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Quitting Cigarettes with ECigs

 

My Experience with ECigs and Stopping Smoking

Though I've been vaping for about several years I'm neither in the business nor an expert. I originally put these pages here several years ago because I quit smoking with ecigs, upon which my health rapidly improved. I saved big money by vaping instead, and drove price even lower with DIY, an entertaining hobby that doesn't ask overmuch time. So I first published these pages in 2013 only to offer some straight-up information. It's now 2017 and I've yet to attempt to contribute to the economy via this website. So I finally made Vaping the only commercial section of this site, which didn't consist of much but affiliate code added to links already existent. Which, as I knew, was a complete waste of time. But the information remains for who luck on it. As for affiliate links, it isn't likely I'll ever check my accounts to see if I earned three cents by 2030.

I know people who, inexplicable to me, actually prefer cigarettes to ecigs. And a dirty fine cigar is, well, a fine dirty cigar, with which no ecig is going to compare. Nor are these pages for such as organic billys who don't wear shoes, those primitive sorts who may roll their own high quality blends with pages from the Bible upon snorts of high caliber pure grain alcohol. We have more class than that. We vape, not because it's cheaper than all smoking, but because I've established limits to just how far I will fall to put something in my mouth. Unlike some of the more eloquently elegant trailer trash around, we may be neither beautiful nor majestic, but we know better about some things.

Some people, such as those we've discussed above, may think that ecigs are prohibitively expensive from what they see in stores. That is, disposable ecigs like you'd buy at a gas station work out to about the same outrageous cost as cigarettes puff for puff. You can now blow clouds at the bar on Saturday nights with convenient disposables, but they don't offer a lot of incentive to quit smoking because they are roughly an even trade with cigarettes in terms of expense. However, there are alternatives, the most effective called DIY vaping, which difference is as a dime to a dollar. Why spend, say, $1200 a year on stale cigarettes when you can spend $120 to vape considerably more savory blends? For myself there is no comparison between smoking and vaping in any regard but that cigarettes are more convenient than DIY. I generally buy disposables at White Cloud, but you might prefer Zig-Zags at V2.

There is one other important difference between cigarettes and vaping: your health. That point is moot, made so by who may insist upon an absolutely perfect world at quantum levels. As for myself, when I exchanged decades of smoking for vaping it was in but a few days that I noticed remarkable improvement to my health. I could, for instance, sleep on my left side without that lung feeling squished. I began breathing more than less. Horse chestnut disappeared due to regained circulation. I also look younger (though vanity remains vanity in my case). DIY vaping was a Godsend in every aspect when I needed to stop smoking, to such degree that I decided to add these pages to Viola Fair. The drawback is that you need to know where to go to get what to halve your cigarette bill, which is easy enough and all at one place (V2). But if you're going for really cheap with DIY, like any trailer trash would, you need to learn how to prepare your own blends from scratch. That, however, brings up another aspect of vaping:

Connoisseurship, concerning which some sorts wouldn't know (such as those notorious above). That is, vaping is more like smoking fine cigars or pipes than regular cigarettes. Some cigarettes are definitely better than others, and some ashtrays are works of art, but for the most part a Camel is a Camel: standard issue. Nor is vaping so frustrating as cigarettes, like burning away before you get a last puff. Howsoever, as among the heavier vapers on the planet I spend an hour or two concocting this or that every month or so. If you can find that much time and wish or need to lose cigarettes then these pages are meant for you. If you have a few hundred dollars to build your initial inventory you can vape thereafter for little more than a Franklin per year. As commented, even if you don't DIY and simply trade smoking (tobacco) for vaping (juice) you'll save the greater portion of what it costs to smoke each year.

When I stopped smoking several years ago I had consumed a couple packs a day for half a century. I had quit a few times, but ecigs didn't exist to fill the gap. Something to make you angry and it's the delicious sin of that first cigarette all over again, which experience rapidly deteriorates to subconscious habit. Your comfort, your fiddle stick, becomes like growing hair: you don't even notice you're smoking anymore even as you're smoking. Vaping, especially if you make your own, is little different. You regard what you're doing with greater discrimination because it's more interesting (and possible) than was your last Marlboro. For myself, cigarettes in no way compare to the flavors available to vapers. Tobacco flavors alone come in all variety and you can get them without nicotine if that's a concern. I use nicotine since, as a former smoker, it enhances vaping with what is called throat hit (TH), especially with mints. It awakens the more bland flavors as well, such as vanilla. Howsoever, I advise you use less nicotine than you think you might want. A low-nicotine ecig delivers a much better experience than a low-nicotine cigarette any day. Go ahead and try 18mg nicotine at first, comparable by measure to a regular filtered cigarette. Lower that to 16 mg the second time around and I'll bet you won't tell much difference. After several years I now use about 12 mg and couldn't tell the difference as I gradually dropped down. I mention such because overdoing nicotine is less pleasant than overdoing caffeine. You might notice such as nausea (rather than the shakes). All to say that a wee bit of nicotine goes much farther with ejuice than with tobacco.

