"I began smoking at 15, the morning after entering the youth justice system. We would get by on the butts left in the ashtray by our supervisors, with the occasional whole tailor-made thrown as a bone to the dogs that we were. This set the standard and scope for the next 15 years in my career as a nicotine addict.
In 2009 or 2010, I met a dude who had dissolved cannabis concentrate into a vapeable base. I had a few puffs on his vape and tasted sweet cinnamon with that unmistakable green twist. I was amazed. Another friend, who was in the room at the time, gave me my first e-go to play with.
For the first few months, vaping was just a fascination for me and a convenient way to stretch the gap between rollies when driving long distances. I could see the potential and ideologically supported it, (anything to get people to stop inhaling toxic fumes and tar,) but the gear I had access to was cheap Chinese shit, leaky at best and incendiary at it’s worst.
Having a drug induced heart attack is what finally turned me. Enough was enough and I had to stop taking harmful drugs or die. I spent the next year in drug and alcohol rehab and support houses and turned my obsession with nicotine and paraphernalia fixation from other substances, and turned it to vapistry.
As the years have rolled on, I’ve taken ownership of my addictive nature through comprehensive harm reduction. My vape gear is constituted of a narrow range of decent coil systems (Aspire and TFV8 based), a few Goons, a couple of mechs and an evic mini. I’ve tried just about all the common gear and have found my niche.
As far as liquid goes, I’m still a bit of a butt hunter. Whilst the risks of vaping dodgy liquid is understood, I often vape what’s cheapest and ignore what might or might not be in the bottle. A great method of harm reduction I practice is to buy the strongest flavoured liquids I can find, at 12-18mg/ml, then dilute them with high quality VG til they’re between 2 and 6mg/ml. I’ve learnt to like a light flavour and I know that at least 75% of whatever I’m inhaling is of the finest quality... whatever it is.
I reckon that vaping might be saving my life. I won’t know for sure til I know what actually kills me, but I don’t smoke anymore and can’t stand cigarettes. Even if my vape dies, I have no desire to smoke at all and can’t imagine ever wanting to take up that filthy habit again."
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