I've been a smoker since I was 16 yrs old. And it sucks. I hate it. The things I hate the most is the taste, the smell, the harmful chemicals, and the fact that I can't quit. The only time I was able to quit was when I was pregnant with Jake and that was only because the smell made me puke. But then again, pretty much everything made me puke when I was pregnant. Worst. Pregnancy. Ever. But that's another story.
What I like about it is the actual act of smoking. The calming sensation of inhaling and exhaling.
So, recently I discovered e-cigarettes. Or 'vaping'. Basically, you get the nicotine and the actions of smoking but no tobacco or any of the harmful toxins including second-hand smoke. You inhale nicotine plus whatever flavor you chose (and there are many!) and exhale water vapor. Nicotine by itself is as harmless/harmful as caffeine. By themselves they are simply stimulants.
Mike and I are both doing it and he started with the Volcano. A small unit that is the same size as an actual ciggarette. Mike didn't like it. He couldn't get the inhaling right. You inhale differently than with a normal cig. I did some research and decided on a Joye 510--a bigger unit with a manual button. I got 2--one in pink, one in red (pretty!). Mike took one drag and decided that was it for him. Gone was the Volcano and he took my red one to use...lol.
And like everything else in my life, I completely immersed myself in the whole 'vaping' experience. Mike sticks with the tobacco flavors while I, at the moment, am switching between Carmello and Swedish Fish flavors. I'm on my 4th day of absolutely NO analog cigs and it is going very well. I have no craving for analogs at all.
Did I also mention the price? We used to spend around $400/month on cigs. Now, it will cost us around $20-30. Yeah. Awesome.
I also have a red one with a purple led. :)
I didn't mean to sound like a commercial or anything. I am just really excited about this.
Also...in the last month--me, Mike, my sis-in-law, her bro-in-law, her mom-in-law, my dad, my bro-in law, my boss, her husand, my ex-boss and her husband..oh and my sister's ex-mom-in-law have all switched over to vaping just from me talking about it. Mike says I should get commission. LOL...I should! Pretty soon no one I know will smoke actual cigs.
So, that's what I've been up to. :)