Hi all. Great forum. Great web site.
As per convention - here's my life story.
So. I was born at a very early age......
At 25 I started smoking. God knows why. I was a complete anti-smoker up until my twenties.
This year. after 20 odd years of smoking, I had my first taste of an ecig. I reacted to some email spam at the beginning of Jan 2012 (so spam does work!). It was a shot at the annual give-up-smoking-for-the-new-year ritual that most smokers consider at some time in life. I really wanted to quit smoking, but was under no illusions - I know I would never manage it with patches or cold christmas turkey - so I have never tried!
The product was £9.99 instead of £39.99. For that price is was worth a look and not too much to chuck in the bin if I didn't like 'em. Can't say the name obviously, but they came from the sk y and were the short, white, ciggie look-a-like type with carto's, a complete noob starter kit.
Jan 11th and the package arrived. I charged the pcc which came with the pack and fired up the first ecig I had ever smoked. To say I was impressed was an understatement. The cravings which normally decide when I light up had gone for a while. I left it half an hour until I felt the urge to smoke again and took out the cig look-a-likey. Again the craving and the urge to roll another fag subsided. This was like a eureka moment for me! Proof enough that this may be a viable alternative to tobacco.
I spent the next day on the interweb researching e-cigs. I probably wouldn't have done this if it wasn't for the initial success of my impulse buy. Of course, once I started looking around at the array of vaping material available, I was also hooked on the shiny thing syndrome. I also turned away from the supplier that first supplied me, only because I wanted to try other kit, although battery life on the originals was an annoyance.
I visited a lot of suppliers and forums over the next couple of days. With the information I had gathered I started filling shoping baskets with new kit, initally with another cheap 510 look a like carto starter kit - only with mega, manual batteries. And now I had discovered you can refill cartomizers - so I ordered some juice!
That kit was coming from an American supplier, so I did more research whilst awaiting it's arrival.
I was still smoking roll ups during the day at work, partly because I bought tobacco in bulk every time I, or someone I knew, was on holiday. And partly because I was still a bit self-concious about using ecigs in public, and the kit I had would never last a whole day without some charging going on. At night tho, It was vaping only.
I never smoked in the house at home and TBH, it was never really enjoyable smoking outside in winter, it was not a pleasure thing, it was a rush out - top up blood with nicotine - rush in. Vaping inside, watching TV, surfing the web rekindled a long gone pleasurable side to nicotine taking.
Still researching and reading reviews\watching youtube(Scott someone - great vids) I came to the conclusion that the ego-c was the dogs danglies - everyone was talking about it. About the same time, I had a call from someone off on holiday, asking if I would I like them to get a stash of tobaccco. I would normally jump at the chance and throw a £150 their way to get as much as possible. Saving a fortune amiright? But I said no thanks. It suprised me as much as them! But all I could think of was how many shiny things I could get for the same money and how much longer they could last. So with the money saved, I ordered a ego-c kit, bigger battery, spare atty heads, tanks and caps from TECC. I also ordered some gourmet juice (RY4 & 666) from someone else and I had the American kit coming soon and all of that cost bit less than the tobacco I would have got from my friends holiday.
The tobacco I had left ran out a week later so I'd say since before the end of Jan I've become a full time vaper! I use the kit from America at work, the bigger batteries last all day and vape the ego-c at night. I have to say that coming from a 510 look-a-like to an ego-c was a big leap in satisfaction, and I'd agree it is the dogs B's
Since then I have purchased a torpedo kit from TW's during the yo-yo (£41) and some DCT's , CE2's and juice - It's all good! I have also made myself a usb pass thru out of an old printer cable and a toy laser pointer. Not only has vaping completley removed the need for unhealthy tobacco, but it's provided hours of fun and pleasure too.
To date, I've had a one ego c atty head die, and an atty from the topedo kit was DOA, but I'm still using everything else I originaly bought. I've stocked up a bit on ejuice and still have lots of flavours to try. Moneywise. considering I would get thru the holiday tobacco in 5-6 weeks, I must be close to break even. I've also introduced two other smokers to vaping and got several others thinking.
I've still got a lot to learn about and more things to try yet, mixing, more mods, more PV's. But I am pleased to say I'm a vaper
and am pleased to find I've replaced a very bad smelly (don't ya notice the smell?) habit with a very pleasurable hobby.
I look forward to lurking around here.
Edited to comply with forum regulations:http://www.totallywicked-eliquid.com/forum/general-e-smoking-discussions/general-forum-guidelines/