From Smoking to Vaping

When one of my friends told me that his cig-consumption decreased from 3 packs a day to 5 sticks a week before of vaping, I thought, “Kung kaya ni Enzo ito, malamang, MAS kaya ko!” I’ve wanted to cut down on smoking and it was hard because of stress. Age old excuse! Fine. I was addicted to nicotine. But there. I was really looking for a way to help me with my addiction. Seriously.

I’ve been smoking since I was 14. I’m 25 30 now. I’ve tried to pause… stop… quit several times and I failed in all attempts.I have a positive feeling about this attempt to minimize (and eventually, quit) though because this time, I REALLY want to kick it to the curb. I bought my e-cig from The Vape Company (Basement Parking, Robinsons Pioneer) two weeks ago.

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{No to smoking. Yes to vaping. An e-cig has an atomizer that turns the liquid into vapor — thus it is called vaping instead of smoking.}

The salesguy asked me several questions about my smoking habits so that he can help me customize the right e-cig for me or what The Vape Company calls Pimp Your Pipe. Apparently, there’s an atomizer for those who are more concerned with the “smoke” than the flavor a.k.a. the hagod sa lalamunan as he perfectly put it hahaha. There are also several kinds of batteries to choose from- the kind that can last for 8hours of continuous usage, or the kind that can last up to 1 1/2 days if you wanna vape like a kapre. There are also a lot of colorful mouthpieces that you can pick– made of acrylic, ceramic, et cetera.

And of course, there are a lot of drips/fluids/juices that you can combine (if you want to, of course) and make the little alchemist in you giddy!

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{little alchemist = me = giddy}

I payed almost 3,000php for my e-cig. I wanted a hotpink e-cig but they only have baby pink, so I chose the silver one instead. The atomizer I chose is for flavor over smoke. The battery, the long lasting one, but not because I wanna vape like a kapre. I just don’t like the thought of having to charge it often. Got a lavender mouthpiece for a delicate (nyahahaha) pop of color. I was undecided on what fluid to use. I wanted something sweet but not fruity. I went with the salesguy’s suggestion- vanilla caramel. Got the one with 11mg of nicotine. FYI: a regular cig has about 1.5 mg of nicotine, so a bottle of drip with 11mg is only equivalent to (maybe) 7 sticks. Plus, it’s dilluted, artificial nicotine. So, chill. 

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{the substance does not have the potential to cause damage to human health unless it is consumed in extremely large quantities or in industrial-strength doses}

After a week, I bought a menthol drip that’s supposed to taste like Marlboro Menthol. When I was still using vanilla caramel, I’d still smoke a stick or two after eating and then vape. But when I started using menthol, I have not smoked nor craved for a cigarette yet. I’ve been yosi-free for 8 days now. So far, so good. At ang kumontra, papatakan ko ng menthol sa eyeball.

If you are one of those e-cig haters…

Do not tell me you’re absolutely sure that this isn’t going to work. And that the ONLY advantage of this is that it allows me to “smoke” in non-smoking places. Let me remind you that you’re not the one living my life. I do not recommend that you use an e-cig if you do not have the necessary will and commitment to say minimize or quit. malamang hindi magwo-work ang kahit ano kung ayaw mo naman talaga tumigil. DUH.  Lastly, e-cig haters, kindly remember the modern-day golden rule– walang basagan ng trip.

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Twitter: @thevapecompany

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listening to: Nat “King” Cole – L.O.V.E.

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8 Comments

  1. Karen G.

     /  October 2, 2012

    Informative and fun(ny) article. Now I’m thinking of getting an ecig to give to my brother who smokes like a kapre so he can vape like a kapre instead!

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  2. I semi-quitted 5 months ago and went right back into it when I started to go nuts in this city. LOL. Though I don’t smoke as much as before, I really want to get rid of this bad habit but it’s really harder than I thought it would be. Might give this e-cig a try.🙂

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  3. Anonymous

     /  October 2, 2012

    Welcome to the world of vaping!

    its been 2 years since switching to vaping🙂

    Reply
  4. Alfin Baltazar

     /  October 2, 2012

    Welcome to world of vaping🙂

    Ive been vaping since August 2010.🙂

    Reply
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