then it got to the point where I would literally be pulling all-nighter’s because I couldn’t breathe and I couldn’t sleep.

When I laid down horizontally, the pressure against my lungs was too much, and I just had to sit upright.

I basically had to fall asleep in my lap if I was going to be able to sleep at all.

This went on for weeks.

“Only after I just couldn’t take it anymore, did I take myself to the emergency room.”

They put me on an albuterol respirator. I was fine after that.

But that was a nightmare. It was probably in my Top 2 sicknesses ever in my life. The other was the Swine flu.

Barely being able to breathe is the worst feeling ever.

It’s like breathing through a straw for 24 hours a day. You can’t do anything.

I couldn’t even brush my teeth without getting winded. The motion was just too much.

So yea, I can say without a doubt, that the difference between being sick as a smoker vs. being sick as a non-smoker is like night and day.

They both suck, but being healthy to begin with makes it go a lot more quicker and smoother.

The wheezing and the coughing sucked, but at least I wasn’t sending myself to the hospital and breathing through a straw.

That was just a horrible nightmare I never want to experience ever again.

So quit smoking, and you’ll thank yourself when it comes time to being sick.

We all get sick, but it doesn’t have to be that bad.

And it won’t be, I promise.

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Having the Edge in Life http://iquit-smoking.com/having-the-edge-in-life/ http://iquit-smoking.com/having-the-edge-in-life/#respond Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:50:31 +0000 http://iquit-smoking.com/?p=2040 As we grow older, our bodies and mind start to age. We get more aches, pains, decreased energy levels, and a plethora of other ailments a lot more often than the average 21 year old. Those of you who are getting up there know exactly what I’m talking about. “Nobody wants to grow old prematurely.” [...]

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As we grow older, our bodies and mind start to age.

We get more aches, pains, decreased energy levels, and a plethora of other ailments a lot more often than the average 21 year old.

Those of you who are getting up there know exactly what I’m talking about.

“Nobody wants to grow old prematurely.”

We all want to be as vibrant for as long as possible.

I, myself, want to live to be 100 years old. I don’t want to die young because of some preventable disease.

I am not naive. I know everybody grows old eventually. I’m not always going to be able to compete physically with a 21 year old.

I’m pushing 40 right now.

So anything that I can do to make myself a better version of myself I’m going to do it.

At this point in life, I feel it’s important more than ever.

The difference between smokers and non-smokers is that smokers are constantly, all day and all night, thinking about their next cigarette, whether they want to admit that or not.

It’s true.

Non-smokers, like myself, don’t have those thoughts anymore.

“I have 100% freedom of thought.”

I can think about my job more. I can think about being productive more. I can take full advantage of every situation and be in control of it all.

I have the edge.

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I know, that as soon as I get up in the morning and I’m feeling amazing right off the bat, I have the edge over everyone else who wakes up feeling like crap.

When I get to work and this person is hungover and that person smells like an ashtray, and another person is crabby and sick, I already know I have the edge over them.

Whether or not I make more money than them is irrelevant.

I’m just saying I’m completely self-aware of everything that is going on around me at all times.

I’m more energetic, my reaction time is faster, I get less stressed out, less anxiety, and definitely more stamina throughout the day.

“I can work 12 hours straight no problem and still be energetic afterwards.”

That’s what having the edge can do for you.

It’s like night and day for me.

I used to feel like crap all the time when I was a chain smoker.

I constantly had anxiety, constantly was unsure of myself, and constantly moved no where in life.

It always made me so sad to see other people get promotions and move up in their job when I knew deep down that I had it in me, but drugs were paralyzing me and preventing me from being my true self.

Now I feel like a cloud has been lifted off me.

As a non-smoker, I’m simply better equipped to handle life.

I’m not being dragged along in the grips of addiction anymore. I am in full control.

I have the edge and I feel it’s very important to maintain that going forward.

It keeps me one step ahead of everyone else. Well, at least all those smokers out there.

I just know that keeping myself in the frequency of feeling great all the time brings rewards from the universe.

I know that if I show up to work feeling amazing and you feel like crap, I’m going to have a better day than you, even if you happen to make more money than me.

That’s irrelevant.

Money is just a material object.

I’m talking about feelings, thoughts, ideas, conversations, expressions, before and after work, and all the way up until you finally hit the sack.

“When I have the edge like I do now, my entire 24 hour day is just amazing from beginning to end.”

