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Are E-cigs worth it?

In smoking on March 1, 2014 at 10:12 PM

As a recently new smoker, I wanted to try an E-cigarette. I had just gotten paid, so I knew that I would have the money. I popped over to the local Shell station, bantered with the sales clerk (although, looking back on it, it may have been the store manager) and decided on the Blu E-cig in natural tobacco flavour.
No one told me that I had to read the instructions that came on the side, but I did. I kept it in the protective rubber cap, when not using it. As the day wore on, I decided to smoke it inside my room, something that was previously unacceptible as my aunt has COPD. She didn’t complain about it, yet she liked it.
I on the other hand, did not like it. When I started, it tasted like an old cup of Starbucks that you found when you cleaned out your desk. Sure, it was pretty good when you didn’t feel like coming outside at two am, but the vapor and smoke burned my throat as I smoked it. I must admit that the cost of it, at least at the gas station, cost more than a single pack of Marlboros, so this model is not cheaper than a pack of cigarettes.
I read an article in Bloomberg Businessweek that said the starter back offered by Blu would run comparible to 20-40 packs of cigarettes, yet if you add up the cost of the refill fluid, it gets quite expensive. I normally roll my own cigarettes, and buy a pack of Luckies once a week as a treat to myself for working hard all week; that pack of Luckies runs about 70 bucks for a carton, and you can’t have them shipped out, where you can with the Blu stuff, so advantage them.
Since the first one died out with nowhere near the 400 puffs the package estimated, I have not bought another e-cigarette, no am I planning on it. I did however, like that glowing blue light at the end when I smoked in the dark. However, my personal opinion s that, no, they are not worth the money, no should you use them if you want to quit or even start smoking.  

Thank you for smoking

In smoking on September 23, 2013 at 2:13 AM

I just finished a cigarette, and while doing so, I got to thinking about all the money I spend on tobacco, and all the money that my family spends, and spent on it. I came to the conclusion that smokers, not just my family, but all the smokers in the country must make up at least 70-80% of the nation’s economy. Not just from smoking, but in health and life insurances and surgery.

Think about it, without smokers, a good portion of cancer specialists would be out of work, as smoking (allegedly) causes 80 per cent of all cancers in the world. When you figure all the taxes The government collects from tobacco farms, the gas, the supplies to plant, grow and harvest bacco, then factor in the taxes the workers pay, and the myriad of items the workers purchase, plus everything the consumer does to buy said cigarettes….. You stop to consider that a healthy (meaning non smoker) man pays on average about a dollar a unit of life insurance, and a non healthy (smoker) man pays on average five dollars a unit…that’s 4 extra bucks floating to the company, which the government gets in taxes.

Of course the government won’t tell you this, but THEY LOVE TAXES! Now, each state is different, but in Utah, a can of Grizzly Wintergreen was around 4.00 a can, where in California it is about $3.50 a can. That extra fifty cents? Taxes; taxes that (don’t) go to help pay for schools, or hospitals, or even build roads! I get that people pay taxes to drive, but there are more smokers in this country than there are drivers. Think about it, when’s the last time you found a used cigarette dealership?

Let’s look at the business aspect of it. When the bars in California banned smoking, many of them lost so much business that they had to close down. Vegas is the only place that I know of that allows you to smoke while you gamble away your winnings, but last time I looked they where trying to ban that…like casinos weren’t suffering enough in this economy. Not all business are suffering from no smoking laws, however; people still fly, and ride public transport and take Grayhound to various ports around the country. In most states, you can’t smoke within 25 feet of any publicly operating door or window, others it’s 50, but government buildings have 100 feet; Utah has it where you have to leave the property to smoke at a hospital! Incan see that, its a hospital with oxygen tanks being shuttled around by patients and EMT officials, but at the same time its beyond ridiculous! Do hospitals not understand that each puff brings me and you closer to them being able to afford that new Porsche and beach house? Dumb fucks…

In understand that no one, not even fellow smokers want, nor appreciate having smoke blown in their faces, and I’m OK with that, honestly. But what pisses me off, is that we are such a politically correct society that has to except everyone of a different race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, way of thought, gender, but heaven help you if you smoke! Whats really fucked up is that California wants to ban smoking in every aspect, all the while trying to legalize marijuana! Does pot smoke not get inhaled and exhaled, thus creating that evil demon known as second hand smoke? I personally know people who are deathly allergic to marijuana smoke, but if you smoke it, your just “expressing your self and your individuality” (this is a real quote, by the way) but if you smoke a cigarette or a cigar, then your labeled as a baby killer! The fuck?

