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In praise of e-cigs

hairyfeet (841228) writes | 1 year,22 days

User Journal 9

I had tried everything. I tried the patch, the gum, the pill that made the smokes taste nasty, and nothing. No matter what I kept on smoking. Now after 30 years I FINALLY was able to throw away the cigarette...thanks to e-cigs.

I had tried everything. I tried the patch, the gum, the pill that made the smokes taste nasty, and nothing. No matter what I kept on smoking. Now after 30 years I FINALLY was able to throw away the cigarette...thanks to e-cigs.

For anyone who wishes to try quitting using e-cigs some advice. 1.- Do NOT use the ones that look like a cigarette, not only are the batteries VERY weak but trying to get one of those to drag like a cigarette will just leave you frustrated. 2.- Get what is called a "510 thread" or "Ego style" unit, these can be had for as little as $25 online. 3.- Watch some of the excellent tutorials to find which tips are right for you, a good place to start would be "indoor smoking" on Youtube.

Hopefully this will inspire at least one other person to give it a try and if this old dog can learn a new trick and give up the butts? Then you can too!

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Kanger Protank (1)

Nethead (1563) | 1 year,22 days | (#45906783)

http://www.myvaporstore.com/Kanger_Protank_p/krpt-k.htm [myvaporstore.com]

I've gone through the drippy leaky cheap tanks and this is the one I'm sticking with. Get a 5 pack of elements and you're good to go for a long time. The tank holds about 2 days worth of heavy vaping for me.

Congrats on kicking the coffin nails. It's nice not to wake up hacking, eh?

Re:Kanger Protank (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | 1 year,20 days | (#45923111)

Well I lucked out as they have a REALLY nice ecig store the next town over, where they make their own juice onsite and have it set up so you can test the different flavors using disposable tanks. They have one that looks similar to that, although with a little more metal and a little less glass for $10 that I've been using and just love and replacement elements for a buck fifty so it actually ended up saving me a pretty penny compared to my pack and a half to two pack a day habit. I'm also noticing I can actually smell more and taste more but living in an apt building that can be a mixed blessing ;-)

But while I'll probably always have morning hack (bad sinuses) its nice to be able to bop around for hours with my bass again and not be huffing and puffing after a set. I fell better than I have in years and have more energy to boot, its a win/win. Oh and thanks for the link, been wanting to pick me up another tank for my funky flavors and that looks like it'll do nicely. Does it put out the heavy vapors? As I've found i have to have the hard throat hit or I end up burning the thing out pulling too hard.

Re:Kanger Protank (1)

Nethead (1563) | 1 year,20 days | (#45924503)

Yeah, but now you're hacking the clear snot globs, not the brown cig petooie chunks

Oh, and a warning. Be careful of those cheap USB chargers. My wife blew out the USB ports on her HP Elite 8440 laptop with one of those. Use a wall charger for them..

Re:Kanger Protank (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | 1 year,20 days | (#45925361)

My oldest ended up scoring me a really nice $60 starter kit (he ordered the $25 kit but they were out and so sent the nicer kit for the same price, gotta love that) and since its a 510 thread I just use that to charge all my batteries.

The place he got the kit from is called "virgin vapors" and if you want some kick ass juice you should give them a try. Its a little high but its 100% VG and the taste? Incredible. Be warned though that if you have a SO it may tick them off, every time I fire up my Virgin Vapor cookie dough my fiance is like "Dammit, now I want a cookie" and heads to the kitchen to bake some sugar cookies. Of course I consider that a plus,YMMV though ;-)

Nah. (1)

cffrost (885375) | 1 year,22 days | (#45906809)

I've used the "Logic's Pro*" product (~10x, perhaps) — not to quit, per se, but as a potential cost-reduction and IAQ-improvement measure — and I felt a sensation that I've described to others (often in their agreement) that it seemed to half-work, or work mono-hemispherically (supposing that nicotinic acetylcholine receptors are distributed across both hemispheres of the brain — I haven't looked into it). In any case, it was unable to replace the burning of nature's genuine menthol ;o) tobacco by a margin of perhaps 33-50% (my subjective assessment).

I don't fault the device's construction, as I would use consume ~1.5-2x "2-pack*" devices to displace ~50% of one day's actual smoking (1-2.5 packs**). I lay the blame with either the manufacturer's concoction, or the brain's ability to be assuaged with a vaporized nicotine-solution containing pure 3-[1-methylpyrrolidin-2-yl]pyridine in place of the heady mix of toxic chemicals released by burning tobacco (see, for example, cotinine [wikipedia.org] ).

Additionally, I'd rather not become reliant on a product only available to me online, due to privacy concerns. I'd rather be dead from lung cancer than cough up my habitual data to a Visa, et al. ;o)

* "Pro" being Logic's higher-dose, "2-pack equiv." disposable/refillable product.

** For a princely sum. I believe you live in SE (or less confidently, MW) CONUS, but anywhere in the 49 states other than mine — anywhere in the civilized world, perhaps — retail prices are lower, thanks to the unjustly high*** and regressive tax I and millions others are exposed to here.

*** Particularly for a place lacking socialized healthcare for all — a basic right and human necessity, as recognized by most nations.

Cold turkey (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | 1 year,22 days | (#45906867)

Just like my drinking. The desire to smoke lasted longer than the one to drink, but the one to drink was definitely stronger. Anyway, been non-smoking since over a year. Cold turkey works for me.

Allergies (1)

Dextrously (1086289) | 1 year,20 days | (#45923685)

My allergic reaction to most cigarettes consists of a boring pain in my lower abdomen, a harsh burning sensation in my right nostril (why only the right? No clue), and finally a fit of sneezing. Made growing up with a family of smokers a real drag. ;) Though it has left me without an ounce of desire to smoke.

Anyhow, congratulations on the victory!

Congrats (1)

Common Joe (2807741) | 1 year,20 days | (#45924403)

Didn't realize you were a smoker, but definitely a good step in the right direction. May the new year bring you many more success stories!

Re:Congrats (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | 1 year,20 days | (#45925573)

If this year turns out to be as good as the second half of the last's? I'll consider myself truly blessed by the fates as in 1 six month period?

My oldest got engaged to a truly sweet and beautiful woman (although I had to LMAO as less than a month after they started dating she ended up with the vintage leather biker jacket I had given him, but she looks like a young Joan Jett so it looks better on her anyway LOL), we finally found the perfect drummer who really fits the trio format (not many drummers can play 3 piece) and is able to follow my bass grooves like a heat seeking missile, no matter how much I let my "inner Getty" out to play. It turned out his brother had recently built a nice studio for his own projects and after hearing us play gave us free access to all the studio time we want to work on the new album and if that wasn't awesome enough? After 30 years of one shitty relationship after another I found the love of my life. She is sweet,sexy, got a heart big as Texas, never complains about the feast and famine of the PC biz, loves my playing and encourages me to pursue my music,loves to cook, and thinks I'm one of the sexiest men she has ever met.

Frankly if this year is as good as the last I'm gonna be on cloud 9, quitting smoking over Xmas was just the cherry on top of the sundae that was an incredible year. I've had people online bitch at me because I'm not "tearing new assholes into the fools" but how can I when I'm just so damned happy? Life is good man, enjoy it.

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