Quit over a year but addicted to gum and electric cig

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-28-2007
Quit over a year but addicted to gum and electric cig
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Thu, 07-25-2013 - 10:24am

Hi everyone:

I strongly suggest using the electronic cig to quit.   I was a 20 + year smoker I decided I wanted to see my grandson grow up and I decided that I would give the electronic cig a try.  I quit drinking 8 years ago...so I had some tools to get me thru my cravings.  I decided the electric cig was going to be the only cig in the world and I would refuse to go buy a pack a cigs.  WELL...I have been puffing the electric cig for a year now.  I don't have many concerns about it.  I feel like if I put it down I am going to smoke, so I will keep it until I feel like I don't need it.  When I quit drinking I needed my cigs.  And then I gave them up. I know I will eventually give up the electric cigs.  But then I couldn't smoke the electronic cig at work so I started chewing nicotine gum.  The gum and cig are bothersome to me because now I don't want to give up EITHER.  I wake up in the morning and I have my electronic cig all day and I pop a half of piece of gum.  Is this better than smoking 2 packs of cigs a day I believe it is absolutely.  But I do get the comments that I am still addicted.  I am an addictive personality.  I will continue to do what i am doing to stay away from cigs.  I do feel healthier.  I am able to do things without being winded, I didn't gain the infamous 5-10 lbs people gain when they quit and I am told by my Dr. moderation is key for everything and that Nicotine in the forms I am using is just like drinking too much coffee.  It is a drug and I have avoided alot of other toxic chemicals by quitting smoking.  So I will continue on t his path.  But I don't like that I am now addicted to something else.  But it is the better of both worlds...In my opinion.

Missy
Community Leader
Registered: 10-08-2002

I dont know if that is a health hinderance or not, Missy.  I do know that it does eliminate the tar and carcenogenes (sp?) you get from real cigs...so...maybe it is the way to go.  Knowing you, you will eventually stop.  The gum might be harder than the fake ciggy...but it can be done.  If you dont want to smoke, then you wont...and like you said, you have the tools to keep from it.  Good for you....and thank you for sharing both your journeys with me...you are inspirational.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-02-2008

I have been hearing a lot about the electronic cig and wondered if it really worked. I saw a special on tv where they don't really know what kind of chemicals are going into you when you use them. Does that bother you or do you feel they are much safer than regular cigs?

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-28-2007
I AM not worried about the effects of the e-cigs...at all. I KNOW if i kept smoking real cigs...i would not live, i feel like i have a better chance now
Missy
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-12-2013
Electric cigarette is not that harmful like normal tobacco but then too much is still bad.