Electronic Cigarettes: Review
I have spent the past 10 years of my life trying to quit smoking. I have tried gum, patches, and even quitting cold turkey, all to no avail. When I heard about E-cigarettes, I was skeptical. I never would have even tried it if someone hadn’t let me borrow theirs for a day to try it out. Then I realized how great e-cigarettes really are.
Electronic cigarettes are a substitute for regular cigarettes. They contain nicotine that is released in the form of water vapor so there is no smoke damage to your lungs. Start-up kits can cost between $25 and $100, depending on how many chargers and batteries you want. The best deals I have found were at vapor4life.com. The start-up kits come with everything you need to get started and then you just need to buy replacement cartridges as you run out. Each cartridge costs about 1.99 and is the equivalent of about a pack to a pack and half of cigarettes. So not only am I saving my lungs from harmful cigarette smoke, but I am also saving money by paying 1.99 instead of $5.00 a pack.
The replacement cartridges come in a wide variety of flavors, with an imitation brand for almost any brand of cigarette. Instead of Camels, they sell Kamels. Cowboys taste like Marlboros, and Nuports taste like Newport’s. They also have fruity and coffee flavors. Each flavor also comes in a variety of strengths, with the amount of nicotine varying with each strength. On my original order, I purchased a months worth of the e-cigarettes with the highest level of nicotine. Once I got them in the mail, I didn’t buy regular cigarettes for a month. I didn’t need them. What makes the e-cigarettes so much greater than the patch or gum is that the nicotine is delivered so quickly, just like a cigarette. After a few puffs, I don’t need a cigarette anymore. It also satisfies my oral obsession. I smoke it just like a regular cigarette, only the “smoke” I exhale isn’t really smoke. When I close my eyes and smoke my e-cig, I can not even tell the difference.
The next month I decided to step down my nicotine. Unfortunately, instead of stepping down to the next lowest level and trying to reduce my nicotine intake gradually, I cut the nicotine in half. After a month of not smoking, I reverted back to regular cigarettes for a few weeks because the level of nicotine in the e-cigs just wasn’t enough. The next time I ordered, I went back up on the nicotine and did it the right way, stepping down my nicotine slowly. This is a warning to anyone trying to quit smoking with e-cigarettes. Don’t push yourself to hard or you will fail. Step down your nicotine gradually and you will succeed.
Over the past few months, I have been gradually reducing the amount of nicotine in my e-cigarettes. Right now I am on the second to the lowest level. Soon, I will be ordering the nicotine-free cartridges. After a month or so of those, I will be nicotine free. I will know that I don’t have an addiction anymore and my smoking my nicotine-free e-cigs is just a habit. So far, I can breathe better, my sense of smell has improved significantly, and my house and clothes don’t stink anymore.