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I started vaping in the Fall of 2020 with the primary goal to quit smoking cigarettes. I have been smoking for over 35-years, over a decade of unfiltered, hand-rolled cigarettes. I smoked hand-rolled so I wouldn't ever have butts to litter but know my nicotine and tar intake must have been pretty heavy, and my wife quit smoking, so I knew it was my chance to try. I have never been able to quit cold-turkey, and the medications just messed me up. I tried vaping to quit after watching a good friend have success. He even gave me his old mod and tank, but I gave up quickly. Too messy, unpredictable battery life, and the main reason being that my partner still smoked and I knew vaping wasn't meant for me.

Fast forward about a decade, my partner had quit, and I was looking for more tobacco. My usual stuff was always hard to find, I was traveling, and the only place that had it was a vape shop that sold a few tobacco items. I decided to take the plunge and asked for recommendations. The guy who worked there set me up with a Novo pod system and some Glas Basix Butterscotch Reserve (6mg/ml). I liked the initial experience, and using a pod even helped to mimic the MTL feeling of smoking a cigarette. It tasted way to sweet to replace the cigarette experienced, but the flavor was good. I also purchased what would be my last pouch of tobacco that day and finished most of it on my trip. Upon my return home, I informed my wife of my decision to vape and not smoke any longer. I think she was pleasantly surprised.

Vaping on that 6mg juice just wasn't satisfying, I felt like I was chain vaping for hours and my battery would run out. I made my way out to a local shop for a second pod mod (Novo2) and some additional pod/coils. I also picked up some store-brand juice at 12mg in hopes that I wouldn't have to vape as much. The longer battery life was great, and it used the same pods, but the capacity left a lot to be desired. And the juice flavor was pretty boring on its own. (Churro Treat?) I ended up mixing the churro with the BR and found that vaping at 9mg was perfect for me. But I still hated refilling the pod so often, so I picked up the Nord. I figured replaceable coils meant less waste, and larger capacity tank would solve my refilling frequency issue.

I think the Nord (and probably Novo/Novo2) are really meant for salt nic use, but the 25W on the Novo2 still provides plenty of flavor and vape, while maintaining the MTL draw of smoking. I still use it to taste-test new juices when I have fresh pods available. And they are just so darn convenient and stealthy.

Being an ex-smoker, I am still looking for the perfect tobacco juice and thing I have come close. But I also want to move away from tobacco flavors eventually, worried that it might be too easy to "try" a cigarette again. Fruit flavors aren't doing it for me yet, but I am still searching.

I started discovering all of the community groups on Facebook, reddit, and instagram and was amazed by the community. From the DIY mod/coil folks, to the cigalike users, drippers vs. tank users, and all the juices. So many juices, so little time.

I still use the pod (mostly the Novo2) but I have recently purchased the GeekVape Aegis Max that came with the Zeus Subohm tank. A user on another site sent me another tank that can be used as an RTA or use Falcon coils along with a bunch of pre-built coils and Bacon Cotton, so I am looking forward to building my own RTA. I also purchased the TFV12 RBA edition, and found a good deal on a second Zeus Subohm. I still need to add an RDA to my collection to embark on my first mission - EJuice Flavor Reviews.

Although it has only been a couple of months since I started vaping at the time of writing this introduction, I already know that there is so much about vaping I want to explore. I know I want to make a PWM mod (NLPWM) and brew my own juices. I want to meet-up with other vapers after this Covid-19 thing gets under control.

Look for ejuice reviews coming up. I hope to contribute to this community in a positive way.
 

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Hi And Welcome To Vaping Underground!
Congrats on the switch to vaping !
Awesome!

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CaFF

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Great story, and glad you got to this point. :)

I also smoked for around 35 yrs, mostly rollies as well, and finally quit in 2012 vith vaping. Never looked back.

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If ya ever need that extra old familiar kick, the NET's (Naturally Extracted Tobacco) are great. Our @Vash makes some great ones.
 

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Welcome to VU! :cheers:

DIY coils and juice will save you money in the long run. Great folks in the Builders Corner sub-forum to get you started on coils. Great folks in the DIY sub-forum as well.
 

