Electronic Cigarettes – Do they work?

I’ve been a smoker for nearly ten years. Ten years! As I contemplated this fact, I decided I needed to take steps to get myself off this crap. Having zero willpower and having tried nicotine patches and gum before, I wanted to try a new approach. Not to mention that when I stopped smoking previously, I constantly felt like I wanted to injure people if they pissed me off, which was often back then.

Not long after I made my decision to quit, my brother showed me this interesting new device:

ego-w electronic cigarette;It’s called an Ego W Cartomizer. Or, generically, an E – Cigarette. Liquid is dropped into the upper cartridge – or cartomizer – and then the battery heats up coils in the cartridge to create a vapour. What this does is gives the user the sensation of smoking, but providing only nicotine vapour to dull the cravings. The advantage to this is that there is no tar, cyanide or any of the other pretty gross chemicals found in cigarettes and rolling tobacco.

There are all kinds of makes and models of these things, and I’ve found it a little difficult to get started as it seems the technology behind this gadget is evolving at a fast pace.

There are still medical arguments as to the health benefits of using E – Cigarettes instead of smoking normally. I have personally found it to be really useful. Apart from my recent trip to Amsterdam, I haven’t smoked in five weeks.

I’m not sure of whether it’s healthier or not, but it’s nice not smelling of cigarettes. It’s nice not to get nicotine stains on my fingers or teeth. And it’s awesome because I can now smoke inside while I’m blogging instead of having to stand outside in this forbidding, cruel English climate.

So the final verdict from me is this, I haven’t smoked a cigarette in weeks and I don’t feel any worse for it. The plan for me now is to gradually decrease the amount of nicotine concentrate until I reach zero. Then I’ll put it down for good. Until then, I’ll continue to vape as opposed to smoke, because it does feel better not to be smoking.


Introverted Nerd Seeks Justice

Culturally, here in the UK, a man has to have a specific set of attributes, hobbies and opinions in order to be classed as a “man’s man”. These tend to include:

  • watching football or rugby and actively supporting a team
  • drinking alcohol (usually while participating in the above)
  • if single, a man must “go on the pull” (a romantic expression of finding a female partner for the evening, mostly achieved while participating in the above)

I don’t do any of these things.

I hate football, and the culture associated with it, particularly in the UK. I consider it loutish, not to mention pointless. It’s a bunch of grown men kicking a ball around a field. Seriously, I don’t get it. Playing it, yes, I can see why that might be a bit of fun. I have been known to kick a ball to another person at one point or another in my life. But watching it? It’s about as exciting to me as watching someone else play Pac Man.

Alcohol does strange things to me. It makes me un-coordinated and a little bit mouthy. I don’t really like how I am after a few beers. Now, at special occasions, I will drink a few just to get my confidence up a tad as in real life, I’m not very good at talking to people I don’t know. But I will not drink at home under any circumstances. I can’t read when I’ve been drinking, I can’t write and I can’t watch a movie or be a particularly attentive lover. I have my reasons for not drinking, I’m not pushy about it. But I get jeered at on odd occasions because I don’t want to piss £70 up a wall, or throw it up the next day. Yes, it might well have been a good night, but I can’t remember any of it and all I want to do is throw up and sleep. It’s a bit of a waste of free time, in my opinion. It’s a shame that people can’t take it as that – an opinion – as opposed to a criticism of their own lifestyles.

I’ve been single quite a bit throughout my life (I’m I’m ever grateful to my girlie of five years who, so far, still seems to like me a bit), and I have never “chatted up” a woman in a bar, or gone out to actively find myself a girlfriend. I’ve got together with girls that I’ve known as friends, coincidences and internet dating. I’m not saying that going out and chatting with a few girls is a bad thing, but it’s just not my thing. And I also remember being asked quite firmly why I didn’t go out and “chat up some birds”, which I took exception to.

I’ll tell you what I do enjoy doing, so I can paint a picture here of what seems to be the opposite of the average man in the UK.

I enjoy:

  • Watching movies. A lot. Movies are a great way to spend a Friday night. Whether that’s because I need some escapism from the daily grind, I don’t know. My Dad is into movies, and so am I. Just not feelgood movies. I feel cheated if I can predict that everything will turn out fine in the end, and that the guy will get the girl and also overcome his own insecurities.
  • Playing video games. Whether this is a remainder of my childhood that didn’t get phased out along with playing with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures, I don’t know. I just know that I seem to enjoy shooting bad guys in the face.
  • Reading. Whether it be books, or – my newly found hobby – blogs, I have always loved the written word. I’ve never been a massive fan of fiction, but I do own nearly all of Stephen King’s titles. I just like the way he writes, it’s simple and he creates pictures in my head without looking for convoluted synonyms in the thesaurus to pad out his work.
  • Making movies. I’ve been training myself in the arts of photography and special effects editing. Not for any other reason than for fun, really. I’m not overly ambitious, but I do love making short effects that make people say “wow”. See here if you’re interested at all.

There, I feel somewhat refreshed after that. Maybe I’m just odd, and my girlfriend just likes quite weird men that look quite a bit like Moby or Boris Karloff.