My Story

Norbert ZillatronI was a smoker for more than 30 years. Two packs a day. I only once seriously thought about quitting. When I had a sinus operation I obviously couldn’t smoke. So I decided to use the opportunity to quit. I went with the patches. That was rather insufficient straight from the beginning. But I didn’t have much choice. It got worse when these patches gave me nasty itching rashes. After three weeks of misery I relished smoking again. Out of curiosity I later tried a nicotine gum and a drag from an inhaler. Both tasted worse than smoking. Chapter closed.

When I first heard of “electronic cigarettes” they were always mentioned in connection with“gums, patches, smoking cessation.” So I filed that information under “Another NRT gimmick, probably foul tasting and useless.”

In fall of 2011 a local politician went on a witch hunt. Raiding ecig shops. That rampage was accompanied by a media campaign. Some “cessation experts” spouting very unspecific dire warnings about hypothetical unknown dangers. That raised my curiosity: Why would people like that rally against useless NRT products they usually promote?

I followed the media frenzy and was expecting some real scientists to show up with real information. In vain. So I started to do my own search for facts on the net.

I found bulletin boards where people where quite enthusiastic about them. You don’t find anything like that about NRTs. I’m a natural sceptic. But I’m also curious. So I decided to give it a try. I first bought a disposable ecig as a proof of concept. It worked and tasted even better than I expected. Certainly better than any of the more expensive “approved” NRT crap I had tried before. But not good enough to be a viable alternative to smoking. I already knew from my research that these are considered vasty inferior to modern devices. So I got one of those tank systems (then “eGo-T”) with several liquids. With tobacco style and menthol liquids this was a slightly better experience than smoking. My revelation came, when I started to try non-tobacco flavors. With those the sensation of vaping can be vastly superior to smoking. Sure, there are a lot that I personally don’t find very exciting. But with the available plethora everybody can find the soul mates for the individual taste buds. Right now my favorites are green tea with peppermint and a special citrus mix with menthol. I also got a dedicated ecig (tank) for various tobacco style liquids. And I still like to sample other tastes like fruits, sweets, cookies, drinks, etc. for variety’s sake.

A few months ago, out of curiosity I again smoked a cigarette. Well, other vapers report utter revulsion. I didn’t find it that bad. But certainly disappointing. Very bland and rather foul tasting. Definitely inferior. No way I would chose to resume smoking.

 

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7 comments on “My Story
  1. Thanks for publishing this in English Norbert – much appreciated!

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  2. Interesting story Norbert! I’ve often wondered how many smoke-lovers and Free Choice supporters have been attracted to trying e-cigs purely because of the nuttier Antismokers frothing at the mouth over them. If they’d had the brains to come out at the start and treat them with the support they give to Big Pharma products they mighta died on the vine.

    MJM

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  3. Quora says:

    What can I do or eat to reduce the bad effect of smoking cigarettes?

    Try vaping. The real thing–a modern open tank, not those crappy cig-a-likes–and start sampling from the wide variety of liquids. I didn’t even want to quit anything, but I switched anyway. Just because vaping can be a much more enjoyable way to get…

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  4. […] Answer by Norbert Zillatron: I didn't want to quit anything. I just got curious because of all that scaremongering bovine excrement spouted by so-called "experts" and swamping the media. So I tried vaping and found it far superior to smoking. That was more than 3 years ago. More details: My Story […]

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  5. jillcb says:

    My problem with trying to give up 2 packets a day was that I loved smoking and NRT did nothing to replace that love, even after trying various forms over 9 months, until I tried a disposible look-a-like for fun. It was good and seems a viable alternative. After research I was able to immediately replace 60 cigarettes a day with total vaping at noon on 13.01.12. I now love vaping and feel better for it.

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  6. cendoubleu says:

    My only reason to take up vaping was cost. When that slimy bastard Osbourne spoke about a punitive budget if Brexit won, I decided the government were not getting a penny more of my tax money from smoking. A year on, I like vaping and I have money for other things. But if tobacco was available at the prices seen in some countries, I would happily still be smoking. I have noticed no difference in my health, do not feel any ‘better’ for quitting. Only a slight smugness that over the last year, I have denied the exchequer a lot of ‘pleasure tax’. I also still ‘relate’ to smokers, as I still see myself as one. And I don’t find the smell of smoke distasteful and am quite happy around people who still smoke.

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