Hello fellow vapers and soon to be vapers! My name is Jason Hilton (no relation!) and here is why I’m V2’s Fan of the Week. I remember as a preteen always being around adult smokers whenever I was around my father and his family. I thought they looked so cool blowing smoke out of their noses and rings out of their mouths! I even remember thinking that I liked the smell of cigarette smoke (which isn’t really that odd since I also loved the smell of gasoline – UGH!).
Well, it wasn’t long before I was stealing cigarettes out of dad’s pack of Kools when he went to bed at night and secretly smoking them in the backyard. By the time I was in high school I was buying packs on a regular basis and probably was smoking almost half a pack a day. Once I was out of high school and on my own I “grew up” and became a full-fledged, pack-a-day smoker.
I tried to quit numerous times through my 20’s and 30’s but the longest I lasted was 3 months before I’d come up with some excuse as to why I needed a cigarette (just one) and was back smoking full time within a day or two. This continued through my 30’s, even after finding out that my father had been diagnosed with what he described as “low level emphysema.” He labored to breath all the time, eventually being told by doctors to use oxygen at home, which he barely ever used. In 2008, he was found slumped in his chair and taken to the hospital, where doctors told me he had suffered total respiratory failure. Since his wishes were to not be kept alive with a respirator, my brother and I spend one last night with him in the hospital and had the doctors take him off the respirator the next morning. He never regained consciousness.
You would think that after holding my father’s hand as I watched his unconscious body fight to breath those last breaths I would throw away cigarettes forever! But we all know what a tight grip they have on us, both physically and psychologically. I finally got serious and asked my doctor for a Chantix prescription. I quit for a couple months, but the entire time all I wanted to do was smoke! Then I met a guy at work who was using an e-cig and blowing huge clouds of vapor out! I had tried a few hits on e-cigs before, but it never felt or looked like real smoke. He let me take a hit on his and even though I didn’t really feel a good throat hit, the vapor production impressed me. I went home that night and ordered a small starter kit from a company called Never Light Again, and a week later received the kit which included one battery, a USB-only charger, and a small bottle of e-liquid. I continued to smoke and use the e-cig, and ended up getting frustrated with the short battery life and having to manually refill the cartridge.
Several months later I ran across a YouTube review for V2 Cigs and was very impressed. This is where I first heard the term “throat hit.” This is one of the most important factors in finding a substitute for smoking in my opinion. I need the psychological effects of holding the cig, blowing smoke out, etc., but I also NEED to feel that throat hit or it won’t feel like a real cigarette. I ordered the travel kit with the manual batteries and eagerly awaited it’s arrival. When it came I quickly attached a cartridge, pressed the button, took a deep hit, and coughed! WOW! I took another, slightly lighter hit and smiled a huge grin! This is what I had been looking for! I looked at my almost empty pack of cigarettes, took another hit, blew an awesome vapor ring, and threw the cigarettes in the toilet!
I haven’t smoked tobacco since May of this year and feel so much better. I don’t get winded by walking up stairs anymore, and I don’t carry that stink around. The V2 customer service staff has taken care of me on two occasions when my Notebook-Cig and one of my batteries stopped working. I love sharing about the products when people notice me “smoking” in non-smoking areas. I’m thankful to V2 for helping me stop a deadly habit that was sure to put me in the ground too early.
The V2 Cigs Fan of the Week is our way of highlighting a few of the incredible life stories we get to hear on a daily basis, sent by both new and old V2 fans as they experience this amazing product and the family of support from the V2 community and staff. To enter, email your story + photo to: email@example.com. If you are chosen, you will receive some special attention via free products and samples, plus a featured spot in our blog.
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