If you rent an apartment, you can be denied because you smoke, if you smoke at work, your boss can fire you because of it, AND IT’S ALL LEGAL! Remember when if you where white, you where treated like a king, but if you where black, gay or Jewish you where treated like shit? Yeah…the anti smoker crowd reminds me a lot of the segregation crowd of the 1940s. I get that smoking is bad for you, but the country I live in is called America, and we used to have the freedom to fucking die anyway we chose! No one in the history of man has ever been forced to smoke.

Its the dumbasses that sue “Big Tobacco” (Phillip Morris, R.J. Reynolds) because their products gave them cancer that really piss me off. Did anyone hold a gun to your head and force you to smoke? No! Another problem is the anti smoking cunts who say flavored and colored cigarette packages and smokes “entice young teens”…is your teenager that fucking stupid? When I was 5 a bright colored package appealed to me, but as a teen, I was adjusted well enough to make my own decisions, and didn’t see a pretty color and say “oohhhh, pretty! Mommy buy me!” Shit! The best way to deter young smoking is for your parents to sit you down and discuss the matter. Mine did, and didn’t like the decision to smoke, but I’m grown, and can thus make my own damn decisions!

At some point, the government is supposed to put “graphic images” on cigarette packages. In Europe, they have one warning “SMOKING KILLS” on every bit of tobacco from cigarettes to pipe and cigars. In South America they have warnings that tobacco can make you impotent, and cause your nipples to fall off…neither of which, I’m sure they’ve proven, but hey, its the government… Personally, both my grandmother and uncle have died from lung cancer. I don’t blame tobacco, as they both grew up in a time that asbestos was used in everything, and hekth concerns where null at best.

Now, before you send me hate mail, I’m not, nor have I ever encouraged smoking. I’ve always said that if you do it, know the risks, and be legal in your place of residence. Hell, you have a higher risk of dying from auto accidents than you do from smoking, and no one has to have a license, nor sue car makers for dying! But what really chaps my hide is that alcohol producers such as Anheuser Busch and Coors Brewing Company can sponsor AUTOMOTIVE RACES but not tobacco companies? Who here knows someone who has smoked a cigarette, gotten behind the wheel and killed someone because they where inebriated? Exactly. Smoking is bad, but drinking (which causes more deaths and accidents per year than smoking could) is just legal and good? More young people watch NASCAR and MMA events that are “impressionable” than adults do. Hell, the NFL, which is the biggest sport league in america is sponsored by beer companies! Once again I ask, how is that fair? People who drink are more likely to beat someone to death over enough to get a bottle than smokers are…the fuck?

How many people go to rehab for booze dozens of times? I don’t know of anyone who has a smoking sponsor… The way I look at it, if you want to smoke, fine; just don’t be an ass about it. Thank you for reading.

Get Lucky

In smoking on September 17, 2013 at 4:03 AM

As some of you may remember, I have no regrets in life, so I decided that I wanted to try smoking a cigarette. Not just any cigarette, mind you. This one had to be a Lucky Strike.

My search began many years ago as I was reading Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer. He smoked them, as did just about everyone in the 40s and 50s, and I, wanting to live in that time period felt that I could at least try one. If I didn’t like them, them mama would would have an emergency pack for when times where tough.

Like any reasonable person, in asked the gas station up the road from me first.
“Excuse me, do you have Lucky Strike?” I asked the man.
“Not in about forty years, son.” He replied. Little did I know that I would get used to hearing that…
Not a single gas station or confidence store in my town sold them, not even the so-called cigarette shops in town had them. Granted most of them where staffed by Fijians or Arabs who have probably never heard of them before, but I never gave up. Every time I went into a shop my only question was “Do you have Lucky Strikes?” Of course in was met with disappointment, but I was tenacious in my search.

