Hey all -- as the title implies, I haven't been vaping long. I got my KR808D-1 PCC starter kit three days ago and I love it. I was a little nervous about the whole cartomizer thing, but people aren't kidding when they say that it's a breeze to refill them. Anyway, I just wanted to give my two cents...
I heard about e-cigs on the news when they first came out. I thought it sounded like a nice idea and all, but I figured that in reality they would have little (if any) similarity to the actual experience of smoking and could only help you quit if you were already very determined (I imagined a Nicitrol inhaler with an LED and perhaps a tiny wisp of "smoke" for novelty). Now, I've never liked being a smoker. Don't get me wrong -- obviously I enjoyed smoking or I wouldn't have gone through so much effort and expense just to shorten my life span by a few years. Still, I've always hated the smell of cigarette smoke and shudder at the thought of nasty teeth. Most of all, however, most of my friends that smoked quit or moved away, and everyone close to me absolutely hated it. As a result, I spent the last couple years like some kind of nicotine ninja, sneaking around in the shadows trying to find enough time and ventilation to sneak a drag whenever I could. You'd think that would be enough motivation to quit, but I'm the sort that when I pick up a habit, I pick it up for good. I've tried patches and gum, but in the end I'd always give up after realizing that a golf ball sized wad of nicorette made my cigarette butt get all slobbery.
This is getting kind of long (good job if you've made it this far!), so I'll get to the point. I live in Seattle, and every time the city and/or state need to raise some revenue, they turn to tobacco. The state legislature is in the process of adding another $1 per pack cigarette tax, and that will mean that a cheap pack of cigarettes is going to be just under $8 in Seattle. I knew I wouldn't really quit, so if I didn't find something to replace it I was going to be shelling out well over $70 a week for something I didn't really want to do in the first place. I started doing research on this site and others and decided to go for it. It's only been 3 days, but much to my own amazement, I haven't even wanted to reach for a cigarette, despite the fact that I've got a half pack sitting in my car! I went into this planning to use the e-cig to wean myself off gradually, but it just hasn't been an issue. In fact, I'm actually not crazy about any of the flavors that I bought with my starter kit, but they still work, meaning it can only get better from here! I did smoke a bit less than half of a cigarette this morning because wasn't able to charge the e-cig's batteries last night, but I found it so nasty compared to vaping that I couldn't finish it, and that's after only two days of vaping flavors that I don't love. So yeah, despite being a true skeptic, e-cigs are so amazing that after giving them a shot, I am accidentally quitting real cigarettes.
If you made it this far, I commend you. If you made it this far and you're still wondering whether e-cigs can really be as great as everyone says and help you stop smoking, well, you're pretty thick if you can't figure out how I'd answer that.