Mike is four months in solid. He says he even took one drag off a friend’s cig a few months ago and it was so awful he had to hand it back immediately! I’m so proud of him! He’s not completely off the ecigs yet, but he is down to smoking one cartridge a week (which equals a pack!) when he used to be a pack a day smoker. it is such an improvement, I could not resist marking this as completed. C:
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danielleabelle has written 4 entries about this goal
Mike is now on week three of completely ecigs!!! He says he knows they aren’t the same, but the convenience and the variety (he didn’t know the cartridges come in different flavors, and he likes them!) are really keeping him interested! He says he would like to really quit, but this is a great first step in the right direction!
Bought mike two types of ecigs, and put them in his stocking, and he was actually pleasantly surprised! He’s really taken to them, and I’ve had a long discussion with him that I will no longer hide his real cigs, to conserve, help him find lost ones, and most of all, ever buy him the real ones ever again. I WILL, however, buy him whichever ecig he likes forever until he really can quit. They are really growing on him, and his social acceptance with them is really helping, too. For example, we went bowling for a Friend’s bday, and he asked the staff if he could smoke one inside—they immediately approved, and he was so surprised. It was very cool. I have done my part, now, it’s up to him.
through a lot of talk and planning, mike’s finally gone to the VA clinic and requested to join the smoking cessation group. they’ve mailed him pills and patches that should help him quit, but he’s got to be 100% ready to do this the whole way through. i understand that with his crazy job and classes starting midterms for him soon, right now would probably be best spent making it through life and once that settles down, perhaps in 3, maybe 4 weeks, he’ll have the rest of the summer to try and quit. i’m gonna be there for him and we’ll do this.
it’s interesting, in a small way how weird i feel about his situation. most people hate smoke and those who do smoke, but the smell, the taste, it’s almost like a comforting smell and taste to me. most all of my grandparents and family smoked, so i just associated smoke with those fond memories. it’s odd because he’ll talk about how much he wants to quit, and i just stand on the side and think, i won’t be able to smell that familiar smell anymore…i know it’s best for him to quit (my grandfather was taken by his life long love of cigarettes, so i know the outcome if he does not quit.) but i will miss the comforts of that smell.
i think it’s something worth losing. =)