The nicotine-free Electrofag cartridges arrived today. Good timing, I had a pouch of baccy with a little bit left in the bottom and a new one, unopened.
I've finished the open pouch so now there are no tempting open pouches of baccy here. That would make it too easy to thoughtlessly roll and light one while doing something else and that would ruin the experiment. Also, packs left open will dry out and become useless. From now, I am on only nicotine-free Electrofag.
Since this is not a stop-smoking attempt, I need to define how long the experiment should last. Any antismokers will sneer and say 'See? The addict can't stop' but this is not for them. I have given up trying to provide clues for the clueless. There is no reasoning with these creatures and I will waste no more time trying.
I smoke because I like it. This experiment won't change that, it's simply to prove that the nicotine is not addictive. As when I stopped drinking caffeine, I expect to be sleepy for a few days because nicotine does give a caffeine-like buzz that keeps you awake while mysteriously relaxing you at the same time. Nicotine has an effect, yes. What I dispute is that the effect is addictive.
Nicotine withdrawal causes the same symptoms as in those 'addicted' to gambling, shopping, exercise or the Internet. 'Addictions' in which there is no active substance other than the ones in the 'addict's' own head. In the case of nicotine, I don't dispute the existence of an effect, but I say that it's the act of smoking, not the nicotine, that we are 'addicted' to. Electrofag allows me to simulate what I think is the important part while removing the part I don't believe is addictive. That is why those who decide they aren't enjoying the smoking part any more can just stop, just like that. The 'addiction' is in the act of smoking and that fails when the smoker doesn't like that part any more. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms are all in the mind. They aren't real.
It's not perfect. The ritual of the rollup and the lighter will be missing. The heat of the smoke will be missing. But I can still blow smoke rings, even though it's not real smoke. I can puff away while typing, even though it's not real smoke.
This experiment, as I said, has no scientific validity. I know I am smoking no-nicotine Electrofags. There's no control group. Nobody is supervising me to check I don't cheat. It won't prove anything to anyone but me. A proper trial would supply Electrosmokers with free cartridges with or without nicotine, with nobody on the trial knowing which ones they had. It could only be done with Electrosmokers because tobacco smokers won't all take to Electrofag. What I am doing is primarily for my own edification but if I can convince smokers there's no addiction, then enforced non-smoking periods such as flights won't bother them as they don't bother me. Those who aren't enjoying it any more but keep going just because they think they are addicted will be able to stop.
I will make no attempt to convince antismokers because they are too damn stupid to consider any alternative to the bunk that fills their heads. I don't care what they think. I am not interested in discussion of any kind with them. I've tried that and all they do is swivel their eyes, shout hysterical abuse and then complain about the smell. No more discussion, antismokers. You want to call me selfish and addicted, believe what the hell you like, just keep it to yourselves.
The timing of the cartridges is doubly perfect because tonight is a Smoky-Drinky night. I will be on nicotine-free cartridges among a group of smokers. I won't tell them it's nicotine free, might even persuade one or two to try it. So this experiment starts with the harshest test possible. If I get through tonight, the rest will be easy.
I have decided to run the experiment for one week. I have five menthol and five tobacco zero-nicotine cartridges, each equivalent to about 30 smokes, which should be more than enough. No doubt I'll use it more than I would use tobacco because I can use Eletrofag in places I can't smoke. So comparing the level of use would be irrelevant. The only thing being tested here is nicotine addiction.
At the end of the week I will return to real smoking because I like it. I have, in addition to that unopened pack of baccy, a pack of five Henri Winterman's half coronas and next Friday night I will open that first. Something to look forward to.
Okay, time to get ready for Smoky-Drinky and embark upon the experiment. If tomorrow's post looks like this - AAAAAArrgggharsearsearsebuggershit - then I will have failed. We shall see.
I'll take the opportunity to give those ashtrays a long-overdue clean, too.
Last nicotine dose was a little before 7 pm. Unfortunately I didn't think to record the exact time. It doesn't matter - I'll set 7 pm next Friday as the end of experiment.
Now it's time for smoky-drinky. Back later, whisky levels permitting.