Recently (more precisely 3 weeks ago today) I went into a shop and bought a mid range E-cig. I have tried to quit smoking multiple times before now and with little success, I could never find that ‘thing’ that would make my cravings go away. This time however, I’m 3 weeks smoke free and I haven’t felt this good in a long time (having been smoking for 5 years).

I decided to quit this time because I could actually smell myself and it wasn’t nice. I literally smelled like an ash tray. I thought “God, if I can smell that, what must others smell?”. And so a hero was born.

Well not really, but I am pretty proud of myself for staying off the real cigarettes so long. The longest I’ve ever been off them. This is not to say that I wouldn’t sell one of my kidneys for the real thing if I got the chance. But I’ve come too far now to give up and if I don’t do it now I’ll never do it.

Obviously the E-cig is not as healthy as I’d like to think it is. The people who make the oils and products are unregulated and do not adhere to guidelines set by research. Although this is starting to change. This is partly due however, to the horror stories that float around on Facebook: Mine exploded in my pocket, the oil choked me, popcorn lung etc…

There has been proper research done into the E-cig and obviously they have their dangers. But when it comes to the horror stories, it could be people not looking after their devices or not reading the instructions on the oil or at least doing a bit of research beforehand. But there are some cases where the devices do malfunction through no fault of the user and I totally accept that.

I would firmly believe that you get what you pay for, so if people want a good E-cig, they won’t get one for under €40. Mine was roughly €56 and it hasn’t let me down yet.

I’m sure everyone has an opinion on this topic, be it one side of the coin or the other but the E-cig has helped me cut down and start moving off nicotine addiction altogether and I’m glad such a device exists to help people quit.

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