Not just work.

I have the edge in all aspects of life, and as I’m pushing 40, that’s a great thing to have.

Come join me and see for yourself.

Find the edge!

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It’s the Little Things That Matter Most http://iquit-smoking.com/its-the-little-things-that-matter-most/ http://iquit-smoking.com/its-the-little-things-that-matter-most/#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:15:30 +0000 http://iquit-smoking.com/?p=2011 When you read about people quitting smoking, or hear them talk about it, the majority of the time it’s all about avoiding lung cancer, or reducing your risk of heart disease after a certain amount of years. That’s all well and good, and I think most smokers and non-smokers alike already know that stuff. But [...]

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When you read about people quitting smoking, or hear them talk about it, the majority of the time it’s all about avoiding lung cancer, or reducing your risk of heart disease after a certain amount of years.

That’s all well and good, and I think most smokers and non-smokers alike already know that stuff.

But what I keep telling people is that lung cancer, emphysema, and other diseases happen further on down the road.

They’re something in the distant future.

Yea, it’s great to prevent, or avoid, those diseases. Anyone will tell you that.

The greatest benefits of quitting smoking, however, are the little things in life that surprise you each and every day going forward.

Waking up in the morning BEFORE my alarm completely rested is a perfect example.

As a smoker, I would’ve never woken up early in the morning for the hell of it. I simply was never a morning person as a smoker.

I didn’t enjoy waking up and immediately coughing up a lung.

When I quit smoking, mornings suddenly became my favorite part of the day, and to this day, I still get excited when I wake up early.

There is so much anticipation and opportunity awaiting you if you have the whole day ahead of you and you feel good.

Bursts of self-confidence are another fine example.

There’s days at work when I’m leaving after 12 straight hours and I think to myself how incredible the day was.

I had so much energy, more eye contact, able to hold conversations more, zero anxiety, stood up for myself, made people laugh, was eager to help others, and was in a great mood all day long. The list goes on and on.

It’s incredible!

I never felt that way as a smoker, ever. Not like this, anyways.

This is a whole new playing field.

I’m a better version of myself in every possible way.

That’s what smokers don’t realize. They’re missing out on reaching their full potential.

I’m not saying smokers can’t be successful, and clearly they certainly can be, but how much MORE successful on top of what they’ve achieved already could they possibly be?

That’s my point.

I honestly can’t imagine where I’d be in life had I never smoked cigarettes.

Who knows where I’d be living? I wouldn’t have this website.

Everything happens for a reason, though, and I’m glad I’m able to help others beat this stupid drug addiction.

Random ideas and inspirations are another thing that pops up as the days go on.

I could be driving around with my coffee at 8am (which would never happen as a smoker), and suddenly I have this revelation about a business idea or something.

Perhaps it’s a new idea for a video, or a spontaneous trip I want to make.

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Just the other week I had a random thought about seriously trying out for Survivor!

I would’ve NEVER had that thought cross my mind had I been a smoker. At least not seriously.

It’s these little things that happen throughout the day that really make quitting worth it. They give me so much motivation to keep going.

When you are feeling good, and keeping in the frequency of feeling good, your mind just explodes in forward-thinking thoughts.

It’s really awesome!

“Like everyday, no matter what, is a new adventure. That’s why I love waking up early.”

A few days ago my car broke down on my way to work.

Instead of freaking out about it and chain smoking like I used to do, and dwelling in negative thoughts, I simply sailed right through it.

I kept a positive mindset, did what I needed to do, pretended that it was my day off actually, and it was easy-breezy.

If that was supposed to be a dark moment, or my life taking a downwards trajectory, then I just squashed that beyond reason.

The day overall was fantastic, and that’s because I was feeling fantastic.

I managed to make it to work for my night shift, and I kicked ass the whole time and made a ton of money.

Nothing could stand in my way. I felt great. That’s the secret.

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Electronic Cigarettes http://iquit-smoking.com/electronic-cigarettes/ http://iquit-smoking.com/electronic-cigarettes/#comments Sun, 13 Nov 2016 16:51:46 +0000 http://iquit-smoking.com/?p=1592 E-cigs are one of the greatest inventions of this century, in my opinion. Finally they invent a smokeless cigarette that contains nicotine. “Vaping changed my life.” Quite literally, actually. I’m a huge supporter of this method to quit smoking, and here’s why: NO SMOKE OR TAR BUILDUP – Electronic cigarettes involve water vapor, not smoke, [...]

