How I Kicked A 30 Year Smoking Habit In The Ass tells of my 30 year struggle with cigarette smoking and how I finally quit using a Vape Pen.
First of all, What are Electronic Cigarettes? Electronic Cigarettes, Vape Pen or Personal Vaporizer units are simple devices which heat liquid and produce a vapor.
They are made up of 2 main parts, a battery and a Clearomizer, Cartomizer, Tank or Cartridge which contains the Liquid inside.
“There is no such thing as smoking an electronic cigarette.”
Before I tell my How I Kicked A 30 Year Smoking Habit In The Ass kicking story, I’d like to clear something up by making one quick comment. I continually read news articles or blog posts on the net making references to people smoking electronic cigarettes.
“There is no such thing as smoking an electronic cigarette.” How can something be smoked, if no smoke is being produced through combustion? Although the vapor may appear as smoke, the only thing Cigarettes and E Cigarettes have in common is that they both deliver nicotine to the person using them.
That’s all, there’s absolutely nothing more to it than that, the two have nothing else in common!
In addition, any articles which reference E Cigarettes as being smoked should immediately be dismissed! Authors making such comparisons to electronic cigarettes in all likelihood will not know what they are talking about.
Furthermore, I doubt they have ever smoked a cigarette or would even know how to light one up, let alone use an electronic cigarette. Would you take advice on fitness from someone who has never Trained?
Likewise, would you take advice from someone about vaping an e cigarette, if they had never used an e cigarette? The image to the left sums up my point perfectly.
(BTW, did you know Vikings invented vaping? Ya right.) Ok, Comment made, you get the point.
Read the Vape Pen Factual Truth article and find out how electronic cigarettes operate, the history and the argument for their continued use.
“I knew I wanted to quit but over the years had tried many times using all the so called, “Health Canada Approved” nicotine gums, patches, puffers, and even prescription medications. Also, these products may help some people however, they simply just didn’t work for me.”
How I Kicked A 30 Year Smoking Habit (In The Ass) With Vape Pen
Throughout most of my life, I have stayed in reasonably good physical condition, exercising regularly etc. Now at age 50, I began to notice the long term effects smoking was beginning to have on my cardiovascular health and ability.
Consequently, I had applied for a job and one of the requirements of the medical exam was to have a lung capacity test. I was barely able to squeak by the minimum requirements to pass this test.
In addition, the physical demands of this job, also required me, to be capable of breaking into a fast 100 yard dash at a seconds notice and having to climb many stairs on a daily bases.
Up to this point, I had been smoking approximately 10-20 medium strength cigarettes daily for the previous 30 years and like many smokers, I smoked even more so when consuming alcohol in social settings.
Nevertheless, I knew I wanted to quit but over the years had tried many times using all the so called, “Health Canada Approved” nicotine gums, patches, puffers, and even prescription medications. Also, these products may help some people however, they simply just didn’t work for me.”
Unfortunately for me, I had failed each time, returning to my brand of popular cigarettes. (The image above nicely represents my 30 year struggle with cigarette smoking.)
How I Kicked A 30 Year Smoking Habit (In The Ass) With Vape Pen
Another problem I constantly faced as a smoker was the social stigma attached to smoking. As a result, I always seemed to get these dirty looks whenever I lit up a cigarette in public places no matter how far away I was from the front doors.
Funny, when it comes to smoking cigarettes, those that preach tolerance on nearly every issue suddenly aren’t very tolerant. Also, my loved ones and family members were always bugging me as to when I was going to quit for good.
Moreover, I always knew my family’s concerns about my smoking habit were genuine; however I was still tired of being pestered about it.
Getting back to my cardiovascular concerns, as time went on; I started noticing that my lung capacity was greatly diminishing. At work, climbing a few flights of stairs was becoming a real chore.
Not to mention, the lack of oxygen I was experiencing while lifting heavier weights gave me the sensation that I was suffocating as I struggled for more oxygen.
In reality, many smokers don’t know that it’s the tar coating the inside of their lungs which is why they are experiencing breathing problems.
Also, I’ve often heard people comment about nicotine stains on someone’s fingers from smoking. Although Nicotine is extremely poisonous in concentrated amounts, it is also a clear substance.
“…when he started mentioning fruit flavors, I quickly dismissed the whole e cigarette thing as being nothing more than a passing fad!…”
How I Kicked A 30 Year Smoking Habit (In The Ass) With Vape Pen
In the early part of 2010, I was outside on my patio having a cigarette and bragging to my brother on the phone about the great weather we were having on the West Coast.
My brother who lives on the other side of the Rocky Mountains 1500 miles east of me was jealous as he complained about the numbing sub-zero temperatures they had been experiencing.
During the conversation he made reference to me smoking while talking to him, after all, he had to find something to bug me about as he froze his ass off!
Being an ex-smoker himself, he commented about how I should try an electronic cigarette. I laughed at the thought of another electronic gizmo someone is trying to peddle.
