On my desk is a book from my personal library “Tobacco – A cultural history of how an exotic plant seduced civilization.” And yes, this column is about smoking, but before you lose interest, there is indeed something in it for everyone, so please read on.
Having been a past smoker who began experimenting with tobacco at the young age of 7, I bought this book in January of 2004 and read all 387 pages. Now, I am not going to bore you with a bunch of stuff you can read on Wikipedia or by using a search engine, but rather make an appeal of sorts. The book covers everything in great detail.
Like I’ve said more than once, I repair computers and on occasion I will get one from a smoking household and there is a major difference in them and all the others. Opening this one up in my garage to try and clean out the inside, as it positively reeked of cigarette residue, I discovered what can only be described as a brown sticky mess.
Needless to say, it was dead. Real dead. Ruined and I couldn’t help but draw an analogy to the human lungs of anyone living with a smoker. I write “living with a smoker” because this desktop does not smoke cigarettes.
At some point in my observation, I realized I didn’t start smoking at 7 years old; I started smoking the day I was brought into a smoking household. By the time I began lighting up my own cigarettes, I had already been inhaling smoke, tar, and nicotine for 7 years.
Am I attacking tobacco smokers with this week’s column? No, not in the least; I am making an appeal. There is an alternative and its called vaping. To keep my column manageable, please read about it here: http://www.ecigalternative.
I had to see it to understand how it works and of course, I am not a scientist, so I cannot say that it is safe – it is just safer than smoking tobacco conventionally. It is considerably cheaper also. One person explained to me that a carton of smokes was about $60 plus, while the same amount of “juice” for a vaporizer is about 8 bucks or so.
While I was at the gym, I came out of the steam room and plopped down on a bench next to a fellow close to my own age named George. After a moment of conversation, he said he was a long time smoker and was having trouble breathing. I asked him if he tried vaping, as one of my friends from high school had educated me on it. He said he had tried it without success. I told him my friend explained that the vaporizing device (atomizer) is the key and a good one is a hundred bucks or more.
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If you are still reading this column and believe I am promoting tobacco smoking, you are drawing the wrong conclusion. I do however feel compassion for those who smoke, having been addicted. My sole intention is educate those who want to quit smoking and stop smelling like, well, stinking. There is no nice way to say it.
The reason cigarettes became the standard for smoking over dipping, snuffing, cigars, and pipes is the paper-rolled version is the most efficient nicotine delivery device – until the eCig came along.
A 5 minute cigarette would normally push back the cravings for a spell, but now with the atomizer, a nicotine addict can have a hit or two anytime they need it and no one is offended – unless they interpret the “cloud” of exhaled vapor for smoke, which it simply is not. E juice “smoke” has a pleasant odor or none at all and to experience it first hand is simply amazing. It is not smoke at all, but water vapor and that is why it is called a cloud.
There are some well-meaning people who would like to criminalize tobacco usage, but I am not one of them. I think if you want to smoke, it is your business, but get educated and if you have smoked for long, you are most likely trying to stop. The eCig way may be the safest and cheapest route and you won’t stink or endanger those around you while you take this path.