My smoking stats: I started at age 12, I’m 39 now. I smoke Marlboro Lights (or “Gold” or whatever they’re called now), the regular size, not 100s, about a pack and a quarter a day.
I’ve never given e-cigs much thought before. But last night I was at 7-11 and started talking with the clerk about the ones they sell. (I’ve known this guy for years from my frequent visits, so I know he wasn’t doing a sales pitch on me.)
I’m going to an interview event this weekend, leaving Friday morning and returning Sunday night. I’m trying to get into an alternative teaching certification program. Between spending several hours in the airport/on the plane each way, my hotel room being non-smoking (if I wanted the group rate), and the convention itself, and - most importantly! - not wanting to smell like a smokestack around the people I’m trying to impress, I’ve pretty much resigned myself to hardly being able to smoke during these three days, if at all. And being miserable.
So I’m thinking this would be an opportune time to try out one of these e-cigs. I’m not saying I’d use it openly, I’m sure that would freak people out. But once or twice during the flight I could use it in the bathroom, or a few times a day during the event I could sneak off somewhere to get my fix.
I’ve got a couple of questions for anyone here who might have tried these things out. I’ve looked around a bit online, and the E-Cigarette Forum has a wealth of information, but it’s way to much info to sort through and absorb in too little time.
The one they sell at 7-11 is $20, comes with a USB charger and four cartridges; a pack of 10 cartridges is $15. Is this good enough for trying out the whole “vaping” thing? Or should I go for a better quality e-cig? Where might I physically go buy one (no time to order online)?
There were different strengths of nicotine available in the cartridges, but I don’t remember the numbers. Based on my cigarette intake, what would be a good strength to get?
And one final note: please don’t respond telling me to quit smoking. I know how bad it is. I’m simply looking for a good alternative for this weekend, then we’ll see where it goes from there.