My electronic cigarette (e-cig) experience

By | December 13, 2014

As some of you may know, I have my spinal surgery coming up in January. So I thought now was just as a good time than ever to stop smoking, or at least try to stop. I told Chell the other day that I wanted to buy an e-cig, so went to the local tobacconist and had a chat about the different kinds of e-cigarettes they have. I was very happy with the information that they gave me, and settled on buying the Smoke NV Express Kit.

The tobacconist recommended trying a disposable first, just in case I didn’t like it. However my view was that I was going to waste money on cigarettes anyway so spending $36 on an e-cigarette kit would be a worthy investment. I know online at the moment, there is 40% discount on all their products (I ordered some other cartridges for mine), so if you’re looking at getting one now would be the time.

Smoke NV Charger

The express kit came with 3 Canadian Flavoured cartridges which each is around a 25 pack of cigarettes. So with my literal thinking, I bought 75 cigarettes for $36. The Canadian flavour is quite nice, and I do like it. However they also have Australian, American, Menthol, Apple, Coffee, Chocolate, and Peach. The normal price for the pack of 5 cartridges is $19.99 online, however with the 40% off at the moment it makes them $11.99. Essentially you’re buying 125 analogue cigarettes for $12. Bargain.

A Smoke NV Cartridge is equivalent to approximately 25 traditional cigarettes based on an average of 3 seconds per puff. The inhalation length determines how many puffs can be achieved.

Inhalation Length (sec) Approx. # of Puffs Achieved
3 seconds 325-375 Puffs
2.5 seconds 375-425 Puffs
2 seconds 425-475 Puffs
1.5 seconds 475-525 Puffs

I’m only on day one of using my e-cigarette (which contains no nicotine), and so far I’m doing alright. Haven’t had a analogue (real) cigarette yet, nor am I craving one at this stage. So already I am off to a good start. Hopefully around the 3 – 4 day mark, I don’t have the usual “want” for an analogue smoke like you usually get when quitting. If this e-cigarette works, it is worth every sent. If I replace smoking analogue cigarettes with e-cigarettes I’ve already saved a bunch of money, so it will be win-win.

To me it is a healthier alternative to smoking analogue cigarettes, reducing my chemical intake from over 4000 chemicals, down to just three. That’s right, three! Now, the ingredients are simply Water, Vegetable Glycerin, and Artificial Flavourings. Which make the e-cig so much healthier to me. Other people may not view it that way, but to me by not inhaling over 4000 harmful chemicals it is healthier.

Glycerine is classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) and complies with specifications for the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), United States Pharmacopeia (USP), and European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur. or EP) E244.

Products with Vegetable Glycerin can be found in various common items around your house. A few examples include:

  • Sugar substitute
  • In Beauty products including makeup, mousse, shampoo, bubble bath, after shave, and deodorant
  • Pet food
  • Soap
  • Skin and hand cream
  • Baked goods – increase moisture
  • As a thick gel for creams, gel capsule pills, rubs and jellies
  • Eye & ear drops, toothpastes, pastes, and many dental care products

What are your thoughts on e-cigarettes, and vaping? Do you currently smoke e-cigarettes or analogue smokes? Have you considered using e-cigarettes?