Like me, you are well aware of the fact that tobacco is highly addictive. There are millions of people across the world that genuinely want to quit smoking but simply can’t because it’s too addictive. Like them, I struggled with quitting on a daily basis. My health was deteriorating rapidly solely because of tobacco. The doctor said I needed a lifestyle change.
So, I tried everything. Cold turkey, gum, the patch, you name it. Nothing worked. I kept on coming back to tobacco like R. Kelly in a young women’s night club! I was frustrated and confused. I didn’t know what else to do.
Luckily, my friend Dave happened to see that I was experiencing sort of depression. Now, to be honest, Dave was not a close friend of mine. He was more of an acquaintance. Luckily for me, he really cared and came through for me in a big way!
Dave was also a big time smoker. However, he quit several years ago. But, I did not know this because, as I stated above, we were only acquaintances. It’s not like I saw him on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis. I rarely saw him – maybe once a year. And when I did see him, I didn’t bother to ask him if he still smoked cigarettes or not.
When he saw me, he knew right away that I was dealing with something. I generally don’t share my sentiments and feelings with other people, especially people I acquaintances with, but this day was different. I was down on myself big and couldn’t come to grasps with the fact that I couldn’t quit smoking cigarettes. I really did not open up about this issue at all but I figured this time – why not? So, I told Dave about my troubles with quitting.
Surprisingly, Dave had a very quick answer for me. “You know, it’s really not that hard to quit,” he said. Needless to say, I was angry at that answer but at the same time I was curious. So I said (in an obvious sarcastic manner), “okay big guy, let’s hear your idea that millions of smokers on the planet don’t know about.” He looks me dead in the eye and says, “what, you’ve never heard about electronic cigarettes before?”
To be honest, I did hear about them once or twice. Mind you, we are in the year 2015 and e-cigarettes have been around for about a decade now. Of course I heard about them, but did not think they were popular or even helpful! I have gone through so many nicotine alternatives that I brushed it off as another tactic used for entrepreneurs to make money off of smokers with real problems. But then Dave said that he quit a few years ago with an e-cigarette.
I was still skeptical. I said that he must be in the small percentage of people who managed to overcome their addiction. However, he told me that millions of people across the world have quit using e-cigarettes and that even government bodies have said they are safer than tobacco cigarettes (I looked this up and it’s true – Public Health England has endorsed e-cigs).
I was very intrigued. So, I did my research on the best e-cigarette money can buy. I found a company called Green Smoke. When the package arrived, I was anxious. I prayed that this would work. So did my family and friends. But, there was no prayer from Dave. He said, “this will work, I know it will.”
Fast forward only three months later (yes – 3!) and I am tobacco free all because of Dave and e-cigs! I feel healthier and my doctor says I am on the right path. Thank you Dave and thank you Green Smoke!