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E-cigs are one of the greatest inventions of this century, in my opinion.

Finally they invent a smokeless cigarette that contains nicotine.

“Vaping changed my life.”

Quite literally, actually.

I’m a huge supporter of this method to quit smoking, and here’s why:

NO SMOKE OR TAR BUILDUP – Electronic cigarettes involve water vapor, not smoke, so that means there is less junk being clogged in your lungs.

When you smoke a cigarette, around 90% of the smoke you inhale STAYS in your lungs and doesn’t get exhaled right away.

Over time, that can lead to some serious tar buildup, which leads to coughing and breathing problems.

Water vapor is just that…vapor. It dissipates.

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Now it’s very true that inhaling anything at all is bad for your lungs, but at least with vaping, you aren’t inhaling carbon monoxide and thousands upon thousands of chemicals.

With vaping, you are only inhaling a few: water, Vegetable Glycerine (VG), Propylene Glycol (PG), nicotine, and flavoring.

“The flavorings are where things can get toxic, if you don’t do your research.”

Not all eliquid is created equal. Some are of better quality than others.

I wouldn’t buy eliquid from a gas station.

I would also try to buy eliquid made in either the USA or the UK. I wouldn’t buy some from China.

You have to read the labels and talk to the workers and make a little bit of an effort to buy what’s right for you.

Some people prefer a stronger throat hit. That is a higher PG liquid.

Some people prefer more vape when they exhale. That is a higher VG liquid.

You can also get 50/50 (PG/VG), and that’s what I used mostly. But I experimented with everything.

There are 1000’s of flavors.

You name it, there’s a flavor for it. You can even find a “bacon” flavored eliquid.

Now I will tell you to STAY AWAY from any “custard” or “butter” type of flavor. They contain the chemical “diacetyl” and that has been proven to cause respiratory disease.

“Diacetyl has recently been removed from most reputable eliquid vendors, but I would still stay away from any butter flavor just in case.”

You can mix flavors, too.

I always mixed a fruity flavor with a menthol flavor. It was like dessert! So refreshing.

There are also different strength levels of nicotine.

You can buy 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 10mg, 12mg, 18mg, 24mg, and 36mg. Maybe even higher, but you definitely don’t want that.

You can mix those, too, to get whatever number you are aiming for. Mixing 0mg and 10mg would result in 5mg.

Typically, and this may vary, 1ml of eliquid of 18mg nicotine content is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes.

That means if you buy one of those tiny bottles of 18mg eliquid containing 3.5ml of juice, you will have the equivalency of roughly 3.5 packs of cigarettes.

You can use that estimation as a gauge of how much nicotine you’re actually vaping on a day-to-day basis.

If you vape 9mg, you would have to vape twice as much juice to get the same amount of nicotine as the 18mg juice.

But as you get less nicotine concentration, you also get less throat hit.

“Nicotine = throat hit”

If you remove the nicotine and vape 0mg, you will get zero throat hit.

Now some flavors mimic the sensation of receiving a throat hit, and those are mainly the menthol and cinnamon flavors.

It won’t be nearly the same as inhaling a cigarette, but it’s better than nothing.

On the other hand, the STRONGER the nicotine content, the MORE throat hit.

If you vape 36mg eliquid, it will destroy your throat, in my opinion. I couldn’t handle it. It was way too harsh.

But some like that. Perhaps they were the ones who smoked 2-3 packs of cigarettes a day.

Something I want to say about the whole vaping experience is that you have to get it in your head that it is only temporary.

Don’t think you’re going to vape for the rest of your life. It isn’t 100% good for you, either.

Use vaping as a tool to quit smoking all together, and then quit vaping, too.

The idea is to not do anything, and be the person who you were BEFORE you smoked that first cigarette in your life.

I was 16, now I’m 39 and back to that point finally.

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If you continue to vape your entire life you may have ended the smoking aspect of your life, but not the slavery aspect.

You’re still the slave, and still the addict, and that’s not what you want.

You’ll still be scheming to find opportunities to vape.

“You might even end up vaping far more than you smoked.”

You have to be careful of that, because it’s easy to do so.

You can vape in far more places than you can smoke.

Just get it through your head that vaping is merely the bridge from quitting smoking, to not inhaling anything ever again.

