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Right To Vape is an international database and repository. It contains testimonials of adults who have switched from combustible and unsafe oral tobacco products to safer nicotine alternatives.

Hello, My name is Kenny Young, I am 38 and I live in Phoenix Arizona. I started smoking at the age of 13. I wanted to be cool like my friends, I didn’t really comprehend that I was signing up for 25 years of addiction to smoking cigarettes. I have smoked a at least a pack of cigarettes a day since that age. Around the age of 30, I decided that it was time to try and quit. I was tired of being short of breath and feeling generally out of shape. I was also concerned about the amount of money I was spending on cigarettes. I used the nicotine patch, then, and found the product less than satisfactory. The patch didn’t seem to stick to me, and it didn’t help much at all with the nicotine withdrawal symptoms I was having: Headache, inability to concentrate, and most of all, anxiety. This attempt lasted all of three days. It was five years later that I tried to quit again, this time in addition to my other reasons for quitting, I found myself REALLY noticing how much of a slave I was to my habit. I couldn’t sit through a two hour movie without taking a smoke break. I left my desk at work once an hour to smoke. I was not comfortable on road trips with other people, I hated air travel. I had a lit cigarette in my hand no more than five minutes after I woke up each morning, and it was the last thing I did before I went to sleep at night. I would go outside and smoke in the rain, and I would smoke in the heat. It didn’t matter, I needed to smoke. This time I tried quitting with Chantix and managed to stay smoke free for about three weeks. I still had withdrawal symptoms, but they weren’t as severe. What WAS severe were the mood swings I was experiencing. That coupled with the vivid dreams, and reports online of the possible permanent psychological repercussions of using this drug (and with the full support of my cigarette addicted brain), was enough to make me decide to stop taking it. I went immediately back to smoking. I smoked for two more years. My next attempt at quitting came when I realized how much much of a social stigma there was against smoking. I started noticing that when I would be outside smoking passersby (or even people very far from me)would cough and wave their hands and in general act like, to me, jerks. My normal reaction to those types of people would be to roll my eyes. There’s no way that my smoke was bothering them. But let’s face it. Smokers are now considered to be less than non-smokers, and our habits were offensive. They couldn’t understand why smokers would deliberately sabotage their own health on such a nasty dirty habit. And all of a sudden I couldn’t understand either. It was time for another quit. This time: Cold Turkey This was, surprisingly, my most successful quit. I made it through the first three days of agony (Dramatic? Possibly. True? Definitely)and plugged along for almost four more weeks. I thought I was done, thought I’d licked it. I was so sure in fact that I thought I could now occasionally smoke. One week later and I was back to my old level of consumption. I had almost resigned myself to the fact that I was a smoker, and would always BE a smoker. I had toyed with harm reduction in my mind, but the catalyst for purchasing my e-cig was the fact that my partner was getting irritated watching television with me. I could not watch more than an hour of a program without needing to pause whatever we were watching so I could go smoke. One day it struck me how IRRITATING that must be to my non-smoking, never-has-smoked partner. I thought to myself, well if I had an e-cig, I could just smoke that on the couch and problem solved. Three weeks ago, I went down to the local brick and morter vaping store and bought my first kit. Three days after that I smoked my last analog cigarette. I have had ZERO anxiety, ZERO discomfort, and I have ZERO intentions of ever lighting an analog cigarette again. This is the most confident I’ve ever felt about quitting smoking. I feel that this is going to be the thing , finally, to do it. Thanks, Kenny Young