On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, New York city had a hearing for a bill to include e-cigarettes (referred to as e-cigs) in the Clean Indoor Air Act which prohibits smoking in public places. Both sides were able to voice their opinion of the issue. Vaping celebrities, Russ Wishtart, host of “Click Bang” radio on Vaper’s Place, Greg Conley, and Jenee Fowler, known as “Vape Girl” on Youtube were present at the meeting. There were many vapers present in the audience to show support for vaping and opposition of the inclusion of e-cigs in the smoking ban. Yesterday, the council unanimously voted in favor of the bill. As vapers, we know vaping has improved our health. I have personally introduced friends and family to vaping, and all of them have said how much better they feel after converting from combustible tobacco to an e-cig. Jenee Fowler remarked that vaping in public has introduced her (and many smokers) to how effective e-cigs can be in their attempts to stop smoking and relapsing to combustible cigarettes. The Anti-Nicotine and Tobacco Zealots (referred to as ANTZ) have common arguments we need to address whenever a ban on e-cig use in public is placed in any of the state and local jurisdictions across the United States. You can view the entire hearing on Mandycat Campbell’s Youtube page. It is four hours long, so it’s divided into five parts. You can find it here to watch in your leisure:
Throughout the entire hearing, seven points were continuously brought up by the ANTZ. These are the points with rebuttals to their claim:
“We can’t trust the Tobacco Industry.”
A representative for Blu Ecigs, as well as Logic and NJoy brands testified at the meeting. Blu Ecigs was the only company that is part of the Tobacco Industry on the panel. NJoy and Logic are independent e-cig companies. ANTZ complain that advertisements mimic ads of combustible cigarettes, and BT are using these ads to peddle their products to youth. ANTZ claim this industry was started by BT to hook the children and adult non-smokers to a lifelong addiction to nicotine.
E-cigs were not part of the Tobacco industry until 2012 when Lorillard (makers of NewPorts) bought Blu Ecigs. E-cigs were invented in 2003 by a Chinese pharmacist, named Hon Lik, who invented it to help his father who was dying of lung cancer. E-cigs were first made available in the U.S. in 2009, which means this fledgling industry was created by smokers who wanted a way to enjoy the act of smoking without the harm. Big Tobacco (referred to as BT) started selling e-cigs when they saw their profits drop due to the increase in e-cig sales by smaller companies. In fact, RJ Reynolds has pushed several states to ban online sales, tax e-cigs, and require small businesses to get more licenses to sell their products in hopes to eliminate competition with the smaller businesses. The ANTZ are funded by Pharmaceutical companies (referred to as Big Pharma) that make traditional Nicotine Replacement Therapy products. They do not disclose this fact in their statements. They know as e-cig usage rises, sales of these NRTs ( as well as fewer sin tax monies from states) will suffer. The Councilmen/Councilwomen and ANTZ are merely protecting their financial interests.
“…..it’s for the chiiiilllllldren!”
ANTZ claim that the variety of candy, fruit, and dessert flavors were made to attract children into a life long addiction to nicotine. They cite the recent CDC study which surveyed Middle and High School students usage of e-cigs found here:
What vapers and e-cig advocates point out is that the survey failed to mention whether the students were tobacco smokers before they started using an e-cig. The survey also failed to mention that it only studied the students who experimented with e-cigs, NOT habitual use. There were two male high school students who claimed that they have seen e-cigs being used in the classroom and hallways of their school and none of the teachers, principals, and staff have tried to stop them from using e-cigs on school grounds. They claimed that including e-cigs in the Clean Indoor Air Act would keep kids from using e-cigs. Vapers at the meeting expressed that laws will not stop teens from doing things they shouldn’t be doing, and it should be dealt with by school officials and parents of those teens, NOT the government.
“There’s not enough studies to determine the safety of e-cigs.”or “The FDA study shows there are trace amounts of Tobacco Specific Nitrosamines (TSNAs) present in the e-liquid and vapor.” or “There’s anti-freeze in e-liquid!”
