posted on Apr, 27 2013 @ 09:25 PM
I posted this personal story in the social issues forum, as this new product is as much a social issue-driven product as it is a recreational
product, and even a medical issues product. For those that smoke, the social issues are the ones that are the most annoying - at least until the
health issues become the problem.
On with the story of the departure of the Marlboro Man and his attendant ash and smell
I am one of the remaining, the few, the shamed, the ostracized to the outside hard-core smoker. yeah, I've tried the patches, the gum, the pills,
cold turkey, and just have not the willpower, or either that have too much hard-headedness to drop the habit. I know its harmful, but I hate the
badgering, I hate being treated like some loser because I enjoy the feeling that nicotine gives me, and those same people that harass have their own
vices, but 'their' vices are accepted, and MINE is not. What hypocrisy!
But...I also feel the bad effects of fire-smoking tobacco, and smell the smell, and see what it does to value of belongings like car and house. I'm
not blind, just hard-headed, and very resistant to others telling ME how to live MY life, acting as they know MORE than me because they think I don't
know what smoking does. Some ways the anti-smoking zealots go too far.
My rant for now, I'll get back to that idea in the second post.
Two weeks ago, I inadvertantly spilled an ashtray in the company car - and didn't realize it, and worse, forgot I left it in the car. I don't smoke
in the car, but the ashes remained under the seat as two different employees including a boss used the car before I got it again last week. And they
knew. I had to clean the car completely, and now knew it was just too much risk even to carry an ashtray for smoking at rest stops and parking lots.
My last day I woke up looking forward to an 8-hour drive with 6 hours sleep, with hard cold rain in progress and forecasted for all day long.
It was time to try something different, or I was either going to be enraged all day, fall asleep in the car, or get sick standing out in the rain
every two hours.
I went to a market, and bought a disposable e-cig (this one was 21st Century brand standard tobacco flavor). I expected it to get me thru until I
could get my Marlboro. I tried it - well - it was real, it felt like smoke, I felt the nicotine like a real cig. Not like a substitute for a real cig,
it was more like smoking a REAL cig of a different brand. I could handle this. After 4 hours, I did stop and smoke a real cig. About half of it. Hell
with this crap, ain't worth it, wasting time, its cold and wet and I have a cig in the car, so I disposed of it and the remainder of the pack, and
got back into the car. Tasted the aftertaste that I haven't tasted for the last four hours, but otherwise it did nothing for me that the e-cig
hadn't already done before I stopped. Hit the e-cig again - yep just as good, and no aftertaste. I could do this the rest of the way home no
I didn't stop the rest of the trip until I got back in town, and stopped at the discount baccy shop - for another e-cig. This time I got another
disposable - a Krave brand cappachino flavor. Tried it - and have to say - my first impression was this was MUCH BETTER than any regular
tobacco-fired cigarette! Loved that coffee flavor, and the vapor was just like smoke to me. Hell yeah! I could do this! Stopped to clean out the car
before going in the office, and found I had a full unopened pack of Marlboros. Decided I would continue to swap between the two, just in case I got
cranky later. Smoked one, again threw more than half of it out. Tried another that night, threw half of it out. Tried a final one that next morning,
and threw almost all of it out and the rest of the pack AND the ashtray in the house. Slung another ashtray out of my car when I left for work. I was
convinced for the first time in 30 years that I would walk away this time and never turn back and NEVER miss it again.
Those two e-cigs I bought lasted until today, I finally killed the first one, and gave the rest of the second one to my brother to try. And bought me
a Blu starter pack, with some extra 'java jolt' cartridges; and got another e-cig for my brother to try over the weekend. He is also impressed.
Money-wise - the more expensive route - disposables - may cost 7 to 9 dollars a cig, but that cig will last longer than 2 full packs of the
tobaccy-fired analog cig. The cheaper route can reduce the expense to an equvalent of $2.00 / pack!!! I am sold, love the fact that I can 'smoke'
anywhere, and 'smoke' all different flavors, and even 'smoke' without nicotine if I want to get off of it or just want to enjoy a flavor.
For anyone that is hard-core like I am, and have considered this but still have some fear that it is a 'poor substitute', you gotta try it! It is an
IMPROVEMENT!!! I have yesterday stopped and talked with people in almost 10 different stores selling all the different brands that are out just in the
last couple of months, and I hear this story EVERYWHERE. The displays are being stripped as QUICK as they can fill them. People that cringe in fear of
the thought of giving up tobacco due to the rage and the constant craving are walking away from tobacco, and not in a matter of weeks or even days,
but HOURS after trying these things!
And there is no argument about the FACT they are much better for the health of you and others, and the enviroment around you and others, while you
will give up NOTHING you actually enjoy!.
At least I thought there was no arguement......but there ALWAYS is when it comes to a product that people enjoy, that subverts their attacks and their
income by replacing the product they are getting their power from....