Why Buying From A Smoke Shop Is Not A Good Idea

It may seem intimidating at first, but the best items in vaping are found here.
It may seem intimidating at first, but the best items in vaping are found here.

Smoke shops are everywhere. They have all the things you need when it comes to smoking: all brands of domestic and international cigarettes, Tabaco,  swisher sticks, rolling papers, hookahs, and all the good stuff.

Yes, even e-cigarettes. Smoke shop owners are aware of the growing number of people who are trying to quit through the use of an e-cig. They have that covered too: e-juice, tanks, kits, replaceable wicks, everything except mods and batteries.

As a former smoker, I used to get my e-cigarette stuff from a smoke shop. Every so often I would say hi to my buddy behind the counter, buy some juice and jet. The prices were really good.

Then one day, I and a fellow vaper were talking about flavors. He let me take a toot of the kiwi flavor he was vaping. Man, the taste was so flavorful! I asked where he got it, and he told me it was from a vape shop he usually went to. I could tell by the packaging of his bottle that  it was high grade, and a little more expensive than the juice I usually got.

Being the cheap (I say economical) person that I am, I was hesitant to go there knowing I would shell out more than I usually do on my new found habit. But I could not get that kiwi flavor out of my mouth. Heck, it made my juice taste like candle wax after I hit it. I had to get that juice he was vaping.

Take note, that time I was still very new to vaping. I stepped into the shop and saw a crowd of people sitting in front of the sample bar.

What? A sample bar? No way, this is too much. Sampling juice before you buy it. Can’t do that in a smoke shop.

I admit, I was intimidated at first. The sight of the beautiful mods in display cases made my e-go feel like a toy. Being a newb, I was afraid of being chastised for being ignorant of all this stuff. Luckily, the people behind the counter were very helpful in helping me get a flavor I wanted.

Which is why I recommend going to a vape shop rather than a smoke shop for your vaping needs. Come on, it’s a vape shop! They specialize in vaping! Smoke shops will offer low quality e-cigarette kits because they really don’t care about vaping. If you want cigarettes, go to them. But if you want anything to do with vaping, go to your local vape shop.

Most of the people operating a vape shop are very accommodating. They know how it feels like to be new to this type of thing because basically, we were all newbies at one point. They know what you are looking for. They actually do this on a daily basis!

What I suggest you do is go on Yelp, search for a vape shop in your area and look at the reviews. You will more than likely find a shop that will take your vaping experience to the next level. And please, if you are going to invest money in this, invest it in the people who are passionate about vaping and sacrifice time and money in providing customers with quality vape products.


My Story On Why I Started Vaping


It all started one day. I was doing my lunch break ritual which was killing off two sticks after a trip to the company buffet. I was sick, coughing, and in no condition to be smoking. Yet I was doing it anyway. Then I asked myself this question, “why am I still smoking?”

In my younger years, smoking for me was a way to show my maturity, independence, and rebelliousness. I was never in it for the nicotine fix, I just thought it looked cool to blow smoke. Silly, I know.

More than a decade later, I am still doing the same thing. I think I have already established myself as a mature, independent, rebellious person by now. So what was the point?  I knew with all my heart that it was time for me to get off these damn cigarettes.

But I couldn’t stop smoking. There were so many emotional associations I had with smoking. Being an introvert, smoking was a way for me to socialize with people. Anyone who smokes can attest that striking up a conversation with a fellow smoker is one of the easiest things to do, because you both have that connection as smokers. Heck, some of the most interesting conversations I have ever had with strangers were with smokers. Also, I have a lot of buddies who are smokers. We would all gather during our breaks and talk about whatever.

Another thing that was hard for me to give up was smoking after a meal. I don’t care what these doctors say, nothing digests food better than a good old stogie. I was hooked. I realized I dug myself in a hole and couldn’t get out.

Now, I hear a lot of arguments that vaping is still technically “smoking.” The only way to quit is cold turkey and not have any associations whatsoever with nicotine or blowing smoke or vapor out of your mouth.

You know what, these people are right. I agree with them 100 percent. Hey, if they quit smoking by sheer willpower, good on them! I really admire them for that. I tried that before and quitting is not an easy thing to do, especially that way.

However, I also want them to know that there are people out there who aren’t as strong as they are. We don’t have the same drive or determination as they do. What I really think counts is eliminating, or at least reducing, one’s reliance on cigarettes.

As for me, I have not smoked a cigarette in 3 months. I remember when I did quit cold turkey, I had withdrawals like chest pains, cough and secreted phlegm. These things felt like a punishment for me for even trying to quit, or for even starting in the first place.

I did try to smoke to see if I would like it, but no. Smoking is not the same for me anymore. In fact, I find the smell and taste to be revolting. I’m not trying to be “holier than thou,” I can still hang out with smokers, but I am so glad I don’t have that smell on my clothes or on my pillows anymore.

Don’t get me wrong, you can still find me in the smoking areas hanging out with the smokers. Like I said, cigarette smokers are an interesting bunch once you get to know them. Yes, they do bug me a lot about my vaporizer. I get mixed reactions about it, mostly positive. But I am so glad I switched to vaping. Like the independence I wanted to show when I was younger, I have gained true freedom, and that is the freedom from smoking cigarettes.

3 Biggest Reasons You Should Dump Cigarettes And Switch To Vaping!

reasons to vape
Reasons to vape

If you know somebody who has gone from smoking to using a vaporizer, you have probably heard from them how truly awesome vaping is. It really works. It’s healthier, saves you a lot of money… all of which are very good reasons to switch to vaping.

I myself have been vaping for a few years now and I would definitely recommend it to someone who is trying to quit smoking.

I can tell you firsthand how it truly got me off my dependence on cigarettes. I can also go on about how vaping is 100 times better than smoking!

This is what brought me to come up with the article. I would like to explain to you guys how vaping is better than smoking, and why people who are trying to quit should seriously consider it.

1. Tastes WAAAY better than cigarettes!

When I was still smoking cigarettes, I swore nothing could beat the taste of a Camel menthol with some sweet and creamy dark roast in the morning. Now, I have so many flavors to choose from, blueberry, banana nut, guava, this list goes on. My current favorite is Atomic Apple Sauce which I fell in love with at first vape.

2. Saves you more money

I used to smoke half a pack a day. It would cost me $7 a pack. Now, I spend the same amount on juice that lasts me for 2 weeks. Plus no more late night runs to gas stations or 7-11 just to grab some smokes before I go home.

Might I add that now is a good time to buy a vaporizer. Prices are actually dropping, and you would already have saved more money than a person who bought it before you.

3. They ARE less health hazardous compared to cigarettes

This has got to be the best reason for me on this list. There’s and interesting video I saw on YouTube where a doctor talks about using an e-cigarette. He explains how it is much safer because it uses water vapors compared to combustion smoke from a cigarette.

As for me, I feel a lot better now compared to when I used to smoke. No more phlegm cough or dry mouth in the morning. I also can taste food better and my lips and gums aren’t as dark as they used to. Works well for me.

I could go on and on about this, but I believe the three reasons mentioned above are enough to go out and get one. Do a real quick search over the internet and experience it for yourself.