QUITTING JOURNEY: EMILY'S STORY
Everyone has a different story in their path to giving up cigarettes. Emily is one of our customers, originally from Australia, who used vaping to quit smoking. We spoke to Emily who kindly provided us details of how she made the switch and what advice she'd give to someone else trying to do the same.
How long she’s been vaping: Two years
HOW LONG WERE YOU A SMOKER? WHAT MADE YOU START?
8 years, I started smoking when I was 18 because my friends smoked and I wanted to do it too. Plus I didn’t drink much so wanted something social to do with my friends because I missed out on the drinking aspect.
HOW MANY CIGARETTES DID YOU SMOKE A DAY?
1-5 with rolling tobacco.
“I had only tried to limit myself to a couple a day, and to not smoke while at home. So I was cutting back, but never fully stopped.”
HAD YOU TRIED QUITTING BEFORE? WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO QUIT?
No, vaping was my first quit attempt. I was tired of feeling unwell because of smoking. Walking was tiring which meant I had less motivation to exercise. Also, in Australia the cost of tobacco was so high even considering I didn’t smoke a lot. When I found out you could vape with nicotine I was sold.
WHAT MADE YOU TRY VAPING? DO YOU KNOW ANYONE ELSE WHO VAPES?
I was attracted to the novelty side of it at first, only to later enjoy the variety of juices and the fact I no longer felt like rubbish. Vaping is also a lot more accessible in London than in Australia so it was easy for me to try it when I lived there.
I didn’t know anyone else who did but once I was a vaper I started to notice more people around me vaping so share stories and recommendations with them. I also got my friend onto it when she tried my vape on a night out.
DID YOU EVER RELAPSE BACK INTO SMOKING AFTER YOU STARTED VAPING?
I didn’t touch a cigarette for four months after vaping and it was a breeze. When I did it was because my battery was flat on a night out so I had a smoke but it was really not satisfying. I’ve never been able to finish a smoke on the few times I’ve had them since I started vaping.
“As long as vaping is around I won’t smoke cigarettes at all anymore.”
DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT YOUR FIRST VAPE KIT AND JUICE WAS?
The Aspire K4 with Dr Fog's Famous Ice Cream in 6mg.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT VAPING?
First and foremost, the fact I'm no longer smoking cigarettes. As a close second, the choice of flavours and it’s just a lot of fun to do! You still get the social part of going out with your mates if they smoke but I don’t feel the need to smoke myself anymore.
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO ANYONE LOOKING TO USE VAPING TO QUIT SMOKING?
Getting a recommendation from a friend if you like their vape or just going into a shop so they can help you get the nicotine level right especially. Also getting yourself a simple fixed wattage vape kit to begin with, then experiment with flavours and nicotine strengths.
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