I had been smoking heavily since 2006. For some, this may not sound like a long time, but smoking cigarettes was definitely taking a toll on my health. My blood pressure was sky high, and EVERY time I lit one up, I felt guilty. I wanted to quit…but I also was accustomed to my nicotine fix. There’s something wrong when your lips go numb, and you’re light headed immediately after smoking the first cigarette of the day.
Not only was my health suffering, my pocket book was taking a beating as well. Sometimes a pack of cigarettes cost me over $8.00!
In December of 2009, I came across a kiosk at the local mall selling electronic cigarettes. Intrigued, I stopped to find out more about this new device. It was a Smoking Everywere vendor, and I was told had a 30 day money back guarantee. At $100.00 dollars, that was a huge selling point for me to give this a trial run.
Needless to say, I was very disappointed with the results. The vapor lacked in both volume, and taste. I would constantly struggle with the atomizer with every other puff, and the battery just did not hold its charge through half a day. Luckily for me, it came with a 30 day money back guarantee…so I thought. After returning with my purchase to the kiosk, I was to find out there was a stipulation to the guarantee.
“We do not accept opened, used or damaged product.”
Strike one with electronic cigarettes!
A couple months later, I found another brand, Smoke 51, at a local tobacco shop. This starter kit was priced roughly half that of the previous, so I thought I would give it a try. Did I quit smoking? No, I didn’t, but this was so much better than the last. I would use it every so often, but not enough to kick the habit. It had great vapor volume, but I didn’t care much for its taste. Plus the battery sucked. So it was doomed to sit at the bottom of a drawer along with the first I tried.
Strike two with electronic cigarettes!
Fast forward a year and a half later, I received an email from Nicotek. I hadn’t heard of them, and they wanted me to try their product…for FREE. How could I pass that up? Well, I didn’t, and it’s a good thing. Since I received their product, I have been smoke free! So what was it that was so different about Nicotek? Well, it had good vapor volume, and the taste was much better for one. Second, the battery, although not a very long lasting one, did hold a charge a little longer than the others.
But there is so much more offered, that I had no clue about!
I was so happy with my results, that I immediately started learning more about this product. Could there be better? Different flavors? A longer lasting battery? A more cost effective way to enjoy vaping?
YOU BET YA! But it took me a lot of research to find honest answers and opinions.
It seemed to me that most of the review sites were all reviewing the same brands, with the same ratings, selling us on the least desirable products…that happen to have the largest markups!
Yeap…just try a search on “electronic cigarette reviews”…I already know which brands and styles are being shoved down the throats of the unknowing.
Although I still use my Nicotek, (at certain times), it will always hold a special place with me. As I write this, I am dripping my ego-t without the tank…just a big battery with a 510 atomizer outfitted with a drip tip and a bottle of my favorite e-liquid that I found in my quest to know the “real deal”.
It cost less and performs MUCH better than the inferior products that I was “told” were the best by so many of the review sites out.
This is why I started this site, to give honest, straight forward, and unbiased opinions on how the different products perform. To educate those that are exploring the option of switching from analog cigarettes to electronic cigarettes for the first time. And to keep the more experienced vapers, like myself, abreast of this ever changing and evolving technology.
I would still be smoking today, if I had experienced another strike with e-cigarettes. It is my sincere hope to help those that want to quit smoking, do so with the aid of vaping…without being mislead like I had been, to achieve success.