E-cig advocates and vapers presented the council members with many studies which showed that the vapor emitted were not harmful to bystanders. You can find those studies on ECA’s blog by Klaus Kneale here. Vapers pointed out the false information in the press release the FDA made to the public. The e-cigs tested in the study were of only two companies and only 1 cartridge out of 17 found trace levels of diethylene glycol (or anti-freeze). Dr. Gilbert Ross from American Council on Science and Health, as well as, Dr. Michael Siegel from the Boston University School of Public Health said that the study was conducted using older technology and could not be replicated in later studies. Quotes by Dr. Michael Siegel, Dr. Thomas Eissenberg of Virginia Commonwealth University, and Dr. Igor Burstyn were also used regarding the efficacy and safety of e-cig usage. A letter to the NYC Council is posted on CASAA’s blog here.
“E-cigs will re-normalize smoking.”
Advocates cheered when VapeNY and Greg Conley said vaping will normalize NOT smoking. ANTZ referred to the AFLAC duck by saying, “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it must by a duck.” in reference to vaping looking like smoking. This suggests that the inclusion of e-cigs in the Clean Indoor Air Act goes beyond public health. It is to demonize e-cig users and smokers.
“It’ll be hard to enforce the smoking ban.”
Advocates stated that there is no side stream smoke, no ash, no smell (or short whiff of a pleasant smell), and the vapor dissipates quickly. There were three representatives in the hospitality industry (restaurant/bar owners and hotel managers) who said that e-cigs would greatly reduce the number of noise complaints from residents if e-cig users were allowed to use them inside. They explained that there would be a security issue if e-cig users were included in the smoking ban, because of the extra security they needed to search patrons going outside to vape and coming back inside to drink and socialize. Furthermore, the bar owners stated that it should be up to the owners discretion as to how they wanted to handle vaping in their establishments. One e-cig user even said that vapers would be able to vape indoors without anyone knowing just by holding their breath for 10 seconds after inhalation (also known as “stealth vaping”). As vapers blew plumes of vapor into the air, two councilmen stated that they noticed that the vapor disappeared quickly and it did smell pleasant.
“E-cigs are being used to smoke illegal substances.”
Advocates say it would be easy to tell if someone was using an illegal substance due to the smell of these illegal substances. Moreover, banning e-cigs just because some individuals are using e-cigs with illegal substances is insane. Marijuana smokers have used apples to smoke marijuana, yet apples have not been banned. Dr. Gilbert Ross also mentioned that a college roommate used to empty his Marlboro cigarettes and stuff marijuana into it, yet Marlboros have not been banned.
“E-cigs have been known to blow up.”
ANTZ stated two stories regarding a battery exploding 1) in a car and 2) in someone’s face. Advocates replied back that any product that uses Lithium-ion batteries have been known to explode. They cited cases where cell phones and laptops exploded due to user error. Basic battery care should be applied with any product that uses Lithium-ion batteries, including e-cigs.
While watching the hearing, I realized that, despite the opposition to e-cig use in public, vapers and the public health community (American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, and American Heart Association) both have a desire to protect people from the dangers of smoking. The public health community refuses to see it this way. They equate vaping to smoking. They continuously ignore anecdotal evidence, both by vapers themselves and non-vapers, as well as, studies conducted by large Universities and prominent physicians and scientists. They cling to the fact that if people quit smoking, they need to quit nicotine, too. ANTZ stated that the inclusion of e-cigs in the smoking ban in New Jersey reduced the number of smokers in New Jersey. As vapers, we know vaping has helped us from going back to combustible cigarettes. As more studies come out in favor of e-cigs, the ANTZ will deny the validity of these studies. It is imperative that we stay vigilant for any legislation that would impede our rights. I recommend all vapers to become a member of CASAA to help in fighting these bans and promoting public health.
I was pretty excited to see this device while trawling through madvape’s website, fellow babies — for one main reason. And when the order arrived, I was excited to have them for a number of reasons. So let’s kick the tires, as it were, and take a look at the Smoktech ARO Pyrex BCC, shall we?
Yes, as you can see from the picture, this is a Kanger T3 form-factor BCC; and as some of you know, I was an early-adopter of the T3 and have continued to use them to this day along with the myriad other toppers I’ve acquired in this 2 1/2 years of vaping. The main reason I did not hesitate to order some of these is simple. Pyrex! In a T3 form factor! Did I mention Pyrex?
