I smoked for many years and started when I was very young. The first couple years weren’t so bad. I was cool and I was hip. However, after several years the effects of daily smoking started to sneak up on me. I seem to get shorter breath more easily and have to clear my throat more often. I had a little less energy, difficulty smoking where I wanted to with the smoking bans coming into place and truthfully, it was costing me a lot more to smoke than it was to put gas in my car.
I’m not sure how I avoided it but I never developed the more serious complications of smoking such as lung cancer, emphysema or any of the other side effects that you can get from continual smoking. My doctor was constantly telling me I needed to quit and about two years ago he gave me some information on electronic cigarettes. I was getting a little scared of the possible side effects and they looked interesting, but I had already switched to later brands and tried to quit all my own, tried the gum, tried the patch and nothing worked. I wasn’t sure anything would work.
In looking over the literature I saw that it would be very much like traditional smoking, I would still have the nicotine affect without the harmful tar, plus they have an electronic light on the end. It looked like a really good idea that could work for me. After a little research, I saw that many companies offered a starter kit which seemed reasonable to me. For under $50 I got an electronic cigarette and inhalers and some juice. I didn’t know it came in different flavors. Wow! Now that’s something I didn’t really have a lot of selection with when smoking the traditional cigarette.
Excited, I unpacked the box put everything together and took my first puff. I immediately started coughing. I guess I expected it to taste just like cigarette smoke but it didn’t. It was different but better. It even smelled nice. The vapor was a really nice odor that didn’t linger and invade the room.
I used them religiously over the next couple of weeks because to be honest, I really enjoyed that more than I did the traditional cigarette. At least I thought I did. I enjoyed vaping, but just to be sure, I decided to have a regular cigarette. I deliberately lit one and took a puff and oh my God, it was so awful! Since that day I have never touched a traditional cigarette and I’ve noticed improvements in my health, my sense of taste and smell changed and improved. I just can’t recommend them enough to anyone who’s on the fence about whether to switch.