Wednesday, 27 January 2016

One Year Smoke Free and Final Words

Yes, folks, one year ago I had my last cigarette and not a single puff since then.

It was an interesting journey.

I was a pack-a-day smoker for 35 years who was diagnosed with early stages of COPD. That's when I decided to quit smoking for the first time. I tried almost every cessation method available (gums, patches, counselling, acupancture, etc) and none of them worked. I thought that I was doomed until I tried e-cigarette and miracle happened, I never touched a cigarette again. My first device was Aspire Premium kit with Nautilus Mini tank and variable voltage battery. I also tried a variety of smaller (cigarette alike) products but didn't like those.
Although the starter kit helped me to battle cravings for a cigarette smoke I still was missing a good cigar. But then I quickly learned how to rebuild the atomiser by making my own coils and wicks and purchased a more advanced tank - Kayfun 4. This significantly improved my vaping experience, the vape became dense, saturated with flavour.  I also moved to making my own  e-liquids where I can control ingredients, flavour and nicotine levels. As of today, I am very happy with my hardware and home made juice.

I am not sure if I will keep posting on this blog as it has served its purpose, so some final thoughts.

1. I don't see myself quitting vaping anytime soon. Smoker is a smoker for life and I still have cravings. Not too often and not too intense, but still have them once in a while.
2. Harm Reduction. There are tons of completely false, not scientifically proved  articles painting vaping as harmful as smoking tobacco. If you are looking for a true story read real studies. There is a reason why Public Health England concluded that vaping is 95% safer than smoking. I will continue to publish studies at VAPENEWS HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
3. Where to buy. Nothing helps more with choosing the right device than a knowledgeable sales person in a good old brick-n-mortar store. Ask for a demo. Here, in GTA, I can recommend DashVapes. Great selection and very helpful staff.
4. First Vape. Start with an authentic kit from a well-known company (like Joyetech, Aspire, Kanger or Innokin) and neutral / mint e-liquid with an adequate level of nicotine, don't go too low at the beginning.
5. Safety. Don't assume that all available products are completely safe to use for a novice, especially unregulated mechanical mods. Know your gear.
6. Where to learn. I recommend to join ECF and ask questions, you will get a lot of help there. Watch Phil Busardo on youtube, great stuff.
7. Don't wait. I have no doubt that industry is still in its infancy and we will see better, safer and more technologically advanced devices soon, but don't wait, quit smoking today.

All of the above is just my personal opinion, do your own research and enjoy the vape!

All the best, Victor

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