The use of electronic cigarettes is rapidly growing. Some users have congregated in online forums and a subculture with its’ own language has developed.
Basically e cigs turn a liquid into vapor that can be ingested. The vapor looks and feels almost like smoke but it isn’t.
A huge industry has grown up to service the demand. Many flavors of “e-liquid” or “e-juice” mimic certain brands of “analog” cigarette. There are even more flavors that have nothing to do with tobacco. Think of a flavor and someone makes it… watermelon, peach brandy, coffee, chocolate, blueberry cheesecake, root beer float.
The flavors can be mixed and some “vapers”make their own.
Now you know what it is and a little about it.
Society has decided to discourage smoking in every way possible and for legitimate reasons. There is no debate that it takes a devastating toll on health and the health care costs are extreme.
Vaping is relatively new and there are no studies that indicate whether or not it is harmful. No one particularly recommends that you take up vaping. However if you are a smoker who substitutes vaping for analog smokes to continue the ritual and service your nicotine addiction… anecdotal evidence suggests that it is considerably healthier….
Many vapers report their sense of smell and taste return, they stop hacking up phlegm and breathe more easily. It also doesn’t smell.
As the old joke goes “It’s easy to quit smoking, Iv’e done it hundreds of times”…
My neighbor recently started using an e cig and went from a pack and a half a day down to 3 real cigarettes a day. In time even those 3 may vanish. He let me try it. I think I could make the switch. He reports benefits already not the least of which is the considerably lower cost.
My starter kit is on it’s way. I will maintain this blog as a diary with updates and let you know how it works for me.
UPDATE: AS PROMISED.
My E-cigs arrived August 8th. That will be two weeks tomorrow. I have a pack of real cigarettes on the table with a lighter on top and I admit I still have two or three a day. I Have my permission to smoke a real cig any time I want. I am astonished how effortless the transition has been. Mostly I don’t want.
And the real cigs are starting to taste and smell funny. I have tons to learn still and it is a process. Can’t wait till my new flavors arrive!
Three weeks today. I am still smoking ONE real cig a day. I found a new cartridge that delivers a heavier cloud of vapor and I am very pleased with it. It is also clear so you can see the liquid level and know when it gets low. Want to experiment with different nicotine levels. Currently smoking a Turkish tobacco flavor that I mix with a vanilla flavor. Still waiting for my new flavors to arrive.