Neil Piggott

I started smoking the odd cigarette when I was 12…By the time I was 13, I was smoking 10 a day, which is not easy on paper-round money.
I started thinking about giving up smoking when I was in my mid 30’s and had been smoking 20 a day for the best part of 20 years. I never made it past the 2nd day, so continued to smoked until, at 40 I started trying the gum,sprays and finally the patches.

The patches got me off smoking for the 6 weeks or so that I was using them, but as soon as I stopped using them the thought of smoking started to go around my head again. So it was inevitable that after 3 months I was back to 20 a day.

This was a bit of blow to me considering quitting again, so continued I smoking for another 5 years.

At work one day, on a break, a colleague who like me was a smoker, I saw using an ecig. So I asked him how he was finding it, and he told me he hadn’t smoked or wanted to smoke since he started a couple of weeks ago. So I thought I would give it a go and found the was an ecig shop in my high street.
I went there and the staff were helpful and advised I get a starter kit that consisted of 2 pen type batteries and had disposable atomizers that you filled with a liquid that you like the flavor of. They let me try put lots of flavors until I found a few that I liked, and I left with the new kit.

I haven’t smoked a cigarette since that day, which was 2 years ago.

When I started vaping I was using a liquid that had 24mg of nicotine in it, but over time I have reduced that to 6mg.
I feel fitter than I have for a long time, being less breathless and now do regular exercise, like playing badminton, which I had not done since my late teens as I lost my fitness from smoking.
Its been easy for me to give up this time by vaping and I would say ‚Give it a go‘ if you are still smoking.

Neil Piggott
Bournemouth.