Be Romantic, Replace Tobacco With Electronic Cigarettes Before Valentines Day

Valentines Day is a day to spend time with your significant other. It’s a time to do something big and romantic for your sweetie. If you don’t go big, you have to go with your heart and emotions. Put some thought into it. There are many activities you can do on Valentines Day.

  • Breakfast in Bed
  • Day at the Museum
  • Visit to the Aquarium
  • Dinner and a Movie
  • Night of Video Rentals
  • Surprise Flower Delivery
  • Limo Ride to Lunch
  • Candies and Teddy Bears

What do all of these things have in common? It’s simple…

You!

You’re going to be there during the entire day with your loved one and if you’re still smoking, you’re going to stink like cigarettes the entire day.

While you’re in each others arms or holding hands, you’re going to stink like cigarettes.

How many times have you been told that you stink? Quite often I’m sure, because I used to hear it all the time.

It’s also not very romantic when you have to step outside from your romantic dinner for a 5 minute smoke break. It’s also not fun to hear you complaining about how much you need a cigarette either.

You can avoid both of these scenarios by purchasing an electronic cigarette. They don’t stink like smoke and actually smell pretty good. They have the nicotine you need to crush those cravings too.

Don’t ruin Valentines Day – replace your smokes with an electronic cigarette. You won’t smell like an ashtray on Valentines Day, or any other day for that matter!

* image courtesy of hawk684 of Flickr

Menthol Smokers Have a Harder Time Quitting

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Statistics show that about half of all teenage smokers and 80% of African-American smokers smoke menthol cigarettes. While it’s only about 25% of all smokers, that’s still an enormous amount of people. Studies have shown that smokers who smoke menthol cigarettes may possibly have a harder time quitting smoking than other smokers. Research seems to suggest that there are several reasons.

  • Increased nicotine intake due to economic worries
  • Menthol activates cold-sensitive neurons in the nervous system
  • Cooling sensation makes smoke easier to inhale

All of these factors combined are likely to lead to heavier addictions. With the economy in the terrible position it’s in today, people are smoking less cigarettes per day, but are inhaling more heavily, taking in more of the toxic chemicals of the cigarette.

Another reason smokers find menthols more appealing is that it activates cold-sensitive neurons in the nervous system, which makes the cigarettes much more desirable to those who smoke them.

The cooling sensation of menthols also makes the smoke from tobacco easier to inhale, which in turn causes the smoker to take larger inhalations, again, increasing the addiction.

This topic is quite interesting to me because I was a menthol smoker. I haven’t smoked since August, almost 5 months now, so after hearing about this I’m happy to know that despite the heaviness of my tobacco addictions, my electronic cigarettes have been doing the job. Quitting is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.

Complete Review of the South Beach Smoke Electronic Cigarette

Just recently, I’ve come across South Beach Smoke electronic cigarettes and I decided to order their deluxe kit to give them a try. My first electronic cigarette was from Green Smoke, and I love it, but I’ve noticed that many of my friends are hesitant to buy it because of the price ($115 for a kit). After looking at South Beach Smoke, their products seem to be just as high quality as Green Smoke, but available at a much more affordable price.

For example, you can get the deluxe electronic starter kit for only $49.99 with cartridges, two batteries, and a charger. I paid $115 for the starter kit at Green Smoke which only came with 1 battery. Quite a difference, especially for people who just can’t afford the more expensive kits.

So I ordered the deluxe kit from South Beach Smoke and I have to say that so far, I’m very impressed. I really wanted to try out all their flavors, so I ordered the assortment pack, but was a little disappointed that the only strength available for it is ultra light * (update below). That’s OK though. One other thing I don’t really care for is that you have to sign up for automatic shipping of new cartridges when you order. It’s no big deal because you can cancel anytime, but I’d still like to have the option to choose not to sign up.

Ok, so first some things I’d love to see in the future when ordering; PayPal payments and lower shipping rates. I’d rather wait 7-10 days than pay $10 shipping.

I just got my kit today, as you can see in the image at the top of this post. The packaging is quite impressive. The picture below shows everything that came in the package.

Both batteries were charged so I was able to test everything right out of the package. I tested both batteries with each of the five cartridges. There are 5 flavors to choose from; tobacco, menthol, vanilla, chocolate, and cherry. Each cartridge is estimated to last as long or slightly longer than one pack of cigarettes.

