but who, haven't got a clue about what vaporizers are.
Some great links I found along the way.
US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Buying a Home
HUD Helps Public Housing Residents Buy Homes
Office of Native American Programs (ONAP)
Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program
Borrowers Section 184 Loan Resources for Native American and Alaskan Native Tribal Members
My HUD; $95 a month rent, duplex apartment/housing went smoke free.
They never sent out notices and no one told me, until a new manager was hired.
Then; just like that, I was immediately ordered/supposed to stop smoking in the apartment.
She said, if she smells smoke again, she's was going to evict me. Even though smoking was allowed, five years ago when I moved in.
They changed the rules. Apparently they're allowed to do this, or not?
I didn't get evicted. I purchased a vaporizer to vaporize my tobacco.
I complied with their demand to not smoke on the property.
I met one of the Building Owner's in court. He was their Lawyer!
Owner; coincidentally, also happens to be a Lawyer. (So convenient). I recognized him from around the buildings, town and the manager called him "Counselor".
Now; my Landlord, knows me personally, not just by reputation, thus joining the crowd, of those who love me. Of course, some others don't.
I went to Court and I gave the Building Owner a copy of the paid receipt for my vaporizer. We shook hands and the building manager, even gave me a ride home.
It took a lot of effort, finding a vaporizer that works with loose tobacco and then figuring out, how to use it correctly.
All in the middle of a hot as heck summer and an eviction threat drama, but I did it. I finally succeeded!
When I get angry, I can do anything.
I researched; composed and gave the Building Owner, an 8 page statement about why they had no case legally. But the owners had me at, smoking is a big fire hazard.
I live around; mostly, very elderly senior citizens, who would be impossibly hard to evacuate.
I do not want to set any kind of legal precedent. Either one; that people can smoke, or not smoke, either. Yeah; I wasn't touching this one, for sure.
But I did want, to help set one precedent. One, that recognizes vaporizing as being allowed in all non-smoking residences. Even in Federally assisted, HUD Housing, (where I live).
That's what is says the Court ruled on the legal paper, the building owner and I signed. That vaporizing is allowed. So that's good.
Even; in legal Medical Marijuana States, if patients rent an apt, house, etc, they have to get the building owners permission to use cannabis.
They can't be refused permission, as it's a medicine. But they can be prohibited from smoking it.
I was easy to convince.
I'm a Fireman's Daughter.
I've been smoking since 1967. I hate cigarettes by now.
I hate how much they cost.
I hate the ashes that fly all over the place.
I was starting to feel like Cinderella here.
I hated worrying all the time if I was setting the place on fire.
What I Learned
First of all; anyone wanting to vaporize should discuss it with their Doctor. Have a physical etc.
Especially with the liquid (e-juice) vaporizers.
For nicotine, the e-juice pens are the easiest to use but have caused allergic reactions to some people.
Because the e-juice liquid has glycerine and alcohol in it.
I can't use e-cigs or e-juice vaporizer pens because I'm seriously allergic to glycerine (I get boils). Good thing I didn't try them.
I don't even drink. I had my gallbladder removed in 2003 and am very allergic to any kind of alcohol and have many food allergies too.
After over five months of researching; housing law, vaporizers, vaporizer pens, talking to, getting to know vaporizer retailers, having watched at least 20 video reviews, tutorials, read websites, warranties, guarantees, purchased and returned three pens, read numerous reviews and much more.
I found out that not all vaporizers are suitable for heavy tobacco use.
ie, The pens, are really made to use with cannabis and other light density herbs.
From my experience, the dry herb pens work, ok, for a light smoker. A person who smokes 5 to 10 cigarettes a day. (Like someone who wants to step out in a work situation and grab a quick 15-20 puffs, and doesn't want to smell like cigarettes afterward, who doesn't have the time, or want to smoke an entire cigarette). Besides cannabis, this is another use for the vaporizer pens.
Dry herb vaporizer pens will not work well for someone who constantly needs tobacco/nicotine vapor on demand, people who smoke a pack and a half a day.
Vaporizer pens usually run on batteries. The batteries stay charged, aprox one hour. More expensive pens have a battery charge of 3 hours.
Battery charge is not long enough for a heavy, pack a day plus smoker. They all take 4 to 5 hours to re-charge and one has to press a button every time they want a couple of puffs.
They say the charge lasts for 1,000 puffs. That's with cannabis or the e-juice.
Not my experience with tobacco.
I finally purchased, the Arizer V-Tower Vaporizer.
Clean glass parts when cool. Warm Water.
I clean my parts with tablets, or powdered denture cleaner; like, "Stain Away". It's about, $5 a bottle and a bottle lasts over a month.
