As I sit here typing, I am surrounded by a cloud of smoke…
Well, not exactly. I’m surrounded by a cloud of VAPOUR. What real clouds are made of. This is because I have recently been sent a box of these –
People who have met me in real life know that I am a smoker. Well, I was. I am now joining the ever -expanding group of ‘vapers’, people who ‘smoke’ using electronic cigarettes.
I won a Vapestick starter kit on Twitter a few weeks back in a retweet – this – and – win – maybe situation. I was so damn impressed by my kit that I requested some of the items in the picture above to review for W&W. By the time I had been in possession of my Vapestick a week, I had almost completely made the switch from smoking to vapeing, using cartomisers containing varying amounts of nicotine that are screwed onto rechargeable batteries. They even come in a range of flavours!
I requested these because they contain absolutely no nicotine, the ingredients only being a candy flavouring and propylene glycol, a chemical that is approved as a food additive and has a very low level of toxicity (it pretty much has to be injected to make you ill). I loved their flavoured cartomisers that contain nicotine, and I wondered if I could get on with none at all. Also, with the complete lack of nicotine content, I thought Lucy might be able to get in on the review. However, we could not meet up soon enough for the review to get dome in a reasonable time.
So, after a really annoying trip to the Royal Mail sorting office, as Vapestick send their items ‘Signed For’, and my postman has an allergy to my doorbell, I got my v -shisha, which are meant to simulate the flavour of a hookah pipe. I wasn’t even out the sorting office drive before I opened the package and had a good look, and a vape. And I have to say, the flavours are amazing!
The taste is strong, but not overly powerful, and doesn’t have the tobacco undertone. I described it to someone as if some squash had been vapourised and poured into my lungs! There are five flavours included – strawberry, peach, apple, grape and blueberry. My favourite is the peach one. I have a bit of difficulty seeing a big difference between the grape and blueberry, even though you can tell there is a difference between the two. The only true downside I could find against the v – shishas, and e – cigarettes in general, is that propylene glycol does act as a humectant, which from my soapmaking I have learnt means it attracts water. This means that it can make some parts of your mouth or throat feel dry if you overdo it.
And the tip is made of cut glass, so when the blue LED shines as you use it, the light refracts beautifully. Sadly, it’s really hard to take a photo of in use, so here is a picture of the sparkly glass –
I highly recommend ANY of the Vapestick products. I’d heard about them from Twitter, from my friend @heavenlyink. It was she who alerted me to the retweet competition, and to the company in general. It has now been just over three weeks since I received my first Vapestick, and just over two weeks since I received my v – shisha. I keep my v – shisha as a ‘treat’, I wouldn’t use them all the time as I want them to last as long as possible as they are disposable. I have smoked since receiving my kits, but because of poor planning – not remembering to charge the e – cigarette! It has been over a week now since I have smoked, I am fully committed to vapeing. It seems the most obvious choice for continuing smoking without killing yourself with toxins. I don’t have to check if I have a lighter (and whether it works), if this bus stop is a no – smoking area (vapeing is legal anywhere, though companies can set their own policies), and i’m not spending ridiculous amounts on tobacco. I could easily spend less than £10 and be fully stocked on Vapesticks for over a week. I also don’t need to find an ashtray, a bin, or even need to worry about whether it has gone out properly.
I will be setting up a subscription to Vapestick when my tax refund clears – i’m running out of cartomisers with nicotine! I think i’ll get the cherry ones…
Electronic cigarettes are currently surrounded by a bit of a furore in the EU countries, as the EU want to make them a pharmaceutical product, an aid to quitting, and therefore will fall under several restrictions and probably tax implications too. Many people, and the companies that make them, want these e – cigarettes to be classed as an ‘alternative to smoking’, and I fall into this category. Therefore, I must point out that these are an ALTERNATIVE.
You can see and buy Vapestick products on their website here. They are also available in some shops, including Tesco. Their customer service over Twitter is also brilliant. Find them at Vapestick on Twitter.