How I Quit Smoking Cigarettes

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Abby Callaghan, Contributor

A while back, one of my favorite bands, Panic! at the Disco, streamed their new album on YouTube before it was to hit stores. I lit up a cigarette and hit play. About five songs in, there was a song called ‘Nicotine,’ and Brendan (angelically sings), “You’re worse than nicotine.”

That one line changed something in me. I tossed my cigarette out the window and decided it was time I stopped smoking cigarettes. But then came the question: How?

I’ve been smoking cigarettes for quite some time, so the thought of quitting ultimately frightened me. I know they’re bad for you. It’s just difficult to stop doing something you’ve grown so accustomed to.

My boyfriend had the same thought process as I did, and when his electronic cigarette showed up in the mail, I tried it. After that, I knew quitting was going to be a breeze.

After receiving my own e-cig, I realized that I no longer had to buy cigarettes. I wanted to get up and shout it from the rooftops.

Electronic cigarettes, also known as smokeless cigarettes, are an alternative method to consuming nicotine, the addictive chemical found in tobacco. An e-cig is a battery-powered device that transforms liquid nicotine into a mist, or vapor, that the user inhales. They don’t contain all of the harmful chemicals that cigarettes do, such as carbon dioxide and tar. There’s no fire, there’s no ash and there’s no “cigarette smell.”

Since I’ve started my e-cig, I never once thought to myself, “Man, I miss cigarettes.” Even the smell of them is sort of alarming now after weeks of using my electronic cigarette. Unlike cigarettes, you’re not exhaling smoke; you’re exhaling vapor that evaporates almost immediately.

The most exciting part about all of this to me is how much money I’m saving. Did you know that a pack-a-day smoker can spend more than $300 every month on cigarettes?

We got our electronic cigarettes from a website called Smokeless Image. There, you have to buy a battery for your e-cig, which will cost you anywhere from $13-$19, depending on what you want the battery life to be. Then you have to buy a cartomizer, which is where you put the liquid. Those are usually $9. You’re supposed to replace the cartomizer every three months, and then the liquids can be up to $14.

So at first, yes, you’re spending almost $50. But then after that, you only have to spend $9 every three months on a cartomizer, and up to $14 on the liquid as often as you need to.

Some might say, “You’re still smoking so technically you didn’t quit.” And to them I say, “Boo on you!” I never saw myself not smoking cigarettes, so the fact that this weird technology has opened my eyes to never buying cigarettes seriously blows my mind.

Cigarettes would always wind up making me feel like crap, but I haven’t felt like that since I quit. And I can breathe easier, sleep better and smoke anywhere I want to.

Because it’s vapor and not smoke, you are allowed to smoke electronic cigarettes indoors. This is something I am pumped for, especially now that this ice-cold weather has crept up on us so quickly. Smoking outside in the wintertime sucks. While all of you are freezing your fingers off, I’m going to be inside, under a blanket, smoking my e-cig.

To anyone looking to quit cigarettes, but know you won’t be able to quit cold turkey, I would definitely look into buying an electronic cigarette. But remember to do your research, not all e-cigs are the same!

And remember, you CAN quit smoking. You just have to WANT to.

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