Vaping,
or E-Cigarettes

Vaping

I recently quit smoking. Or rather, tried to quit. And if you've ever smoked and quit, you know exactly what I mean.

I started by simply cutting back from a half a pack a day to 5 or 6 cigarettes a day. Then I spoke with my doctor and got a prescription for nicotine patches to quell the craving. They didn't work so well: it turns out that what I am addicted to is not so much the nicotine as it is the actual physical act of smoking.

And there, as Hamlet would say, lies the rub. Smoking is, to me, as much a ritual as is brewing a decent cup of tea: it's calming and centering. And I just plain enjoy it!

So what's a girl to do?

Enter vaping. Vaping is a generic term that covers the entire panoply of e-smoking: e-cigarettes, e-pipes, e-cigars, e-juices. You name it, if it has anything to do with electronic smoking, vaping covers it. The term had to be coined, I suppose, because smoking isn't really accurate. After all, you're not producing any smoke; instead, you're creating vapors; hence, vaping.

So what this page is all about is my adventures in vaping, and how I'm using it to completely free myself from tobacco and nicotine. I'll cover the products I use, and will also include links to several web sources for both information and products.

But the best way to keep up with my latest adventures will be via my blog. I don't update the website often, but I try to blog every day.

My Products

So far, I've tried one brand of disposable e-cigarettes, Blu e-Cigs. And while I enjoyed both the regular tobacco and the menthol blends, I'm not happy with how long they lasted. The manufacturer claims you can get 400 puffs from each e-cig; I found that even with smoking about 4 puffs every hour or so, each one lasted about 2 and a half days. And at $10 a pop, that's not much better than real cigarettes.

Enter the non-disposable e-cigarette. For $25.00 (just a little over the cost of 2 disposables), I bought my first e-cig starter kit. Choice E-Cigarette (Don't bother looking for them on the internet; I can't find a site for them anywhere. I bought mine at my local smoke shop here in Rochester, NY) came with a rechargeable battery (with a USB charging cable--you provide your own charger), two clearomizers (the unit holds the e-liquid, or e-juice), and two spare atomizers (they're what vaporizes the liquid).

Why did I buy that particular brand? Simply because it was all I could afford at the time. No other reason.

I also bought a bottle of e-juice. ANd naturally, since the kit was the cheapest in the store, my champagne-taste-on-a-beer-budget led me to purchase the most expensive brand they carry. $14.99 plus tax, and I was the proud (if somewhat bewildered) owner of a 15ml bottle of King's Barrel Blacksmith, which the manufacturer describes as "triple chocolate mocha; pure decadence."

And for once, this was truth in advertising. The product is definitely all it's cracked up to be. So much so that I've had to cut way back on how much I smoke each day just to keep from running out! And I found the best way to do that is to buy another bottle of a different e-juice flavor to use with the other clearomizer.

So for you beginning vapers, here's a list of some links I've found useful:

 

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