Forgive me for this being extremely long. My ADD tends to get me lost in thought and I'd like to give as much information as possible for others may have been in the same boat as I'm in. I tend to consider myself a quit-smoking veteran, I've got advice for everyone but myself lol. Been smoking for 18 out of my 30 years on this planet and have attempted to quit at least 6 times while only succeeding twice (once when I entered the military out of inability to use tobacco in training and once using the Nicitrol inhaler). As the time that I quit of my own free will was nearly 10 years ago and my situation was different, I was younger and not as into the "habit" as I am now I can't rightly remember when the cravings stopped/subsided.
Up until I quit, I was smoking between half a pack to a pack a day of full flavor Camels. I've read that quitting for the sake of others is never the way to go as you have to want it for yourself, but my son has been requesting that I quit for years (he's 9 now). I had been throwing around the idea of quitting for a couple months but never really committed. I've spoken to my doctor about Chantix but she wanted to get my ADD medication stabilized before pumping more drugs into me which was totally reasonable. My girlfriend brought an e-cig home that her mom got her (she is mostly a stress/occasional smoker who never really got hooked) and I tried it. They've come a long way from when I tried them years ago. They didn't have the vapor/clearomizer ones back in the day and I must say I was encouraged to give it a shot when I tried hers.
I've been using an e-cig with 24 mg nicotine content liquid for three weeks on Thursday. So far it's been good but my cravings for a real cig have gotten worse as time goes by (as I recall this is the hardest part right before it gets better). The worst ones are while I'm at work (I'm the only person on-site for 8-9 hours overnight), no real "triggers" as I would just smoke whenever I pleased. Predictably, my usage was much higher than when I was at home (where I have no problem happily puffing on my e-cig and not thinking about tobacco smokes).
Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm not much of an eater/snacker as my meds really curb my appetite. I've tried going outside when using my e-cig to mimic the act of smoking. I'm beginning to think that I'm more addicted to the lack of oxygen and introduction of chemicals than the actual nicotine (this has been the case with other illicit things I've done). Not to sound emo or anything, but am I a lost cause? Seems that without knowing what exactly I'm addicted to, I don't even know where to start.
I know I'm on the right path and I'm really enjoying not running out of breath as quickly. My senses of taste and smell are coming back in full color, my vocal abilities are astounding me. I refuse to go back to cigarettes and I know that there is no magical cure, quitting is hard work but aside from upping my nicotine dosage, does anyone have any suggestions? Thinking of going to a higher nicotine content liquid at work and staying with the 24 mg at home. Perhaps it was because I didn't set an actual quit date and prepare myself but instead just jumped in all willy nilly?
Thanks for reading my wall of text and hope to hear from y'all soon