When I went to Utah, my friend smoked Marlboro or whatever was the cheapest unfiltered non-menthol cigarette he could afford. In asked him if the stores around here sold Luckies. He told me “Hop in; let’s find out!” We went to the local Conoco station; nope. Maverick; no. Chevron; sorry, man. Texico; negative. The littlensmoke shops that sold everything else had none. I asked then elderly smokers if there was a town here that carried em, and one guy asked me “Are you from the war? I haven’t heard anyone trying to find them in years, son!” Needless to say that I was met with more disappointment, but I never gave up.

I returned home and still wanted to see if I would like them. I picked up various odd jobs and wanted the sweet taste (according to YouTube videos) if a Lucky. Fast forward a few months, and sadly my grandmother passes. I came into a bit of money and was downtown to buy some pipes and pipe tobacco. I developed a thirst and decided to step into the mini mart that my parents had used for many years. I saw Pepsi and grabbed one on my way to the counter. I plop my beverage down and decided to ask that fateful question yet again.
“Do you by any chance happen to carry Lucky Strike?”
The shopkeeper turns around and….TOSSES A PACK ON THE COUNTER! He tells me “Forrr you, seven fifty.” (He’s from a former Soviet Satellite, you see) I reach into my pocket and produce eight dollars even. I texted my friends and family, none of whom cared, mind you but I had done it! I had lived a dream that I was convinced would never come to fruition, but it did.

That night, after dinner, instead of reaching for a pipe, I produced a Lucky and light up. To my amazement, it really was a great smoke. It doesn’t have the bite that some other tobaccos have, and I enjoy it. Now, I still smoke the pipe, but for short, pleasured breaks, I reach for a Lucky.


Book review: The Pipe Smoker

In Book, pipe, pipe smoking, read, smoking, tobacco on December 6, 2012 at 12:12 AM

I figured, since I can’t find the book on Goodreeds.com, I could share the review with you here.

The cover is nice. It’s a tobacco coloured front with the title “The Pipe Smoker” in white lettering. Decorating the front cover is various pipe designs.

The content of the book is divided into three parts. The first of which deals with the mentality of the pipe smoker, second is how to smoke a pipe, followed by the third; how they’re made. I found the first part to be very good, as I didn’t know about the psychological aspects of pipe smoking, and I’ve been a pipe smoker for five years now! The other two where equally well written, despite me knowledge in them.

This book had a few hand drwn images inserted into the page, and each chapter started off with a quote, either from famous literary titles, or by people the author interviewed, or knew personally; I enjoyed them both very much.

Naturally, I read this yarn while enjoying a pipe over several days. The subject matter of the book had nothing to do with my choice to smoke while enjoying the tome; I always read something while I smoke.

I am giving this book five out of five stars. Would most certanly read again!

Did that just happen?

In Friends, smoking, stories, story, tobacco on October 26, 2012 at 3:52 AM

I was reading a series of stories online, and was reminded of the time a complete unknown walked up to me and praised me for having the courage to smoke my pipe. Here is that story.

It was a warm summer day and I was slated to get a haircut. My friend and neighbour was outside smoking a cigarette, and since I had some time on my hands, I loaded up my pipe. I had nary a puff from the briar before I heard “How old are you?” I turn to see a man approaching me; his cap denoting that he was a serviceman, so I felt obliged to indulge his question. “Twenty-three, sir” I say with my pipe clenched in my teeth.

He asked if I had anyone else in my family who smoked a pipe, and I told him that I come from a long line of birar buddies. He said that his grandfater, father and uncle smoked for over thirty years, before they gave it up.

We ended the conversation with “Thank you young man. You have given me hope for the young. Thank you!” We shook hands, and he left. It was my first such encounter where the words ‘murderer’, ‘baby killer’ and ‘asshole’ where neither spoken, nor thought. Being from California, and having many such encounters where said words were exchanged…it gave me a start when we had a plesant encounter to cap a beautiful outing.

