I want to start with some background information on myself and then delve into my thoughts on the two. Firstly, my experience with nicotine is very limited. The first and only time I ever smoked cigarettes was sometime between the age of 4 and 6. My memories are jumbled. My grandpa was a heavy smoker and one day I asked him to try one. My Grandpa is Mexican and has a different approach to parenting than what is considered acceptable in the U.S. decided he would force me to smoke the rest of the pack. So there I was crying, lungs burning, mouth burning, miserable all so he could teach me the very important lifelong lesson of Brand Loyalty.
It worked, I am extremely loyal to brands, once I pick them I champion for them. However, as a side effect, it was very traumatic and I never felt any pressure to take up smoking later in life no matter how many movie stars or peers tried to pressure me to. I only ever smoked weed, I’ve tried hookah a few times, cigars which you don’t inhale anyways. Etc.
So now to Vaping vs Smoking, I recently took up vaping as part of a thought experiment and to test a hypothesis on the addictive effects of nicotine and the significant differences between the two products. Cigarettes and Vapes.
Once lit, you are tethered to the Cigarette until completion, an entire stick of nicotine and tobacco that you inhale into your lungs at once we’ll say in a 5-10 minute window. This is a LOT of nicotine to your brain all at once in a very short amount of time. However there’s also a natural stopping point, the cigarette is done, so you are done. Resume you day.
The downside is that there is no natural stopping point until the vape is done or the cartridge is done. Most disposables or cartridges are equivalent to 1-2 packs of cigarettes. It’s considered between 5000-7000 “puffs” is a pack of cigarettes worth of nicotine. Teens abused these heavily and got themselves addicted, vaping 24 hours a day 7 days a week without understanding the dangers or risks of nicotine products. Smokers find them less appealing but generally they’re considered much safer for your lungs than cigarettes and that’s the appeal.
Hypothesis and Theory:
-Rule 1: Stop using the vape when I feel it
Really simple rules, I want to use the vape but I don’t want to abuse it and I want to manage dependance by not using it all day long. I’ve been vaping for 30 days now and the effects have been interesting, as someone without a prior addiction to Nicotine or tolerance for its effects it only takes one good puff for me to feel the buzz and that buzz lasts about 10 minutes. Over 30 days my vape has only gone down 8% (92/100). So in the span of a single month I have ingested the equivalent of 4.8 cigarettes, less than 5 full cigarettes in 30 days.
I’m going to post updates every month on this ongoing experiment, December 15th will mark the next 30 day window and likely result in a December 16th update!
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