Well, since this thread has been revived....
Not long after recording this episode, I bought myself a vape rig. I've tried to control my addiction to smoking several times in several different ways (including the nicotine gum and the little vapes like you get in gas stations) and the success of the experience has been short-lived. This time around, I got one of the vape kits like they describe in this episode (mine looks like this
) and it's got a digital display, adjustable wattage and a choke. I bought it from a white guy who was the owner/proprieter of the vape shop, who had a double curled moustache, some sort of pillow on his head, and was on a goddamn hoverboard when I walked into the shop. The shop, incidentally, has a sign outside saying WE VAPE WE VOTE
Everything about vape culture is irritating. It's a combination of the worst parts of weed culture coupled with the worst parts about tech culture. The flavors are incomprehensible ("Black Sun", "Chronos", "Raven") and the enthusiasts are deaf to the customer's requests. Hey man, I just need to have some monster cockogue to the thing that's been an emotional crutch for me for many years. "AWESOME DUDE IF YOU FLIP THIS SWITCH DOWN TO HERE YOU CAN BLOW A THICC CLOUD" Right, okay but I don't want to? I just want to not smoke. "I GOTCHU FAM TRY THIS SHIT IT'S LIKE MAPLE AND WALNUT AND CARDAMOM AND ANISE AND BLUEBERRY AND COTTON CANDY AND LAVENDER." My vape looks stupid, I blow out a thick cloud of glycerine vapor and that gives me exactly as much pride as my ability to turned burning tobacco into gross smelling smoke.
And it's working.
Now, it's dangerous for the addict to say something reckless like "Hey guys I'm totally over this addiction", but I'm doing better with this than I've ever done before. I took a break from it and smoked like Eisenhower for F Plus Live weekend and come Monday morning I was able to stop completely. I never
do it inside, I take my dumb rig outside and do it on the porch. But as an monster cockogue, it's been effective. Times come up, often related to drinking, where I'm very much wanting a smoke and if I go outside and puff on my Missy's Wet Box, I feel better about that, and the urge is basically gone.
Also, because I don't really like vaping, it's working better for me. I don't do it on a daily basis, just when I have the urge. So days will go by without. The logistical problem there is that I don't bring my vape with me when I go out usually, and so if I do
end up at a bar and I'm two beers in, I will start looking very lustfully at the lady one table over enjoying her Camel. And I have cheated. The addiction is certainly isn't fully under control, but more under control than it ever has been before, and that's due mainly to me actually having tried to quit several times and having learned where the problems are, but also to me having this other thing to use when I need to.
So thank you, vape rigs, for being so painfully uncool that I'll never get addicted to you.