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This Time It’s Personal

On February 22nd I get to celebrate my first anniversary of being smoke free. That was the day my electronic cigarette starter kit arrived. I had try to quit before, on my own. That didn’t work at all. Switching to ecigs has worked, and it’s worked amazingly well.

So, leave it to the government to want to screw that up.

Section 918(b) requires that the Secretary of HHS, after consultation with recognized scientific, medical, and public health experts, submit a report to Congress examining how best to regulate, promote, and encourage the development of “innovative products and treatments (including nicotine-based and non-nicotine-based products and treatments)” to better achieve the following three goals: (1) Total abstinence from tobacco use, (2) reductions in consumption of tobacco, and (3) reductions in the harm associated with continued tobacco use.

Many people will react with a “so what?” Well, it’s government regulation, and we already have enough of them, and this time it’s personal. Here is what V2, my distributor, has to say on the subject:

This added regulation could have a negative impact on the availability, accessibility and cost of V2 Cigs and other e-cig brands’ products.
But you can make sure that your opinion is heard!

If V2 Cigs electronic cigarettes have made a positive difference in your life, please share your story with the FDA. Ask them not to implement additional regulations which would limit your ability to obtain V2 Cigs.

Read the notice of public hearing on the FDA website. You can click on the blue Comment Now button in the upper right corner of the FDA’s site to submit your comments through Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

Your opinion matters! This is your chance to make a difference for the entire electronic cigarette industry. Visit the FDA Website today and encourage your friends to do the same. Together, we will be heard!

Quite frankly, I don’t trust the government to get this right. Some of the advantages of vaping include

  • Being able to vape where you can’t smoke.
  • A near endless variety of flavors. Everything from tobacco and menthol flavors, to coffee, chocolate covered cherry, fruits, mints, and some that I wouldn’t even want to try. I mean, I love bacon, but I wouldn’t want to vape it.
  • A big, big money savings. Of course the government is going to want to tax these products even more than they want to regulate them.I saved nearly $1000 so far. I’m sure the government wants a part of that. A BIG part.

All of this is on top of how much better I feel. Ecigs are not marketed as a healthier alternative to smoking, but the pure fact is I feel 100% better since I switched. I can breath easier, walk further, do more without feeling exhausted.

If you’re a smoker I do encourage you to give ecigs a try. I suggest V2 (Use the code MyVaporLife at checkout for a discount!) because that’s what worked for me, and I’m an affiliate. You can also search for ecigs, but I urge you to do your homework. There are a few scams out there. Be very cautious with “free trials”.

Here is the comment I left at the FDA site:

I am a 57 year old male, and I don’t know when I started smoking, other than it was sometime in my thirties, but I do know when I quit – February 22nd, 2011. I had tried to quit previously on my own, using the patch, and with gum. None of those methods worked.
On 2/22/11 my electronic cigarette starter kit arrived. Since that time I have smoked two and a half packs of regular cigarettes – the half pack I had left when the starter kit arrived, one when I was still starting with the e-cigs, and the last one when I forgot my battery charger at work. All of that was within the first month, so I can honestly claim to have been smoking free for more than 10 months.
I can personally tell you that I can breathe easier, exercise and work around the house without getting so easily winded, taste and smell better, and I greatly enjoy the nearly $1000 that I’ve saved. I am convinced that e-cigs have improved my quality of life and that I would not have quit any other way.
I urge you to take a thorough and honest look at the science, and to include in your evaluation the positive impact electronic cigarettes have for so many people. In my office alone four (out of five) smokers have fully replaced traditional cigarettes with electronic ones.
Most of all I urge you to NOT remove or regulate the positives that I, and others, find so attractive about e-cigs:
• The variety of flavors that are available
• The low cost relative to traditional cigarettes
• The ability to vape whenever and wherever I want
• The ability to use a product that has, in my personal experience, allowed me to stop smoking
In my opinion, removing these incentives will do greater harm than good. I am convinced that should e-cigs become harder to obtain, or less attractive to use, I would in all likelihood return to smoking. I am sure I am not alone in this belief.
The positives of electronic cigarettes are many, and I ask that you cautiously and honestly consider their benefits when adopting any policies related to their use. Please do not regulate them out of existence, or make them difficult to obtain or less attractive to use. I don’t want to go back to smoking, and electronic cigarettes have made that possible.
Thank you.

Cross posted at My Vapor Life.

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Follow up to Consolidation

Twelve days ago I wrote a post titled Consolidation. I mentioned that I have control over 5 hosting accounts, 11 domain names, and 20 associated sites. I’ve spent the past week making a plan of attack. Over the past few days I have been in the process of implementing that plan.

ProCleanExtreme, Spot-Trot, and ValetsPlus are gone. This site, bRight&Early, is moved to one of the other hosting accounts. It went smoothly, didn’t it? I bet you never even noticed.

The only “move” that still needs to take place is Blogs.4Bauer.com. I’ll do that this weekend. That will reduce things considerably – two hosting accounts that are paid up for quite a while, and just a few domain names. The domains will hang around until it’s time for them to be renewed. What is odd about all of this is that I didn’t really spend a lot of time or effort on any of the sites. I just always felt as if I should be.

So, why am I doing all of this?

Well, part of the reason is to clear out the clutter. There was a lot of clutter. It was also done to make way for a few other projects that were already in the works.

The biggest project is helping with my county GOP’s executive committee web site. I am excited about doing that work.

That brings me to the last bit of news. I made a big deal about quitting smoking last July. I did really well for a long time. Really well, considering that I didn’t do anything other than put them down. No pills, no gum, no patch. It worked until our one car died and the stress of dealing with that situation gave me the excuse I needed to start back. There wasn’t a plan “B”. Working in an office with four other smokers didn’t help.

Fast forward to late 2011. My boss tried electronic cigarettes that he found for sale at the local flea market. He had some success, but the quality was poor, to say the least. Some time before Thanksgiving one of my other co-workers tried V2 brand on the internet. Next my boss, then my third and forth office mate ordered kits. They’ve been very happy with the results. I ordered my starter kit which arrived last week.

I’m sharing my story about switching, along with e-cigarette information at My Vapor Life. If you’re looking for information, or just want to follow my progress, I invite you to take a look

We now return you to your regular blog which is already in progress.