He went on to explain that one of my nieces had been using a vape pen and she wasn’t smoking cigarettes anymore.
With excitement in his voice, he went on to describe a little about how they worked and all the different flavors you could use with the thing, like tobacco, cherry and strawberry flavors etc.
Finally, the tobacco flavor sounded ok but when he started mentioning fruit flavors, I quickly dismissed the whole e cigarette thing as being nothing more than a passing fad!
“Many times, my wife and I have wondered if my mother in-law would still be alive today if…”
In early 2011, my wife & I sat at my mother in-laws bedside and sadly watched her pass away from her 2 year battle with lung cancer caused by a lifetime of cigarette smoking.
She had fought heroically and suffered greatly from complications due to all the operations, radiation and chemo therapy treatments.
She came from a large family and many of her brothers and sisters had already died while others have died more recently due to cancer or respiratory related diseases caused from smoking.
It is estimated that US death tolls from cigarette smoking and their related diseases are claiming approx. 400,000 people per year.
Many times, my wife and I have wondered if my mother in-law would still be alive today if she had been given the opportunity to vape electronic cigarettes.
Boge Leo E Cigarette Kit
In the following spring after her death, a friend of mine called me all excited about an electronic cigarette he had purchased online. He had just received it in the mail and wanted to come over and show it to me over a beer.
I said sure come on over as I hadn’t seen him in close to a month as he works for weeks at a time out of town. I could’ve cared less about the e cigarette as he said he’d pick-up a 12 pack on the way.
My wife greeted him and his wife at the door as he brought in the box containing the vape e cigarette kit. I was still skeptical, but none the less thought it would be an interesting topic of conversation.
The battery part of the vape e cigarette seemed large and cumbersome and the removable poly-fill cartridges were leaking e juice inside the box as he had over filled them at his house.
At the time, I remember thinking how messy and unpractical the whole E Cigarette thing seemed.
Boge Leo Electronic Cigarette Kit with Poly Fill Cartridges
“…hmmm doesn’t seem to taste too bad at all.”
After taking the electronic cigarette pieces out of the box, I asked him, are you seriously going to start using this thing instead of smoking as he connected the cartridge to the battery.
Handing me the complete e cig he said, go ahead give it a try, just push the button and take a puff, its tobacco flavor.
The e cigarette battery was manually operated and after taking a couple of vape puffs I said, hmm doesn’t seem to taste too bad at all.
The tobacco e juice flavor seemed realistic and the unit produced a medium size vape cloud as I exhaled the vapor. Also, the electronic cigarette kit had two complete e cigarette units so we would spend the next few hours vaping over beers and trying the different flavors he had also purchased with his e cigarette kit.
The kit as shown above was a Boge Leo poly fill cartridge electronic cigarette kit. Although they are now outdated you can still purchase them online and at some Vape Shops.
Before leaving that evening, he left me a 10ml bottle of Tobacco flavor e-juice and the e cigarette I had been using earlier that evening. I knew at the time he had left me the e cigarette as he had a knack for being a salesman.
In any event, over the next few days, I started using the vape electronic cigarette and began noticing that I wasn’t smoking as many cigarettes as usual. I began thinking that maybe there is something to this e cigarette gizmo.
Within a week, I had placed my first online order to buy my own Boge Leo E Cigarette Kit. Upon receiving my new kit, I continued to notice my daily consumption of cigarettes becoming less and less. In addition, this seemed to be a fairly natural process and wasn’t something I had to consciously think about.
“I found the Joyetech eGo-T was not as messy.”
Joyetech eGo-T Vape Pen
A few months after buying my first vape pen kit, I was talking to a guy I work with and he mentioned he had been using an electronic cigarette. I told him I had just started using one a few months ago and that I wasn’t smoking near as many cigarettes.
He showed me some of the flavors he had and mentioned he had started selling kits and flavors to a few people he knows. He asked me if I would be interested in seeing some of the kits he was selling at lunch time and of course, I jumped at the opportunity.
At lunch that day, we went out to his car and after going into his trunk, he pulled out a real sleek looking black best e cigarette. He explained that it was called a tank system which had a small reservoir tank that you fill with the e juice.
I asked him if I could try the unit for a few days and if I liked it, would buy a kit from him. After using it for just one day, I immediately notice that this e-cigarette didn’t leak at all and worked really nicely.
It was a Joyetech Ego-T Vape Electronic Cigarette as shown above. It was a real nice best e cigarette which in my opinion was better than the Boge I had first bought. Not to say that the Boge unit was not a good e cigarette but I found the Joyetech eGo-T was not as messy. Needless to say, I happily paid him his doe.
After buying the Joyetech eGo-T, I made the decision that I was going to give up my 30 year smoking habit permanently. I circled a date on the calendar and had my last cigarette a few days shy of the date I had chosen to quit.
Furthermore, being so close to my quit date, I had smoked my last cigarette in the pack and couldn’t see the point in buying another pack of cigarettes. Finally, How I Kicked A 30 Year Smoking Habit (In The Ass) With Vape Pen had finally begun!
