I am a cigarette smoker, and have been twenty four years. I've made several attempts to quit, usually less than two days, but once as far as nine months. I never got to a point I didn't want one every day. Four hours without a smoke drives me to the edge, I feel as though an invisible hand is crushing my heart. Two days without one is enough to howl at the moon. Even after long quits, a single relapse from one of my many triggers sends me back immediatly to a pack a day mentality.
I don't even smoke a pack a day. I smoke fifteen Marlboro Reds everyday, five packs a week. I determined to try electronic cigarettes three weeks ago because colleagues at work were using them to keep productive without taking breaks. A friend gave me one that was nearly finished, and at first I wasn't convinced it helped at all, but I bought a diposable, priced nicely at less than two packs, and supposedly contains four hundred puffs, the equivalent of forty cigarettes.
I continued to buy packs of cigarettes according to my usual routine, but by the end of the week, I noticed I had left two packs unopened. I was worried I might have picked up an expensive new vice like the time I tried cigars, but instead it curbed my habit. Also, for the first week, I coughed up some thick phlegm like I would have if I had cut back on my smoking. I feel great. I feel as though I've cut my smoking in half.
An electronic cigarette does more than give an ever ready dose of nicotine. It simulates the experience of smoking. It would be hard to explain how important it is to a non-smoker that it lights up when you draw on it, but it's an essential element to the comfort and solace of smoking. Also, the water vapor fills your lungs, and though it's a bit lightweight, the exhale is satisfying enough. You can keep it in your pocket like a pen, and make an exaserbated show of having a smoke, or you can palm the light, take a quick hit, and slip it back in your pocket without anyone noticing - hold your breath long enough and there is little 'smoke'. Either way it evaporates almost instantly, and there is no odor.
I may maintain this regime of smoking and vaporising indefinately. Even the over priced disposables are cheaper than the cigarettes they replace, and once I've tried them all, I'll buy the kit, and the refills are