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Old 04-21-2013, 15:19   #11
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I quit smoking a year and four months ago using e-cigarettes. I went through 3 different e-cigarette batteries until I found one that would last all day. Upon diagnosis 7 months ago I found out that diabetics should use PG e-liquids. It does not affect my blood sugar at all. My e-liquids have nicotine and all of my lab results show that I am a non-smoker. I still feel like a smoker but am no longer tempted by cigarettes. I have gone cold turkey twice before this and they lasted 9 months the first time and just over 2 years the second time. This was, by far, the Easiest transition Ever. Like I said, I still feel like a smoker... Without any if the symptoms of smoking. Taste buds are back, lungs are great, energy went up, and no more ash trays or smelling like one. Plus, it's very inexpensive compared to cigarettes. My KGO kit comes with 2 complete sets of e-cigarettes which lasts up to a year for less than $50. They also last all day long. I just put them in my purse or pocket and go. The e-liquid depends on the nicotine content . Too low and you have to buy or make more. It's really cheap and lasts a long time... unless you get into flavors. They have flavors like Waffles, Cheesecake, bazooka gum, beer, piña colada, coffee... You get the picture. And, although I rarely use flavors, except the occasional kiwi strawberry that I like, they do not convert into glucose, so no rise in blood sugars using PG e-liquid (not VG). I stick to my Dunhill e-liquid pretty much exclusively now.

Ok... Probably too much information. Ha!
Never too much info. Though I quit cigs 30 years ago, I now smoke e-cigs. Everything Bree states is correct and e-cigs are promoted to help people get off real cigarettes.

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I had tried everything... nicotine patches, gum, spray (a combination of them) and ended up smoking while using those products. None of them came close to working for more than a day. My will power was virtually non-existent and my prevailing thought was that I was just going to enjoy smoking and eating whatever I wanted because i only live once so I'm damned well going to enjoy my time here. Then i felt the pain in the middle my back that wouldn't go away and as I waited for the ambulance to arrive, I knew that I'd been foolish.

I survived that heart attack and luckily got off with little damage to me heart but still have two stents as souvenirs. I was also diagnosed T2 that day and I quit smoking that day. That, like Clea, was 2 years ago and I don't miss smoking in the least!

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Then i felt the pain in the middle my back that wouldn't go away and as I waited for the ambulance to arrive, I knew that I'd been foolish.
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I totally understand, as I also had an epiphany when I started coughing and could NOT catch my breath. I suddenly realized that breathing WAS more important than smoking!!! Nothing prior, not even my mother's death from lung cancer, caught my attention as strongly as did the business of not being able to catch my breath.
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dm I totally hear you on that one. I am on the fence about quitting. Part of me wants to and the rest of me doesn't. I'm reluctant to try any of the "aids" to quit smoking because I hear that you can get just as addicted to them as the cigarettes. My daughter tried Champex to quit and flipped out on it but I have another friend who it worked for.

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I quit smoking years ago cold turkey , I would go all day then smoke like a freight train in the evening ; figured that if I could go all day then I could do it.

I have been smoking a lot lately though; this past weekend it was pork and chicken with 10 lbs of bacon curing now I will have to light up again this weekend and smoke some apple wood.

Guess I am smoking but not like I used to.
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I smoked for over 30 years, had tried quitting many times. Tried an e-cig in oct of 2011, it was ok, but didn't make me quit, just cut down a little.
I purchased an EGO kit and since march 23 2012, I have been smoke free. I us only U.S. made eliquids, i feel they are usually a better quality than what comes from china. I am a heavy vaper at times, right now i have 5 "mods" that i rotate through while sitting at my table. All have different flavors in them. I usually take at least 3 mods with me when i leave the house.
I was just diagnosed type 2 one week ago today, been tesing regular since friday. It doesn't seem to affect my BG readings no matter how much i vape.
If you can pick up an e-cig to try I highly recommend trying one. Personally i'd stay away from most of the type sold at gas stations.

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I quit smoking a year and four months ago using e-cigarettes. I went through 3 different e-cigarette batteries until I found one that would last all day. Upon diagnosis 7 months ago I found out that diabetics should use PG e-liquids. It does not affect my blood sugar at all. My e-liquids have nicotine and all of my lab results show that I am a non-smoker. I still feel like a smoker but am no longer tempted by cigarettes. I have gone cold turkey twice before this and they lasted 9 months the first time and just over 2 years the second time. This was, by far, the Easiest transition Ever. Like I said, I still feel like a smoker... Without any if the symptoms of smoking. Taste buds are back, lungs are great, energy went up, and no more ash trays or smelling like one. Plus, it's very inexpensive compared to cigarettes. My KGO kit comes with 2 complete sets of e-cigarettes which lasts up to a year for less than $50. They also last all day long. I just put them in my purse or pocket and go. The e-liquid depends on the nicotine content . Too low and you have to buy or make more. It's really cheap and lasts a long time... unless you get into flavors. They have flavors like Waffles, Cheesecake, bazooka gum, beer, piña colada, coffee... You get the picture. And, although I rarely use flavors, except the occasional kiwi strawberry that I like, they do not convert into glucose, so no rise in blood sugars using PG e-liquid (not VG). I stick to my Dunhill e-liquid pretty much exclusively now.

Ok... Probably too much information. Ha!


I quit smoking a little over 3 years ago, using e-cigs. Though I haven't noticed the liquid spiking my blood sugar at all, as I mostly us a 50/50 mix of PG and VG though sometimes I will go with a 70/30 or as much as 80/20, but I find using that much PG to just be too harsh for me and I mix my own flavors a lot of the time.

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I quit smoking on 8/2/82 -- and for me to remember that date 31 years later tells you something...

I must have quit 20 times before that but always bought that pack and started again. I was smoking 4 packs a day -- basically had a cig in my hand at all times -- those were the days you could smoke at work...

I quit when I thought I was having chest pain -- it was actually caused by the irritation of the smoke on my stomach lining and causing pain.

I went to a class at my place of employment at the time (General Electric) and they had a plan -- first day only citrus juices (probably not good for diabetics) this does a quick purge of nicotine from the system -- also caffeine .. next 2 days only citrus fruits -- then reintroduce food but no caffeine for 30 days as it is the same receptor as nicotine

Sounds weird but it worked for me at the time

Still the hardest thing I ever did -- the tremors in the hands and blurry vision lasted for weeks....

But been a non-smoker for 31 years now -- and that was another big moment that happened quite early in the process -- I had to convince myself that "I was a non-smoker" and why would a non-smoker -- smoke...

Now same with Carbs -- why would a diabetic eat a lot of carbs...
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And I'm two years behind you, Patrick . . . I quit November 15, 1984. Cold turkey! Those were the days when cigarette prices were just beginning to rise; I was newly divorced and couldn't afford even 75¢ a pack for generic (seems incredible now, doesn't it?). So I just decided I'd never light up again, and I haven't.




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I use e-cigs on occasion (menthol, just like my smokes), but, well, I still smoke.

Chantix side effects are precisely the same as those I've experienced every time I went cold turkey. Let's just say that, in the interest of public safety, cold turkey and Chantix are out. Gums and patches don't cut it for me, not on their own, anyway.

My county, in its infinite wisdom, has ruled that e-cigs are forbidden wherever tobacco smoking is prohibited. Major disincentive!

So, much as I hate crutches, for this I need more than one. Next Step: E-cigs plus gum and/or patches.

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