Just like the Green Smoke cartridges, each of the South Beach Smoke cartridges have their own distinct taste, probably from whatever type of flavoring they use, but it’s not bad by any means. I’ll be honest, I don’t care much for the vanilla or tobacco flavors. I don’t know which is which, but one of them tastes like mustard to me. I think it’s the vanilla one. The other three flavors taste good though. My favorite is definitely cherry.

After testing all of the cartridges, I have to say that I think the cartridges need a little work. They don’t smoke so well without taking a huge drag and even then I still couldn’t get a whole lot of vapor. * (update below)

I really like the batteries. They are high quality and have enough power for my needs. The South Beach Smokes have a super realistic feel too, which I like a lot. All in all, I really like this electronic cigarette. They feel good, taste good and are very affordable. You can check out their website at SouthBeachSmoke.com if you want to learn more.

* Update: The low amount of vapor I got from the South Beach Smoke was because I was sent the ultra low cartridges. From what I understand, the full flavor cartridges smoke just as well as the Green Smokes. I’d also like to add that since I’ve ordered, South Beach Smoke just recently added the ability to choose any flavor and any strength when ordering the Deluxe kit.

I Hate Public Smoking Areas

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I’ve been meeting my fiance at her college after work once a week so that we can spend more time together. I usually have to waste about an hour of time before she gets out of class, so I hang out around the school and check emails on my phone.

The wait doesn’t really bother me, but what does bother me is that just about every spot to sit down and take a break is surrounded by smokers.

After not having smoked a cigarette in more than a month and replacing tobacco completely with my electronic cigarette, I absolutely can’t stand to be around cigarette smoke anymore. It stinks and gives me a headache. As I’m sitting around I can’t help but watch these smokers, most of them young kids, and feeling terrible that they are throwing their life away for a pleasure so trivial.

* image provided courtesy of Seth Sawyers via Flickr

Smoking On Television and in Movies Should Be Banned

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You know when you see someone smoking a cigarette on TV and it looks so relaxing that it makes you absolutely crave a smoke? I don’t get that feeling anymore. I’ve been clean from cigarettes for more than a month and my desire to smoke a real cigarette is almost nonexistent.

Every time a Bruce Willis or Mickey Rourke movie would come on TV (which are the types of movies I tend to watch), I’d have an incredible urge to smoke a cigarette. While I enjoyed my tobacco, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the TV would make cigarettes look. Now when I see someone smoking, in real life or TV, I think of all the bad things that come with smoking.

I remember what it’s like to have nasty breath, dry eyes from all the smoke in the room, and even a slight headache from depriving my body of oxygen.

Why did I ever smoke? Oh yeah, that’s right – because cigarettes are one of the most addictive drugs ever. I didn’t want to smoke, but the addiction made me believe I didn’t want to quit either.

I strongly believe that if I never gave an electronic cigarette a chance, I would be destined to an early grave. I was almost positive that I would suffer from a tobacco-related sickness or disease later in life, most likely lung cancer. That’s why I committed myself to quitting.

Did you know that dying from lung cancer is just like drowning? I don’t want to go out that way!

* image provided courtesy of Raymond Shobe via Flickr

Cigarette Smoke Really Stinks After Quitting

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I haven’t smoked a real cigarette in more than a month now and it feels great. If you know me, you know my one weakness is alcohol. I go out with friends just about every weekend for a few beers and I can’t help but smoke when I drink.

My electronic cigarette has completely satiated my desire for a cigarette every time I’ve gone out for drinks in the past month. Over the latest couple of weekends I’ve also noticed that my desire for the electronic cigarettes has even decreased quite a bit, which I’m very happy about.

I haven’t felt so good about my health in a long time. I feel great, my anxiety has dropped and I’ve noticed that I even have more energy throughout the day.

Something else I’ve noticed after using the electronic cigarette since the end of July is that I now know how non-smokers feel to be around smokers. Since I’ve always smoked cigarettes, I never really noticed the smell of the smoke or it didn’t really bother me. I can barely stand to be around someone smoking anymore and find myself walking around smoking areas in front of restaurants and other businesses.

Up to this point, I’m very pleased with my progress in quitting smoking tobacco.

Smoking in sync!!” image by Alessandra is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Prevent Lung Cancer Caused By Smoking By Eating Fruits and Vegetables

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Dr. William Li recently gave a speech at a Ted Conference where he spoke about a new treatment for cancer. The treatment inhibits angiogenesis, the growth of blood vessels, and has had great success rates on a variety of cancers. Sadly, lung cancer isn’t one of them, but Dr. Li still offered some great news for smokers.