I used (notice the past tense action, there, fellow babies) T3s for those times when hauling a bunch of Phoenix drippers and bottles of juice (or even Genesis-type atties) around is simply out of the question. I never enjoyed the time I spent using cartos for the most part (or those nasty CE clearos) for many reasons. So when the T3 appeared, it was the perfect tool for the job…the job being to deliver a convenient vape that holds a lot of juice that doesn’t leak while driving, walking, being busy at work, whatever. Sadly, until now, that meant not being able to use certain juices in those circumstances because of etching, cracking or melting. Not anymore, fellow babies. Did I tell you about the Pyrex?
So how does this thing compare to the latest iteration of the Kanger T3/M3? To my surprise, it compares very well…in fact, in some aspects, the Smoktech ARO outshines the Kanger. Since I compared the new T3 heads with the heads from the ARO (almost identical with extremely minor variation), the most glaring difference to me is probably the main reason: the ARO coil and wick seems to be built way better than the Kanger counterparts. They seem to use a 3mm wick instead of 2 or 2.5, and on the standard res head (2.4 ohm), I saw a perfect 9 wrap coil with closely-spaced wraps, complete with no-res legs leading right to the wick. Maximum heat to the coil where it needs to be. It sports the same pair of 1 mm filler wicks otherwise. On the Kanger T3 head I’m looking at that measures 2.5 ohm, I see a 6 wrap of much thinner wire with no-res wire that doesn’t go all the way up to the (thinner) wick. Of course, I believe I mentioned the Pyrex tank, correct?
At this moment I’m vaping a 40/60 pg/vg DIY juice that isn’t easy for the Kanger T3 to deal with. In the T3, I can only get away with vaping this sauce at 7.5 watts (with a primer puff every couple of toots) because the wicks can’t keep up if I go much higher, resulting in dry hits. No such issue with the ARO; I’m vaping this at 8.5 watts and have yet to get a dry hit. I went so far as to jack it up to 10 watts and was able to pull 3 consecutive back to back toots before getting a skanky dry hit. The stock T3, as much as I like it, simply can’t deliver such action. Vapor production is great for a BCC device and flavor is a noticable, if not drastic, step up from the Kanger. The draw is airy — similar to the T3 — and so far, after one tank I’ve encountered no gurgles ot leaks. Like the T3, it holds about 2.5 ml and you have no option of using your own mouthpiece, but that doesn’t bother me in the least, especially since, in case I forgot to mention, it’s a T3 form-factor with Pyrex. The mouthpiece is, in fact, a metal chrome-plated job that is actually quite comfortable.
Wrap-up: the ARO rocks, fellow babies — nice clouds and tasty vape-age, plain and simple. I ran another ARO with 70/30 PG/VG at 9 watts without ever getting a dry hit the entire tank. As far as the physics of how these BCC devices work, (negative pressure keeping the juice from running out the bottom) you will likely encounter the occasional bit of bottom leakage & gurgling if going from a very cool room to the hot out-of-doors or if you let the juice level get below about the 1/5 mark or so, just like the Kangers. For me, though, the fact I finally have a T3 style device with a Pyrex tank is awesome. The somewhat better performance is just icing on the cake. Get yourself a few of these bad boys and forget about tank-cracking forever. $7.99 at madvapes; replacement heads are $1.49 each. Note there are two versions of the ARO; one is Pyrex, one is not. Make sure you order the correct one and rock on, citizens!
Can Energy Shisha Give the E-Cig World a Kick of Caffeine?
Electronic cigarettes have been with us for several years now, and other than new e-liquid flavours and different coloured LED tips, there really aren’t anything new and interesting being offered in the e-cig world. Energy Shisha, however, is a definite new kid on the block, offering caffeine hits rather than nicotine hits. The device offers an energy booster in the form of a purple, crystal tipped electronic flavoured cigarette with a caffeine and taurine typically found in energy drinks. People most likely to use this product are students, truckers, clubbers, and anyone who needs a boost when burning the midnight oil. But will Energy Shisha really appeal to people in the same way that electronic cigarettes have?
Electronic cigarettes have been successful (Forbes, ‘Electronic cigarettes Sales Pass $1bn’ 2013) because they fill a need – the need to continue the physical act of smoking whilst avoiding any of the dangerous chemicals inherent in regular tobacco cigarettes. The explosion of the e-cig market has yet to challenge advances made by the energy drinks leviathan. Red Bull – just one of the many energy drinks on sale recorded US sales alone of $3.433 billion dollars, between July 2012 – July 2013 (Energy Fiend, ‘The Top 15 Energy Drink Brands’ 2013).
