I’ve been vaping for the past seven years and I can’t put into words how this has changed my lifestyle. Before I took up vaping, I was a 15-20 per day smoker, but after switching to vaping I would never go back. Not only has it improved my health dramatically, it has also saved me a lot of money too. Thanks to vaping, I will never smoke again.
Keith, Firhouse, County Dublin
I started vaping about three or four years ago. I had tried everything else in my attempt to quit, but always failed miserably. Previously, I had smoked menthol cigarettes, but now I’m able to use a menthol-flavoured e-liquid instead. Where before, I would have easily smoked a pack-a-day, now I no longer have that urge. I owe a great deal to vaping as I am exercising more than ever, I have a new lease of life and I have even lost weight as a result.
George, Clarehall, County Dublin
I was a heavy smoker for 30 years and never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I could quit! But my son brought me a vape kit and begged me to try it. To cut a long story short, I am now smoke-free for over three years and none of my family can believe it.
Emma, Ballinteer, County Dublin
I still remember the day I bought my vaping starter kit. Over 10 years later, I still haven’t had a cigarette despite the fact that I used to smoke 30-a-day for over 40 years. Unfortunately, as a result of smoking that much and for that many years, I was finding even the simplest of tasks, like walking up the stairs, was taking its toll and leaving me breathless. I tried to quit using patches, books and even hypnosis, but none of it worked. Now, I can proudly say that this is no longer the case, thanks to vaping. Best of all, with the money I now save, my husband and I enjoy an extra holiday each year!
Aoife, Clondalkin, County Dublin
Mel Souter, a chef from Edinburgh, has been living in Ireland since 1999. He said the only reason he took up vaping was to quit smoking.
I have been smoking fifteen years, since I was in my teens. I was going through 30 Marlboro Lights a day and all my efforts to quit failed. I tried Champix programme, which involved taking a series of tablets. It worked for a while, but I ended up back on the cigarettes. I suppose I was missing the habit of smoking.
I had heard about vaping and how it could help me with the habit. To be honest, I was a bit sceptical as there was a lot of things involved in vaping including the liquid, the tanks, cartages and charging the battery. At that time, you had to adjust the vape all the time. As time went on, they got upgraded and we got more useful liquids.
Vaping was coming on the scene in Ireland. People were talking about vaping and there were those who quit thanks to vaping. I decided that it was time I started as I was smoking more and more. Initially I was reluctant to be seen with the vape in my hand and I kept it in the house. Then I decided that I needed to bring the vape with me as the urge for cigarettes was growing. The more I vaped the less I needed tobacco. I was surprised how easy I was to keep off the cigarettes.
Vape worked because I still get a little bit of nicotine. Logically I am getting less nicotine than before and vaping takes away the edge. It also allows me to keep my hands and mouth busy.
Today, I am not vaping as much as I smoked. I suppose I could phase this out, but I am not ready for that yet, to be honest.
I am feeling infinitely better since gave up smoking. I am back playing football as I had not played since school, I had tried when I was smoking but I ended up puffing and panting . Now I feel much better.
Mel, from Edinburgh, living in Ireland
Nigel McKeever from Blessington, Co Wicklow has been vaping for the past eight years. He likes the triple menthol flavour.
I took up vaping to give up cigarettes, its as simple as that. I was smoking twenty John Player Blue every day for almost twenty years. And if I was out for a drink, I’d smoke another twenty that night.
It got to the stage that I was on an antibiotic three times a year for chest infections caused by smoking. So, I had to get off them.
Over the years I tried everything to stop. The gums, sprays, the patches and I even tried hypnosis. But nothing worked. They did not give me what I needed to quit. I think the nicotine level was too low.
Then I heard about vaping and how it was helping people quit and the shops selling them were popping up everywhere. So, I gave them a try and have never looked back.
Since then I have never had a cigarette. And I don’t need to vape as much as I needed a cigarette during the day. I am in sales and if I was in traffic, I’d use the vape, but if I am busy it never comes out.
I think vaping works because there is just the right amount of nicotine, without the tobacco. I also think that having it in my hand is similar to having a cigarette in the hand. When you put all that together, it worked.
Nigel says that when people say that vaping is dangerous, he looks at the facts.
In the eight years I have been vaping, I have never had a chest infection. So I am a lot healthier and I am off the cigarettes. And believe me when I tell you, if I can give them up anybody can.
Nigel, Blessington, County Wicklow
I have smoked for 20 Years. Off cigarettes 4 months by vaping (flavours) and have tried: Patch, Gum, Spray, and even hypnosis even though I was giggling the whole time. Vaping stops you smoking.. Why is it so hard to see that logic? It’s amazing to have my taste buds back, and to be able to climb stairs without wheezing.
I switched from tobacco about six years ago. Started on 24mg. I’m about to drop to 6mg from 12mg. Definitely feel benefits from ceasing smoking tobacco cigarettes.
Paul M., Dublin
I’m vaping 3 years now, no chest infections, no smell of stale horrible smoke. I feel better 100%. Down to 3mg from 12mg so next step is 0mg. No cheating there, smoking is not vaping.