That guy was a rarity. Not just because he was a Utahan who enjoyed the pipe smoking, and trust me, there aren’t many, but because he did not seem to have a story about how he had known someone who died of cancer just to scare me. He did, however have a story about how he didn’t develop the taste for the pipe like his family members did.

I have already shared why I smoke the briar and will not repete myself, but I will add that I find a good briar, tobacco and friends is all a man needs in his life.

My Review of Grizzly Straight in Pouches

In chew, dip, grizzly, smoking, snuff, tobacco on September 12, 2012 at 2:29 AM

I have been a user of various tobacco since I was 19. My mother got my first cigar from a passenger on the bus. It has been a love affair ever since.
I started using the dip, or snuff as it’s called, a few months ago. I started with Grizzly Mint, or Grizz Mint, and a few days ago, I decided to try the new can at my local gas station.
Now for the review.
I opened the can, and smelled the empty, flavourless tobacco pouches. I tried it anyway. I put the pouch in my mouth, between the lip and bottom gum.
The taste is nasty. It tastes disgusting sitting in my mouth, and even worse spitting it into my spitter (what we call the receptical the dip spit goes into) I have decided that it will only be used as a reserve in case my cans run low. Just thinking about it is making me want to puke. For the first time I had it in my mouth, I wanted to puke. That hasn’t happened since the first time I tried the snuff.
It seemed to sit and adhere itself to my lower gum. It was cheap in price, which I like, but at $3.81 a can, it is not worth buying ever again! If you are reading this, then please don’t waste your money on it. It lasted an hour, just like the rest.

I figure now would be a good time to instruct the readers on how to use this product.
Now that the cancer bull is out of the way, let’s continue.
STEP 1: Start with a full can. If you are using the long cut, and not the pouches, proceed to ‘pack’ the can by wrapping the top a few times.
STEP 2: use your fingernails to cut the wrapper under the can lid making sure to go all the way around the can. Now open the can and smell the contents. If the smell of the stuff makes your stomach turn, then pass the can to someone else, as tobacco may not be for you.
STEP 3: Reach in and get ya a pinch, that is if you are using the long cut and not a pouch. Pouch users grab a pouch. Stick the dip on either the right or left side of your mouth, in between the gum and lower lip.
STEP 4: Wait until you have a substantial amount of spit in your mouth, and spit. Use your tongue to keep the long cut packed tight. The pouches need no packing. Usually we dippers have an old can of some type, or a Mudjug to catch the spit. DO NOT SWALLOW IT!
If at anytime you feel nauseas, then take it out and throw it away. It is natural to feel sick, light headed, or even puke your first time. Just eat a hardy meal before using, and brush your teeth afterward. If you have a lover, then don’t kiss em with the dip in your lip.
What, if any tips do you guys have for dipping? What are some of your experiences, and what are your favourite blends of snuff?

Pretty Good Cigar

In Cigars, smoking, tobacco on September 9, 2012 at 10:20 PM

While digging through an old box, I found some notes I took while smoking a cigar that my brother sent me sometime ago. I was bored, so I figured I would share it thoes of you who smoke cigars, in case this was a new one to you. Hope you find it useful!

Cigar: Isla Del Sol.
Taste is great, leaves a pleasent after taste on your tounge; even burn.
Light coloured ash, deep brown wrapper, pleasent scent, not over powering, not under whelming, just right.
The scent is hard to place; cherry, maybe? No harsh taste after I come in from outside, decent mix with actual coffee.
The cigar itself feels as if it’s properly humidified, that’s a plus.
Ash tends to crumble once it leaves the cigar body.
The coffee makes the coffee taste sweeter. The flavour stays on your tounge and lips long after you take a puff.
The ash produces a nice heat, not hot, but warm.
Not crazy about the band design: A sun with a face…..? (It does not effect the cigar itself, just noting it for record.
The cigar can sit a while and not need a relight. The cigar has developed an uneven burn. (That may be my error) The cigar is almost done and still has a nice flavour, no harshness. (Cigars get harsh at the end. Smoking outside, som I’m not detecting much of a room note. Can’t imagine much of a difference from the original scent, however.
Total smoking time: 55 mineuts

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