Spokane mom explains how she quit both cigarettes and vaping

Some say that vaping was supposed to be the healthy alternative to cigarettes. Now, federal health officials are worried that vaping could seriously injure people – maybe even fatally. One Spokane woman was able to quit vaping, after she used it to quit smoking cigarettes.

Jeanysa Ridley smoked cigarettes for years. When she got pregnant for the first time, she knew she had to make a change.

“When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, back in 2017… cigarettes were making me nauseous, so I thought I’d try to switch to vaping,” Ridley said.

She thought it was a safer alternative. Then, Ridley said she was having issues with her throat and went back to cigarettes.

She then got pregnant with her second child, a son.

“I went back to vaping, but I went to a lower nicotine level and did it for two weeks and then tapered myself off,” she said. “Then, I just quit.”

Now smoke-free and vape-free for about a year now, she said she feels healthier.

“In my experience with it, my lungs seem so much better and I’ve had asthma ever since I was little,” she explained.

Now, with the recent news of illnesses and deaths linked to vaping, Ridley is glad she quit.

“I think the people that are doing it, shouldn’t be doing it no more. Or like, if they’re using it to quit, they should try to quit cold turkey,” she said.

She knows first-hand that it isn’t that easy.

“It’s the habit of movement and stuff like that it’s something to do. It was really hard for me to like, know what to do with my hands afterwards, when I actually fully quit everything. I didn’t know what to do with my hands. That was the hard part,” she said.

Ridley quit for her kids, and hopes her story will inspire others to quit as well.

There are different classes and support groups to help one quit smoking or vaping. For those, visit the Spokane Regional Health District’s website.

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