Quitting the smoking habit was the farthest thing from my mind when I came upon a kiosk selling e-cigarettes (funny enough, I was actually looking around for a pack of regular cigarettes). I heard about these smokeless, odourless, and supposedly healthier smoking alternatives from a friend, and I also saw a few ads and videos online. I had been a smoker for over ten years, and I’ve tried things like nicotine patches, smokeless tobacco, and cigarette filters. Obviously, none of them worked for me. I was deeply sceptical that e-cigarettes would be any different.
I really had no idea which one to get, so I asked the store clerk for a suggestion on what to start with. She suggested I start with disposables, and offered this particular brand. First thing I noticed was the price. Three “sticks” for around $30+, that’s over ten dollars each. That’s pricey in my book. The clerk reassured me that each of these sticks is actually equivalent to about two packs of traditional cigarettes. This claim made me even more sceptical. Chalking it up to experience (and a potential conversation topic I could call upon when talking with my smoking friends), I made the purchase. Worst case scenario, I made a $30 mistake.
I opened one up and took a drag as I would a regular cig. The flavor was milder than what I was accustomed to, but it wasn’t unpleasant, even sweet. The steam that I blew out made a pretty good impression of cigarette smoke too, albeit fading into the air much more quickly and without any odor. I took a few more drags, learning to savour the vaguely familiar sensation. This definitely had nicotine in it. Here was my experience.
Look Ma, No Ash!
This was the most immediately noticeable benefit for me. Without any ash to dispose of, no smoke to fan away, no embers to get burned with, and no irritated non-smoking people giving you irritated glares It’s pretty convenient. You could also end up smoking two standard cigarette packs worth of nicotine if you don’t regulate your own intake. This just proves that moderation is key, even to this.
A Lightheaded Feeling
This was one of the first sensations that I found unusual. I mean, I never experienced this with traditional cigarettes. It wasn’t so bad that I lost balance or had to sit down, but it was definitely there. I was a little concerned, and read up on this. I found this informative post, which brought me some relief. Again, moderation is important.
It’s Kind of Like Smoking, But It’s Not
If you’re a regular smoker, there is an obvious familiarity with the mechanics of vaping, but there are enough distinct differences to tell one from another, even just considering the body’s reaction to the stimulus. Some of my smoking friends didn’t take to it; they found the vaping sensation weird or the flavor was too mild for their tastes. One of them ended up coughing badly after trying it for the first time. It’s definitely not a viable alternative for every smoker out there.
I Bought Into It
The title of my post gave it away, I know. Basically, despite the differences, I found it to be a satisfactory substitute to smoking cigarettes. I just started a few weeks ago, but I already feel some benefits of giving up smoking tobacco like not being short of breath, not having to brush my teeth and gargle more than twice a day, and other little perks.
I am still buying disposable e-cigarettes at the moment, and continuously reading up on the hobby, trying to make sense of the parts and terminologies vapers use. Up until last week, I couldn’t tell you the difference between an atomizer and a cartomizer. Apparently, e-juice comes in many flavors, so that’s gotten me even more excited about it. My vaping adventures have just begun!
About the Author: Stacey Thompson is a professional writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and a lover of weird little animals. She is based in San Diego, California, and works with many up-and-coming and successful companies.