Self Abuse to Self Improvement
I had been smoking since I was fourteen years old and now at the tender age of 31 I had decided to make a life change. Smoking was probably a bad idea from the start since I was a severe asthmatic and I was constantly in and out of the hospital with pneumonia as a but I wanted to be cool around my friends. So here I am now at 32 feeling better than I have in years and I can pinpoint the exact reason.
That reason starts almost two years ago when I bought my first disposable e-cig as an alternative to standing outside in the freezing cold on a business trip. I had bought one of the Titan 510 units with some pre-filled carts. I have to admit the flavor of the tips was not very pleasant and it almost turned me off of the devices all together. It would have if not for one of the students in the class I was teaching.
My now friend, Jason, saw that I was struggling a bit with the 510 and the purchased carts and offered to refill a couple of my empties with some of the e-liquid he was carrying with him.
I was a complete noob and I had no idea that you could refill these things let alone with a better tasting alternative. Jason had a Joye-tech Tornado Tank and some DIY juice that was dynamite.
It was Jason and his refilling that honestly saved my health and gave me not just one but two healthy alternatives in a single blow.
Not only have I been a miserable self-hating asthmatic smoker but I am also a sweets loving diabetic. These two habits in combination with each other were not only making me miserable but also leaving me feeling under the weather.
Jason had cinnamon sweet roll flavored e-liquid and it was like a light bulb went off in my brain. It was sweet, buttery, and had loads of cinnamon flavor and it didn't make my blood sugar go through the roof after enjoying it all afternoon. SOLD!
It was then that I decided to make the switch to self-refilling from juice vendors online. I had bounced all over the net from vendor to vendor before I came to TW but this is where I have stayed the longest.
I shy away from the full on tobacco flavors much like any addict avoids the flavors that trigger cravings and I stick with my dessert or beverage flavors.
Since my blood sugar is under control and I am no longer what I would call a smoker I have been more energetic, in a much better mood and I have been out and about exercising and living better as well.
I've lost 60lbs and 4 pants sizes, probably not directly attributed to e-cigs, as a result of the increase energy and exercise. I'm even wearing tank tops in public now that my moobs aren't my most prepossessing feature.
I'm not a perfect being and sometimes I still crave and even more rarely sneak in an analogue even though I know I should not do so. Let's just say I have one very small existing vice that I am working on a day at a time.
Two Years Ago & One Year AgoNow:Edit: The names have been changed to protect the guilty and harass the innocent.