Personal Stories of Ex-Smoking Heroes and Heroines
Even before writing “How I Started Vaping” I knew my motives were good, and that if I did my job well, someone may decide to stop smoking, improve their life quality, and move on to helping the next vapor who wants to quit by telling their tale as well.
That is how this kind of thing tends to work, and in my experience, tackling a big task like overcoming an addiction to combustible tobacco is clearly an easier mountain to climb when you have the support of others.
Personally, I choose to support, and to the degree I am able, be involved in matters of advocacy as a part of my gratitude for the community that has supported me on my journey.
Organizations, #Hashtags, and grass roots like @ABillionLives , #NoMoreCasualties , @NotBlowingSmoke, #SponsorASmoker, #adoptasmoker, #advocacymatters and the likes all have a tremendous impact in sharing information, safety info, regulations, pending legislation, and health studies etc.
Once you know, and you should if you don’t, it becomes our responsibility to strengthen our own road to lifelong freedom from cigs, by helping the next person in need and ready for a change.
That starts with the success stories, the personal tales of walking away from smoking, and why.
A friend says sharing “what it was like, what happened, and what it is like today.”
In keeping with that, I closed the “How I Started Vaping” post asking you to contact us with your personal stories.
The benefits of Vaping versus Smoking are easy to list out based on research, but it is the stories like these that matter to those of us looking for a solution.
“I started experimenting with vaping in 2013. I was smoking 2 packs a day and was a smoker for 30 years at that time.
I vaped and smoked (together) and couldn’t kick the habit. I was very addicted.
At the end of 2013, I had one of my numerous surgeries for a hernia. In recovery, I couldn’t breathe after they took out the breathing tubes.
I was told my body smelled of cigarettes when the cut me open and operated on me.
I would be on oxygen from that day on.
I couldn’t leave the hospital for a couple weeks, and my oxygen levels were very low. My doctor told me to either quit smoking or I might die.
Now I added a pulmonary doctor to the list of doctors I had. I began full time vaping and it helped me not crave cigarettes.
After 6 months I was completely off oxygen, and after a year no more pulmonary doc. I was so happy.
I now no longer feel like I can’t breathe.
There is no hacking up gross stuff, no more coughing, and I don’t smell like an ashtray.
My lung doctor did say he thought vaping was much healthier than smoking cigarettes.
Vaping saved my life and now I’m almost off nicotine.”
Melissa let me know she was emphatic to share her story, and though I allowed her to be anonymous if she preferred, she chose to go full throttle and to be a proud vaping ex-smoker with no regrets. That is a model we all should follow.
We’d love to hear your story and share it with the world as space allows and with your permission.
Go ahead, let it all out… we got your back.