It’s much easier to go cold turkey from vaping than it is to go cold turkey from smoking.

Why?

Cigarettes contain 4000 chemicals, and you are addicted to those things, too.

So when you quit smoking, you come off not only nicotine, but 1000’s of other chemicals, too.

I know this because when I switched to vaping, I went through withdrawal from smoking.

But if i was still consuming nicotine, I shouldn’t have gone through anything, right? But I did.

I was coming off all that other junk that’s in cigarettes.

When you quit vaping, you are coming off FAR LESS chemicals, and therefore it is much easier to deal with.

It was really easy, in fact.

I will help you and I will show you what to do.

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Why I Quit Smoking http://iquit-smoking.com/i-quit-smoking/ http://iquit-smoking.com/i-quit-smoking/#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:44:11 +0000 http://iquit-smoking.com/?p=1505 I quit for one main reason: I was tired of that life. I was tired of being a person who relied completely on nicotine to get me through the day. Everyday I would go through the same motions: getting up and smoking, finding an opportunity, smoking in private, and thinking about when the next time [...]

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I quit for one main reason: I was tired of that life.

I was tired of being a person who relied completely on nicotine to get me through the day.

Everyday I would go through the same motions: getting up and smoking, finding an opportunity, smoking in private, and thinking about when the next time will be.

It was awful!

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I WANTED A NEW LIFE – As the years progressed, I saw everyone around me getting promoted, getting married, having kids, living happy lives, and just enjoying themselves.

That wasn’t me. I hated my life.

I wanted a new one, and I was determined to do it.

“I wanted all those things everyone else was enjoying and seemed to get, but for some reason, I couldn’t achieve them.”

CIGARETTES WERE KILLING ME – They really were. I could feel it.

I could see it in my skin, I could definitely feel it in my lungs, and I was getting sick all of the time. I was tired of it.

Whenever I would quit for an extended period of time, my skin’s appearance dramatically increased and became more clear.

Do you have skin problems?

“Do you have skin problems in other places other than your face? Quitting might help that.”

Smoking reduces oxygen intake to your body, so naturally the more oxygen your body gets, the more quickly it can heal.

SMOKING LEAD TO OTHER SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEMS – This is a biggie for me.

Along with smoking, I was and still am a problem gambler, and I drink too much. All 3 of these things go hand-in-hand, in my opinion. With one comes the other.

When I quit smoking, I drank less because it was not as fun to drink and not have the pleasure of lighting up.

If I wasn’t smoking and drinking, I certainly wasn’t in the bar gambling with just a glass of water at hand. I just wouldn’t do it at all.

“Smoking allowed me to abuse other substances.”

If I relapsed, I would be at the bar the same night drinking and gambling. That’s just how much of an addict I was.

The combination of smoking, drinking, and gambling will destroy you like it did me.

I DIDN’T WANT TO BE AN OLD PERSON WHO SMOKED – I work at a bar and I see a lot of regulars who come in on a daily basis, and they all smoke.

I didn’t want to be one of them.

If I continued to be someone who went to the bars every night after work, I was destined to be one of them.

Plus it’s all so fake and stupid.

They come in and drink the same drinks every night and talk the same talk and they all think they’re doing something with their lives by befriending everyone in the bar night after night.

They aren’t!

I also didn’t want to be someone who couldn’t quit, or it was too late in their mind.

I work with someone who is well on her way to emphysema, and she knows it, but she is too stubborn to quit.

She knows she has to quit, but she’s prolonging it as much as possible, and suffering because of it.

I don’t want to be like that.

I KNEW GREAT THINGS WOULD HAPPEN IF I QUIT – And they did.

Even after 1 week, those 7 days were terrific! They were the best days of my life!

Well no, but I certainly was headed in the right direction and enjoying myself.

I was moving forward, I was saving money, I was sleeping better, and I was definitely looking better, too. The list goes on and on.

“But as soon as I would relapse, all those things would take a backseat because now I was a smoker again.”

But I knew deep down that great things happened once I threw my cigarettes out for good.

I just had to do it once and for all!

SMOKING WAS KEEPING ME FROM REACHING MY GOALS – In my personal experience, smoking kept me from attaining my goals of life.

I wanted to go to the gym, but when I smoked, I lost the desire to be healthy.

I wanted to be buff and possibly run a marathon someday, but as an addict, that wasn’t possible.

