I want to evangelise at you. Today I'm going to tell you all about Vaping and how it changed my life.
I don't know if many or any of you were aware but I have smoked all my adult life. Since I was 16. A twenty a day habit. One before I did anything in the morning, and last thing at night and a couple every hour in between. I never smoked around my kids, but took myself outside to smoke then, so as not to endanger them... but I didn't hide it from them and it wasn't long before Chloe, aged about 3 started walking around the house with a pen hanging out of her mouth pretending it was her cigarette. Disgusting. I could not stop. Over the years I've tried gum, patches, inhalators, all to no avail and I resigned myself to being a smoker for the rest of my (vastly shortened) life.
Don't get me wrong, I liked smoking. I still do like smoking. I like the smell of cigarettes, I like the action of smoking, I like the experience, but I simply didn't want to smoke any more for a variety of reasons. I was scared of dying young and leaving my kids behind, every time I got a cold and cough it stuck around far longer than it should have done, going out in the cold and rain to have a cigarette wasn't pleasant and although I do like the smell of cigarettes I can't bear the smell of stale smoke, and worse, I couldn't bear the thought of other people smelling it on me.
So one night a friend came round and bought with her an electronic cigarette, it looked like she was smoking, there was smoke and everything, except she wasn't. I had a go, it felt like smoking, except it wasn't. It was vapour, and nicotine. It wasn't carbon monoxide, it wasn't benzene or formaldehyde, or ammonia, or acetone or tar or hydrogen cyanide or any of the other vile ingredients you get when you smoke a real cigarette. It dawned on me that since I loved smoking so much and it was a habit I couldn't stop, then this might just work for me, so when I spotted a deal on Groupon for a E-cig starter kit, I bought it. That was one year ago. The day the kit turned up was the last time I smoked a real cigarette. I've not even been tempted. And that is why I'm evangelical about these. If you smoke, if you fear you'll never give up, then give these a go.
Now there are lots of electronic cigarettes on the market and they all vary slightly. There are different strengths of nicotine and you can plump for zero nicotine if you want to have the sensation of smoking but give up nicotine along with all the other harmful ingredients.
The first brand I tried, looks just like a normal cigarette, with the white section being your battery and the orange filter section being the active bit, and its the orange bit that you need to replace (although the battery also needs replacing every few months or so depending on your use). The orange bits (cartomizers) come in several different flavours, tobacco, menthol, coffee, chocolate, cherry, vanilla... coffee being my favourite and one cartomizer is the equivalent of up to 40 cigarettes depending on your usage and a box of five of these cartomizers is about £9. So... quite a lot cheaper than cigarettes or indeed tobacco.
And so it was that I came to accept the Vapestick as a sample recently. A different type of electronic cigarette.
So I've decided I'm going to keep both of my e-cigs going, I'll keep the fab Vapestick for when I'm at home and the other brand for when I'm out and about because I think I'd feel very self conscious out and about with the Vapestick.
I'm hoping Vapestick consider adding some more flavours to the range soon. But I'll stick with them anyway because I think it's great. I will also subscribe once I've moved house, so I just get regular deliveries.
If you smoke, and you really wish you didn't, and wanted to stop, or if you are just sick and tired of being sent outside to smoke, get yourself a Vapestick, there's no smoke, that means its safe and entirely legal to "smoke" anywhere at all.
There's no doubt about it, Vaping (the act of inhaling vapour) has saved my life.
Thank you very much to the lovely people at Vapestick for the sample.
Oh and if you're interested, if you buy a start up kit, you get a whole lot for your money. Everything you need to get you started, chargers, batteries, sample pack of ten Cartridges, charger, atomizers...
*Disclosure - PR Sample*