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I'm late as hell but welcome to the Vu. The best tobacco flavored juice I've had was a diy mix from another member here. We got together and pif a little setup and some juice to a couple I was doing side work for. I'll pm her later today and see if she still has that recipe. Congrats on making the switch. You'll definitely feel a lot better. And be able to keep up with your wife since her lungs have healed.
I started vaping in 2015 to quit smoking same as you. Was a dual user for a long while. Then one of my kids asked me a great one. If I'm vaping to not smoke, why do I still smoke. I layed them down that day. I just quit vaping at the end of last year. Wasn't as hard as I imagined. But didn't plan on quitting. Just happened. Got kinda bored and didn't feel like vaping at work. Then same the next day and so on. I waited almost a month before I sold my collection. Just in case. Doing great. Now to get the wife off cigs. She beat lymphoma a couple years ago so that should be enough but hoping my complete quit will help too. Anyhow. Welcome aboard and congrats.

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I started vaping in the Fall of 2020 with the primary goal to quit smoking cigarettes. I have been smoking for over 35-years, over a decade of unfiltered, hand-rolled cigarettes. I smoked hand-rolled so I wouldn't ever have butts to litter but know my nicotine and tar intake must have been pretty heavy, and my wife quit smoking, so I knew it was my chance to try. I have never been able to quit cold-turkey, and the medications just messed me up. I tried vaping to quit after watching a good friend have success. He even gave me his old mod and tank, but I gave up quickly. Too messy, unpredictable battery life, and the main reason being that my partner still smoked and I knew vaping wasn't meant for me.

Fast forward about a decade, my partner had quit, and I was looking for more tobacco. My usual stuff was always hard to find, I was traveling, and the only place that had it was a vape shop that sold a few tobacco items. I decided to take the plunge and asked for recommendations. The guy who worked there set me up with a Novo pod system and some Glas Basix Butterscotch Reserve (6mg/ml). I liked the initial experience, and using a pod even helped to mimic the MTL feeling of smoking a cigarette. It tasted way to sweet to replace the cigarette experienced, but the flavor was good. I also purchased what would be my last pouch of tobacco that day and finished most of it on my trip. Upon my return home, I informed my wife of my decision to vape and not smoke any longer. I think she was pleasantly surprised.

Vaping on that 6mg juice just wasn't satisfying, I felt like I was chain vaping for hours and my battery would run out. I made my way out to a local shop for a second pod mod (Novo2) and some additional pod/coils. I also picked up some store-brand juice at 12mg in hopes that I wouldn't have to vape as much. The longer battery life was great, and it used the same pods, but the capacity left a lot to be desired. And the juice flavor was pretty boring on its own. (Churro Treat?) I ended up mixing the churro with the BR and found that vaping at 9mg was perfect for me. But I still hated refilling the pod so often, so I picked up the Nord. I figured replaceable coils meant less waste, and larger capacity tank would solve my refilling frequency issue.

I think the Nord (and probably Novo/Novo2) are really meant for salt nic use, but the 25W on the Novo2 still provides plenty of flavor and vape, while maintaining the MTL draw of smoking. I still use it to taste-test new juices when I have fresh pods available. And they are just so darn convenient and stealthy.

Being an ex-smoker, I am still looking for the perfect tobacco juice and thing I have come close. But I also want to move away from tobacco flavors eventually, worried that it might be too easy to "try" a cigarette again. Fruit flavors aren't doing it for me yet, but I am still searching.

I started discovering all of the community groups on Facebook, reddit, and instagram and was amazed by the community. From the DIY mod/coil folks, to the cigalike users, drippers vs. tank users, and all the juices. So many juices, so little time.

I still use the pod (mostly the Novo2) but I have recently purchased the GeekVape Aegis Max that came with the Zeus Subohm tank. A user on another site sent me another tank that can be used as an RTA or use Falcon coils along with a bunch of pre-built coils and Bacon Cotton, so I am looking forward to building my own RTA. I also purchased the TFV12 RBA edition, and found a good deal on a second Zeus Subohm. I still need to add an RDA to my collection to embark on my first mission - EJuice Flavor Reviews.

Although it has only been a couple of months since I started vaping at the time of writing this introduction, I already know that there is so much about vaping I want to explore. I know I want to make a PWM mod (NLPWM) and brew my own juices. I want to meet-up with other vapers after this Covid-19 thing gets under control.

Look for ejuice reviews coming up. I hope to contribute to this community in a positive way.
Good One. I hope you soon start reviewing e-liquid, this is an endless horizon when every day hundreds of flavours are introduced.
 
Good One. I hope you soon start reviewing e-liquid, this is an endless horizon when every day hundreds of flavours are introduced.
Those flavor reviews have taken a bit longer to get to since I started spinning my own coils. The flavors I tested before deserve better tasting coils. Another user here on VU is sending me some RDAs for reviews and now I can build consistently good flavor producing coils. I will get some posted soon.
 

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