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Quitting Smoking Is A Bitch

Published / by Robyn Jane / Leave a Comment

And if you’ve ever tried it, you know exactly what I mean. I’ve been trying for the past couple of months to quit my half-pack a day habit, with limited success. When I got serious about quitting, I asked my doctor for a nicotine patch system. After we talked about how much I smoke, she prescribed the appropriate strength patch, and I started.

The thing about the patch is that it releases a controlled amount of nicotine over a 24-hour period. This is supposed to help you with the cravings for nicotine, thus making it easier to quit. I didn’t have much luck with it.

You see, for me, it isn’t the nicotine so much as the actual act of smoking that’s got me hooked. So even though I was wearing the patch, I still craved the experience of smoking. Mind you, after the first month, I had managed to cut back to 2 or 3 cigarettes a day. But that’s not quitting, is it?

The next time I met with my doctor’s PA (the doctor couldn’t see me for my appointment, as she had been called away by her son’s day-care provider saying the poor boy was throwing up), I mentioned the whole “stuck on the experience” problem to her. Without actually suggesting I do it, she did say that many people have better success if they replace the smoking ritual with something else, like sucking on a hard candy, or even trying an e-cigarette.

The bottom line was I ended up trying two e-cigs before deciding that they were too expensive: as much as a pack of cigarettes, and they lasted a lot less than the real thing.

So I decided there had to be a better way. My wife had decided that she wanted to quit as well, and wanted to try an e-cigarette. So we went to our local smoke shop to see what they had to offer.

I ended up buying a refillable e-cig, as opposed to the disposables I had tried earlier. I got a little-known brand, Choice, which seemed a good deal. The guy at the shop said that he stole borrowed one from a friend and used it for a year with no problems. So that’s what I went for.

The kit set me back $25. Part of the appeal was that the next-cheapest starter kit was $39.00, and I didn’t want to spend that much.

Here’s what my kit came with:

  1. Battery
  2. 2 clearomizers (the liquid reservoir)
  3. 2 spare atomizers (they are what convert the e-liquid into vapor)
  4. 1 USB charger for the battery

Vaping

Then I had to decide on the liquid (or e-juice) I wanted to smoke—or rather vape—with. You see, you’re not really smoking, but rather producing a vapor. Hence, vaping.

There must have been close to a hundred different choices, all based on what nicotine content and flavor I wanted. Not really knowing what I was doing, I picked what turned out to be the most expensive item in the store. It set me back another $15, as opposed to the next most expensive one at $6.50.

But the nice thing about having a spare clearomizer is that I can still get a cheaper e-juice to use in it, and that way I can have some variety.

I discovered that there is, of course, a reason that my choice was so expensive: it is a very high-quality, top of the line liquid. King’s Barrel Blacksmith is “triple chocolate mocha; pure decadence,” according to the manufacturer.

But as delicious as it is, I can’t afford to buy it on a regular basis. So when it’s gone, or I get bored with it, I’ll try something less expensive.