I Quit Vaping

HI All,
Something inspired me to talk about my relationship with nicotine. Until now, I have kept this hidden from most people. I am hoping this video inspires others to quit vaping if they have been pushing it off, like I was.
Richie W.

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  1. Congratulations @richiewest it is very disgusting dating or being married to someone that smokes. Then the excuses are "I've done it for years," when you are a great example of growing up doing it since 13 but wanting to be healthy and not needing nicotine to solve problems that it really just makes worst! Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘Œ

  2. I am proud of people who stop smoking and just as proud of people who quit vaping too. I am trying to convince the nephews the even though it's not a cig it is still addictive and dangerous.

  3. You've got this Richie ur a strong guy maybe even stronger than u realize getting over an addiction is never easy there are setbacks but stay determined and u will overcome it I believe in u just like so many others that watch and support u l…… I will say tho be mindful of withdrawal symptoms cuz those suck and will test that resolve but stay strong and u will prevail ….. Much love from Canada ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

  4. Sending you good vibes brother. I'm still loitering on the threshold. Buy one, throw it away, say I'll never vape again, buy another one, repeat. Don't be me! Never look back, you got this.

  5. I saw your update on this. You went one week of no vaping cold turkey. Thatโ€™s impressive. But, relapse happens quite a bit with nicotine addiction. Nicotine gum has really helped me from not smoking or vaping anymore. It also makes the inhalation less enjoyable if a relapse does occur on a very rare basis. Nicotine gum is considered far less dangerous to oneโ€™s health. Thereโ€™s no carcinogens and heavy metals in it. Also, itโ€™s a gradual intake of nicotine rather an intense hit. My blood pressure is lower and my nose is no longer runny.

  6. good for you Richie, I'm proud of you! I quit a long time ago and it was one of the best decisions I've made. I sending you my thoughts and prayers so you will get through this!

  7. I quit smoking over 30 years ago, but sometimes I could rip a cigarette out of someone's mouth when they first light up. A reformed smoker is much like a reformed alcoholic, remember that!

  8. . . . good on ya, Richie! . . . quitting and staying quit is not easy, but is absolutely worth the effort . . . I quit smoking cold turkey, like you, after quite a few years doing it . . . the first month was the most difficult, and I would not have wanted to be around me at that time, but I made it through by packing around yellow grapefruit juice . . . no kidding . . . the ugly, bitter kind . . . every time I was dying for a smoke, I gulped a few swigs of that wretched juice, and the bells were turned off . . . it got me through that first few weeks of no nicotine . . . I also gargled every day with cinnamon flavoured mouthwash . . . seemed to make a difference as well . . . friends gave me a lot of encouragement, too, and put up with my continual bitchiness and brain fog . . . have never had a smoke since the day I quit, and never will . . . I am an addict, and I know it . . . anyhow, proud of you, love you to the moon and back for what you are doing . . . just hoping that my crazy suggestions might help you out a bit . . .

  9. I think you can easily get a nicotine patch to help ease the transition. There is also nicotine gum that can help. Each day gets better. Most importantly you are starting to recognize how your emotions are activated and thus analyzing those interactions to understand if it is really a necessary emotion for the occassion. Eventually you will be in a happier life once you are successful in doing all of this. I've never smoked and I'm a very very healthy 55 but I do a lot of exercise and walking. Not one grey hair on me and still got the looks. Be goal oriented and you will be successful in what you want to be or do. Hugz!!!

  10. You can do this Richie. You took the first big step which was a great decision! I watched my dad smoke for years and suffer in his elder years of many medical conditions caused by smoking.

  11. Hi Ritchie! Quitting smoking is probably the best thing you've done! I myself was a heavy smoker a few years ago and thought many times of quitting. But always had an excuse, not today when I'm going to visit friends or not today but tomorrow….Finally I decided like you and quit smoking. At first it felt like losing a friend. Very lonely.. But that feeling disappeared pretty soon. I want to say that it is so nice not to be dependent and the health is so much better and think how much money you save ๐Ÿคฃ. Good luck Richie, you can handle this, I know it! Big Hugs! ๐Ÿ’–โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿคฉ

  12. Dear Richie..thanks for telling us about how you have stopped vaping..and your background on smoking..you must feel a whole lot better now. It's hard to give up a so called addiction but you are doing so well. Do take care of yourself and I hope you find a boyfriend to love..good luck and we love your blogs..the whole world is a bit mad but you make it a happier place. Take care and stay happy and well xxxx lol ๐Ÿ˜

  13. Thanks for sharing this with us Richie. Itโ€™s a big step in the right direction for you and your health. You are a strong and determined young man who will be successful in leaving nicotine behind.

