I’ve smoked since I was 12. Started when I found I wouldn’t get sick on the second-hand smoke from my parents cigarettes. After 42 years of smoking my lungs protested violently. I’ve tried every form of NRT (the gum works, sort-of as a short-term (hours) substitute), but couldn’t stick with them and always ended up smoking again. Knowing I had to kick the burning leaf I researched e-cigarettes through CASAA and, using the advice of the fellowship at E-Cigarette Forum, made a committed purchase of equipment. It takes a (very) little while to learn to ‘vape’; once some skill is acquired it becomes natural. In short order I found the burning leaf intolerable, preferring my e-cigarettes instead.
After three months, I went for a visit with my doctor. He immediately commented on how much better I looked, and after giving me the once-over how much better my chest sounded. While I’ll always have stage I COPD due to the emphysema the chronic bronchitis flares very rarely now. Heavy concentrations of cigarette smoke will set it off as will seasonal allergies. However, being in our local e-cigarette shop does NOT cause a flare up! I’m impressed as there is usually a large number of fellow ‘vapers’ gathered and the clouds, were they cigarette smoke, would certainly cause a flare.
It is now many years since my last tobacco cigarette (9/27/12), I’ve reduced the strength of nicotine from 24mg/ml to 3mg/ml and I am comfortable and much healthier. Thanks to the free availability of an electronic vapor alternative I am tobacco free for the longest I have ever been. I don’t smell awful, I don’t hack constantly, I can taste and smell subtleties I’ve missed while smoking and I spend a fraction of what I paid for tobacco products or prescription NRT.
My vaping equipment list has grown and changed as I’ve become more experienced and developed my tastes. I have several flavors developed that please me and will likely keep me entertained should the Vaping Apocalypse come to pass. I am a member of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA), was invited to serve on the board, and elected vice-president. My passion for smoke-free alternatives keeps me fighting so that others have the same opportunity I had to get free of the smoke.
In Real Life I retired from my first career of 25+ years engineering software and hardware solutions as a consultant and entrepreneur to become an award winning Trauma/Surgical nurse working at a Level I trauma center located in the heart of fly-over country for the last 10 years. Married twice, widowed once, I am truly a twice-blessed man. I share my space with the second love of my life, and a large orange Tabby cat named Schrodinger, plus three dogs: Gizmo (Chorkie), Boudie (Choodle) and Josie (Yorkie). When I’m not spending my time working or being a canine entertainment device, I blog on things political, philosophical and poetic here: The Adventures of a Reluctant Thaumaturge. I also can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
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