Brian's Travel Tips: Smoking

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End May 30, 2013

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Flag of Malaysia  , Pahang,
Monday, January 7, 2013

I've been doing so well! After switching to my e-cig (vaping) in September 2011 I've been off tobacco. To tell you the truth, being around people smoking doesn't even give me any cravings. Even this morning Sharilyn noticed packages of Borkum Riff (pipe tobacco) selling in 7-11 for 20 RM (about 4 pounds), I was only annoyed at how cheap it was, I didn't want to smoke it.

This I could deal with, but for all the things to run into...I wasn't expecting to find e-cigs here!  I could smell it way down the street and when I walked into the shop there were clouds of it wafting up my nose. Bucket loads of fluid and every model you could dream of. He even had a ViVi NOVA with a rebuildable tank system – the same that Craig has. He also had the EGO V6 which has variable voltage and has a tank system similar to the ViVi Nova with a replaceable battery and everything. Some so new they've only been released in the UK for a week!  ARGH!

It was great to talk to the guy and see all the new toys on offer.  But my major downfall? Going in the shop a 2nd time...just curious about the price I found myself suckered into a bartering ring. Thankfully Sharilyn was outside and I could pull the wife card. The guys in the shop laughed when I looked up with a hopeful glance and she shook her head...

Here I thought going to SE Asia where everyone smokes cigarettes I wouldn't see e-cigs.  Especially when cigarettes are 20 cents a pack and you can smoke anywhere, you wouldn't think there'd be a need for these. Now in Malaysia they seem to be everywhere!  I want one!

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