Nitsabit began smoking at 16, “in order to look cool, obviously.” She started the giving up process in her mid-twenties. “Sometimes I succeeded for several months at a time. The best effort, using patches, was when I was pregnant but I had a couple of good stabs using will power and one go reading Alan Carr.”
Approaching her fifties, none of the traditional approaches had made a lasting impact. Nitsabit had taken to secret smoking, hiding away from her family – which meant she was always in a grumpy mood because of a lack of nicotine.
“My husband took me to a local vape shop after nagging me to try it for a year. He'd noticed lots of people were vaping and he really wanted me to give up smoking. I had no intention of quitting but thought I could get sly top-ups of nicotine when my family were around and hopefully soothe my dreadful temper.”
“I bought a little All in One kit with 3 flavours of juice. It was fantastic. I've always had a sweet tooth and really preferred Vimto to fag smell. I haven't had a cigarette since and I, amazingly to me, haven't wanted one. I also lost a bit of weight because I wasn't snacking constantly.”
“I found POTV while surfing the net and it seemed easy to join and navigate. I joined up and it’s been really useful. I now have fun hobbies, squonking and buying e-liquid. I think it's funny that when I first went to the vape shop I was adamant I didn't want to mess around with the wire that I could see, but actually, making your own coils is really easy and I wouldn't have tried it without POTV.”
Forum member quincey43 smoked for over 35 years and managed to finally stop through vaping, in 2014. “I bought a pen style starter kit and every time I wanted a ciggie I had a vape instead! I stopped overnight and couldn't believe how easy it was.”
“I found Planet of the Vapes by accident and boy am I glad I did. Not only did they answer all my newbie questions, but also I learnt so much from the forum and it is a great community where people help each other out.”
“I have two sons who also smoked - both of them have stopped through vaping too, so I am proud to say we are a much healthier non-smoking family.”