I can’t afford to smoke anymore. Who can? Round mine it’s £10 a pack! I remember thinking that if it ever got to £5 a pack I’d quit. That was years ago but I was hooked. Now I vape, and can afford a decent 2 weeks in the sun twice a year on the money I save. Screw Marlboro.
– Raj P, Manchester
It took me three years of vaping to quit nicotine completely. I started off as a pack a day smoker for 24 years who had tried everything to quit. I mean everything. Hypnosis, patches, books, acupuncture, gum, sprays and more. My employer had used vaping to quit in 3 months and said it had been painless. He set me up with a kit and although it took a lot longer for me to quit nicotine completely, I never had a cigarette again.
– Alan F, Wandsworth
I love me some of that nicotine. Sorry. It has to be said. There’s a reason nicotine has been a part of human’s life for hundreds of years. If I can have the good bits without the cancer, asthma, COPD, costs and smell, I’d do it. And I can. So I do. Thanks Vaping.
– Withheld, Liverpool
Technically I’m still a smoker. I own a freehouse country pub and the smoking ban in 2007 (and the taxes…but that’s a different story) almost killed us. I need to keep my regulars and when a few started discretely vaping instead of going out onto the patio in the dead of winter, I was happy to look the other way. I vape indoors myself on cold days and have cut down on my smoking. Of course, only pens are allowed. The tank versions would make the pub look like a “hotbox” according to my son. I’m not sure what that is but it doesn’t sound good.
– Matt R, Wiltshire
I started smoking at 15 and continued for 35 years. I loved to smoke. I looked cool, was considerate to those around me, made an effort not to smell of it, and planned to spend my retirement with my mates in the pub smoking and drinking whiskey telling tall tales. The smoking ban in public places killed that dream. But burying 2 friends in quick succession 3 years ago from diseases linked to smoking was the final nail in that fantasy. Now I vape. I still look cool. I can do it in some pubs, and I’m making my mates swap over as well. I was lucky.
– Richard B, Twickenham
You know that guy who stinks of stale smoke on the crowded train into Waterloo every day? That was me. The guy who could only ever date women who smoked themselves because of their breath? Me again. I’d only started smoking at Uni so, I didn’t think I was addicted until I tried to quit for real. Using vaping meant I quit smoking immediately. I reduced the nicotine levels gradually as well, but find I’m happiest sticking to a 16 mg strength tobacco flavoured refill on an ecig. I don’t stink, my dating pool has quadrupled as well.