I’ve been meaning to try one for about a year now (since last winter’s Hothlanta Snowpocalypse, when I got snowed into my parents’ house for four days and could sneak one cigarette per day, on the roof, perched dangerously on the six inches of icelessness outside my bathroom window), and recently a lot of my smoker friends in my school of music have been trying them out and telling me how fantastic they are—-how convenient, how scentless, and how easy it’s becoming to quit when you can dial down the nicotine slowly but still leave the oral-fixation aspect intact, which was always the hardest thing to get over for me.
So tonight I ran out of lighters (seriously, I think I’m starting to actually REPEL lighters these days, the number of them I’ve lost recently) and went next door to Walgreens to replenish. I was looking at the prices of lighters and noticed that they sell Blu disposable electronic cigarettes now—-a little expensive at $10 for the equivalent of a pack and a half, but I’ve been meaning to try one so long and I have a tiny bit of dispensable cash this week so I splurged (after the cashier swore I could return it if it was broken or something). Tried it out just now, and—-I swear to god, five (COMPLETELY SCENTLESS, I am so stoked, the smell of cigarettes makes me crazy) puffs later and I have a slight buzz (and I’m a pack-a-day girl—-I haven’t had a buzz since 2009), the throat hit was satisfactorily strong, it tasted great and—-best of all—-I had my boyfriend and my roommate come smell the smoke to see if they’d be okay with me smoking inside… and there is NO SMELL. I don’t have to go outside at 3am in freezing temperatures and destroy my immune system just to indulge my stinky cancerous habit.
The instant I get paid from school, I’m getting the Blu starter pack, and I am determined that I will quit regular cigarettes completely before my senior recital in April. I can’t keep destroying my lungs like this—-I’m young, yes, but I’m a bassoonist, and we need lung power. I still have a ton of power to spare (I work extensively on breath support every day), but I hate that I’m constantly wasting it one cigarette at a time.
I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE EXCITED ABOUT A DRUG IN MY LIFE. </UNBEARABLE CAPSLOCK OF BEING>