I guess it’s time for my first post, introductory-style.
I’ve been smoking for over twenty years now – I started as a kid buying packs off the ice cream truck with money my best friend stole from her uncle, and sneaking them from my grandparents and parents. I’ve quit once or twice over the years, but it never stuck – it wasn’t just the nicotine, but the habit I couldn’t break. The hand-to-mouth, the deep inhale-exhale, the taste and smell. I could cut back to half a pack or less a day, but could never really give it up for good. Even when my doctor told me that my lung capacity was down by almost 25%, I still smoked, and still do.
Over the past month, though, I’ve been debating whether it was time to make a change. A friend of mine had just started vaping, see, and he was completely off the analogs. Even gave me his last, unopened pack of Camel Crush, then let me try out his rig. I don’t remember what kind it was specifically, but I do remember it tasted good and that it was pretty neat to be able to ‘smoke‘ inside the hotel we were staying at.
I’ve spent the past few days doing tons of research into cig-a-likes first, then ended up here and poured through a lot of posts in the newbie forum. I learned a lot in a short amount of time. Then… Yesterday, I took the advice of that friend, and made my way to the local B&M shop, vape Dojo. I picked up their Katana kit – ego batt, CE4 clearo and charger – plus a spare batt and some 12mg juices; went home, filled it up, and have pretty much been attached at the lips since.
I’ve had two cigarettes (home-rolled American Spirit Blue, filtered) since I got home from the Dojo yesterday, and I’ll probably have one more before bed. That’s two a day, already down from 6-8 a day. Progress… I like progress. I’ve seen over and over again here that even one less cigarette is a victory.
I know it’s not the best rig – I’m already less than satisfied with the flavor I’m getting, that my nic strength is too low – but it’s a start. And the rest of you are so knowledgeable and opinionated, I’m sure I’ll figure out how to fix that with your help. 😉