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Have You Considered Giving Up Smoking?
Quitting smoking is one of the hardest challenges a smoker will ever endure. For some, giving it up comes quite easily and they have no problem going “cold turkey”. For others, however, the challenge is often too much to handle and every effort to quit ends up the same – giving in to the overwhelming temptation to light a cigarette.
Many former tobacco smokers, however, have found that electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) have provided a much-needed alternative to smoking tobacco. Vapor smoke usage has increased tremendously over the years. In fact, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), more than 9 million adults in the United States today are vapor smokers.
If you are looking to quit smoking with the help from an e-cig, here are my honest reviews of three popular e-cig brands – V2, blu, and Mistic.
V2 Classic Red
The V2 e-cig is the first electronic cigarette that I tried when I made the decision to quit smoking. They are rated #1 in the e-cig world and with good reason. The handy pre-filled cartridges come in packs of 5 for around $9 and in my experience, one cartridge is about equal to one pack of tobacco cigarettes. The start-up kit includes 2 V2 Classic batteries, 2 packs of pre-filled cartridges, 1 Wall Adapter, 1 USB Charger and a V2 User's Manual for about $40. The flavor cartridges come in several flavors, including V2 Red that truly takes the place of a Marlboro-type cigarette. There are 5 nicotine strengths that have different levels of “throat-bite”. I chose 1.8% to replace my pack-a-day habit and they suit me just fine.
What I Like
I love the flavor of the V2 Classic e-cig. I was pleasantly surprised that I was so easily able to throw out my pack of tobacco sticks. The throat bite was exactly what I needed, the taste was a nice smooth tobacco-type flavor. The convenience of re-fill cartridges versus juice bottles adds icing on the cake. I was also impressed with the price. I had recalled how expensive start-up kits once were, so, for $40, I can't say enough about this wonderful product that allowed me to give up a 40-year habit very easily.
What I Don't Like
As wonderful of a product it is, the delivery time is ridiculously long. Often up to 10 days before they reach the customer's doorstep. I don't blame the V2 company for this delay as much as I blame the delivery service company they use. I tracked my package every day and often times I saw my package sit at one location for days before the delivery continued.
What's worse, however, is that there are no stores in my area that sell the V2 e-cig and the only way to purchase them is to order them online and wait for delivery. I have learned to order large quantities of the cartridges and to keep stocking up. To V2's credit, however, I enjoy the product so much that it's worth the wait.
I love this product. It is my number one choice for an e-cig. Despite the delivery times, I will continue to make them my #1 choice of e-cig for the excellent quality and price.
The blu e-cig that I purchased was actually a disposable e-cig at a cost of $8.99 with a supposed quantity of about 300 puffs. I was able to purchase the blu e-cig over the counter at my local pharmacy, as well as in several other stores in my area.
What I Like
Unlike the V2, the blu e-cig is available in many of the stores in my area. For the price, it's nice to have a back up disposable e-cig for emergencies.
What I Don't Like
Unfortunately, I hated the taste of the blu disposable e-cig I purchased. It tasted like I was smoking incense (not that I've ever actually smoked incense). It was harsh on my throat, although , in fairness, I must say that I didn't realize the very high nicotine level until after I purchased and smoked it. To also be fair to blu, it could very well have been the flavor I bought. Other flavors with a lower nicotine level could very well be good.
I will most likely never purchase another blu. However, just because I didn't care for the taste, the product is still convenient and affordable.
Mistic is also an e-cig that can be found in my local stores. The starter kit includes a USB Charger, 1 battery, 2 pre-filled cartridges for approximately $15. One pack of 5 cartridges is about $9. They offer several different flavors including tobacco and menthol flavors.
What I Like
The Mistic e-cig is comparable to the V2 Classic e-cig. I like that they are available to purchase locally and the price isn't too costly since 1 cartridge is equal to about 1 pack of cigarettes. The flavor is pretty good and the starter kit comes in a nice handy box that looks comparable to a pack of tobacco cigarettes. It's a very convenient way to carry your battery, charger and 2 cartridges when on the go.
What I Didn't Like
The throat bite was weak – comparable to an ultra-light cigarette. The 2 cartridges that were included in my starter kit were both duds. Lucky for me, I had purchased a pack of cartridges at the same time I bought the starter kit.
Only having one battery is difficult, especially if you tend to vape consistently, as I do. Even their kits online have only one battery, however, a second battery is available to purchase for $7.99.
I would definitely use this product again. Most likely I will increase the nicotine level to 2.4% from 1.8% since the latter didn't have enough “kick” for me. I love that I don't have to worry about running out while I'm waiting for a shipment of V2 cartridges, since this product is conveniently found locally.
After 40+ years of slowly killing myself with tobacco cigarettes I have been able to successfully quit smoking with the help of an e-cig. If you've never vaped before, you might be pleasantly surprised that you actually like it better than tobacco. If you once vaped and didn't care for it, I would highly suggest trying it again. Especially if that experience was several years ago when vaping was new. They have certainly changed since the beginning of their days and well worth a second chance. As in an old cigarette ad from many years gone by, “You've come a long way, Baby”.
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