I was always really good about my kids and my smoking. I was careful to make sure that I never, ever smoked anywhere that they could come into contact with the residual smoke, and I made sure that I changed my clothes and took a shower after smoking. In fact, I’m not even sure my kids ever saw me smoking, and if they did, it wasn’t very often.
That doesn’t mean my children were unaware of my habit. They had been with me when I bought cigarettes. In fact, purchasing the cigarettes led to more than one discussion about how adults have things that they can do that kids haven’t yet earned the right to do. I think we even mentioned how life would be better if they never picked up smoking.
Everything changed one day when my oldest daughter came home from school in tears. She was crying too hard for me to really make out the details, but apparently they’d been talking about smoking in school and either the teacher or one of her classmates said that smoking would kill me. My daughter was convinced I was going to die at any minute. Since she was upset, my other kids quickly followed suit.
I don’t think I’ve ever been put in a more difficult position. On one hand I desperately wanted to do something to make my kids feel better, and smoking was not something I should give up anyway. On the other, I knew that quitting wasn’t going to be easy. I don’t smoke heavily, but a few times I played with quitting, I became irritable and wasn’t much fun to be around.
My solution was to switch to a brand of electronic cigarette that sold vaporizers that bear very little resemblance to actual cigarettes. At least now if my kids happen to catch me smoking, there is a chance that they won’t know what I’m doing. I’m also using the best e cigarettes to help me quit altogether.
My plan is to continue to use the e-cigs, but gradually decrease the amount of nicotine that is in the vapor juice until I’m finally using the juice that is completely nicotine free. I read several accounts in the electronic cigarette review forums of people who successfully kicked the habit with this method.
Not only have I noticed that this method of quitting seems to be making me easier to be around than the things I’ve tried in the past, but I’m feeling better too. The persistent cough that has bugged me for the last two years seems to be lessening, my sense of smell is improving, and I have more energy than ever before. The Safe Cig Review said to expect these great benefits, but I guess I was a little skeptical. My whole family is happier since I switched and I am optimistic that sometime soon, I will stop smoking altogether.