About 4 score and a million years ago I used to smoke cigarettes. Alright, actually it was really only about 1 score and 7 years ago. If i'm going to quote Abraham Lincoln I better be honest right? You know, because of that other reference about him? Honest Abe.
Okay, so back to the point. About a bunch of years ago I used to be a traditional smoker and for a long time. I used to smoke many different types of imported cigarettes and one domestic brand I particularly liked. I won't share the brands here but let's just say that both the domestic sub brand and the import brands I chose were very harsh. It was basically like lighting a small tree branch on fire, sticking it in my mouth and trying to smoke that (harsh). I am not even really sure if I liked that type of cigarette or not? It was just something I wanted.
Anyywayyss, enough about my personal taste in cigarettes. I sorta stopped smoking on my own back then. There were a number of different reasons. One was, my clothing reeked of smoke on a daily basis. Another was that I had “dragon breath”. Not the best for up close social circle stuff. It was sorta expensive to buy cigarettes based solely on the idea that I couldn't validate in my mind smoking these little sticks for so much money when they were literally, and I mean literally burning away in my hands right before my eyes. Lastly, I wasn't feeling very good physically. I didn't have a smokers cough but I could feel almost a “tarish” feeling in my chest. But that was me. Where am I going with this? Nobody wants to read another public awareness warning letter right? There are already internet servers out there jam packed with these types of blog entries. Let focus on on what the title of this entry is. My outside the box opinion of Vaping. As you read this please read all the way through to the part or section in this blog called “Technology!” because I will be asking for your help in choosing my vaping device or devices. Pods, box mods, Vape pens? What is all this? But for now...
What is vaping? Hey, admit it. At some point in your life you all had to ask that! Don't get me wrong however, I didn't have to ask that for myself yesterday. I knew what vaping was for years but actually...I really didn't REALLY know what vaping was after all until now. Now being exposed to vaping and the vaping industry in general it has opened my eyes to a completely different world and sub culture that has blown me away! I had no idea there was so much to the vaping culture like I've seen now. Trending topics, Phrases and nomenclature like e juice. Wow, a juice from the future? E Juice! Well, it’s not exactly like that is it? It’s not the juice that gives away its moniker of E. Its actually the devices that are used to heat it up into a vapor so you can vape it. Sometime back in the history of smoking there was a device invented called an e-cigarette and the e stood for electronic. The juice in the e-cigarette device is the e-juice or e-liquid. All of you already know this. I didn't know this at first. There have to be others just like I was.
This leads me to now think of all the different categories, devices used, e-juice flavors, e-juice types, and slang for the vaping world etc… There is so much to learn about it and there is so much language and technical jargon to learn also. Essentially, you need to know a lot just to consider the idea of vaping in my opinion. This leads me to mention that this industry has been around for some time and it’s not just an overnight fad or flash in the pan movement. This is a serious industry with a lot of moving parts and choices. Great choices if you ask me. For a more comprehensive guide to vaping and the nomenclature go here. Alternatively you can go here. This article is a great glossary of vape terminology to help you start using some of the words used in the world of vaping.
Enough! You all know this. I have a little background and reference to the industry but that’s not the point here. I want to really splay out what my decisions are in deciding how to vape, where to vape and what to vape? I've decided that I want to try some flavors out and what a great way to do so in the industry of e-liquid/e-juice. I can actually choose the 0mg. That’s e liquid without the nicotine. This is so great! I can taste as many flavors as I want without even having any nicotine until I do decide to go with a flavor I do like ! It’s sorta amazing. Wait, there is more. Once I do decide on the flavor with nicotine I want then I can then decide on the strength of the nicotine per volume with the vape e-juice I want ! For instance, one e-juice line is Loaded E-Juice and one flavor I am considering is Raspberry Eclair.This looks good to me and I have heard people who have been vaping for some time tell me that it is amazing! What potentially sells me is not just the flavor but the fact that I can try this gradually with reference to nicotine with 0mg at first then step up later into 3mg and finally 6mg.. This flavor has been described to me as smooth and of course tasty. A big change from the days when I used to smoke very harsh cigarettes that I did not prefer actually. To be fair all if not most of the vaping companies out there that manufacture e-liquids make flavors that give you a choice from 0mg nicotine then with 3mg and so forth. So, for vapors that have been vaping for some time this is not a biggie. It is to me though. Someone considering all the great choices out there for e-cigarettes and even more choices with e-juice. I don't’ care what anyone tells you there just isn't the same choice with traditional cigarettes “IMO”. They all ultimately have a similar aftertaste. Maybe it's with menthol cigarettes that you may experience a major difference in taste but that's just one major traditional cigarette difference. I’ve never seen a menthol that was 0mg you know. That’s a joke. You get my point anyways. Oh, by the way. There are menthol e-liquid flavors out there for vaping and they even come in 0mg nicotine if you want! That’s sorta amazing to me. I just now also realized that in the world of menthol alone there can be a mixing of menthol and other flavors for e juice. Just another reason I’ve decided to give this vaping idea a whirl.