Energy Shisha are in the business of providing energy and helping to relieve fatigue, just as energy drinks are. Unlike e-cigs, they are not skulking in the shadow of the Food and Drugs Agency in the USA (FDA) and MHRA in the UK. Shisha sticks, like energy drinks, contain no nicotine and no carcinogens, and carry a greater concern with the regulatory bodies as much as energy drinks carry. According to the Energy Shisha website, 300 puffs on a shisha stick is the equivalent affect of drinking 15 regular cans of energy drink (15 standard energy drinks at 80mg/can is 1200mg of caffeine). Smoking caffeine means it goes straight into your system though you’ll notice that the packet cautions “no more than five 3 second puffs per session”.
So what is the low-down on Energy Shisha? First of all, the facts and figures.
- Energy Shisha Box
- Energy Shisha Box
- propylene glycol,
- caffeine (0.3% per ml) and taurine.
- Nicotine free
- Sugar free
- Calorie free
According to the manufacturers, Energy Shisha can boost your performance and keep tiredness and fatigue well at bay. Its ability to enhance sensory activity and increase alertness should certainly benefit students who are up all night studying for coursework (or out nightclubbing), and anyone on the graveyard shift who will appreciate a caffeine kick during break time. It remains to be seen if Energy Shisha will catch the minds (pun intended) of coffee and energy drinkers, but it may have a wide reach considering the device is free of sugar and calories.
The Energy Shisha is available in many nightclubs and music venues throughout the United Kingdom. Expect to see them floating around an all-night dance floor near you. And it won’t just be the clubbers – DJs will no doubt find the devices handy as well as a fashion statement.
The question remains whether or not Energy Shishas will become as commonplace as electronic cigarettes. The energy drink industry has exploded in recent years, with more and more people relying on the quick caffeine hits to help them fight fatigue and conquer the night. The electronic cigarette continues to grow, fighting the regulatory bodies trying to capture the market for cigarettes whilst the energy drink market thunders on. Will the manufactures of e-cigs learn the lesson from the caffeine-hungry masses and jump on the Energy Shisha bandwagon?
This article was written and submitted by David Benjamin from Vape Club, an electronic cigarette brand, with view to becoming a online store for a wide range of e-cigs from individual disposables to fully kitted cig-a-likes starter kits and vaping paraphernalia in the United Kingdom.
E-Cigarettes as Medicines – For and Against
Most of us cannot remember a time when smoking was considered good for you, however at one time it was. Today, everyone knows that smoking is harmful, leading to diseases such as emphysema, heart disease, and cancer. Smoking cessation devices such as nicotine gum and nicotine patches have been rolled out to help addicted smokers give up, often with limited success.
When electronic cigarettes first appeared commercially on the scene, they were hailed as a healthier alternative to smoking – a way for smokers to wean themselves off of their tobacco addiction in a way that mimicked the smoking action they were so accustomed to. The devices produce water vapour rather than smoke, and contain nicotine but none of the myriad harmful toxins of regular cigarettes.
Regulatory bodies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States, and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the United Kingdom have become concerned in recent years that e-cigs should be regulated and, ultimately, classed as medicines.
The MHRA’s concerns are as follows:
- There is no evidence that electronic cigarettes are safe or effective.
- The use of electronic cigarettes in public will make smoking seem far too ‘normal’.
The European Parliament Environmental and Health Committee recently voted in favour of regulating electronic cigarettes as medicinal products from 2016.
The FDA will decide in a month’s time whether to regulate or ban e-cigs in light of concerns aired by medical groups.
According to the FDA:
- The devices could promote smoking amongst young children and teens.
- E-cigarettes are not considered in the same category as nicotine patches and nicotine gum.
Both the US and UK have seen their fair share of nanny state policies over the years. Only last year, the UK’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence suggested that car park charges should be raised to encourage people to walk or cycle on short journeys – a way to counter what government advisors have called the national ‘epidemic’ of obesity. It makes one wonder just who we are voting for – government officials who are concerned about pressing issues like the economy and education, or a horde of mini-despots whose sole purpose is to save us from ourselves?