I have been vaping for the past five years in order to quit the fags. I had started smoking at 15 years of age and was up to twenty cigarettes a day. That rose dramatically if I was socialising. Indeed, If I was still smoking during this pandemic, the boredom would have me smoking an awful lot more.
Efforts to quit cigarettes over the years had failed. I tried the gums and the patches to no avail. Then I heard about the success of vaping in helping people to quit. A local shop began selling them and I decided to give vaping a try.
It took about six weeks to get used to them. After that I had no urge to go back to cigarettes. They taste totally different to cigarettes and I have got use to the flavours. I tried a few and now use the apple flavour.
Vaping works for me because it has a small amount of nicotine to stop the craving and replaces the physical action of smoking as well. I think that’s why the gums and patches failed for me. Smoking is an addiction and it is known that those with addictions are committed to the rituals as much as the substances. Vaping provides the less harmful physical ritual of smoking without the tobacco.
When I started, I was only vaping every now and then. There were times when I was out driving and did not have the vape with me and was very close to stopping at a shop and buying cigarettes. Thankfully I didn’t, but I now bring the vape with me and used it when I need it.
Today, I don’t need to vape as much as I did in the beginning and I am certainly not vaping as much as I smoked cigarettes in the past.
I am feeling much healthier now and I am also saving a lot of money the cost of vaping is much less than cigarettes.
I want to make it very clear that people who do not smoke should not start vaping. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that we should encourage smokers to try vaping as a way of quitting tobacco.
I think it is dangerous nonsense for any Government to treat vaping the same as smoking in terms of health and addiction, as they are very different. I strongly urge those working on the proposed legislation on vaping, including TDs, senators and public servants, to read the facts from every sector, at home and abroad, and to listen to the people, like me, who have finally given up smoking thanks to vaping.
As most smokers in Ireland are in the low-income bracket, it would make sense for the Government to get smokers to switch to vaping. The benefits would be significant in terms of improving their health and reducing the need for medical treatment.
The savings gained by switching from cigarettes to vaping are also significant for the individuals on low incomes and, indeed, for their households. This has been backed up by international research.
Michael, Gorey, Co Wexford
A friend of mine, who was a heavy smoker, used vaping to quit. I was working in the Middle East at the time and I came home for Christmas. He said to me that he got off the fags by vaping. I told him that if he was still off them when I came back to Ireland in August, I would try vaping and it worked for me.
I was smoking sixty Major a day before I went to the Middle East. I switched to Marlboro as they were very cheap and you could smoke in pubs and restaurants over there, so I was up to 80 cigarettes a day.
I realised that I had to give them up. I managed to stay off them for seven years, then I ended up back on them. A friend gave me a cigar one night, and in no time, I was smoking five and six cigars a day and went back on the cigarettes. It got to the stage that I needed to knock the cigarettes on the head.
I tried everything to get off the cigarettes. The hypnotic therapy and the sprays and patches just did not work for me. But vaping got me off the cigarettes. And I am still off the cigarettes six years later.
The only time I would take a cigarette would be if I had not got my vape. I would smoke one as a stop gap. But I will never go back on smoking. Using the vape and fumes and holding it worked for me. It took the edge off. I loved a drag of a cigarette with a cup of coffee and vaping gave me that feeling.
I have no side-affects from vaping. I don’t know how safe they are. I can only go on my own experience, and that if there are side effects they are far less than those I had when I was smoking.
I recommended vaping to a few other people to help them quit smoking. One was successful the other chap is still working on quitting and hopefully vaping will get him off them.
Derek, Clane, Co Kildare
Yes, I love the taste of fruit flavours. I’ve been vaping blackcurrant for 2 years now, vaping for 7 years. Never felt better.
Micky, Milton Malbay Clare
I quit cigs in 2015 using vaping and have never looked back. Since then I have only smoked 2 and a half cigarettes in my first month but haven’t touched nor wanted a cig since quitting. Jan this year I am 5 years cigarette free and feeling so much better because of it. One thing I wasn’t expecting was the amount of money I had in my pocket. I knew I’d save money but was surprised at how much. Finally, it really is that easy to quit smoking.
Smoked for 35 years. Finished up on 50 a day. Had chest pain, not serious. Packed in the fags. Never smoked or wanted a cig again… That was 10 years ago. Vaping is the best thing I ever did.
Watched my old man breathe his last of COPD. Switched to vaping a week later, that was 2 years ago. I smoked for 15 years, never again.
Chris, Boyle Roscommon
I want Respect Vapers to make sure politicians know about how vaping helps smokers quit. It is also important that vapers, like me, are told what’s happening.
I was able to give up cigarettes by changing over to vaping. It has been life changing for me. Now I see in the media that the EU and the Irish Government wants to stop vaping.
I can’t get the politicians to change their minds on my own. We need to come together to show that vaping is a success and stopping it will be a political failure.
Laela, Artane Dublin
I found it tough to give up smoking when I was around other smokers, especially in the pub after a few drinks. I gave up during the first lockdown and took to vaping so quickly. So happy I’m off the cigarettes.
I love it. After being a chain smoker for 45 years, I don’t smoke now and I will never give up my little friend – the vape. My skin and teeth are better, my breathing is better and my home is smelling fresher. I also saved money. What else could I ask for?