Once, recently the battery in my key fob for the remote to my car went dead. I had to use the actual normal, metal key to open the door. My 8 year old daughter freaked and said “You use a KEY to open the door!?” Except in the future (probably next month) people will say. “YOU USE ACTUAL FIRE TO SMOKE THAT CIGGY? So that’s what’s been on my mind for e-liquid and it’s flavors. Not just the e-liquid but the e-cigarettes / vape pens and other actual hardware. What am I even talking about? Audience, help me out in the comments below. There seems to be a lot of tech here. Am I wrong? I haven't even gotten to the point where I choose my device in which to vape from. I need your help out there! What would any of the current vapers out in the world have to say to me in the comments section here? What advice can you give me with all of this. I really do want all of you to contribute and give me your input. Ultimately I am going to make a choice and I am open to all good suggestions and great advice!
What I do like is the “e” part of e-juice or the e-cigarettes reference. I like gear. I like the box mod styles out there. Are these also e-cigarettes? Also very much into the ones that look so Jules Verne 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea / steampunk. You know. The look of polished brass pipes and gear wheels from futures past that actually do nothing at all. What’s a league? Oh who cares. And WOW, look at this box mod thing. Not an e-cigarette at all! It looks like the front face of a smartphone. SMOK makes it and it looks pretty advanced. What’s it all saying on that display? I don’t know really yet but it’s exciting and actually pretty informative. You can't get a readout with information like that from a burning cigarette. This is very cool. I like the idea of being able to get a digital readout concerning the device itself or even better the e-liquid it contains! In the future will they talk to us? I am sure there is a Reddit on all these topics. Like battle stations for your box mod vape pen stations. That would be amazing. Oh wait there is! Check it out here. Well, and then there are pods right? These have nothing to do with the Tide Pods that turn people in zombies after eating them and for the record we do condone that at all. Do not eat those types of pods! I am talking about vaporizer pods like JUUL’s types of vape pods. They look like little usb drives. Should I actually start with one of these? The first time I saw someone vaping one of these pods I literally thought they were just sucking on the end of a USB drive and that they were nervous about something. I had always thought of vaping devices to only look like an e-cigarette of cig-a-like style of vaping pen. Wrong again!Lots of choices there. I think with these devices it leaves a door open in the technical portion of vaping that is dynamic, expandable, interchangeable and with possible future technical feature updates. I am very okay with that.
You know, I wont bash tobacco completely here. I can also relate something with traditional tobacco that is a technical component and still relevant to this article. There is an advanced type of e-cigarette out there that has hit the market. Actually there are several. Especially in Japan.Two of these devices are called the iQos by Philip Morris and the Ploom TECH made by JTI( Japan Tobacco International). I will only say here that these devices are on the leading edge of smoking technology along with other e-cigarettes like British American Tobacco’s ‘GLO’. But in the end this is just tobacco again and a step backwards in my mind. Am I wrong? This is not what I want here though. I thought only to make mention of it here to highlight the technology behind everything and be fair to these products as well. I still want to vape. I want to try vaping and I’d like, once again to start with 0mg and all the thousands of flavor choices out there. It’s great if you ask me. However If you want to read more about the HNB (heat not burn) or RRP’s (reduced risk products) out there that contain granulated tobacco read our last article concerning the matter and the war therein with big tobacco companies.
Reflecting on all the information above I just have one ultimate thought about the vaping industry, vapors themselves, pods, box mods, e juice/e liquid, flavors, and vape pens or e-cigarettes. I love all the choices! I personally know a good life long friend who just quit smoking and started vaping and he loves it. I got a lot of input from him. My opinion is I am excited to try vaping and I hope I do it correctly and nobody makes fun of me as I accidentally try to vape from the wrong end of a pod mod. Once again any input from our readers would be very helpful and informative. I could use the help. I've read some of our own blogs like our entry on the evolution of vaping devices here. That article answers many, many questions about vaping BUT it opens up a lot more questions. Since I feel like the vaping industry is moving so quickly and is so dynamic we need updates and user input! We want to use your input!
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