For some reason, I celebrated my vapaversary on March 17th. I was wrong and figured that out last year around this time. Today, I decided to confirm the actual date. I found an article I posted on a website I used to own, called “10 Days, No Real Cigarettes!“. No, my name is not Leo Benson. Whoever the people that bought my old site put in charge, must be named Leo. This post was made on April 28th, 2014… so the date is April 18th, 2014.
I also made another mistake on my date on one of my posts on this BilletBox.info almost a year ago, I said it was April 13th… NOPE. It’s April 18th, 2014.
Now that I know, it’s time to tell my generic story and forgive me for just cutting and pasting it…
Hello, my name is Chris and I am an EX-SMOKER!
That’s right, after 27 years of smoking and I am done! I have tried to quit dozens of times. I have tried the patch, I have tried gum, dipping, Wellbutrin, and well… nothing has worked until e-cigarettes.
In 2009, I was attending CES in Las Vegas. I was there covering the mobile tech industry, but I ended up talking with a vendor that was showing an ecig that looked like a real cigarette. He handed me a sample and I took a puff and was like, “woah… that’s bad!” I proceeded to tell this guy that I smoked menthol and he gave me a menthol version. It was bad too, but I didn’t have the heart to tell him a 2nd time though. Since I was press, he handed me some additional samples to take back with me. I never used them. The experience (taste and feel) was so awful that I swore I’d never give them another chance. I don’t even remember the name of that company. It was cool how it did look like a real cig and even had an led in the end to look like a real cherry. That same week, I actually picked up a couple of other e-cigs at CES, but none of them tasted good enough to use.
Fast forward to a couple of years ago. A friend of mine in Memphis was telling me how he quit smoking using e-cigs. I wasn’t interested. He ended getting so excited about e-cigs that he started selling products at a flea market. Eventually he opened one of the best brick and mortar shops in Memphis, Zooks Vapor. I still wasn’t ready to try them.
In January 2014, I saw a couple of contractors that work in my buildings with some fancy crack pipe looking e-cigs. They told me how awesome they were, but I wasn’t interested. One of their co-workers and I went outside to smoke our REAL CIGS and they followed us out and enjoyed their big old e-cigs!
3 months after that, April 13th, 2014, I ran into the same 3 contractors. All 3 of them were using e-cigs now. Craig, the one that was smoking real cigs with me 3 months earlier had also converted to e-cigs shortly after I saw them last. I’ve known him for years and I said to myself, “If he can quit, so can I”. On that day, I decided I wanted to give them a go.
The 1st thing I did was to call my friend at Zooks Vapor. He told me some things to look for and some to look out for. I was going to order a kit from him but found that there was a local store where I live that had just opened 3-4 months earlier. The store is Ikonic Vapor in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I decided to check them out in hopes of finding what I need without having to wait a couple of days for a shipment. I headed in and the owner recommended the same device for me that my friend Todd had suggested. I purchased the MVP 2.0 and a Kanger Unitank and a couple of ejuice bottles and headed home to try it out.
Awesome! I haven’t craved a real cigarette since that day.