The Dramatic Changes To My Cardiovascular Health
“I was now able to fly up many flights of stairs”
Remember my cardiovascular breathing problems mentioned earlier? Within 6 months of quitting my smoking habit, I began to get my lungs back..no they hadn’t divorced my body but being able to breathe easier was a welcomed change.
In addition, I was now able to fly up many flights of stairs without feeling as if I needed an oxygen tank when I reached the top. Likewise, the sensation of suffocating in the gym was leaving me and I was able to do more in less time.
“I did notice a slight weight gain and tended to crave sweet baked goodies…”
I had heard of many people commenting about being able to taste food better when they quit smoking. However, I did not notice any significant change when it came to taste, perhaps it’s a more gradual thing so one doesn’t really notice the difference.
But, I did notice a slight weight gain and tended to crave sweet baked goodies more often than I had in the past. Then again, I’ve always had a bit of a sweet tooth.
I even begged my wife to start baking more often, she refused using the excuse I’d get fat but I already had a few extra pounds?
Furthermore, I had also suffered sleep apnea for many years and it had become a real problem as sometimes I would wake up gasping. Incidents of sleep apnea also diminished and are almost to date completely non-existent.
Finally, I had previously always been trying to clear my throat as if I had a rock stuck in there, that to disappeared and I no longer suffer that discomfort either.
It has now been almost 6 years since I bought my first electronic cigarette kit.
Since then, I have bought many electronic cigarettes, mods, batteries, chargers, tanks, clearomizers, cartomizers, parts, e juice flavors etc and operated a successful online store.
In just 6 short years, E Cigarettes have really evolved from the first poly fill cartridge type I originally purchased to the larger more efficient clearomizer tank units with adjustable voltage battery settings.
Joyetech has even named one of their latest E-Cigarette products, “Revolution.”
“…the electronic cigarette revolution has taken place as much as the whiners, criers and fiction writers complain about them…”
The Electronic Cigarette | Vape Pen Revolution
Here is the Electronic Cigarette bottom line, they are here to stay because they are an effective alternative to smoking cigarettes for those who are serious about quitting!
However, no matter what smoking cessation product you use, one has to really want to give up their smoking habit. There is no simple way around this fact, no shortcut or magical formula, you still have to want to quit cigarettes and be willing to give them up for good.
The electronic cigarette will help you do that because your addiction is really the nicotine in the cigarette and if you are still getting your nicotine from something that is simulating the sensation of smoking a cigarette then it will be much easier.
In this life, nothing of value comes from anything other than perseverance and a degree of work. So is the case if you want to “Kick Your Cigarette Habit In The Ass.” The internet is filled with millions of blog sites and Facebook posts of people with similar stories of how they used e cigarettes to successfully quit their smoking habit.
Is the vape electronic cigarette the only thing that has helped people quit for good, the answer is no! Many people have successfully quit by other means.
However, the electronic cigarette revolution has taken place and as much as the whiners, criers and fiction writers complain about them and create negative add campaigns and tell ridiculous far fetched stories in attempts to deter people from using them, the truth is people will continue to use them and the numbers of users will continue to increase.
Why is that you might ask? Because the electronic cigarette has been, and will probably continue to be, the most successful invention as a replacement for smoking cigarettes in our history.
A Final Word On How I Kicked A 30 Year Smoking Habit
“I just sit back and smile, as I Exhale Another Cloud Of Vapor! “
Finally, why did I write How I Kicked A 30 Year Smoking Habit In The Ass?
It has now been 5 years since I took my first puff from a Vape Pen. Since that time, I’ve read many articles which includes news broad casts about E Cigarettes and Vape Pen accidents etc.
My only thoughts on these issues is simply, if people didn’t play with the circuitry or attempt to modify the battery, these types of accidents would probably never happen. Then again, “stupid is what stupid does”!
Not to mention, failure on the users part by not reading the information, heeding warnings or having knowledge about the device’s capabilities etc all contribute to e cigarette accidents and device failures.
If a person mistreats or attempts to modify any electronic device, whether it’s a TV, Blow Dryer or Cell phone most companies will not honor the warranty because safety warnings were ignored.
Try throwing your new Blow Dryer into the bath tub while it’s on and see what happens. (NO, Better Not)
As previously mentioned, I’ve used many various types of e cigarette units over the years and I’ve never experienced any types of catastrophic device failures as characterized in the so called News. People will believe what they want to believe! In addition, everything these days has become political, vaping and electronic cigarettes are no exception.
Therefore, the next time you see a guy on the CBC evening news with facial burns and teeth missing; I highly doubt very much they’ll be telling you he was playing with the circuitry on his modified electronic cigarette before it blew up in his face.
Finally, whenever I read some nonsense online or see some news anchor with a big grin bringing this evenings top story about kids using e cigarettes, or bans on e cigarettes, or someone’s dog was using an e cigarette, or some other garbage,
I just sit back and smile, as I Exhale Another Cloud Of Vapor!
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