please help needed
Posted 09 December 2011 - 02:00 PM
Posted 09 December 2011 - 05:46 PM
Once the cravings for the regular cigarettes get to where it isn't hard to move past them, then start working the nicotine levels in your electronic cig. down.
If you go back to the regular cigarettes a heart attack is very possible. From my experience my heart rate was much worse with the regular cigs. compared to the e-cig. Relax and work on getting rid of all the regular cigs. then make a plan how to step yourself down on the nicotine. Stopping the cigs. is the most important thing first. Relax and you can do it.
I'm one day away from 3 weeks with the e-cig. and it's working very well for me. Going to start stepping down on the nicotine next week.
Posted 09 December 2011 - 06:36 PM
Posted 09 December 2011 - 08:07 PM
The first 2-3 days without smoking were the hardest, but easier than other attempts. I found keeping some of my same routines did help. I went outside to smoke, so I went outside with the e-cig. Really only needed to do this the first few days. Now I don't really get cravings I just think about having a smoke a few times a day. Usually first thing in the morning and after dinner. Not really a craving, just thoughts. Now I'm trying to change those routines.
Even with the help of the e-cig you have to want to quit. If you get past the first 2-3 days smoking will taste really bad - at least it did for me. Even if I get a craving now I just don't want that taste again.
Posted 10 December 2011 - 12:28 AM
great decision on trying to end the smoking.
it is important for you to try and cut the last four cigarettes a day because your lungs will not start to heal until you do this. I am six weeks in and still coughing up the brown gooey gunk from the lungs but not as often as I was. My chest really hurt for the first few weeks (While I was smoking it seemed fine) and I have coughed up a huge amount of it - I smoked for 24 years.
Now I know my lungs are getting better because I can laugh hard without breaking into a cough.
you need to start the healing process
Posted 10 December 2011 - 01:21 AM
Posted 10 December 2011 - 01:23 AM
thankyou so much i did think it must be better then real cigarettes,but was worried then i seen e cigarettes do not seem to be popular on this site so i didnt think anyone would reply.I am really trying but without the e cigareete i panic so much.
Maybe you should be on anxiety medicines instead of using smokes to "calm" you.
Posted 10 December 2011 - 02:20 AM
Well with using the E cig you're still getting your "fix" just a different delivery system-but thats interesting you're still smoking store boughts yet using an E cig-dosn't say much for the E cig as a quit method.
You are still getting nicotine - same as the other NRTs. Except you can control how much and when you get the nicotine. I couldn't handle the constant stream of nicotine in the patches.
Not everyone drops the smokes instantly. I didn't. Took 4 days to eliminate them completely, but the first day I dropped from 1 and a half packs to 4. Dropped everyday and the last two days I lit them but didn't smoke them.
I think most people experience anxiety when quitting no matter what the method. I still had withdraws even with nicotine in my system. There are lots of chemicals in cigs. besides nicotine. Honestly some of those are what led to me to getting serious about quitting. The new "paper" caused me all sorts of problems.
Posted 10 December 2011 - 03:17 AM
Posted 10 December 2011 - 05:05 AM
1) Panic attacks are often associated with shallow breathing, and smokers are notorious for breathing shallowly. Here are a couple of links that give instructions as to how to breathe deeply:
http://yoga.about.co... ... breath.htm
2) None of us are doctors here. We can give advice, but if you want sound advice about your health, do consider sharing your concerns with your doctor.
3) I'm having the same issue about planing out around 5 analogs a day. I'm presently researching self-hypnosis to get entirely off the cigarettes. I tried it about 20 years ago and I didn't quit, but I went from chain smoking to 1-1/2 PAD which I now hear is supposed to be impossible, so maybe it wasn't the epic fail I thought it was. My point is maybe you can combine the ecigs with an additional (non-nicotine) quit support method and maybe that will work for you.
Posted 10 December 2011 - 05:18 AM
Posted 13 December 2011 - 09:38 PM
Greenlover--Bless your heart, I really don't understand why you keep coming to this forum when you have stated over and over how much you hate it. You're on the other forum, you quit, you blow it, you quit, you blow it, you quit, you blow it...over and over and over, yet you get welcomed back and encouraged. Why can't you pay some of that kindness that has been shown to you forward? Other than this one subject, you seem like such a nice person. I just don't "get" it. Yes I know that you and several others loathe the e-cig as a way of quitting. But the fact is, it really is helping some of us. I'm down to the lowest level of nic and my SIL (who started the e-cig about 2 months ahead of me) is down to 0 nic. This way does in fact work for some of us.
If you were just responding to people who evidently had no intention of breaking the nic addiction, I could understand. This is not the place for them. But Fred set up this sub-forum specifically for people using the e-cig as a quit method, so there must be some validity there. But you have something either negative or sarcastic to say to even people who are trying to quit this way. Please look inside yourself and find a way to encourage ANYONE who is trying to break this addiction. You could add so much to this forum with your encouragement and kindness.
Posted 14 December 2011 - 05:49 AM
Posted 14 December 2011 - 04:55 PM
Yes, you can post anywhere you want. So, I guess can we (we being the folks quitting with the help of an e-cig). We tend to stay down here in this forum so as not to upset or cause drama to anyone on the Main board. All I was saying is maybe you could give us the same respect? You are welcome here to support (even with tough love) those of us quitting with the use of the e-cig.
Making a point of coming to a sub-forum on a subject that you so clearly do not believe in just puzzles me. I guess you have more time on your hands than I do.
Keep the Quit...and please try to find your "kinder" side when you come here.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 02:31 AM
Posted 15 December 2011 - 04:15 AM
I believe I am just as much "quit" as anyone that is using any other form of NRT. Again, we dont have to agree, but why cant we be respectful of each other? If you are posting to be negative and sarcastic, why post at all? I dont think that is the intent of this board...and if someone is reaching out, trying to break this addiction, why mot use our energy to encourage and celebrate?
Thank you Katiem for your comment and for your awesome and fierce committment to freedom. I think you ROCK and hope you understand all my comments are said with respect for both you and Greenlovers beliefs.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:13 AM
Posted 15 December 2011 - 02:48 PM
Posted 15 December 2011 - 04:11 PM
So....there is the answer , at least the one I could get from my world. She was a very heavy smoker...way more than me, so I admire her. And just an off comment about quitting in general....isnt it wonderful to know you smell good? i love that part and that thought has gotten me thru more than a few craves.
One last comment...I would not propose the ecig as a quit tool for everyone. I thought about it long and hard before I tried it. I thought about the fact that I would not be breaking the oral habit, and also if it would be easier to just go get a pack. My conclusuon based on my personal past quit experience was this just could be the way for me. So far, so good. I should be nic free by Jan. 13, 2012. Yaaahooooooo.
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