Lauren Bevan

Started smoking age 13, have quit and gone back to smoking more times that I can count. I have been full time vaping since January 2nd 2014. I was vaping and smoking for a year before that. I was working in a salon and my client came in with this smoky thing and told me about it, how she had quit smoking and was a heavy smoker by using this vaping thing. She came in the next time with one for me, I loved it and slowly replaced each ciggy with a puff on the vape machine. I was a heavy smoker 20 a day plus roll up in the house, it was the fear of running out of ciggys which kept me smoking and vaping together for so long. Then my friend became ill and in a few weeks he died of lung cancer. I quit smoking the moment she told me he was ill. In 2004 I became very ill, almost died due to pneumonia, it took months before I was able to walk a few meters without having to stop, my lungs were damaged and I couldn’t take very deep breaths, since quiting smoking and vaping my lungs are better, I can take deeper breaths, I can talk and walk at the same time. It has boasted my confidence as people ask me about it and I have spoken to them telling them about it. I have agoraphobia and fear going out and speaking to people, but I have gone to vape shops and spoken to the staff and other customers. I have joined groups on social media and the support to help keep you from smoking ciggys is amazing, I have never met such kind people. My friends have seen me not smoking and thinking that if Lauren can do it then they can quit smoking too, lots of my friends have quit smoking and now vape. There is no smoking around the children anymore, we kid ourselves that is ok for us to smoke in a different room but it still gets to them. Our children are not growing up around smoking so this should help stop our children ever trying smoking in the future. I’m still on panic mode when I go to the vape shops, but the people in the shop are so kind and excepting that it has helped to lower my anxiety levels, I may still be panicking but these amazing people are helping me as each time I go to the shop the panic is not quiet as high as the last time.

Lauren Bevan