I wanted to buy a car, buy a house, buy a nice TV, but none of that was possible as long as I was a slave to nicotine.

I wanted to be in a loving relationship.

But, if I hated myself and my life, those negative vibes would branch out through the universe and that person would never show up.

I truly believe with positive thoughts and actions come positive reactions.

Like attracts like.

I DIDN’T WANT TO DIE YOUNG – Simple as that. I can almost guarantee that if I continued down the path like I was, I’d be dead by the age of 45.

I was spiraling downhill fast!

Plus you only get one life, you only get one chance to do things right.

I quit smoking because I wanted to lead the most healthiest life possible. I wanted to feel good and take advantage of all that life has to offer.

Obsessing over cigarettes and smoking every moment of the day was not the winning formula.

I WAS SICK OF THE ANXIETY ATTACKS – Smoking causes anxiety, and I would have an anxiety attack almost everyday during work.

I always would blame it on the stressful situation, but it’s the withdrawal that caused the stress.

How do I know that?

Because when I quit for any length of time, my anxiety fizzled away even though work was just as stressful as it was before.

Only now it was 100% more manageable.

Anxiety was a killer for me, and now that I’ve quit, it’s about 85% non-existent in my life. That’s a great thing!

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Tobacco Smoking Pipes http://iquit-smoking.com/tobacco-smoking-pipes/ http://iquit-smoking.com/tobacco-smoking-pipes/#respond Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:51:30 +0000 http://iquit-smoking.com/?p=1462 These have been around for decades. My grandfather used them, and I’m sure many generations before him did also. Not as common today as they were in the past, but still a present form of smoking, although mostly used by older folk, mainly men. “Essentially, smoking a pipe is just like having a cigar.” You [...]

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These have been around for decades.

My grandfather used them, and I’m sure many generations before him did also.

Not as common today as they were in the past, but still a present form of smoking, although mostly used by older folk, mainly men.

“Essentially, smoking a pipe is just like having a cigar.”

You aren’t meant to inhale any of it. Just puff on it and enjoy the flavorful fumes in your mouth.

Or so they say.

Sure you’re not supposed to inhale anything, but is that a guarantee you won’t? No!

The process is simple.

You buy a pipe in whatever variety and color you want. You buy a pouch of tobacco leaves, and then place a small amount into the pipe.

Light the leaves and puff on the mouthpiece.

But just like cigars, pipes are by no means a safe alternative.

You can still get diseases caused by the smoke and the chemicals in the tobacco itself.

“You are not immune simply because you do not inhale.”

If you don’t inhale, why is it bad?

Because you are still absorbing nicotine and other harmful chemicals through the tissues of your mouth.

You can’t possibly think that having tobacco fumes inside your mouth repeatedly can be of no risk?

Of course there is a huge risk.

There is also the risk of inhaling the smoke, too, as I’m sure everyone has tried it. Maybe not a lot, but a little.

That will cause lung cancer, and bronchitis, and emphysema. So, even a little bit puts you in danger.

My grandfather used the pipe everyday of his life. I remember the pouch underneath the lamp in the living room. He used to just sit and watch TV and puff away.

He died of lung cancer at the age of 74.

Did he inhale? I’ll never know that answer.

Was the pipe one of the reasons he died of cancer? Absolutely YES!

Luckily, the popularity of them are going downhill. It’s very rare you see a young person smoking a pipe. It’s almost always a senior citizen.

Why?

Because that’s when they were popular. Young people today smoke cigarettes mostly.

Even in movies, you see more cigars and cigarettes than pipes. It’s just viewed as “not hip” anymore like it used to be years ago.

“However, there is one form that is rising in popularity, and that’s hookahs.”

What is a hookah?

It’s a long pipe, often adorned with colorful fabric. The main chamber connects to four to six separate tubes.

When the chamber is lit, 4-6 people can be puffing on it at the same time.

Young people love hookahs because they can buy the leaves in a variety of flavors and scents.

I’ve been to hookah lounges, and it’s almost entirely young people.

I remember buying a flavor I wanted to try, and then puffing away. I inhaled it, too.

I think everyone did without batting an eyelash.

Pipes (and hookahs) have never been and will never be a safe alternative to inhaling cigarettes.

Just because you don’t inhale (or try not to) does not mean for one second that you are safe from the dangers. You are not.

You will face all the health problems that everyone else faces. You cannot escape any of it.

I would just stay away all together.

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