That's the other benefit to the e-cigs. They're A LOT cheaper after the initial investment of $50 or so on a machine, spare parts, liquids ect. They pretty much pay for themselves after a month, then they're like 50-80% cheaper than regular cigs after that.
$10 a pack! That's about what they're up to in Chicago last time I went out there. Unbelievable! I remember when I first started really smoking at age 18 you could get a pack of Marlboros for around $3.25. Now they're twice that.
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I just had to read this because I've never heard of the word, 'Vape'. I tried smoking when I was like 15. All I got out of it was a headache and a sore throat, which is the same thing I get when in the airspace of someone who smokes. My dad smoked Camel non-filter cigarettes for 40 years. He had quadruple-pass surgery and several heart attacks. He died from kidey failure. I just don't cigarettes beyond fitting in or being cool... which I don't and am not!
Yeah, I don't do it because it's cool anymore. I do it because I'm addicted to them.
Even the e-cigs aren't good for you. Nicotine is a vasodialator and raises blood pressure temporarily.
But it's 99% better for you than regular cigs (which I still smoke, albeit less frequently), with all the tar and carcinogens. Plus it's a hell of a lot cheaper, and you can do it indoors.
Nicotine is profoundly addicting and I have waltzed around with quitting over and over. I don't think vapeing is the answer. I tried it, and didn't care for it. I have friends who use this, and I notice they seem to have the thing in their mouth A LOT. Higher dosages are available, and escalation seems inevitable. Since the drug is cheaper this way, it's easy to become more deeply addicted so I feel that this is not a good way to go if you want to quit. I'm down to 3 cigs a week, and have smoked a pack a day for over 40 years. Cold turkey is probably the best way to go with this, but I realize how hard this really is to do but you MUST CONSTANTLY fight the addiction! Weaning off to almost nothing will make it easier.
As a smoker, you know there are times you can't smoke, and you don't die if you can't. You tell yourself "I can have one later on" Quitting just means you extend your ability to have one later, to MUCH later. This might sound trite, but it is the best headset I have ever found for reducing and eventually eliminating the habit. I'm almost there.
Maybe you tried before and couldn't quit, but don't buy into the headset that you are necessarily going to go through hell again and fail in the end. Mental attitude is important and if you believe you will go through hell, it will become a self fulfilling prophesy. Don't embrace the negative.
Here in NY, smokers are cows for the State. I hate this, and so I will use my hate to deny the State my milk. If I have to give up smoking, at least this brings deep satisfaction.
I hear what your saying. I have quit before and gone back to them within months. For me it's about the psychological habit as much as the nicotine addiction. The e-cig for me fulfills both. I agree that you could be on the e-cig and still be completely addicted to nicotine, even getting more nicotine than you would with smoking cigarettes with the higher dose liquids (36 mg is the highest I've seen) and "chain vaping". Even then it's way cheaper and way safer than smoking. It's kind of a win-win thing.
Me personally I don't want to be sucking on this thing forever so I started on the 18 mg liquid and in a few months I'll reduce it down. Then again in another few months, ect. until I get down to 0 mg nicotine free liquid. I figure by then it won't have much hold over me and I can gradually get rid of my "pacifier". It's a process- hell, I'm still smoking regular cigs along with the thing now, just not nearly as many.
Worst case scenario is you get addicted to the e-cig. Still beats dying of emphysema, COPD, heart attack, stroke or cancer. Plus when cigarettes hit $10 a pack nationwide you can just laugh about it.
All this is just my opinion based on my initial experiences, though. I could still change my mind about the whole thing . I say that after breaking the atomizer on mine trying to "clean" it. It's a learning experience getting used to them and they do require some maintenance. You definetly want spare parts for these things laying around in case something breaks or runs out, especially if you're using it as a nicotine replacement. It's not like you can run to the corner store and get a new atomizer, LOL.
Last edited by FlyedPiper; 08-16-2010 at 10:55 AM.
Just saw this and thought of you ;D
"Today, my new $100 electronic cigarette came in the mail. I was so excited to try it out, so I used it on the drive to work. The company wasn't kidding when they said it looked and felt real. I threw it out the window when I was done. I watched the car behind me run it over. FML"
Originally Posted by i<3carnivores
LOL. That's an expensive way to use them.
Originally Posted by awgaupp