So, should electronic cigarettes be regulated? Yes – up to a point. The devices should be restricted for use when it comes to pregnant women and children, and, of course, there needs to be assurances as to their quality and safety.
Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe?
One of the biggest issues with the nay-sayers is that the devices contain nicotine and could lead the unwary (e.g. children) to a life of smoking. One could argue that egg-plants also contain nicotine – should they be classed as medicines?
A common misconception about e-cigs is that they were created to help a smoker quit. The idea behind the devices is that a smoker can switch and have a nicotine fix without ingesting harmful chemicals. E-cigs generally contain nicotine, but don’t have any of the harsh toxins that regular cigarettes have.
By and large, regular tobacco cigarettes are really just a recreational drug, though countless studies have proven that they do cause harm. Electronic cigarettes contain none of the harmful chemicals that cause medical problems, and have been taken up by millions of smokers in the US, UK, and around the world, as an alternative to smoking. Ask any committed ‘vaper’ if their health has improved and they will invariably say ‘yes’.
The classification of e-cigs as medicines will become a reality. What will be the impact?
Professor Peter Hajek, director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary’s University of London, says “Compared with hypothetical risks that seem unlikely in view of current knowledge about e-cigarettes, we know that the product e-cigarettes are replacing is seriously dangerous. If any new risks emerge, then appropriately tighter regulation can be implemented.”
Professor Hajek argues that placing e-cigarettes under the same regulation as medical devices now is likely to lead to increased costs and less product innovation, which could ultimately lead to a ‘winning situation for the tobacco industry’.
He asserts that undue regulation of e-cigarettes would protect the market monopoly of cigarettes and have the potential consequences of disease in and death of millions of smokers who suddenly found that obtaining e-cigarettes had become too complicated.
While it is true that we don’t know the long-term effects of the use of electronic cigarettes, the fact remains that we do know the effects of tobacco cigarettes. When measured against each other, the negative aspects of tobacco smoking far outweigh the so-called harm of electronic smoking devices.
This article is submitted by Mark from Vapourlites.com, following the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency decision to classify electronic cigarettes in the UK. Feeling s are mixed and he summarizes the range of attitudes towards electronic cigarettes in the UK with a touch of his own.
I see plenty of people that have lots of questions about dripping.
For me that is pretty much the only way i vape, i prefer the taste, and the act of dripping.
First off, why should you learn how to drip.
Dripping is the best way to try new flavors. also, it can save you on juice, so that way if you have a tiny amount of juice, you can use it slowly. Also, the flavor is so much better!
I drip because I think it tastes better and i can change the flavor very quickly. Plus i believe that it has saved me on juice.
Now here is how you do it, to me it is VERY simple, so if i miss anything, let me know!
you can do it the VERY easy way, get a pack of atomizers and a nice drip tip or two. When you pick your flavor, you might want to drip about 4 drops, then drip one or 3 more when the flavor and vapor drops off, BEFORE you get the burnt taste. Doing that takes a bit to get the hang of.
There are different types of attys. I have personally only used regular 510 attys, and bridgeless attys. I prefer bridgeless. i understand that the h357 is a drippers dream and last a long time, but they are about $20 a piece, so I have not tried one yet.
When it comes to drip shields IMO they are more for fashion, but are useful I have never needed to use one.
There are diffferent types of drip tips. Drip tips come in many different materials and shapes. It mostly matters to how it looks on your PV and how it feels in your mouth. My 2 favorites are a clear glass, and a stailness steal vase one.
Now onto RBAs once you feel comfortable with dripping and have something that can read ohms ( i use my vamo for this) you can and should go onto RBAs.
I feel that RBAs are cost effective and surivalistic. plus they are customizable.
The one that is recommended to new people is the phoenix. It’s a great starter, and is not expensive. The only issue with it is that the holes are very small, so if you have bad eye site, you might need a magnifying glass.
Right now i use the igo mini ss with kanthal and ss mesh.
I prefer rbas that have holes in the posts…
There are so many different materials that you can use to make you wick and coil.
on the coil, most people use kanthal, some use nichrome. I have not use nichrome yet, but is is cheaper. When it comes to the guages, it is what is easier to work with , most prefer 32.
