It might be "too neat", as you say, but probably essentially correct.
Originally Posted by Heed
As an "under 10 mg/day" analog smoker, I managed to outright quit cold turkey several times over the nearly 30 year relationship I've had with smoking and nicotine... once for 8 years solid.
I would imagine that among smokers who have managed to simply quit tobacco and nicotine completely for any extended length of time, there might be observed a trend in the success-rate inversely proportional to the daily nicotine dosage.
Honestly, when I smoked and didn't get my fix for a day or two, I wasn't all that fuzzy or irritable from it... it was quite bearable. We can also see nicotine addiction reflected in our morning habits. I know many low dose smokers who might not have their first cigarette until noon, and others who only smoke on breaks at work, but not at home or on the weekends.
Absolutely, something sets these smokers apart from the hardcore nicotine addicts. I liked to say that my smoking was 20% physical and 80% habit. My ex-wife would say that her smoking is 100% physical and 100% habit. She never was that good with math.
I actually went into vaping pretty much a doubting thomas. I smoked 30-40 analogs a day, full flavor. The first day of vaping 26mg I was high as a kite, heart racing, dizzy, and had the shakes. I was convinced I was going to have to reduce the mg, after 2 days I actually was no longer experiencing what I still think was a nic OD. I have tryed a couple of analogs and noted no difference in effect, just that they tasted like shiite. Others say they have to vape constantly or vaping does not satisfy them. Maybe your on to something about different people asorbing different amounts from vaping.
Originally Posted by vapomike
That's really interesting. My first guess would be that 3 - 4 mL per day of 26 mg would be just right to balance out your analog habit, and yet you caught an OD from what would seem to be a good starting point. 24 mg at 4 mL per day really knocked my socks off, I actually puked, but my 30 analogs per day were ultra-lights and only partially smoked.
Originally Posted by Brewster 59
Just wondering.. when you started vaping at 26 mg, did you work that thing like no tomorrow? You know.. like put down 2 mL in the first hour due to the sheer novelty? I'm thinking that would do it as far as getting OD'ed.
Rather than hijack this whole thread (which I may be guilty of), I've gone ahead and blog-posted my views on the studies. Feel free to drop by for a read and post a comment to tell me I'm an idiot if you're so inclined.
A bit more specific in my case:
I smoked two packs a day of Pall Mall Light 100s. Switched to lights very early on because full flavored cigs tend to irritate my mouth. Long, hard, frequent pulls, deeply inhaled. The reason I smoked Pall Malls is because they burn very slowly and I could manage to smoke "only" two packs (rather than three or four!) a day.
I was definitely one of the "insatiable" types, though. At times, I would go through a whole pack in a few hours and never felt the slightest bit of unpleasantness other than my lungs complaining the next morning.
So, I picked up the e-cig in an attempt to cut expenses mostly, but also because I was intrigued by the flavors. Started with 24mg, then 36, then 48... vaping 4 to 5 ml a day. Literally breathing through it, one drag after another, not even stopping for air, vapor pouring out of my nostils while inhaling the next drag.. LOL
And yet, I had terrible concentration problems and headaches. I kept this up for a couple of months but still needed to have several analogs a day to be at all effective at work.
It was immediately obvious to me when I first tried one of the stronger Swedish snus that it was entirely nicotine rather than habit for me. I've had zero desire to smoke or vape since I picked up snus, but I was jonesing constantly while vaping.
My husband smoked the same cigarettes, but about half as many as I did. His story is close to mine except he didn't try so hard to make the e-cig work. He'd vape for half an hour then smoke an analog. Dropped the analogs entirely with his first snus portion.
What I find baffling is that my brother -- who smoked more and stronger cigs than I did, and smoked them just as hard -- has had great success with vaping 24mg. Perhaps the habit was more of a factor for him. In fact, I know it was, because he tried to stop smoking with American dip and would wind up smoking while dipping because he needed the hand-to-mouth...
--K, certified nicotine junkie
Yes isande, there are similar stories over at snuson.
Last edited by Stubby; 10-28-2009 at 10:06 AM.
Interesting, very much so.
Originally Posted by isande
It may be that we have 3 types of tobacco addicts:
1. Those who can fairly easily do without or substitute vaping at modest levels.
2. Those who can't easily do without, but can substitute vaping at higher levels.
3. Those who can't easily do without, and vaping doesn't work at any level.
So why does group 3 exist? Why can they vape 36 mg until they're blue and still not get what they're looking for, only to add some snus and find they're OK with the vaping/snus combination? I hazard to say that there's something in the snus that isn't in the e-liquid, and it's not about nicotine. For this group, it seems that a co-factor exists, a secondary addiction, or a synergist for the existing nicotine addiction. Very simply, they need part A and part B. Vaping only provides part A (the nicotine), tobacco products must supplement, boosting part A (nicotine), but perhaps far more importantly, providing the part B which is absent from vaping.
I also suspect this is the case. I quit smoking for two months once, using patches and 4 mg gum. Even after two months of getting massive amounts of nicotine (two 21 mg patches on 24/7 + 20+ pieces of 4 mg gum a day) I still felt *terrible*. Needless to say, I went back to smoking...
Originally Posted by DVap
On the bright side, I feel GREAT on snus and haven't desired a cigarette once since I started using it regularly. As for my e-cigs, well, they're getting a little dusty from lack of use these days.
Oh, one thing of possible interest:
The subjective feeling I get from straight nicotine vs. tobacco is very different.
With pure nicotine, whether from getting an accidental mouthful of juice, vaping extreme nicotine concentrations or using a lot of nic gum... the "buzz" is harsh and unpleasant. More of a tense feeling in my head than anything... as if a big ugly headahe is about to creep up on me. Oh, and I still want to smoke. And I have in that situation, and felt immediately better.
With tobacco, whether it be a cigarette, a cigar, or snus, what I feel is almost the opposite. Rather than growing tension, it's relief and pleasure, like having a cold glass of lemonade on a hot day, urinating after a six-hour long bus trip... "Ahhhhhhhhhh..."
IMO, it's not just nicotine at work (at least for me).
I apparently fit this 3rd group as well. To avoid being redundant w/ respect to previous posts my .02 will be brief.
Weekdays = 2 to 2.5ml of 36mg, occasional 6/7 drops of 48mg.
Weekends = 3 to 4ml of 36mg, hard telling how much 48mg.
The amount used is based on measured ml's by the way, not number of carts approximation.
Added snus to the mix, I'm at perhaps 5 portions a day currently, and the amount of liquid I'm vaping has been reduced by half if not a little more.
w/o snus, sort of sane. Vape and snus together, well still only sort of sane if you were to ask "her", but maintaining at least.