So many things come with the wisdom that is acquired with the advancement of age. There are many others that are lost. Normal and natural. This year I am 60 years old: best wishes to me. My wife did the same. I started this blog about Big Bung 2015, almost 5 years ago. Rereading my words, I see that in those days I still believed in a better World. The younger you are, the more idealistic you are. You believe in certain things, but below, below you understand that they will never happen, as it will never get better – unfortunately. The disappointment gets stronger and stronger. But not only that I no longer believe in an improvement, I begin to be sure that things are going to get worse. The one where my thoughts still are positive, it’s me and the people around me, that is mainly the family. It is a forced utopia, because if you lose this too, life becomes too hard. After this sprinkling of optimism, I move on to the expected topic, that is, I describe my experience with IQOS. To be useful to someone, this text must also include my profile as a smoker. One, very different from me from this point of view, could have a very different opinion.
I started smoking when I was about 20 years old and so this year I made the fortieth anniversary of my smoking activity. It all started in the first year of university. Since the university building needed a reconstruction, they sent us to the outskirts in an unlikely building for the purpose for which it was to be dedicated. Public transport almost did not exist and therefore many came on foot. Even the professors had some problems reaching that place. Considering the other discomforts, he went out and we often missed a few lessons, and the expectations were long. What are you doing? You light a cigarette. But I didn’t smoke! Thus, to kill time I was scrounging by other boys, but especially by other girls. The girls at that time smoked the Lords; a feminine cigarette, very light and pleasant. Here, this was my beginning. At one point I scrounge too much and started buying a package every now and then. I didn’t smoke in my house; my parents were very opposed to this vice. Over the years, I became an ardent smoker and when I started earning my money, I admitted it to my parents.
In the last few years I was smoking about one pack a day; I had slightly decreased the quantity because I began to realize that smoking is not good for health. The problem that happened to me most often is cough. My wife complained a lot because she couldn’t sleep next to me. I tried to explain that cigarettes have nothing to do with it and that it’s all due to the cold. In part it was true, because when I was cold I coughed very much, but when the cold passed, I didn’t stop completely. Last winter I slept in the living room for a while. She complained that she could not sleep because of the coughing noise I caused. So, knowing that she was right, I moved for a few weeks; so I slept better too. In April I decided to do something more radical. I bought the electronic cigarette, the one that produces steam and not smoke. The idea was to replace some cigarettes with vape. In the office I can control myself quite well: I smoke every hour. Introducing the electronic cigarette, I managed to get 10 cigarettes a day and about 6 vape.
After the holidays, where I relaxed and I was much less disciplined, by chance I learned about IQOS. In front of the office, where everyone is smoking, I noticed that some people have a contraption that looks like an electronic cigarette, but it’s different. This uses real tobacco but does not burn it (there is no ash); warms it up. I discovered that a colleague also uses it and I got an IQOS. So, I didn’t like the first cigarette with heated tobacco; it is very dry. My colleague assured me that it is a matter of habit and that afterwards she gets used to it and that normal cigarettes become unpleasant. I bought the gadget and since then, it will be about 2 months, I don’t smoke cigarettes anymore. I always use the electronic cigarette with steam, to use less IQOS and all in all the results are visible.
The most important evidence is that I almost don’t cough anymore, if I haven’t cooled down. With this comes the other pleasure that my wife is happy and that our relationship does not suffer, or rather, she suffers my vice much less. I have some more money that I still invest in Forex operations. Among other advantages, I can say that my teeth are whiter, and my dentist is happy. My skin and my clothes stink less than previously, when I was a real smoker. I don’t know how to define myself now, but I feel better.