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My Experience with ECigs and Stopping Smoking

Though I've been vaping for about four years I'm not in the business, nor point as an affiliate to any of the companies mentioned on these pages. Nor am I a vaping expert. I only happen to vape per my own custom, but thought some straight up information might be helpful to somebody. I don't have time to scheme after your money. The workload on this website is intimidating enough only to be, much less chase rabbits that could phony. Be as may, I put these pages here 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. I don't, however, keep up with changes in the vaping realm, only per personal reasons. So altered prices, products and such may not be reflected herein up to the current date. The general idea, however, remains.

Now and then I see someone stepping outside to enjoy a cigarette at thirty degrees in a blizzard. Such have likely heard about ecigs and probably tried one by now. But they're still smoking for one of two reasons: I've met people who, inexplicable to me, actually prefer cigarettes to ecigs. And a dirty fine cigar is, well, a dirty fine cigar, with which no ecig is going to compare. These pages aren't for such the organic, keep-with-nature, primitive sorts who may roll their own high quality blends with pages from the Bible. The other reason is that ecigs are prohibitively expensive. That is, disposable ecigs like you'd buy at a gas station work out to about the same outrageous cost as cigarettes. You can puff away at the bar now, but there isn't a lot of incentive to quit smoking because disposables are roughly an even trade in terms of expense. However, if you' aren't one of those pariahs who plainly must burn natural shredded tobacco leaves, have discovered ecigs to be considerably more delicious than cigarettes, and wish to quit smoking, there is an alternative called DIY vaping which difference is as several cents to a dollar. DIY vaping is so less expensive than cigarettes that they don't compare at all. Why spend, say, $2000 a year on cigarettes when you can spend $100 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. There is one other important difference: your health. That point is moot, made by who insist upon an absolutely antiseptic world. But that's fresh-falling snow in Antarctica, to which I prefer Listerine, which someone in government is probably trying to find unhealthy at the quantum level as this is written. As for myself, when I exchanged decades of smoking for vaping it was but a few days that I noticed remarkable improvement. I could, for instance, sleep on my left side without that lung feeling squished. I was breathing rather than not. 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. I sell nothing on these pages. There are no affiliate links. This is simply some straight-up information about ecigs to get you off cigarettes via something considerably cheaper (DIY, not disposable ecigs) while at once far more enjoyable. You can vape like a free person just about anywhere: pubs, restaurants, the mall. Your health, both financial and physical, improves not only quickly but hugely. The drawback is that you need to prepare your own blends. I'm probably one of the heavier vapers around. There's a stick between my fingers as I type this because even I can afford it. I'm not looking forward to the moment I can finally enjoy a cigarette so I can think straight. Rather, I'm enjoying each singular puff for all it's worth. Unlike cigarettes, which one smokes mindlessly, I'm noticing a slight degradation in flavor until I eventually replace the cartridge (filter) with a fresh one. That is, vaping is more like smoking fine cigars or pipes than regular cigarettes. You pay attention because it's more momential than racing through a cigarette that you forgot you smoked once it's nigh instantly burnt away. Howsoever, as among the heavier vapers on the planet I spend an hour or two concocting this or that every month or two. If you can find that much time and wish or need to lose cigarettes then these pages are meant for you. The opportunity to easily stop smoking is now, before government gets into it, prices start toward the moon and everybody's miserable again, howsoever sparkling clean.

When I stopped smoking, full credit to ecigs some four 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 different. You regard what you're doing, more a connoisseur upon a puff because it's more interesting than a Marlboro ever alike the last and, if like 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. But it awakens vanilla as well, adding pleasant thrust to the most bland of vaping flavors (which I've since traded for maple as an everyday vape, reminding me of pancakes for breakfast in a log cabin). 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 to a regular filtered cigarette. Lower that to 16 mg the second time around and I'll bet you won't tell much difference if at all. I use 12 mg now, can't tell the difference and am dropping lower yet. Why pay for more when less is just as good, even better? Overdoing nicotine is less pleasant than overdoing caffeine. You might notice such as nausea (rather than the shakes), upon which you'll lay off. A wee bit does go a long way.

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 two hundred dollars 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're largely compatible with Bloog: you can 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 such, 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, 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.

My first month I used about 75 milliliters of eliquid. 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, still heavy). Howsoever, the price of vaping was already only about 25% 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 very easily. I then learned you can not only refill cartridges, but easily clean them and reuse them until they're exhausted. (I've had one unusual cartridge that lasted through 2 1/2 years of refills, which washing finally destroyed.) Altogether I invested about $250 en total: four batteries, four chargers, forty blanks and DIY supply. Four years later and I'm only now purchasing another quart each of VG and nicotine. (If you use nicotine right, that is, less, you'll run out of VG a good year before the same amount of nicotine. I've overdone it because I'm a moron.) My initial purchase of 80 grams each of vanilla, malt and menthol crystals is barely used at all. My third (?) quart of PG recently purchased alike my third box of V2 blank cartridges. I figure the life of a battery used with two or three others to be about eight months. Upon averaging out such incidentals after an original investment of two or three hundred dollars I calculate that it costs some $100 per year to vape, compared to well beyond $1000 to smoke a two or three cartons each month. To spend $200 a year to vape you have to either lose inventory or be a fancy pants with money to blow beyond the necessary.

 

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.

 

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