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Up in Vape – Mark “Tim” Timblin

Up In VapeGreetings fellow Vapers, my name is Mark Timblin, I live in a small town on the east coast of Florida, along what is know as the Treasure Coast, after the Spanish lost several of their ships during a hurricane in the early 1700s.

A few days ago I was given an opportunity that, at first, I was totally dumfounded with.  Flabbergasted, if you will.  I received an email from Dave at Spinfuel offering me the unique opportunity to be a guest columnist for Spinfuel!

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This opportunity arose from some of the ‘lengthy’ comments I made after reading a review. One comment mentioned something to the effect that I wished that I could write like some of these folks who write the reviews or post opinions, but I am not, nor will I ever be, much of a writer.

I don’t remember the exact phrase I used, but Dave said, in effect, ‘Oh…wait a minute buddy you can, and do, write very well.’  He then offered me a position as a guest columnist.  “You can do a weekly column on anything and everything vape related.” He said.  NO SHIT!  Are you serious…he… is…really, well, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing this column now would I?  I was told to think about it and to let him know.   I read this email around 10 or 11 in the morning, around 5 maybe 5:30 that evening I said I would do it.  So…let’s get to it shall we!

Vape … As Up In…

To start my first ever column as a writer…a writer, still sounds strange to my ears.  Anyway, I have been vaping for almost 3 years now.  I started not to get off cigarettes like so many do.  I started vaping to end a 45-year love affair with; dip, snuff, smokeless tobacco whatever-you-want-to-call-it, but at the age of 56 (I will be 59 in August) I guess it was May, maybe early June, when I first started…with…cig-alikes.

To someone who quit smoking cigarettes 20 years ago, cigars 4 or 5 years at that time, I was dipping 2, almost 3, cans of this worm dirt a day!  Yup…3 cans a pinch between yer cheek and gum at a time. This went on all through the cigarettes, my pipes, cigars, through it all, it was the ‘dip’ that kept me going.  At the time ‘dip’ was almost $8 a can, even at 2 cans a day it adds up pretty quickly! Do the math; at $8 a can at 2 cans a day (that was a conservative number), you could probably add another can to that and it would be a bit more realistic in numbers.  But we’ll keep it at 2 cans just to make it easy, 2 at $8 is $16 a day times 30 days that’s $480 a month!

We’re talking $500 a month, for dirt, that you put in your mouth, what the hell was I thinking…at 11 years old I wasn’t thinking, by the time I was 15 my parents knew, they didn’t approve, but they figured as long as I wasn’t smoking, it didn’t matter.

I knew I had to do something different to get me off Copenhagen Long Cut, I knew I wasn’t gonna beat the odds, maybe I might see old age, but how much face would I have left after all these years?

I started looking around and saw the ads online for the cig-alike scam…saw through that immediately, but I wanted something similar though because at first all I wanted was something to help me cut down on how much I dipped.

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My wife was up for anything that would get me off the worm dirt, so I did get a little cig-alike setup; a couple small batteries and a 10-pack of prefilled cartomizers, and off I went.

In the first three months I cut down about a third, so I went from 3 cans to 2 cans, but…the little light bulb came on, dim as it was, but I had a vague idea that maybe some day I could quit.  That September, after doing some research online, I figured that if I really was serious about quitting I needed a larger battery and some kind of tank to hold more juice.

I Found a place up near Chicago that had just what I wanted and so, my vaping in earnest began that September.

Vape… As Settling in…

I quickly moved my nicotine levels lower and lower, starting at a very high 34mg or 36mg nicotine level and by January I was down to 12mg nicotine level. On January 22, 2014, I took the last dip out of my last can of Copenhagen Long Cut!  January 23, 2 days after our son’s 27th birthday I was finally tobacco free…I had quit dipping, it had taken me 7 months to do it, but I did.

I figured ‘slow and steady’ would work best because, well, ya gotta remember, I had been dipping for 45 years! I mean I was hooked on snuff and it wasn’t gonna be an overnight thing for this kid.

I have since moved onward and upward, owning way too many mods and way too many tanks, and what seems like at least a gallon of ejuice in one flavor or another.

But…we’ll leave that and other interesting facts about the vaping lifestyle, my journey, that I have since taken to heart.

Thank you all for reading my first ever column, I am interested in any and all comments you may have, good, bad or otherwise.  If you have any questions for me that I may be able to answer please do ask, I am on Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, Pinterest and Linked In.

