Quit stories shared by our Rien Pipe "graduates" are often very inspirational.
Smoker for: 20+ years
I'll do my best with my goal to stop smoking!
As I've been a smoker for over 20 years, I have been thinking a lot about aging and health, and felt it would be good to give up smoking. That's when I encountered this product.
My cigs are 1mg. At the beginning, I felt that the taste might be thinner, but as I kept smoking, I got used to things and continued without any issues. I like how I could smoke as many cigarettes as usual, and just by continuing to switch to the next pipe in order each day was easy - I started thinking I might finally be able to give up smoking.
Two weeks have gone by since I started "stopping smoking, while smoking" with Rien Pipe.
At the beginning, I wasn't fully accusutomed to smoking with the filter and the length of the cigarette + pipe took some getting used to as well, but I'd gradually become fine with both and with having to remember to attach a filter before smoking.
I don't feel that the number of cigarettes I smoke has changed much.
Each day before using the next pipe, I carefully wipe off the tar that's accumulated in the Rien Pipe, before handing it over to my husband, who's a day behind me. (We're reusing the pipes and quitting together.) Each time I see the tar, I think about how much has collected. It's kind of good incentive.
Until now, I hadn't been able to quit smoking, but when I read how Rien Pipe "reduces nicotine by 3% per day" and about the "3% cut is a value the brain doesn't distinguish", I thought about the power of the mind.
Also when I went to work, I sometimes realized I forgot to bring it with me, so there were several times I returned home, got the Rien Pipe, and continued on. During these times, I thought about what it means to "quit smoking" and about my drive to succeed.
I'm serious about quitting and so I'll keep focused on my goal.
Finally, it's the end of my 3rd week and soon my last week will start.
When I started out this week, I noticed that when I smoked, there wasn't a lot coming out of the pipe. So much so that I began wondering whether this thing was working, or whether I was still actually smoking, or what. Seemed I was lighting up without as much happening. I started thinking that maybe I was just wasting money on cigarettes if that was the case.
Also it seems that it takes me longer to smoke each cigarette, so I have been cutting down on how many I smoke each day.
I'd had a sore throat for such a long time (irritated and phlegmy) but was really happy when it started feeling a bit better.
I feel like until now, I'd been saying that quitting would have been impossible, but now maybe I can do it? (I'd tried giving it up so many times before. But this time, I didn't feel like I was punishing myself.)
So in the 4 days I have left, I want to spend my final week in the hope I can finally say goodbye to cigarettes.
So my 4 weeks of "stopping smoking, while smoking" with Rien Pipe are finally over and I'm done with Pipe #31.
Over the past few weeks, I was able to reach Pipe #31 without feeling any particular frustration. Perhaps that's what that 3%/day nicotine cut really amounts to.
And I'd decided I'm done with smoking. Before, I was a bit concerned about whether I would be able to quit, but it was easier than imagined.
A few days before I used Pipe #31, I noticed that the number of cigarettes I smoked per days had fallen considerably, so I decided not to buy another pack. It was kind of like the start to my non-smoking life.
And since I quit buying cigarettes, I decided I should also put away my ashtray.
When I woke up and after I had a meal - smoking was there and such a part of my life. Even now, sometimes I think, "Oh I just want one," but then I think that if I don't have a cigarette, I won't stress over things.
It's this feeling - this mantra - that I've gotten used to.
So all along, I have been using the Rien Pipe along with my husband. And we've successfully quit together. Become a non-smoking couple in just about a month.
Day one passed, which is often said to be toughest with withdrawal; then we survived days 3 and 7; and finally during week 3 I somehow felt we would be able to quit smoking and move forward in our lives.
Also, our home has started to smell less smokey, and I hope our clothes are as well.
Since I often smoke when I go drinking with others from the office, I purchased your "Mamori Pipe" product so I could keep Pipe #31 with me just in case.
I really appreciate my encounter with Rien Pipe and hope that others thinking about quitting smoking for their family's health can use the product. I definitely recommend Rien Pipe to others to enable a non-smoking life.
Name: Yui Yamamura*
Smoker for: 21+ years
*Yui asked us not to use her real name, but the rest of her comments are in her words.
How have you tried quitting in the past?
I've read books such as Allen Carr's "Easy way to Quit smoking", and others without success. I've tried hypnotherapy without success as well. I'd quit cold turkey a few years ago for 6 months due to an operation where I couldn't smoke for a week and for some reason I was able to do that without any problem and stay off of it for 6 months. I eventually started smoking again due to work stress.
What appealed about the Rien Pipe quit approach?