It turns out that there are actually lots of foods and drinks which can help prevent cancer before it progresses into a deadly disease.

  • Green Tea
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Apples
  • Pineapple
  • Cherries
  • Red Grapes
  • Red Wine
  • Bok Choy
  • Kale
  • Soy Beans
  • Ginseng
  • Maitake Mushroom
  • Licorice
  • Turmeric
  • Nutmeg
  • Artichokes
  • Lavender
  • Pumpkin
  • Sea Cucumber
  • Tuna
  • Parsley
  • Garlic
  • Tomato
  • Olive Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Dark Chocolate

All of the foods above are antiangiogenesis and have various levels of potency. By smoking, you may have already caused the mutation of DNA in your blood cells to the point where they may form into cancer later in life. You should do what you can now to prevent it.

To learn more about the research that Dr. William Li did, watch the video below.

* “Fruit & vegetable basket” image by muammerokumus is licensed under CC BY SA 2.0

Smoking Causes Depression in Teens

I started smoking when I was a teenager in high school, almost immediately after starting as a freshman. I was 15 and I remember doing it because all of my friends were doing it. During lunch breaks it felt good to go stand outside the little store across the street from the school, talking about whatever. I thought it helped me relax and relieve stress from all of the hard school work. Now when I look back on it though, I realize I was only trying to fit in. It was one of the worst decisions of my life.

After reviewing a study from scientists at the University of Toronto and the University of Montreal on the “Use of cigarettes to improve affect and depressive symptoms in a longitudinal study of adolescents,” I wonder if it may have entirely changed the course of my life. While many young teens, and people in general, think that smoking improves mood and has self-medicating effects, the recent study actually shows that in the long-term, teens who smoke report higher depressive symptoms.

This study took 662 high school students from grades 7 to 11 and asked them up to 20 questions regarding their use of cigarettes as mood enhancers. To provide a wider range of results, they also mixed in students from secondary schools, urban and rural schools, French and English students and schools located in neighborhoods of varying levels of socioeconomics.

There were three groups: those who have never smoked, those who did not use cigarettes to self-medicate, and those who did use cigarettes to self-medicate. The research looked at several symptoms that show signs of depression; anxiety, nervousness, feeling tired often, trouble going to sleep, feelings of hopelessness, feeling unhappy and worrying too much.

Based on the above signs of depression, the study showed that smokers who used cigarettes as mood enhancers had higher risks of depressive symptoms as compared to teens who have never smoked.

Now the reason I wonder if my own smoking habits as a teen has altered my course in life is because I also had small bouts of depression. Never to the point of requiring professional help, but my friends can tell you that I would get quite down on myself. I felt hopelessness for my future and in 10th grade I dropped out of high school. I began hanging out with some bad people and got into a lot of trouble. I just didn’t care anymore.

A year and a half after dropping out of school, I took a hard look at my life and was embarrassed at what I had thrown away and what my family thought of me. I could see it in their faces. So I went back to school, graduated and went to college. I’ve never been happier.

I’m not saying that cigarettes had anything to do with this entire series of events, but what if it did?

*image courtesy of Valentin.Ottone

My First Week of Vaping

Green Smoke Battery and Charger

During the first week of owning an electronic cigarette, I found myself using it waaaaay more often than I smoke regularly. I was almost worried that it would lead me to becoming a heavier smoker. I think I was so excited to have this new gadget that I just couldn’t put it down. Not to mention the awesome chocolate flavored cartridge I was using.

After the first week, my vaping habits started aligning with how I had smoked before getting the e-cig. I wasn’t vaping more than normal.

Another one of my worries was that when I was drinking, the electronic cigarette wouldn’t stop my cravings for regular cigarettes, but it worked perfectly for me. I vaped it as often as I normally would smoke cigarettes and I had no desire to smoke a Kool (my usual brand).

I also started to realize that all of a sudden I knew when to stop smoking it. Since an electronic cigarette doesn’t burn down like a normal cigarette, I was never sure how much to vape, but after only a couple of days it became natural for me to know when to stop. As soon as I had enough of the nicotine I craved, I was able to put the e-cig down after a normal amount of time. It usually takes me about 3-4 minutes to smoke a cigarette, and now it’s about the same with the e-cigarette.

I saw and felt the benefits of the electronic cigarette almost immediately after buying it. The best part is that I don’t struggle for air and wheeze anymore while I’m working out. I love this thing!

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