I love my cigarettes. Let me rephrase that. I LOVE my cigarettes! If the Marlboro Man was still a pop culture icon, you could bet on me trying to fill the role.

Quitting Just Hasn't Worked So Far

I've been smoking now for 15 years. I've tried quitting over and over with little to no success. Patches, gum, exercise, and going "cold turkey" have never worked for me.

Now I'm going to put vaping to the test. If I'm honest, it's not the cigarettes I love; it's the nicotine that I'm addicted to. I've tried vaping before, but that was 7 years ago. Things have changed a lot since then.

I went to Bang Bang Vapes and Smoke Shop to get the scoop on vaping. All I knew walking in was that I automatically judge people who vape, I hate the fruity smell, and those "big clouds" make me want to punch you in the face.

Feeling Lost About Where To Start

It was a little overwhelming at first. They have a lot of products and options to choose from. It definitely wasn't one of those walk in, point to something on the shelf, pay, and walk out type trips.

Credit: Charlie Hardin TSM Amarillo

After getting all of my questions answered (and I had a million. Hats off to those folks and their patience) I was able to settle on a mod (the chunky part), a tank (where the juice goes), and a flavor. I got Bang Bang's Peppermint Patty. No fruity smell for me.

My hope is that by doing this, maybe I'll be able to make things a little easier on those I love. I have kids in my life that don't want me to be winded all the time, and want me to be around for a long time. My wallet would love feeling a little fuller. And no one loves the way a chain-smoker smells.

It's Either This Or Hypnosis

I'll say this about the people at Bang Bang Vapes and Smoke Shop...they were more than willing to listen to my concerns, and were more than happy to educate me on how to use my products properly.

Credit: Charlie Hardin TSM Amarillo

Hopefully this sticks.