Sometimes tragedy can strike, and for many ex-smokers it can be an instinct to turn to cigarettes even though we know they won't help us in the long run. Smoking then becomes something we dislike about ourselves, but just can't get away from.
Today we have a great account of one of the many people who have used SMOKO E-Cigarettes to get away from cigarettes for good and make the switch.
This is Shaun's story.
I finally quit smoking and I feel better than I've felt in years!
I have actually gone through this before, I used to smoke and actually gave up once before, but it wasn't to last. Several years ago I was going through a nasty break-up and I reached over and grabbed a cigarette from a friend's pack.
That was the first cigarette I'd smoked in over ten years, but was definitely not the last. After all was said and done with the girlfriend, the only thing that remained was that my old smoking addiction was back and stronger than ever.
Some view smoking as nothing more than something they know they probably shouldn't do. That's all well and good and may make quitting easier for them but that wasn't how I thought about it.
If you're anything like me, smoking became a constant, 30+ times a day reminder of how I was not living up to my potential. I began to see myself as a failure. When a person attaches that much negative emotion to a behaviour, it gains much more strength than it deserves and can make quitting a living hell!
Long story short; after battling that dark, black rain cloud that hovered over my head and controlled every aspect of my life for years, I can say that I'm smoke free and a much better man because of it.
I'd like to share with you a couple of things that I did to help make the transition from that negative emotion and 'smokers hell' to smoke-free and healthy.
A factor was my reduction in caffeine. Our bodies do a wonderful job of keeping an even keel. When we take in too much coffee and get the morning jitters, the brains natural response is to ingest something to counter it. Can you say, smoke cravings?
I drink various green teas now and I love it. They have a little caffeine but nothing like a cup of home brew and they have a nice 'zen' effect that works well to help counter some of the stress of stopping smoking.
But no matter how good my tea was, that wasn’t going to be enough to keep myself of cigarettes.
Since we all know just how powerful the morning and after-meal cravings are and because I knew that at some point I was not going to buy another pack, my next step was an electronic cigarette.
What I found helpful about the e-cigarette was that I still got to go through the motions of going outside for a smoke break just as I had done for years. By being able to still go through the motions, it wasn't near the system shock that you get from cold-turkey and we all know the games the mind plays on us when we try that.
What I noticed right away with the vapour was that I felt much better physically within just a day or so of not ingesting all of the crap that we take in with a regular cigarette. (To find out what are in e-cigarettes click here) I was feeling better physically and my confidence was really on the rise. At this point, I can honestly say that it was becoming almost fun.
My mouth was so much cleaner, my fingers weren't yellow anymore, I had more energy and most importantly, instead of a dark cloud overhead, I had a little voice in my head that kept saying "you've got it this time, nice job!"
I've been smoke free for awhile now and I can't begin to describe how good I feel both emotionally and physically. I've been going to the gym almost daily, I sleep much better and I have a feeling of accomplishment that keeps a smile on my face nearly all day.
I'm not going to the gym to become the next power-lifter but to simply get the blood flowing again and to help the lungs fight off the damage I've done. Within a week of being smoke free, I noticed that I was able to maintain a thought from start to finish and my creativity was certainly up. Our brains were made to function on oxygen, not carbon monoxide.
You can do it! I promise!
As Shaun said, e-cigarettes can be the difference between finally getting free of cigarettes and falling back into one of the most dangerous habits out there. As e-cigarettes give you the nicotine your body needs, along with the flavour and the feel of a cigarette they can really help you switch.
By replacing your cigarette with an e-cigarette, but keeping the same routines, you can get rid of the 4000+ chemicals and 50+ carcinogens without your body noticing.
Because e-cigarettes only contain 4 ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerine, Nicotine and flavourings. The good news is that only the nicotine will effect you, and after all that is the reason you use e-cigarettes! The rest have been tested and widely used already.
This lack of chemicals in e-cigarettes is why then Public Health England says that e-cigarettes are at least “95% less harmful than cigarettes”.
And even better, because e-cigarettes don’t produce smoke you don’t have the same problems with smell or yellow stains on your teeth or fingers.
So if you are like Shaun and fell back into smoking and you hate it, then give SMOKO E-Cigarettes a try and see if you too can finally get away from smoking.