I can’t remember the last time I smoked an actual cigarette. To be honest, I don’t want to remember. If I’m out with a friend who asks me to hold his or her cigarette for a second, I won’t do it. It feels gross in my hands, the smoke smells gross, the smell on my fingers is gross too. I’ve been using electronic cigarettes as a smoking alternative for about eight months now, and it’s sometimes easy for me to forget what I felt like when I smoked tobacco cigarettes. I’ve gotten to the point where that part of my life is so far in the past that I don’t even think about what it was like when I smoked cigarettes —until I’m reminded by what’s it’s like to not smoke them.
The other day I took my dog to the park. I had my trusty Vapor Zeus —the vapor cigarette that helped me make the switch— in hand. My dog, Maggie, is a little whippet-lab mix and she’s always got a lot of energy, so I figured it’d be a good idea to help her run some of it off. I haven’t jogged in about a year. I think the last time I jogged was trying to catch a CTA bus in Chicago. You know, one of those buses that now has “Vaping: It’s Still Addiction” plastered on the back of it as part of Chicago’s anti-vaping campaign. Gotta love the Windy City. When I started jogging with my rocketflash of a dog at the park on Sunday, I noticed I expected to stop before my body wanted to. My brain was prepared to stop and catch my breath after a dozen or so strides, but I didn’t need to. I kept going, and going, and going until I had jogged nearly the entirety of the ½ mile track around the park. I didn’t have to push my body; my body pushed me. When I was finished jogging, I was breathing rapidly, but I was not out of breath. My chest felt open, my legs tingled with circulation, and my nostrils flared in exhilaration. It was then that I realized the difference. When I was a smoker, I could not run more than a block without getting winded. When I went up the stairs to catch a train, I would be unable to catch my breath. I know science is the United States is still far behind in accurately exploring the potential benefits of e-cigarettes. I’m not a scientist, but I’ll tell you one thing: I can run and ride a bike now without getting winded. That’s something I could not do when I smoked cigarettes. Has anything changed for you since you switched to e-cigarettes? I’m not just talking about how your clothes smell better, and how your mouth doesn’t feel like an ashtray anymore. Have you noticed any of the surprising benefits of e-cigarettes? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. If science won’t tell this story, we will.
1 1/2 yr ago,no started Vaping after 32yrs of smoking. It truly is a new world now,sleep,breathing,smells I forgotten existed,and best part...my doctor took me off my CPAP machine. Vaping quite possibly saved my life..definitely improved it
Loved your short story about "I’ve Forgotten What It Was Like to Smoke Cigarettes"
I've been vaping for almost 4 years now. While I too have a hard time remembering what it was like to smoke cigarettes, I do remember what it was like to start vaping, and how it transformed my life.
At first I had to be honest with myself. Smoking wasn't just an addiction for me. I liked smoking, I like nicotine. I like the action of it, the way it feels with that first cup of coffee in the morning. What I didn't like is the smell and what it was doing to me. But it was like that one bad girlfriend/boyfriend. They're so hot, yet so bad, it's hard to give up.
I didn't switch suddenly, it was gradual over a period of a couple of months. Once I did, I never looked back.
Like you, I may get winded, but I don't lose my breath. If I do it has more to do with me being just a tad over weight (wink wink) rather than my lungs being full of tobacco goo.
The positives? I smell better, both to other people, and literally. I can actually smell things for what they are now. Food is better. Sleep is better. I don't get the headaches like I used to. Colds and sinus infections are few and far between now. If I do get sick, it's short lived, it doesn't hang around for weeks on end like it did when I smoked.
I stopped smoking and switched to vaping 3 years ago and I just completed my first half marathon finished it in 2 hours 59 min. I never could have done that when smoking. I have plans of getting another half marathon in and improve my time later this year.