Quitting those toxic sticks called cigarettes was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. Those little devils stopped me from having panic attacks, dulled the stress in the back of my mind, and kept my hands busy in situations that I couldn't handle without. They were my life for years, yet they caused me more damage than I can even fathom.
I was then introduced to a whole new world, the day that my partner purchased an e-cigarette. Now I know that there is a strange outlook on the world of vaping, so I turned my nose up at the little contraption when it was offered to me. I didn't want to turn into "one of those" people. So I continued to smoke outside in the rain, whilst my partner vaped inside. He would fill rooms with various scents from fruit, to my favourite snacks, whilst I continued to drench myself in the musty smell that came from my favourite ten pack. I can still vividly remember, swearing at him under my breath, as the light from his e-cig charging at night would keep me up.
That was until I became ill. Ever since I had started smoking, I had cut down on food and has lost weight in a rapid rate. I would postpone, or skip meals all together as my trusty cigarettes never made my stomach rumble. Exercise became harder and harder, causing small inclines on a footpath, to become mountains for me to conquer. Due to all of the changes my body was then going through, small coughs and colds became something much more serious.
A simple case of a cold, turned into the worst flu I ever had. My chest was so tight that I couldn't breathe. My body ached and I would throw up black tar every night. To top it all off. I couldn't go outside for my favourite activity - smoking. We lived up several flights of stairs, and the thought of leaving my bed, never mind climbing that mountain, was hard enough for to handle. I tossed and turned all night, until eventually I gave in. I reached over to my partner's side, and picked up his e-cig.
After one breath, I was hooked. I would smoke it until my mouth was dry, and bask in the fact that I didn't have to move. My partner went out the next day, and purchased me a bright pink e-cigarette of my very own, and I couldn't have been happier. I could still smoke to my hearts content, yet I didn't have to move a muscle.
After two weeks I finally felt better. I stepped outside into the fresh air, and of course lit a cigarette. One drag from it made me throw up into the drain. It was fowl. The pure taste of ash. I might as well have licked an ash tray from the local pub clean. I was repulsed, and after frowning at the wasted toxic stick that I had thrown onto the floor, I reached into my pocket and pulled out my vaper once more.
I haven't touched a cigarette since.
It truly was the turning point in my life. Some time has passed, and I feel healthier than I ever did before. I can run for the bus, and not lose my breath. My hunger is back with a vengeance, and colds and coughs are a thing of the past. I never realised how much it affected me until I took a step back.
The best part of it all? If you get your e-cig from a reputable company, and actually lose yourself in the world of vaping it truly is a sight to behold. You can get tanks and components of all shapes, colours and sizes - and so many flavours that you'll never be bored. To top it all off. It's cheap! The amount of money you save truly is amazing, and it means that the dress you have been eyeing up in the shops for the past month, can now be yours. You can buy that game you can never seem to afford. You're not relying on that money to feed your addiction!
Vapelux is one of those reputable companies that you just can't say no to. Their site is filled to the brim with every possibility. From the powerful tanks that fill your entire house with smoke, to the dainty and pretty for those of us who love to match our accessories. From the super cheap, to the more flashier items, they really do have it all.
Not to mention that it will help you to kick the habit, without those ghastly patches and that foul tasting gum. You can smoke them in your local pub, and around anyone you like without leaving a harmful smoke, or a terrible smell.
Although there is something intimidating about choosing your first e-cig, they really are a helpful bunch. Their starter kits have everything you could need, without the scary price tag. Something to dip your toe into the water with, without being emerged completely.
So take the leap. Take a chance, and give it a go. Even if you just scroll through a site, and turn your nose up at it. You've taken that step to quit. They really saved my life, and I haven't looked back since.
This post was written in collaboration with www.vapelux.com. Although this is a sponsored post, I really do love all of their products and they truly are a lovely bunch. So take a chance and take a look. You might just save your life.
