When I received my blu cigarettes in the mail, I was so excited – not about giving up cigarettes – but at the idea of being able to smoke in places that I hadn’t been able to smoke in years. Giving up smoking was not the plan. In fact, my ‘plan’ was to take up vaping while still enjoying my traditional cigarettes at the same time.
When I put my brand new electronic cigarette together and began puffing, I’ll have to admit it was awkward at first. I didn’t realize that you don’t use these as you would regular cigarettes.
It took a while for me to wrap my head around the fact that when I had a nicotine craving, all I had to do was take one or two puffs from my ecig, not continuously puff for 5 or 10 minutes like I had always done with cigarettes.
Electronic smokeless cigarettes look very similar to the real thing, but they don’t feel the same. They are a little heavier, and much harder than a cigarette (it is a battery, after all) so that took some getting used to.
If your style of smoking is to take long draws off your cigarette in rapid secession, you will have to modify that a bit. The atomizers work a little differently than burning tobacco, but you will get enough nicotine from a puff or two so that you shouldn’t need to do that anymore.
When you’re a smoker, it seems like your whole lifestyle is centered around a cigarette. Every place I went for more than 30 years, including my workplace, hospitals, restaurants – everywhere, in the back of my mind I was always planning ahead for arrangements to smoke.
Without even really being conscious of it, I was constantly thinking ‘is there a smoking area here, if so, where is it?’ and ‘how long will it take me to get there?’ If the weather was bad, that just made it even worse.
Nowadays, it isn’t easy to enjoy a cigarette with the unwelcome stares of ‘holier-than-thou’ non-smokers glaring at you like you’re torturing innocent animals or something. If you’re going to continue to smoke, you’re going to have to have thick skin and get used to being made to feel like you are inferior to the non-smoking world. That became a bit of an annoyance to me, along with the ever increasing smoking bans.
Never, in my wildest imagination, did I ever think the time would come when I would be able to pull a gadget out of my pocket, take one or two puffs, and stick it back in my pocket. No lighters, no smoke, no smell, no disgusting ashtrays. The electronic cigarette is truly a fascinating invention in my opinion.