For the wick, silica is a favorite. It is easy to use and wicks well. I have heard that long time inhaling silica is not good for you, so if you only use RBas, i would not use silica all the time. Good news is you can use LOTS of other things. I have used boiled cotton yarn and ss mesh. You can also use hemp cotton balls bamboo and plenty of other things. Before you use other materials please ask around to make sure it is safe and that you prepare it correclty.
when it comes to mesh, oxidizing it made me nervous, building my own coils sounded hard at the beggining to even. Trust me if I can do it YOU can do it! There are plenty of videos out there.
What i do with my mesh is soak it in unflavored juice, and burn that off 3 to 5 times. It gets rid of possible ickies on it and gets rid of that metallic taste.
Now if all of this sounds like too much, but you still want that clean flavor, you can try contraptions like the D.O.D. they IMO look funny, but can are designed so that you don’t have to drip, and sometimes you might get liquid in your mouth, this makes sure that NEVER happens. When it comes to getting hot liquid in your mouth it happens to me VERY infequently , so IMHO there is no need to really worry. When you drip, if you do not take off the tip like me, blow into it and wipe off the top.
Plenty of people think that dripping is a pain while at work or in public. I have found ways around that.
I have a little keychain pouch where i keep 2 2.5ml bottles of juice and an extra atty. I personally do not care what people think, drug test me lol i have not done any drugs in 3+ years, so a UA would mean getting paid to pee. oh, and when it comes to leaking, only drip a couple of drips then vape, then a couple more. This might be when a dripshield is useful.
I hope that this helps! I think that knowing how to drip will making vaping more enjoyable!
Over the weekend we at NicXvapor were glad to be a part of the first WV Vape Meet. While, due to internal schedule changes, we were only able to attend on Saturday it was a trip we were glad we made.
It wasn’t a large meet but the turnout exceeded all expectations. We got to meet so many great people including ECA’s Demonfire, show a lot of what we had to offer and spread the word about ECA! It’s always a pleasure to meet with other members, vapers and vendors face to face. Everyone we got to speak with, customers and vendors alike, was very nice.
The raffles at this meet were very impressive. Everything from Protanks and Spinners to Evics and full kits. It was a crazy spread of hardware! I enjoyed discussing various mods, RBA’s and cartomizers with our visitors and assisting those that are still fairly early in their vaping journey. There was a lot of great info flying all over. I got to educate others and further my own education as well which always makes these things so much more fun.
Beyond the meet itself, the drive from Winchester, KY to Charleston, WV was beautiful. We had perfect road trip weather and as badly as I was itching for such a drive it really did the trick.
I want to give a special thanks to Kat for putting everything together. It was her first time organizing a meet and you’d never know it. She did a wonderful job. We at NicXvapor look forward to her future vape meets and will attend as many of them as we can.
Check out the West Virginia Vapers page on FB.
Well I started my journey with Halo and shortly after ecig advanced. I want to thank you all for making my journey a great one.
I found the tobacco flavor a good start since that is what i was trying to quit. I wasted some money …checked out some blogs…but it was ecig advanced that kept my attention.
I was blessed to be in on the VFF store. I discovered that Halo wasn’t the only place in town that had some great juice. I was able to try new things without cost. The contests are awesome. But most of all the friendships and sharing info has made it worth staying.
In Sept. I will have made it a year. They say that after a year the body starts to recover some.
Well Since i have quit analogs this is what I have noticed by my doctors reports and observations of others.
1. I breathe better.
2. My lungs sound better (no wheezing anymore)
3. My bone scan actually improved.
4. I expect on my anniversary a repeat of the lung test so will have to let you know about that one. But It showed I had the beginning of copd. Bet its more improved!!
5. I feel better which is the important thing. I don’t feel like I am missing anything. I have dropped my nic level to 6mg now.
6. Family and friends say the weight I have gained looks good. That I actually look healthier. I think I could loose ten but I had gotten quite small at that point.
I do not plan on going back. I don’t know if I will ever quit vaping but I might shoot for the zero nic level one day. The doctor wants me to. I think I have come a long long way if i never get off the nic. For me I think its actually the motion of smoking more than the nic itself.
Hope everyone is as successful as i have been.
