My journey into vaping

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Have you decided to ditch the ciggies at midnight tonight?

Well good luck with it. I’ve had several new years like that and my heart goes out to you. I’m not going to preach at you, I’m just going to give a few general pointers from my successful switch experience that might help. Please note that I’m not giving medical advice, and my advice should never, ever be taken as medical advice. I’m just a layman, but one who has gone through this process and can tell my story to help others facing this same journey.

  • Get a decent starter kit. There is no perfect set up that will work for everyone. I suggest a CE4 clearomiser on an ego style battery or an Evod kit (see or cloud9vaping)  as the most basic default. If you’re willing to spend a little more then a set up from Naturevape is a good investment. Honestly it’s all trial and error. I wasn’t completely happy with my set up until I started on rebuildables and now it’s better than smoking for me.
  • Get spares. And replacement coils. Then get backups to the backups. I do suggest buying spares of everything, and as I’m not a vendor and have no financial incentive for telling you to do so, I’ll say it again. Buy spares. If your lighter broke, it was easy to get a replacement, or at a pinch find another way to light your cigarette. If you ran out of ciggies, then the 24 hour garage would sell you more. Even though juice is easier to get hold of since garages started stocking it, a battery and atomiser/clearomiser might be a little trickier. I suggest at least a week’s supply of juice, and 2 spare CE4s, or some spare Evod/Naturevape coils and even a second tank as a back up. A second battery is always a good plan too. The vendors I suggest on this blog get things out to you really quickly, but you don’t want to be in the position of having nothing till the postman gets to you tomorrow.
  • Try different juices. Get a variety of nicotine strengths and flavours of juice and different PG/VG ratios.
    Liberty flights
    The alchemists cupboard
    Chef’s Vapour
    Scopes Eliquids
    Drippa – I reviewed this juice subscription service here.
  • Use it enough! I can’t emphasise this strongly enough. You’ve got a set up that you like, and that you enjoy. You’re getting LESS nicotine from it than you were from smoking so you will naturally want to use it more, especially at first. This is your pacifier; it is stopping you smoking. So use it more than you smoked. Yes I said more. See Bernd-Meyer who is a scientist and knows what he’s talking about.
  • Seek advice. If you’re having problems, ask questions. Some common ones are caused by giving up smoking rather than a reaction to vaping. You might not have the right set up for you. I remember my first few days of vaping when everything started being harsh on my throat and if I hadn’t had a lower PG juice to switch to I might have gone back to smoking. Don’t struggle through it alone. Help is out there. There are good vaping forums, good advice from people like VTTV and P Bursado – who has a beginners guide video up right there on that link, Vapingpoint, Robert the Armed Vaper. There are more, but these are a good start.
  • Don’t beat yourself up if you have a ciggy. Switching isn’t like a quit attempt. It isn’t the end of the world if you smoke. Whatever works for you. If you get the right vaping set up, you’ll enjoy it and you’ll naturally use it instead of smoking.

I’m not convinced that January the first is the best day to pick for either a quit or a switch, but don’t take my word for it. The best way to do it is in the best way for you. My starter guide is here.

I wish you all the best for Hogmanay, and good health in 2015 whatever you do.

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Eleven months of enjoying not smoking

Yesterday marked eleven months since my last tobacco cigarette. It also marks six months since I gave away 50g of rolling tobacco. I’m breathing better and I’ve not had a chest infection. The main reason for me continuing to vape rather than smoke is that I enjoy it. It is something I chose for myself. It was not imposed on me. There were no puritans standing over me and telling me what to do when I chose my vape; I had friends advising me how to find what I would enjoy most.


This is my handcheck as of ten minutes ago. As you can see there are five different flavours in five different devices. I switch all the time so that I can still taste what I’m vaping. It really is that important to me. All of these devices contain 12mg juice, and all of the rebuildables have single coils with cotton wicks.

I started on my Christmas juices yesterday. I have Coconut caramel with hazelnut honey, Moreish melon and walnut whip from The alchemist’s cupboard. NB: The walnut whip is the first chocolate vape I’ve tried that I like, and the CC+HH is my ADV. I’d bathe in it if I could. I have Minion Farts, courtesy Drippabox, which is also where that pretty green drip tip came from. And last, but not least, I have Steamgunk’s Captain Custard from Chef’s Vapour who seem to be having site issues just now. They were updating their site and it’s now looking really good. Nice job gentlemen.

Christmas is a time for celebration. Please have a very happy Christmas or whatever you’re celebrating and a peaceful time if you don’t celebrate. I’ll get back to ranting in the New year.

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I really don’t care what other people say any more

I love vaping. I feel better for it. I enjoy it more than I ever enjoyed smoking. If you want to smoke, then smoke. If you want to vape, then vape. If you want to do neither, then do neither. The one thing that really gets my goat around the whole issue is that everyone is screaming, “I’M RIGHT. YOU’RE WRONG.”

Choose what you want. Do what you want. Don’t impose what you want on me. I’m imposing nothing on anyone. All I would like is that the choices are clearly presented to those who don’t know without any personal agenda muddying the issues.

All I can give is my anecdote, “It worked for me.” That is all I have – it can’t be discredited, can’t be debunked. Put that opinion on exactly the same level as every other opinion out there. It has not been bought. It has not been paid for it. It is simply my opinion.