Fear and loathing can drive you to something good

I'm feeling pretty pleased about myself this week as it's been more than a month off the fags for me.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 12th March 2016, 9:00 am

I finally realised that smoking was a one-way ticket to an early grave and the thought of leaving my young daughter without a dad for something that was entirely preventable, and stupid I might add, just filled me with fear and loathing.

I used to joke that “Giving up smoking is easy man – I’ve done it loads of times!” But this time it’s for good. I really, really, really mean it.

I’m not going cold turkey, however, and I celebrated National No Smoking Day yesterday with my new e-cigarette which has probably been the difference between me staying off the cancer sticks and shamefully giving in when the desperate cravings take hold of my senses.

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Vaping is like the methadone of smoking, a close substitute but, as it stands at the moment, not as harmful to your health and there is a massive market for it now.

I started off with a cheap e-cig that I didn’t particularly enjoy, but managed to stick with it, before a colleague pointed me in the direction of a shop in Falkirk.

This place is a vaping mecca and sells good quality stuff, including its own juice for the tanks (I learned this lingo in the shop) on your e-cig.

And they won’t sell you anything you don’t need either.

I went in all typical alpha male style and asked for one of the biggest ones they had before the chap, after a few probing questions about my ‘smoking needs and habits’ advised me I’d probably be better off with one of the wee girly ones.

Felt like a total amateur in this vapers’ paradise, but the good news is it was half the price – and I got two.