It was spring of 2011 that I made my first attempt to quit smoking with electronic cigarettes. For a combination of reasons I was unsuccessful. But in the winter of 2013 I was rummaging about in a closet when I discovered the Bloog Maxx Fusion in its little felt bag that I'd forgotten I'd stored away. I put it to my mouth and, behold, more than two years old, the thing yet gave me a good vape. (That was with an old 3.7 volt Maxx Fusion battery; most e-cigs now operate closer to 4.2 volts.) My circumstances had also changed. Though that was for the better my income was only half what it had been before: no way could I afford to burn through three or four cartons worth of cigarettes each month. So with the heads up from my prior attempt to trade smoking for vaping, I gambled on ecigs again. I returned to Bloog which now had the 65mm sticks (batteries) I preferred, lighter and more resembling a cigarette than the earlier Maxx Fusion. I also wagered the purchase of a couple V2 batteries, in part because they were largely compatible with Bloog: you could charge a Bloog with a V2 USB charger or use V2 cartridges on Bloog batteries, vice versa. Be as may, though I knew I was good with Bloog, I didn't know if V2 was going to be any better than other brands I'd tried. But upon receiving my first order from them and taking a vape, I was so pleased that I knew I had quit smoking. That is, I didn't try to stop: I was so certain of the fact that I even bought a carton of cigarettes to prolong my looking forward to quitting, the way quenching thirst is better the thirstier you are. Having set a special date not far in the future, rather than dreading the ordeal of forcing myself to quit smoking, I forced myself to wait with a "can't wait" anticipation of it. I had ordered 100ml of juice (menthol and vanilla) and a couple score of blanks (cartridges) from V2. I also reinforced success by replacing my old ashtrays with new ones that are excellent for resting ecigs, holding stray filters, etc. The day I stopped smoking was thoroughly enjoyed, not a battle in the least. Although vaping is now a habit its more as the comfort of a fiddle stick, without which I can go hours before wondering where I left it. Not so with a pack of cigarettes. As for Bloog, a pioneering company well-reputed as among the best when none were real good, they are no longer in business per this writing. I never received bad product from Bloog. I recall that it took customer service quite a while to get back with you. But I also remember a very positive experience when Aileen finally did. Though Bloog was a class act, fair and honest, their technology and array, good as it was at the time, got surpassed by such as V2. (Incidentally, there is another Twitter account using the Maxx Fusion name [one of Bloog's products] to advertise, which is probably better to avoid as it leads to another vape site not connected with Maxx Fusion, which leads to yet another vape site which is insecure to commerce.)

During my first month of vaping I used about 75 milliliters of eliquid. with refillable blank cartridges. That's pretty heavy, but that dropped quite naturally the second month to about 40ml (or from about 10 cartridges a day to about five, probably still heavy compared to most vapers). Howsoever, the price of vaping, if consider eliquid alone (not sticks - batteries and cartridges), was already only about 35%, of what it had cost to smoke. (The way I smoked and currently vape, one full cartridge is slightly less the equivalent of half a pack of cigarettes.) But the thing about vaping is that DIY makes it even cheaper. I quickly discovered that you can make your own juice something easily. I then learned that you can not only refill cartridges, but easily clean them and reuse them until they're exhausted. (Washing cartridges can destroy them, just like doing laundry wears out your clothes, so I don't clean them until finally needful. Be as may, I've had one unusual cartridge that lasted through 2 1/2 years of refills, which washing finally destroyed.) Altogether I made an initial investment of about $250 en total for DIY: four batteries, four chargers, forty blanks and DIY supply. It took four years to have to purchase another quart of VG. My initial purchase of 80 grams each of vanilla, malt and menthol crystals is barely used at all. At this point I could have gotten away with 20 grams each. My third quart of PG was purchased recently around the time of a second quart of nicotine and my fourth box of V2 blank cartridges. I figure the life of a battery used with two or three others to be about eight months.

 

In summary, having been a heavy smoker most my life, ecigs made stopping smoking as easy a choice as upgrading from a Budweiser to a St. Pauli Girl - no contest - especially if the better brew saves a truckload of money by method far more satisfying than gum, patches or cold turkey.

 

How I Quit Smoking with ECigs

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