ECigClick_My_Vaping _Story_Kelley_PickettKelley Pickett, a former life long smoker shares her journey to the new health and living benefits that come from not smoking through vaping.

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Kelley shares:

I’d like to share my journey….. My Journey from Being a Smoker to Becoming a Non-Smoker (and letter I am sending my representatives)

I started smoking cigarettes when I was just 15 years old and continued to smoke for the next 43 years. On August 23rd, 2014, I was introduced to e-cigarettes, a basic Aspire vape pen setup. I haven’t smoked a cigarette since.

One of my biggest fears in quitting my cigarette addiction was gaining weight. Using the e-cigarette not only kept me from gaining weight but I actually lost some.

More than any weight concerns, however, are numerous health issues I have, several of which no longer bother me.

Both I and my doctors have noticed that, almost immediately, my smokers cough went away, I haven’t had bronchitis (which I got at least twice a year) once and I haven’t had to use my inhaler at all.

What Happens After I Quit

I now use my Reuleaux RX200 and have learned, from local shop owners and fellow vapers, how to build my own coils and maintain them. Because I was such a heavy smoker, (up to three packs a day) I started out at 28 mgs of nicotine and, in pretty short order, started reducing the nicotine level.

I currently use six mgs. of nicotine. Having the e-cigarette gave me control over the amount of nicotine I used and allowed me to drop the nicotine level quickly over the past two years. E-cigarettes literally saved my life!

For the vape industry to be attacked while big tobacco companies are left to, undeniably, continue killing 1000’s of people a year is absurd.

I have met a lot of people in the vape industry that genuinely care about the consumer’s goals and teaching them to vape safely, which is far more than any tobacco company has ever done.

Like alcohol, cigarettes are drugs. But both are socially accepted and therefore are, for the most part, left alone. I say this from experience: overcoming a cigarette addiction is much harder than overcoming my cocaine addiction was (nine years clean).

*Kelley adds this as a memo to her local representative in government. Please take the time to find out what the Advocacy Groups that serve you are suggesting you do to maximize impact, and educate yourself. Then, #sponsorasmoker  and help someone else quit.

“As one of your constituents that votes regularly, and is tired of politicians making campaign promises that they have no intentions of keeping, and in most cases don’t, I strongly urge you to stand up against the FDA and any regulations or changes that they are trying to pass in regards to the e-cigarette.

If the FDA gets it’s way, 1000’s of lives will be lost as a direct result of smoking cigarettes. People like myself will potentially go back to smoking cigarettes. Don’t let the FDA destroy an industry that has, undeniably, the potential of saving 1000’s of lives.”

Don’t let the FDA destroy an industry that has, undeniably, the potential of saving 1000’s of lives.”

Kelley Pickett
Albany, Georgia USA

I've been vaping since 2010 and been cigarette free ever since. Ecigclick was started to take a closer look at the mixed bag of e cigs that were available at the time. Along with the rest of the team we have gone from a handful of reviews in 2010 to now covering a huge range of vaping gear with over 500 reviews and counting today with the help of the great review team we have here! If you need help getting started vaping or just want to say high then please feel free to get in touch. The team and I will help where we can!


  1. Thanks for sharing!
    I had been a heavy smoker from age 20 to 35 and never seriously tried to quit smoking, I never managed to go more than a couple of days. Then I had to stop because of a dental procedure, where tobacco gave me serious issues in the healing process. It was only then that I discovered ecigs as a solution. It worked, my doctors said they were fine with it, and I never went back to cigarettes.
    Gained some weight, but during all those years that I was smoking, I was always going a little towards underweight, so that’s alright for me.
    My general health has improved very much, and those around me can breathe again, too. 🙂

  2. I quit smoking with vaping 6 months ago! I feel so much better since I did. The sinus infection that I had for 2 yrs finally went away, food tastes better, and I can breathe a lot better. I’m so glad that I started vaping and gave up the stinkys!

  3. Me and my wife have been smoke free because of vaping since 8/13/2014. Both of us a 1 1/2 to 2 pack a day smoker me for 31 years and her for 25. I have lost 3 uncles 1 aunt and my father to smoking.
    Wife has asthma and no longer has to use her inhalers after about the 1st month.
    I had tried to quit multiple times over the years always smoking again within 1 to 3 months of quitting.
    We are almost 2 years in and still have cravings for a cigarette as if hadn’t had one in a couple of hours, not a nicotine craving a cigarette craving there is a difference.
    I don’t know what will happen in the coming years with the FDA regulations, but as long as I can buy vape gear and ejuice we won’t succumb to the cravings.
    Thanks for your story Kelley

  4. I started smoking when I was 10 and a pack of smokes was .50 cents a pack. I smoked for 41 years and when I quit I was smoking 2 and half to 3 packs a day. I’ve tried to quit many times with no success until November of 2015 I started vaping and haven’t had a cigarette since.
    Hope this doesn’t show up twice, left a comment and I don’t know what I did but it didn’t show up so we’ll see.

  5. i too quit cigarettes if not for ecigs i would not have been able to do so..why can they sell candy cigarettes ?it is just not right

  6. Kelley , Thank you for sharing your story with us. My little story is my mother past away in 2003 on my dad’s birthday from smoking, my dad past away in 2013 from a “DVT” blood clot. Which is exactly I have a DVT at 40 years old. I was homeless for two years, stressed of course, siblings really could careless and always arounds smokers. So I choice to vape instead of smoke. Plus I don’t like the smell of cigarette smoke either. So now I’m now homeless anymore, only one siblings my sister sometimes talks to me. Now I’m really into vaping. I make my own juice and coils now. So that’s my quick little story in a nutshell.

    Thank You,

  7. My brother started vaping on January 2016.
    It took me 5 months to follow his lead.
    But since April 5 2016 i havent smoked a single cigarette!

  8. How I started vaping.
    I have been smoking cigarettes for at least 25 years. 30 cigs a day. Summer 2014 I was introduced to vaping by a mate. That was pen-style and I didn’t get the kick I needed. I tried it anyway – went and bought a Kangertech EMOW. I crashed time after time and couldn’t stop smoking tobacco.
    Then my oldest son bought a Joyetech eVic VT and I was cured. I got one myself and since 31. oktober 2015 I haven’t smoked a cigaret.
    RDA’s, RTA’s, RDTA’s and both mechanical and temperature control mods is a part of my everyday.
    My juice started with a nicotine level of 9mg/ml and I have decreased to 3mg/ml now.

    I don’t care what you vape – as long as you don’t smoke!

  9. Kelley, Thanks so much for sharing. Make sure all your friends and family get a link so they can support you in your advocacy. The more non, and wanna be non smokers that hear our tales, and hopefully make the switch- then the regulators will be put in check. Be well.


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