E Cig’s & my guinea pig

So Alex has been saying how he would like to give up smoking for some years now. Two of his close friends have both given up smoking lately one from reading a no smoking book and the other is now using an ecig.

Im not sure if these Ecig’s are big in any other country but they seem to have taken Italy by storm! This is a country with alot of smokers you see them everywhere way more than when i lived in London!

Alex has also noticed an increase in people in our area using these ecig’s to! And even some of our neighbours who hes talked to praise these things as they dont smoke real cigarettes anymore. So he would become my guinea pig 🙂

So after a few weeks of speaking to his friends and noticing the change in all these people Alex announced he wanted to get one to! This is a big thing as hes always said how he would like to cut down or stop smoking but has never actually done anything about it!

I was quite impressed with his determination as he googled the nearest store in our area and yesterday morning (saturday) we got in the car and drove to the place.

It was a little place with some displaying the pen like ecig’s in the window all the same but you could choose from a range of different colours!  e-cig-1000x500

Alex was eager to get inside and started to chat with the guy behind the counter.

Bascially the ecig simulates the act of smoking, you inhale the flavoured liquid solution in vapour form instead then exhale it out as smoke like you would a normal cigarette. The liquid solution comes in many different flavours from different types of tobacco to fruit flavours as well.

Alex bought an ecig kit this includes a charger for the pen like ecigs which you get two of. Also 2 viles of liquid, the pen tip which you inhale from and the plastic bottle you use to fill the ecig with the iquid. In total it came to 70 euros which isnt bad as in the long run you wouldnt be spending tons of money of cigarettes anymore and the liquid viles only cost 5 euros and last for ages!

We got everything home and Alex put the first ecig into charge. The first charge having to be 12 hours as its new then much less after that. He was both excited and impaitent to give it a try after trying it out in the shop. (they let you try one out so you can see which flavour liquid you like most)

It got to 9pm in the evening and he decided that was long enough! Carefully he added the liquid and sorted out the mouth piece as i sat and watched with interest. Then he took some puffs and exhaled. It was kinda weird to watch as the ecig looks so pen like!

Alex actually noticed me staring after a while and laughed and told me to stop i was making him nervous lol I had so many questions for him though! what did it taste like? did he like it? was it curbing the craving to smoke?

He said the tobacco flavour he had gotten was stronger than his cigarettes, he did feel a little weird using it and we would have to wait and see if it stopped his cigarette craving. He said say he was going to try and use it more than actually smoking though.

He then proceeded to go and have a really cigarette in the bathroom lol! I heard him make a sound of distress and he rushed into the room to say his cigarette didnt smell very nice and he had to throw it away! I was quite astonished! the ecig couldnt work that quickly could it? or was it more psychological?

Anyway this morning hes been using the ecig but having the odd cigarette as well. He says it will take a little time before he goes completely on the ecig and i can understand that i know you cant just go cold turkey. Plus his friend who also has an ecig said it took him a week or two before he used his all the time.

Im very happy hes chosen to make the effort to quit smoking im very proud of him 🙂

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