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        04-30-2013, 10:23 AM
      #11
    Foal
    I shall try it. A bit pricey, upfront, but overall seems much cheaper. Upstart cost isn't much more than, say, a carton of smokes (depending on what you get) so, there ya go.

    I haven't seen or heard anything bad, aside form some people just not liking it- which happens. That's a crap shoot.

    I throughly believe it's mostly habit more than physical addiction (nicotine, although highly addictive, isn't altogether unpleasant with it's withdraw- not like say, heroin or alcohol). But, I think that we smokers often fool ourselves into thinking we aren't addicts. Not like those other people =) But the habitual side combined with the physical addiction is more powerful than people care to realize, in terms of addiction.

    (not to belittle anyone, just my thoughts on the matter)

    So, my little kit outta be here on or before Friday.

    I'm not doing the refill things (yet)- I figure I would get kinda used to the whole thing before diving in with things that are totally different.

    I'm kinda worried and kinda excited, like a kid going to a new school. I am excited because hopefully I'll feel better, be cleaner (in regards to ash, butts, etc) and that smell will go away. Save money, and so on and so forth (I think everyone knows the benefits)

    I'm worried because I am a creature of habit- it's VERY difficult for me to change habits. For instance, I start off driving stick- haven't driven a stick in 10 years- and I STILL reach for the gear shift and clutch... which isn't there, and hasn't been there for 10 years... So I keep a large water bottle in the cup holder so I don't get thrown completely out of whack. And I'm happy that the emergency brake is way up high...
         
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        04-30-2013, 10:48 AM
      #12
    Trained
    I smoked for nearly 40 years....and I agree, a big part is habit. For me it was the ciggie at the bus stop, the one after feeding, and so on. And yes, it is relaxing.
    I did the" mainly e-cig, real cig only if REALLY needed", while experimenting with the flavors. When I found what I liked, the tobacco and filters( I used to stuff my own), went in the trash and I never looked back. I found I can't stand cigarette smoke anymore.....
    Don't know what brand you decided on, I started with what my store had, but liked only one flavor, then tried blu, again, only one flavour, now I'm at V2's, they have a trial pack with 10 flavors, and that makes things easier. Currently im experimenting with blank cartridges, after refilling flavored one's ( created the chocolate mint like that, lol)
         
        04-30-2013, 10:52 AM
      #13
    Trained
    Forgot. The batteries kinda all deteriorate in holding a charge.
    Friend of mine is much more advanced, she uses what resembles a cigar more than a ciggie, with a huge blank cartridge, says one charge holds 2 days.....I'll eventually arrive there, I bet

    I also found myself skipping desert, since most vapor flavors are sweet. Nice side effect
         
        04-30-2013, 11:11 AM
      #14
    Foal
    I figured the batteries would wear out eventually- how long to they generally last? I was thinking normally a day or so, but doesn't really say.

    I'm going with the V2- as they have more options. I got a flavor sampler, too, going to see about that. Crazy!

    My partner smokes, so he will have cigarettes on hand- but I'm going to try to substitute as much as possible.

    It's awesome that it's working for ya! Hopefully I'll be right there with ya.
         
        04-30-2013, 12:55 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wausuaw    
    I figured the batteries would wear out eventually- how long to they generally last? I was thinking normally a day or so, but doesn't really say.

    I'm going with the V2- as they have more options. I got a flavor sampler, too, going to see about that. Crazy!

    My partner smokes, so he will have cigarettes on hand- but I'm going to try to substitute as much as possible.

    It's awesome that it's working for ya! Hopefully I'll be right there with ya.
    I think the batteries improved too since I used them. It always amazed me how long they lasted -months and months. As far as how long they lasted after a charge, that depends on how much you "vape" (never liked that word). Even if used heavily they lasted well over 4 hours - so the new ones should last a day, at least.

    As far as flavors go, I quickly went from premixed to mixing my own after I started. That way you get the exact flavor you want, and it is considerably cheaper.

    I think the reason it works so well for some people is the "hand to mouth" action takes care of any oral fixation. In my case when I started an tried the sample "high nicotine" - I got a super "over load" (a really bad feeling), medium still "got me". So, I started at "low". Apparently, it wasn't just the nicotine I was addicted to...it was the physical action, too.
         
        04-30-2013, 01:06 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I kinda overloaded on various cartridges and strengths and flavors. I figured that way I'm not discouraged if I start off with something I don't like. (And it averages 2$ a "pack" so I'm not really out that much) I figure once I find something I like ill try the liquid refill stuff.

    Thanks for the encouragement, folks.

    Those who have been "on" them- how long have you been on them? Or, if you quit after them, how long did that take for you?
         
        04-30-2013, 01:29 PM
      #17
    Trained
    It took me well over 3 years to quit using one. I keep my little stash of stuff just in case, and use them on rare occasion when I "need a cig" - so I am not 100% off of them, I guess.
    Either way, the smell of cigarettes really began to bother me shortly after I quit smoking and used the ecig. So, it might have been just trading one for the other, but I still felt relieved that cigarettes no longer had a grip on me.
         
        04-30-2013, 01:52 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Has anyone seen any negative side effects? Do you feel better, worse? I'm curious as to effect, 3 years is a long time (long enough time to notice such things, a good before and after)
         
        04-30-2013, 02:23 PM
      #19
    Trained
    I switched over around Christmas. I've noticed lots of coughing, productive tho, the first week. And now again, but less. I've read on several forums that this is quite normal. Possibly body getting rid of all the stuff tobacco deposited.
    I have much more "air" now, better sense of smell and taste.

    Re the batteries. I haven't had one die on me, yet, but the initial 24 hour charge went down fast. Now, depending on how intense I vapor, 2-4 hours. I use the manual ones, so no draining without use and a thicker vapor.
    The E-mail liquid is by far the most economic, 25ml gives you at least 25 refills. At least because there is a tendency to put a bit less liquid in.

    Once you pick your favourite flavor, get the beta version maximum cartridges. And the liquid.
    I found with normal cartridges you'll have to drag until it doesn't taste at all, or rather unpleasant, burnt, when they go empty. With this maxi cartridge you'll see when you have to refill. Nothing unpleasant either.
    I also found V2 is pretty good about shipping. I get my free shipping, the most unpredictable version, reliably within 4 business days.
         
        04-30-2013, 02:25 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wausuaw    
    Has anyone seen any negative side effects? Do you feel better, worse? I'm curious as to effect, 3 years is a long time (long enough time to notice such things, a good before and after)
    haha, rub it in that it took three years!

    I felt waaayyyy better in the first three days of using the ecig, euphoric, in fact. Like I said before, I took one puff and instantly quit smoking. The only side effect I notice was my muscles cramped more. This may not have actually been from the ecig, as I live in a hot dry environment and am outside a lot. Other than the three tails I grew, that was it, though.
         

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