Three months ago, I had my second stroke in a month, and the doctor told me that I was lucky enough to have survived. He gave me a stern warning that a third stroke would either be fatal or debilitating. He told me to quit smoking.
Having been a chain smoker for almost a decade has left me doubting myself if I can really quit smoking. It gave me a different kind of high and it has given me company during hard times. But I love my life and my family. I have decided to follow my doctor’s advice.
The stroke has left me with left hemiparesis, which meant I have only weakness on my left extremities. After only a month, I was already doing everything that I loved except for one thing, smoking. The craving grew by the day and I was getting more depressed and restless. My doctor brought me a vape and a bottle of zero-nicotine e-juice. Since then, I kept longing for more and with these following reasons, my love story with e-juices has begun to flourish.
Variety Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
I had always preferred menthol cigarettes. While I was finding the right flavor that perfectly mimics the cool blend of menthol and tobacco, I came to discover many other flavors that go well with my taste buds. Some are fruity flavored, others are chocolatey, while some resemble cereal, vanilla or cinnamon.
Time Only Makes it Better
I used to stock cigarettes in my locker, but the longer they stay on the shelf, some get molds with an evident change of flavor. The menthol kick is the one usually lost. This is not true with e-juices. Like wine, they get better with time. The longer they are stocked in a cool and dark place, the tastier they become. Among vapers, this is what we call steeping.
When I said that I felt great when I first vaped after my second stroke, my attending doctor who gifted me the vape must have concluded that it was only a placebo effect since it was kept from me that the e-juice was nicotine free. Little did he know that I went over the product’s label and learned that the e-juice has zero nicotine content. Until now, I am still attracted to zero-nicotine vape juices because of their satisfying flavour and delightful scent that go well with my health condition.
While zero-nicotine e-juices have served as the best replacement for my cigarettes, other vapers may opt for juices that contain higher levels of nicotine.
The various flavors of e-juices command a wide range of prices. Some flavors are cheaper than others. Because I am not very particular with a specific flavor except for menthol, I have the option of choosing vape juices according to my buying capacity at the moment. Unlike cigarettes, e-juices are sometimes offered on sale or on a discounted price. This provides me opportunity to save.
I have been addicted to cigarettes because of their nicotine content. But with the ill-effects of nicotine on my health, through sheer determination, I was able to arrest this addiction. Indeed, my obsession of the flavorful world of e-juices has been the most helpful factor. I know that this love affair with vape juices will last a lifetime.