This past Thursday, I purchased the Aspire CF VV+ kit that came with the USB charger, the wall adapter plug and five coils.
I purchased this as a smoking cessation aid; I have been a smoker the past five years (roughly). For the past year or two, I have been explicitly smoking John MacDonald Superslim Menthols, which are longer, slimmer cigarettes (a.k.a. bitchsticks) and have 20 in a pack. I usually smoke about a pack a day, or at least 20ish smokes in a 24-hour period.
I decided to go with this one as the shop I purchased it at said it was the best of the best and I've heard good reviews. However, now that I'm using it, I'm a bit concerned and confused and need some more information.
Given that I typically smoke menthols, at first I got just a menthol flavour but found it to be way too minty and decided I needed a tobacco taste as well. So, I bought the "Fresh Tobacco" flavour in the 50PG/50VG formula to mix with the menthol. At first I mixed half menthol and half tobacco, but it was still too minty so as my liquid tube got lower I added more tobacco but there is still likely some menthol in there.
I have a couple of issues & questions:
1. I find that this is actually not similar at all to a regular cigarette (which it may not be intended to be but I initially was under the impression that it was). I do get the throat hit which is important, but it really doesn't mimic a cigarette. I find that my throat gets irritated and somewhat itchy and I cough a bit (especially when exhaling). After 10 minutes or so of smoking it it seems to get better but I'm just wondering if this is normal for a smoker while switching to the e-cig? Personally right now I feel like it doesn't feel like it will improve at all, but I've only been using it for a few days and switching back between regular smokes and the e-cig.
2. I went to the store I bought it from and was notified that even though I spent well over $100 their policy is usually only to provide refunds if it is defective and not "medical" - the employee there when I went back to ask/get more information on why my throat was irritated said I should check with my doctor that I'm not allergic to Propylene Glycol. Personally, I understand (legality-wise) why he said this but I don't think I'm allergic to it; I know PG is used in a plethora of household items (i.e. soaps, lotions, deodorants, etc.) and I've never been allergic to anything or had an allergic reaction to anything so I feel as though if I've had no indication of any allergies in the past that's likely not the case (although I will say I understand it is different this way as I am inhaling it). I don't seem to have any other side effects really other than while I'm actually smoking it.
3. I'm not getting any tobacco taste at all (which may just be the e-liquid but it is Gold Seal). Is this perhaps because I mixed it with the menthol and it's overpowering it?
Like I said, the guy at the store suggested I visit my doctor but then also said it took him about 2-3 weeks for his throat to get used to his e-cigarettes so I'm just wondering if it's common for people switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes to experience irritation in their throat and if so if it's only temporary?
Also - last question - could someone please explain what the voltage and airflow does on it? I understand the airflow makes the hole bigger or smaller, but if it's on a smaller hole does that mean you have to suck harder to get it out? And I don't understand what the voltage does at all.
Please help me!