  14. Hi Ritchie
    All that emotionality is coming from withdrawals.
    I smoked for a while and it worsened my asthma โ˜น๏ธ my dad's life was shortened by it, it's really bad news. So please, please give it up and never, ever go back to it…have a peice of chocolate instead!!!

  15. I write to wish you luck and strength. The hardest thing i ever do was to stop smoking! That was 7 years ago so I think I'm successful. It will be hard, and your habit will try to seduce you and talk shit to you and to make you think it's ok to start again. The worst time was the first 2 weeks. Be ready to go thru changes and it will not be easy. If I did it, you can too. A thing I did was to go out and to walk and walk and walk and walk. I had to be out of my house because that was the "scene of the crime" and from being home makes it harder. My father died from tobacco and it was long and terrible. Thanks for everything and good luck. volkmaar (the ex-smoker) xxx

  16. It really helped me to refer to myself as a โ€œnon smokerโ€ and I mimed in the mirror โ€œno thanks, I donโ€™t smokeโ€. Each day is a little easier than the last. And there is no reason to let one fall off the wagon stop you. Get back up on the wagon and keep going. And after every relapse, itโ€™s like going back to day 1. But you catch up quickly. Just donโ€™t give up trying. Good luck. I smoked for 30 years before I quit so it's possible

  17. My grandmother would get furious with me when I came in after smoking. I can still hear her saying โ€œI feel the shmell โ€œ. Edit – she was saying, in her own idiosyncratic way, that she could smell the smoke on me

  18. Richie this decision that you've made to quit is going to be the best thing that you have ever done in your life. I quit cold turkey and never looked back. It was a little hard at first and when I had the urge would chew gum or pop a mint in my mouth and over time it got a lot easier and sometimes I would even hold a cig in my hand and hold it up and actually look at it and would say to it who is stronger me or you and it did work. The thing you have to remember it might take a little while but trust me it works hang in there!!!!!

  19. ๐ŸŒˆโค๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒˆ
    My start was when I would sneak a pinch of my dad's pipe tobacco and hand roll it around 13.
    I quit smoking when generic cigarettes hit $2.00 a pack because I got sick of the stupid routine.

    One of the things that really helped keep going was when I calculated how much I burnt up annually
    and envisioned thing I lost by smoking that could have had or done. Smoked for 19, clean for 35.

    Each day without is easier than the previous, don't give up on yourself, stay strong! ๐ŸŒˆโค๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒˆ

  20. I pray ๐Ÿ™ that you'll be able to continue your journey without tobacco or nicotine. I'm 67 and have smoked ๐Ÿšฌ since I was 15. After a vacation next week, I shall go back to the hypnotherapist. Hypnosis has been the only way for me to have been off cigarettes. So, please wish me luck with my journey. I really enjoy your posts, Richie. Be well and happy.

  21. You are amazing. Quitting nicotine is an incredibly hard thing to do. People have compared it to quitting heroin. I quit back when I was 23 and it wasnโ€™t easy. Hang in there and donโ€™t fault yourself if you need some help like a nicotine patch for a while. I genuinely applaud you for doing what youโ€™re doing. YOU CAN DO IT. It may take a few tries but you can. Nicotine is a crutch, just like alcohol or other drugs. It helps us through rough spots in life, but it doesnโ€™t really โ€” it just makes life worse. Try to find different ways to deal with adversity. A hot bath? Meditation? Talking to friends? These are healthy ways to deal with a bad day. I support you and send you nothing but positive vibes.

  22. I smoked a pack a day for 47 years. Now I have emphysema. I had to quit if I wanted to live. I quit cold turkey 3 1/2 years ago. Iโ€™m getting along ok. No cancer, just short of breath easily.

  23. This is a huge milestone in your life. I am so proud of your resolve to get free of this bondage. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you face the roller coaster physically and emotionally. Keep letting your light shine as you bare your soul to those of us who respect and admire you.

  24. Iโ€™m proud of you for giving up your dangerous habit. My late husband had a massive heart attack, was in the ICU for 24 days and he never recovered. He had 4 blockages in the blood vessels surrounding his heart. The cardiologist placed a stent in the worst blockage, then put him in the ICU to see if he could gain strength so he could have the other procedures done. But he never recovered enough. He was 55. Godspeed Richie

  25. Keep up the good work . Cancer treatment is not fun. Even though i never used nicotine I still wound up with oral cancer some 20 ago still having affects to this day.

  26. Keep going Richie. You can do this. One thing that helped me was to have someone hold me accountable. Every day I checked in with a friend who would ask how are you doing? That person would be there for me but also I knew I would have to tell him if I had or hadn't since we last talked. It pushed me to want to try harder. And it worked. Stay determined you can do it!

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