I smoked a pack a day for more than 20 years.
If you are a smoker and thinking about quitting, my one and only secret weapon has been the E-cigarette, otherwise known as "vapeing". I've been using ecigs since I quit and I've really never looked back.
- The company I use is called Vapor4Life. (It's local to Chicago)
- E-cigs are used with water vapor, flavoring and nicotine (three ingredients you can pronounce without difficulty) which is why it's not harmful to the environment or other people.
- I spend less than half of what I spent on cigarettes a month.
- I had no side effects when I switched.
- There is nicotine in the liquid used to fill the filter and it can be adjusted in lower doses until there is no nicotine. (This is why there are no side effects.)
Basically the E-cigarette itself consists of a battery which looks like the white part of a cigarette, and the filter - what they call a cartomizer - which can be taken off so the battery can be recharged on a charger which can either be plugged into the wall or a USB charger attached to your computer. The cartomizers come in different flavors including regular smoke flavors, full flavor, lights, menthol etc., but also in other flavors such as mint, chocolate, caramel, cappuccino, and various fruit flavors.
There are many variations on the market and companies coming out of the wordwork presenting the same product. You want to make sure whatever company you choose will guarantee the quality of their products. Here is a chart that can give you an idea about a few of the companies out there and help you narrow your choices..
|Chart provided by the Vapor4Life website.|
My Electronic Cigarette Review:
I was introduced to Vapor4Life by my brother-in-law who was using ecigs and being that he was successful, he urged me to try it and let me use one of his batteries while he was visiting for the weekend. I did not smoke a regular cigarette the whole visit. Before he left, he helped me put an order in for a kit. You guys, those few days it took for the products to ship were the only days in my smoking career that I can honestly say I DIDN'T LIKE smoking. For someone who always enjoyed smoking, I didn't like the taste of a regular cigarette after smoking the E-Cig.
I started on the highest strength nicotine and have since worked my way down to about half strength. I enjoy using this product with the peace of mind that I'm not harming myself with the thousands of chemicals that are in a regular cigarette. My clothes don't smell, I feel better about what I'm putting in my body and my kids don't miss me because I'm out having a smoke. There are days that I don't even pick it up - those days are occasional because I do enjoy the product but I feel like the urge is not the same.
This product does not work for everyone - my husband also tried it shortly after I first started and once since then with no luck. It can be used to help quit smoking or just in place of it which is what I'm doing. I think the bottom line to quitting smoking is that you really want to stop smoking more than you want to smoke. If you think you might be in that place and need some help, I would recommend this alternative. It might work for you like it has for me.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments - or you can email me. Have you tried quitting? What stop smoking aid have you used?