Friday, April 30, 2010

Smoke free?

I've been trying to quit smoking for about 3 years now.. and DAMN that crap is hard. I envy those who can take Chantix (I can't take it) and those who can go "cold turkey" without killing someone.
So my girlfriend Hope, told me about electronic cigarettes. They DO have nicotine but they DON'T have all the tar and chemicals and crap. They come in various strengths of nicotine all the way down to zero (if you just want the taste and hand to mouth feeling).
There is no smoke involved. You inhale vapor and you exhale vapor. (There is a short video on the page I linked.)

Let's talk about the cost. The initial cost is kind of high. It's about $90 for the starter kit but they currently have a 19% discount and they're always having discounts. There are different levels of starter kits but they all come with 5 "Cartomizers" which is equivelent to 5 packs of cigarettes. A pack of 5 Cartomizers costs roughly 9 dollars (not including their discounts) and if you were to buy 5 packs of cigarettes in Arizona off base that would cost you about $32.50 instead of about $7.30. If I buy it ON base it's $21.50 so either way I'm saving a LOT LOT LOT LOT LOT LOT of money and saving money always makes me happy.

I started with the VAPOR KING-Ultimate Ultimatum Automatic Kit ($71 with the discount) plus an extra 4 Cartomizers and with shipping it was 114.32. That is 45 packs of cigarettes costing me $7 more than if I had just purchased regular cigarettes. This is with the STARTING kit. If I buy 4 Cartomizers a month including $9.95 shipping I'll save $132 a month... not including any discounts they're running. If I lost you in all the math basically it's saving you a buttload of money so when it gets here and I've given it a fair trial I'll let you know how it goes. :)

Oh, and since there is NO smoke, only a pleasant smelling vapor (because they have 1000's of flavors you can choose from) I don't have to go outside!!! Double Score!


  1. NOT to forget that if it works, you will probably be able to completely stop using the e-cigs (as they are lovingly called by a baseball mom). Our baseball friends are having fabulous luck with these by the way!
    Good luck! YOU CAN DO IT!

  2. Are you still doing it?

  3. They JUST came in the mail two days ago and while they are NOTHING like a real cigarette they do take the edge off... so yeah I am but I don't like it lol.

  4. I quit cold turkey, but Ash had a really hard time. They sell a "single" electronic cigarette for about fifteen bucks. It's equal to about three packs of cigarettes, but not refillable. I think it tasted like mint gum. It got her over the "hump" of going from smoking to not. She used it a few weeks and was done with it. When she did bum a cigarette, it almost made her gag! She wasn't ecstatic about it at first, but the more she used it, the better alternative it was to not smoking at all! Hope you get used to it!