Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I Don't Smoke. I Vape.

Last Friday I bought an e-cigarette at my local liquor store (from a local company, no less). I chose the liquid variety over the cartridge because the girl at the tobacco store said she preferred the ones next door at the liquor store, and said the cartridges aren't always interchangeable, but the liquids are. Anyway, for a total of $55 I got the e-cigarette, which came with a charger and small bottle of liquid ("American Mix" flavor), and added a $10 bottle of "3&5," a "tobacco" flavor. The bottles supposedly last about two weeks. That seems about right based on how much I've used so far, but we'll see.

Anyway...that was expensive, for me, but I'm ready to quit and I liked the fact that this way, I could still inhale something. So far...I'm pleasantly surprised. That's an understatement: I'm excited. I had no luck at all with gum (or cold turkey) and I don't even care if I'm addicted to nicotine for the rest of my life at this point: I just want to quit smoking. I now "vape," apparently; I am a vaper. I enjoy vaping.

I feel like I'm cheating, though, because I really don't feel like I quit smoking. It feels enough like smoking that I, a heavy smoker, find it an appealing substitute. In case you don't know, it's actually water vapor (that contains flavors and nicotine) that you're inhaling. I'm on what will be my second full day, and haven't had a cigarette for about 54 hours, I guess. I haven't really even wanted one. I consider that a major step forward, even if it creates a vaping dependency.

Of course vaping comes with its own set of expenses (which would seem to be a lot cheaper than smoking, after a much higher start-up cost) and maintenance. You've got to keep the battery charged, and you have to fill it up with the liquid (you drip it into a foam reservoir with an eye-dropper thingy). But it works, so it's worth it. I can already see where, once you were committed to vaping, you'd want to pick up a second e-cigarette and maybe try some of the weird flavors.

Maybe it's too early to cry triumph, but I have every good reason to think this is going to make me a non-smoker. I may be a vaper, but it's better than...well, a lot of horrible things.

Just call me Darth Vaper.

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