#NotBlowingSmoke: Shane's Story

September 21, 2016

#NotBlowingSmoke: Shane's Story

I started smoking when I was 15 years old. Within a year I was going through about a pack a day. This disgusting habit lasted for 30 years. During this time I burned car seats, carpets, paperwork, my mouth and lungs too. Knocked over a few ashtrays and lit the wrong end of a cigarette a few times too. Back in the day I went to a high school where kids were actually allowed to smoke in a designated part of the building. That hallway was one of the most disgusting smelling places I’ve ever been. And that’s saying a lot because I’ve been everywhere from slaughterhouses to sweaty, fart-filled yoga classes.

Near the end of my smoking, I heard a story on the radio about devices that smokers were using to get nicotine without tobacco and could still blow out some kind of cloud. That sounded interesting, but I thought it would probably be sort of lame. I bought one of those cigarrette looking devices and my initial thoughts were confirmed. So I kept smoking.

A short while later my father told me he had taken up vaping on advise from his cancer doctor. He told me he had quit smoking this way and actually kind of enjoyed it. I purchased a decent little starter kit and a couple flavours. This setup was so much better that my first attempt. I really liked the taste and the urge for a cigarette vanished. By that evening I just knew I would never smoke again. And I haven’t. It’s been over three years now.

Now that vaping has become so popular, it is under attack. Companies that have made billions off tobacco and it’s traditional alternatives (gum, patches, pills, etc) are suddenly seeing profits disappear. Governments are trying to deal with the growth of vaping based on misinformation. I believe I have the right to make my own health choices and I choose vaping over smoking. Everyone should have this choice available, and that’s why I am an advocate for vaping.





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