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I’ve sent my story to several elected officials in hopes that it would make some form of a difference, however minute it may be. I wanted to share it with you all as well…

I’m 28. I started smoking when I was about 17. I had only smoked for about 6 years, but I was going through nearly two packs a day. Then I watched my grandfather die from complications of COPD. I held his hand in the ICU as he slipped away. He never got to take a last breath, only powerless gasps as he literally suffocated to death.

I knew I needed to stop, but I was hooked and used it as a coping mechanism for a lot of the pain I was experiencing in life around that time. Not to mention the social aspect. So for about a year I worked with my doctor to try to come up with a plan. I tried the patch, the gum, a prescription nicotine inhaler, and none of it worked. Then came wellbutrin (first by itself then in combination with prazosin,) and finally Chantix. Then combinations of all of the above. I even isolated myself from my friends who were smokers. No results. I knew in my heart I wanted to quit, but I just didn’t feel like I was capable of that level of willpower.

Then, in 2014, the first vape shop opened in our town. I was hesitant to give it a shot at first because I had tried the Blu ecigs when they first came out a couple years prior and didn’t care for them at all, but I decided to check it out. It was awesome! The owners were a young husband and wife who were some of the nicest people I have ever done business with. They just wanted to do some good in the world and help people quit smoking, and provide a little community hangout for people who were in the same boat. They even had a little lounge in the shop with a PlayStation, it was a great time.

They set me up with an old eLeaf mod, a Herakles tank, and a bottle of Hold Fast Davey Jone’s Locker. It was incredible! It was like smoking but it didn’t taste like shit! It tasted like candy! I was finally able to ween off of smoking altogether and haven’t picked up a cigarette since. I still vape to this day.

Since then my wife and I had our first daughter who is 3 now, and I can run around and play with her with so much more endurance than I would’ve had when I was smoking and would get winded after a couple flights of stairs. And no, I don’t vape around my daughter for those who are concerned, nor do I vape inside our home.

I feel like vaping saved my life, and it was as simple as finding an alternative that tasted good to me. Adults can enjoy candy too. I mean, anyone who has ever trick-or-treated with a toddler and claims to have not stolen at least one piece of their candy is an absolute fraud. Our brains love sugar! It’s part of what makes vaping so successful in smoking cessation!

As a parent, do I want my daughter to pick up vaping? No! But it’s my responsibility to make sure she doesn’t. It’s my responsibility to be a good parent and guide her to make smart choices with her body so hopefully she never becomes nicotine dependent in the first place. Just because kids are getting into something they shouldn’t be—which kids have done since the dawn of humankind in one way or another—it doesn’t mean that we need to eliminate a perfectly valid resource for smoking cessation!

I know I’m preaching to the choir posting this here, but I just wanted to remind you all in addition to the calls for action and phoning your representatives, please take a moment to thank your local vape shop. No matter what the government claims, vape shops save lives.

EDIT: The vape shop owners I referred to are Becca and Travis at Black and Gold Vapors, Iowa City. If you’re ever in this area, that’s the shop to go to. (I’m not affiliated with or employed by them at all, they just deserve a huge shoutout.)

I’ve sent my story to several elected officials in hopes that it would make some form of a difference, however minute it may be. I wanted to share it with you all as well…I’m 28. I started smoking when I was about 17. I had only smoked for about 6 years, but I was going through nearly two packs a day. Then I watched my grandfather die from complications of COPD. I held his hand in the ICU as he slipped away. He never got to take a last breath, only powerless gasps as he literally suffocated to death.I knew I needed to stop, but I was hooked and used it as a coping mechanism for a lot of the pain I was experiencing in life around that time. Not to mention the social aspect. So for about a year I worked with my doctor to try to come up with a plan. I tried the patch, the gum, a prescription nicotine inhaler, and none of it worked. Then came wellbutrin (first by itself then in combination with prazosin,) and finally Chantix. Then combinations of all of the above. I even isolated myself from my friends who were smokers. No results. I knew in my heart I wanted to quit, but I just didn’t feel like I was capable of that level of willpower.Then, in 2014, the first vape shop opened in our town. I was hesitant to give it a shot at first because I had tried the Blu ecigs when they first came out a couple years prior and didn’t care for them at all, but I decided to check it out. It was awesome! The owners were a young husband and wife who were some of the nicest people I have ever done business with. They just wanted to do some good in the world and help people quit smoking, and provide a little community hangout for people who were in the same boat. They even had a little lounge in the shop with a PlayStation, it was a great time.They set me up with an old eLeaf mod, a Herakles tank, and a bottle of Hold Fast Davey Jone’s Locker. It was incredible! It was like smoking but it didn’t taste like shit! It tasted like candy! I was finally able to ween off of smoking altogether and haven’t picked up a cigarette since. I still vape to this day.Since then my wife and I had our first daughter who is 3 now, and I can run around and play with her with so much more endurance than I would’ve had when I was smoking and would get winded after a couple flights of stairs. And no, I don’t vape around my daughter for those who are concerned, nor do I vape inside our home.I feel like vaping saved my life, and it was as simple as finding an alternative that tasted good to me. Adults can enjoy candy too. I mean, anyone who has ever trick-or-treated with a toddler and claims to have not stolen at least one piece of their candy is an absolute fraud. Our brains love sugar! It’s part of what makes vaping so successful in smoking cessation!As a parent, do I want my daughter to pick up vaping? No! But it’s my responsibility to make sure she doesn’t. It’s my responsibility to be a good parent and guide her to make smart choices with her body so hopefully she never becomes nicotine dependent in the first place. Just because kids are getting into something they shouldn’t be—which kids have done since the dawn of humankind in one way or another—it doesn’t mean that we need to eliminate a perfectly valid resource for smoking cessation!I know I’m preaching to the choir posting this here, but I just wanted to remind you all in addition to the calls for action and phoning your representatives, please take a moment to thank your local vape shop. No matter what the government claims, vape shops save lives.EDIT: The vape shop owners I referred to are Becca and Travis at Black and Gold Vapors, Iowa City. If you’re ever in this area, that’s the shop to go to. (I’m not affiliated with or employed by them at all, they just deserve a huge shoutout.)

Submitted November 08, 2019 at 10:34PM by SeabaSquad
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