Where do I start with this post? Well if you have been reading my blog for a long time, you may have noticed that I have a new section here on The Brough Blog - Technology and Me. This is something I have been wanting to write about for a long time but never knew which item to start with until the lovely people at Panasonic contacted me about writing a review for this amazing machine to which I screamed yes! Of course all of the opinions are completely my own, so I hope you join me on the ride!
The full name of the item is the Panasonic DMR-PWT550EB (Imagine typing that name into the machine at Argos) and it was lovingly packaged to me within days. I must admit that I jumped for joy when it turned up, and almost broke the damn thing whilst excitedly ripping the packaging apart.
The box itself was lovingly packaged with no way of the machine from shifting, or falling out which amazed me as it's quite a large appliance. Panasonic had also lovingly included a Blu-Ray for me to watch too, which I thought was a very thoughtful thing to send.
Now to the good part. How well it works.
Well setting it up was easy as pie. Three cables were included and they popped straight in (Aerial Cable, HDMI Cable and Power Supply Lead) without any hassle, and as they were all packaged so well, there was no tangles in the leads that lead you to pulling you hair out and wandering why you bothered?
The unit itself is very sleek, powerful and looks really professional. It put our old devices to shame and caused me to fall in love straight away. It has a part matte top, with a shiny finish to the front, and as I am a clumsy mother something, you will be happy to know that it is super easy to clean. The only thing that was negative about the machine itself is that it is very wide. It is alot wider than my XBOX ONE but it's definitely worth making the space for it.
The remote itself looked like it had fallen straight out of an alien's ship, straight into my hand. There are hundreds of buttons, and I will be honest, it took me a few minutes to figure out that alot of them were actually there for your ease. Such as instead of scrolling through one huge menu to find the option you are looking for, it is broken down into two menus buttons, that are easily identifiable - and if that isn't easy enough for you, then there is an even simpler home page with everything brightly labelled with big pictures so you will never get lost. As an avid Netflix girl myself, I was thoroughly impressed with the Netflix button. Oh yes, you will always be one button away from your best friend. The only one fault that I could find is that there is no Eject button! There is of course one on the machine, but due to always having a remote with the button on, it completely threw me for a few seconds.
Speaking of eject button, when you do figure out that the button on top of the machine is for ejecting you will fall in love like I did. When it ejects your Blu Ray Discs, it automatically opens the front panel for you, and then closes it on the return. Now I won't lie to you, I spent a good 10 minutes simply opening and closing the draw, fascinated.
So what can it actually do? Well that's a small question for the big answer. In short? Everything.
To start off with, it's a Freeview player, so no pesky bills each month for Sky or TeVo. "But I love to pause my shows!" I hear you scream, well have no fear! So can this. You can pause, record and rewind just like Sky, so you will never miss a thing no matter how many toilet breaks you need during your most recent episode of Orange is the new black (I still need to watch the newest season!). Not only that, but the box itself will record all of last weeks shows, so not only do you not need to record anything, but you will never miss any show. No matter how short or crazy it is! No longer will you need to miss those creepy wedding shows in fear of scaring your partner, you can wait until they're gone and secretly watch them yourself - not to mention with 500GB storage, you'll never run out of space.
Not only that but it's a DVD and Blu-Ray player. The best of both worlds, and the quality and speed of play is absolutely amazing. I've never seen a Blu-Ray load quicker.
It can turn any TV into a smart TV as long as it has a HDMI port, which let's be honest. Unless you are watching black and white and are banging on the top to make it work, we all have one!
To top it all off you can watch YouTube Videos, Netflix, Amazon Prime, watch from a USB and download plenty of more options, so you will never run out of things to watch. Even when you have scrolled through hundreds of channels complaining nothing else is on.
In general I think this is amazing device, with so many features and options, you'll be entertained for hours. I truly was - and let's be honest. If I can figure it out so can you! With Christmas dawning, and amazing films on every night, what better time than now to pick up your space age remote and start dabbling in alien technology. You won't regret it.
You can find out more here!