Lets keep helping each other and building friendships. Thanks ecig advanced for letting me be a part of your great blogging site. (voted #1 last year for a reason)
I’ve been smoke-free for three months and eight days, thanks in no small part to the community at Ecigadvanced. I’ve experienced pretty much the same improvements to my health that most others who’ve made the switch report. I breath better, cough less and my blood pressure has gone down dramatically. I even lost a few pounds without trying at all. Vaping satifies my sweet tooth and I don’t think about an after dinner snack so often. It was a pleasant surprise to see such clear improvement in such a short time, but what I really didn’t expect was a major attitude adjustment.
It is constantly impressed upon smokers that they are killing themselves. There’s a steady drumbeat of public service announcements, the admonishments from health professionals, family, friends and even total strangers. What smoker has not had the experience of going outside for cigarette and having a passerby stop to point out what a terrible habit smoking is? Actually, most smokers probably have that experience at least once a week. Probably more. I doubt I’m alone in that, after decades of this kind of input, I thought of myself as a person without willpower and seriously lacking in self-control and also doomed. There didn’t seem to be a lot of point in adopting eating well or doing much else in the health department since smoking was going to put me in an early grave no matter what else I did. If those thoughts got me down, I’d just turn to my other vice – chocolate – to cheer up.
After I’d been vaping for about a month I got the results of some routine blood tests. They showed that I was near deficient in a couple of important vitamins, my lipids were bad and I was exactly one point below entry level diabetic. Given my health habits none of this was really a surprise, but it was a wake-up call. With the smoking monkey off my back there seemed to be so much more point to addressing these conditions. Whatsmore, what previously seemed impossible hasn’t even been difficult. I severed my relationship with Little Debbie and gave up almost all sugar. If I must snack, it’s on granola bars or whole grain crackers. Most nights I eat lots of roasted vegetables and a small amount of lean meat or, more often, fish for supper. I can even walk past Entenmann’s half price sales and hardly be tempted. I don’t know if you have Entenmann’s where you are, but if you don’t, believe me, that’s an accomplishment. I remember to take the vitamin supplements that I always used to forget. I’ve lost a bunch of weight, but I don’t consider that I’m on a diet at all. I’m just eating differently and I have no doubt that it’s a permanent change. I don’t feel deprived at all. I just feel better. And it started with vaping.
Up ’til now, when people have succeeded in quitting smoking, it was just expected that there’d be a second struggle to follow in losing the weight gain that so often came with kicking the habit. For me, vaping has completey turned that paradigm on its head. I’d think that if it’s happened for me, it’s probably happening for a lot of others as well. I hope so.
Have any of you ever wondered “Do I make a difference?”. Well, it’s been one of those little things that has pecked at me for years for whatever reason. Now I don’t want that to sound like a depressing statement because it isn’t in the least, it’s simply something I have been reflecting on over the last several years of my life. Sure I have been a great friend to many, been there for others in times of need and had people I loved and cared about. To me though that was just how life is supposed to be or at least how I was raised. I still felt like “something” was missing. Now was I wanting to be someone in the history books that left a legacy? No. I just felt like I need to be doing more but never knew what.
Growing up I never had ambitions to be an astronaut, a fireman or police officer. A lot of my friends did. Was I weird? I had ambitions to be a DJ, but that was for me 🙂 So I grew up, graduated high school, went to 2 years of college and then upon taking a pause, I started working for a real estate title company to earn a little more money. I thought that would last maybe a year and I would resume to finish my studies. Well as life happens, in the midst of that, I found out I was going to be a father. Now that in itself is awesome, amazing and I couldn’t be more proud of my son. It did however put me in a position to continue working to be the parent I needed to be. I had financial obligations that just had to be met and I never returned to college.
Flash forward several years. In the real estate closing process of things I found I had a gift of my interactions with people of all backgrounds, heritage, age, color etc. For whatever reason I was able to talk to anyone and within the course of most closings, I knew things about their life, family, work or what had them down. My office couldn’t comprehend it. I am not saying this to be arrogant, but everyone seemed to love me. This was when I found out I had a gift of gab. The ability to immediately make anyone comfortable. It was so much that when a broker had a breakdown in communication with their clients, they would actually call me for advice. It was crazy. Now you probably wonder where I am going with this. Well, I loved my people but I still felt like I was just “doing my job”, nothing special, nothing overly rewarding but I was making a solid salary and eventually moved on to managing offices and trying to pass down what I did to others. It still wasn’t enough. Then comes the recession. Oh no, right? You know how the housing market went with that and before I could blink, my office was closed. In that time, I lost the house, the girl, both cars (but kept the dog!). I couldn’t find work anywhere! Well, a person does what they have to do, so I went from over 60k a year (which really felt like more since I had literally no debt) to working part time at a grocery store fuel center. It was an eye opener for sure, but still my customers loved me! I was just a pump attendant…why did they love to chat so much, hah!