Quitting cold turkey hasn't been successful (except for the above mentioned one time) and I realize it may be the nicotine addiction that is in the way. I've never tried a nicotine reduction way, so wanted to give it a go.
My quit story - Yui Yamamura
One thing I've noticed is that the pipe itself takes a little getting used to. I somehow don't taste the menthol as much as without the pipe but it's all minor. I also notice that if I don't watch out I tend to smoke longer (closer to the bud) as the pipe creates more distance.
The texture of the pipe does take some getting use-to, but it's less bothering on Day 2, though I do miss smoking through the regular filters, I must admit. I smoke the Malboro Iceblast 1mg which you first bite into to break the menthol capsule. So I always have this initial contact with the regular cigarette filters that I've been used to for years. But the temptation hasn't been overwhelming, and I will keeping using the filters.
I'm on Day 10 and am now completely used to using the pipe. The number of cigarettes smoked in a day have also decreased which is good news.
Ed. note: We asked Yui whether a "quit blog" would be helpful for others, and whether we could post her experiences here.
I think the idea of a "quit blog" would be very helpful [for others]. I'm particularly interested in how people decrease the amount of cigarettes smoked. Does it come rapidly toward to end or is it gradual from the beginning or perhaps it's just really depends from person to person. This bit of information is what I wanted in addition on the testimonials website. Especially on the gentleman who said quitting with RP was so easy. I wonder if he was able to just quit cold turkey after Day 31?
I was away over the weekend and forgot to take the purse with the additional Rien Pipe so I am a day behind (I was on Day 13 for Sat & Sun), Day 14 today. I figured it was sensible to not jump ahead to Day 15 but follow the sequence.
I'm on Day 23 today, and for about 4 or 5 days, my interest in smoking has dropped significantly. I now only have 2 or 3 at the maximum where I was starting from smoking one pack a day. One issue is the filters seem a lot tighter, so I need to suck much harder to inhale properly. At first I thought some pipes were defective and tried cleaning it (as mentioned in the leaflet) without any success. Now I feel like I can't be bothered to suck that hard to smoke, and hence my interest dropped and I found myself fine without smoking. And with exercising a bit of will when I encounter moments where I usually have a cigarette, I'm able to forgo smoking.
I was at first unsure if I would be able to completely quit within 31 days but now I'm more confident.
I have noticed my sense of taste revive. It's as though my tongue is a lot more sensitive to stimulation. I notice I'm able to distinguish ingredients a lot more precisely in the dishes that I eat. Sense of smell, I haven't really noticed a difference.
It's been a mysterious experience how the interest in smoking suddenly vanishes. I didn't really keep track but it must have been around Day 17-19, that I think I just stopped thinking about smoking and found myself fine with that.
Yesterday (Day 24), I only had one cigarette. Today (Day 25), none so far (9pm) and I threw away the rest of the cigarettes I had on hand. I think now it's just the psychological preparation of committing to fully quit.
What was your impression of the experience with Rien Pipe?
Having tried to quit the "will power" way and after failing so many times, your confidence takes a toll, and you don't really realize how powerful nicotine is, so this success story has given me a renewed confidence in myself. I had a deep sense of shame for smoking so it's great to feel so liberated. At one point, I was giving up on quitting because I didn't want to fail again. But thanks for proving me wrong!
I had a look at the [blog post on your website about weight gain after quitting smoking]. It all makes sense, but to be totally honest, the power to indulge in sweet fattening things at times are too overwhelming. What's helped me is to keep reminding myself that it is a temporary gain while my body readjusts, and the gain far exceeds putting on a few kilos. Well, I've actually put on 6 kilos.... However, I'm exercising everyday for an hour where I hardly exercised before so I think the overall health gain is significantly higher than being a heavy smoker and weighing 6 kilos less. So my advice would be to stress somewhere that the health gain is so much more beneficial than putting on some weight. It's also helped me to look at sites that tell you how much your body organs recover after quitting smoking. It's been very motivating to know exactly what's happening to my body post quitting and has been a huge deterrent in the few times that I've wanted to have a puff.
And I know myself well, and feel that like alcoholism "Once a smoker, always a smoker" so if I even take one puff, I may go back, so I plan to stay away from it like a pest! A friend of mine who quit reading the Allen Carr book said before that if you have an addictive personality, you have to quit completely and never allow yourself to be a social smoker. I found Rien Pipe easy without having to use much will power but I think staying off you will need to exercise some will power and it would be good to hear that too. Am I making sense?
If there's anything I can do to help I'd be glad to help spread the word about Rien Pipe. I'm definitely telling my remaining smoker friends.
We're so proud of you, Yui. Welcome to the nicotine-free club.