Be well, stay safe, God bless and… VAPE ON!

Mark “Tim” Timblin

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10 thoughts on “Up in Vape – Mark “Tim” Timblin”

  1. Thanks for sharing your story.

    First time I read someone quitting anything other than smoking. Your story only shows that vaping can take you further than expected even if the intention in the beginning is not going all the way.

    Congrats and keep those stories coming.

    1. Thank you for your comments. It was hard enough giving up my dip, but it has been well over 2 years now, but like I tell a lot of people, I keep vaping for the same reason, because I know if I didn’t….I would be back on dip in a heart beat.

      I am working on my next column as we speak, I am thinking of incorporating being disabled with vaping, and some of the things I do, and have done to help quell my pain or at least keep the pain to an almost manageable level.


  2. Great start Tim. But, enough about you let’s talk about me. Just kidding, I wanted to relate a story about my friend and coworker who dips. We had talked about him trying to kick his dipping addiction by vaping. He was unsure of vaping being a suitable alternative for him since he didn’t smoke. A week ago last Thursday he finally allowed me to set him up with some vape gear. Except for one panicky moment the next day, he is no longer dipping. Now a little over a week later he’s still staying with it, and I am excited for him. If you have any advice you would want me to pass along to him, let me know. Now, back to you, great job on your first Spinfuel article, get used to the word columnist next to your name…it fits.

  3. Chuck..thank you for the vote of confidence it is much appreciated, columnist Tim Timblin……ya know, it does sound kinda cool at that. Never figured on being a writer…of any sorts, this is all new to me, hopefully I will only continue to improve.

    Any advice for your coworker; tell him to hang in there, it isn’t easy to give up something like that, especially if he has been dipping for any length of time. Hell, even a year or two and you’re gonna play hell quitting. A good support system is vital, vaping is a means to an end, unless you have friends and family its gonna be even harder. Not that it can’t be done, its just gonna be harder. I went the slow and easy way of quitting, I took 7 months to slowly wean myself off dip. How long has your friend and coworker been dipping? You can tell him from me that there are gonna be days where he is gonna want to have a dip, he’ll think…oh, just one little dip won’t hurt….yes it will! First one then another then another, pretty soon you’re back dippin as bad if not worse than you were before.

    Which is why I still vape, because I know..know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if I didn’t vape for any more than a week, the craving for that pinch between yer cheek and gum is overpowering. I STILL get to where I want a dip from time to time, and I haven’t touched the stuff in over 2 years now! Tell your friend great job on quittin the dip, hang in there bro, as long as he has you for a friend he’ll do well. You know, you are a great friend by helping him to quit and start vaping. You probably saved his life, at the very least you saved his face.

    Thank you for your comments and questions, I am here any time you or your friend has any questions, don’t hesitate to ask, I will answer pretty much any and all questions, if for whatever reason I DON”T know the answer, I will tell you, but I will also tell you that I WILL find the answer and get back to you. Thanks again Chuck, tell your friend that I have faith i him, he’ll do alright. If he seems to be back sliding, give him a swift kick in the…..just kidding, but hopefully there won’t be any back sliding, not when he has you as a friend. Be well, stay safe, God bless and….VAPE ON!


    1. Yup yup…. also LOVED the column! Extremely well written, relatable… Am looking forward to the many many more.. I hope, will come! 🙂 Live long(ER) & vape on!

    1. Thank you…thank you, I am a newb when it comes to writing, so this will be a work in progress. If you have any questions of me, about me, vaping, ask…please ask. If I don’t know the answer, I won’t make something up just to satisfy the multitudes. I will say…I don’t know….however, I will also tell you that I WILL find the answer and let you and everyone else know. Thanks for reading my column I really do appreciate the kind words.

    1. Sorry for not getting back to you sooner Julie, been a tad busy and when not busy I’m tryin ta get my pain levels down to a manageable level. Too bad that being busy and elevated pain levels go hand in hand, but hey that’s life and truthfully….I wouldn’t want it any other way. Thank you for the welcome, I will do my dead level best to keep the best interests of Spinfuel t heart and to hopefully be able to enhance my writing skils to those of the rest of my Spinfuel family.

      I pray you and your family have a blessed Easter holiday! Be well, stay safe, God bless, and….VAPE ON!

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