This last year I was given an opportunity to be back in my old field and was happy to accept it. However, my faith in the industry and how it treated me left me feeling scared almost on a daily basis. Now in the midst of this I had a boss that allowed me to vape (see…I was getting there!) and more days than not, people would come in and ask “what is that on your desk?” Next thing you know, I am engaging in conversations about electronic cigarettes several times a week. I started requesting extra vendor cards with my orders so I could pass these along to people. God only knows how many cards or websites I passed along. Then comes my night life. We have a fairly crowded club/country bar here and next thing you know the same thing starts happening. Every night I went, people would come to me with questions, wanting to know if they really work and tell their stories of failed attempts at quiiting smoking. Again, passed out cards like crazy! Now before you know it this is happening to me when I would go out to eat, on my way into a wal-mart and it dawned on me….I could do this! I have no idea how much revenue I may or may not have generated for others from all I have shared, but why not let it be me? I now found out I was more than passionate about what helped me kick a 20 year habit, then I realized… I started remembering how good I felt every time I gave out one of those cards and always hoping “I really hope they succeed!” My God..this is what I WANT to do!
Before I write a book, the moral of this story is, I guess sometimes things like this aren’t meant to be searched for in our lives. I think they fall into place when they are meant to. Some of you may have seen my posts, but I have now started to build my own business. Small right now but you have to crawl before you can walk as they say! It may take months or maybe even years to grow, but I am more thrilled over this venture than I can begin to express. Now while I am not a doctor, I feel like by doing this and if I do it well, I can possibly open up the avenue of vaping to so many people and quite possibly be adding years to their lives. Do you know how HUGE that feels? To think in even some little teenie tiny way I could be helping share something so that people could spend better and longer lives with their family and loved ones? It may sound silly, but when I think of the long term potential, it’s mind boggling. Not to mention I am not just “doing a job”, I am sharing something I stand behind, that I personally use and that I feel has changed my life for the better in numerous ways. Truth be told, I am not able to truly put it all into words how it all makes me feel but I know it’s all VERY VERY good.
They say you are suppose to take the good from the bad and that at most times never made sense to me. I was a 20 year smoker and up to 2 packs a day…so that’s the bad. I found a means to quit through vaping (and obviously here posting due to my love and support that is found here)…and there came the good. One wouldn’t have come without the other. Had you asked me 10 years ago did I ever see myself in sales or especially something like this I would have giggled – yet here I am living a healthier life, happy, and looking forward for the the first time in ages to the road ahead. Now while I really just wanted to get this all off my chest and it’s been a bit since I posted a blog, sharing all of this feels just amazing. Regardless, it was nice to share small bits and pieces of things in my life and how I feel with all of you! Vaping does indeed change lives and obviously in more ways than I expected when I began! Thanks for letting me chatter away!
We all already know about the vast influx of e cigarette website, mall stands, and stores. Whether you’re watching the terrible Courtney Love NJoy ad on Youtube or reading on the forums about the new Kanger T3S (which I’m pretty excited about!), you know that the business itself is booming. In fact, a good entrepreneur knows that this is THE perfect time to jump into the business. Brick and Mortar stores are becoming more common. Sites such as JWraps give you customization options that didn’t exist a while back. I’ve heard rumors of a vaping bar opening up in my city.
These successes are thrilling for the vaping community. Our sense of camaraderie is only fortified by the development of the industry. But with booming business comes opposition. As we all already know, the FDA is still working on its regulations. The stigma of “electronic smoke” isn’t quite gone yet. And for goodness’ sake, most of our mods still come from China!
This is a pivotal time for vaping. Every incident that happens will be crucial, every victory substantial, and every blow severe. Stay alert and vape on!