Pour cleaner directly into the elbow adapter. Remove elbow screen and fill that with cleaner too. Coil the hose and cover with warm water in a large food type container to clean, soak, etc.
*You have to keep those little screens that fit in the elbow adapter (glass part on top) clean or you won't get any puffs.
I was just having that problem. I had to really clean them last night. I wasn't getting good vapor.
I looked and saw that the screen was totally clogged with the fine sooty stuff. Apparently, just soaking in cleaners, was not removing baked on gunk. I use 2 q-tips, or the corner of a piece of paper towel. I twisting it in until all the gunk comes off.
If the elbow screens aren't kept clean, no puffs can get through. If you can see light through the screen, it's ok. Not seeing anything, it needs cleaning.
Ignore the other screens in the herb bowl. Just cleaning solution works on them. I wouldn't even try to take them out.
I have 3 of the hoses with elbow adapters. They have to be cleaned all the time, I always have one soaking and drying.
I use two a day. Switch to a clean one when I stop getting good puffs and it looks gunked up. About, after about 5-10 hours use. I change the elbow screen more often. Whenever it looks gunked up. All the oils and sooty parts stick to this screen.
I put all cleanable parts (hose, screens, bowl) in the cleaner and soak overnight or until clean.
Other cleaners (even some that say natural), have isopropyl alcohol in them. I'm allergic. Wouldn't use that anyway.
After cleaning I always soak the glass parts; in a couple of cap fulls of lemon juice and water, for about an hour and rinse. Works good, makes it taste nice.
Make sure you pour all the water out of the hose before drying.
These are the techniques and temperatures from my research, that I've been using. I have included links with instructions.
Important! Tobacco has to be very, very, very, dry. I'm still experimenting with density. Sometimes I cut it up fine and sometimes I don't. I'm finding as long as it's crunchy dry, it works.
Otherwise the moisture, lowers the core temperature of the tobacco. Which impairs the vaporization process that works through heating.
Sometimes I put a very small amount (way less than a pinch) of un-ground tobacco, on top of the finely ground tobacco to hold it down in the bowl. Fill bowl about 1/2 to 3/4 full. Wait about 1 minute and puff.
Should get up to 30 puffs. Again, I'm still learning how to do this part. Sometimes I take bowl off and add an extra pinch. Get more puffs. Take bowl off to fill. I got tobacco drips filling it on the base.
Empty bowl, scrape elbow screen with stirrer and refill.
Temperatures may vary. I'm still trying to figure this part out.
Heat tobacco in bowl about 1 minute at 445f lower to about, from, 440f to 430f, or lower depending on how dry and finely cut the tobacco is. From my learning experience here, the temperature kind of depends on how dry and fine the tobacco is. On damp days I have to vaporize higher it seems.
I just experiment up and down the the temperatures till I get puffs, or not.
It's convection/conduction heat.
Vaporizer Buyer Guide
How To Use The Extreme Q and the Arizer V-Tower Vaporizers
ArizerExtreme Q And V-Tower Temperature Guide
Arizer V-Tower Review The Daily Smoker-Amsterdam 2014(c)
Always, check your sellers warranties and return policies.
Read Instruction Manuel.
With the Arizer V Tower, There's an air vent at the bottom of the V Tower. Do Not Block The Airflow.
For instance. Don't put the vaporizer on a tablecloth. I had that problem.
Puffing ever so slightly pulled the tablecloth over the air vent. I got rid of tablecloth and now I get good puffs.
Don't put essential oils in your aroma therapy bowl. Only dried herbs or flowered potpourri. It say's you could. But that's the old model.
Also needed are a square sized, pot holder.
Depending on your table surface a hot pad or a couple of cotton place mats to sit the bowl on when filling is also needed. The $1/99cent store has them in the housewares aisle.
The glass bowl and adapter, get hot. Too hot to touch. But not flammable. Still it will melt plastic. Only cotton is best.
2 or 3 large plastic food containers to soak and clean whip hoses, etc. Again, $1/99cent store.
A bottle of lemon juice.
The only tobacco I found that works is the "American Spirit Original Blend", powder blue package. It's a medium-light tobacco. Heavier tobaccos were too hard to vaporize.
At the cost of over $300 a month buying factory manufactured cigarettes (pack, carton, etc); it had gotten to the point that it was becoming, a choice between food and cigarettes.
Food was winning. Then my building going smoke free, pushed cigarettes way to the back of the line.
I'm sick of the smoke, the smell, the carcinogens, the whole thing.
Now I'm smoke free and I am; once again, the winner!
Landlord-Tenant Laws in Your State
So now; 15 months later, I've been re-programmed as a non-smoker. (I still get my nicotine. I just vaporize it).
I could have Stockholm syndrome too. I get that a lot.
It works for me. I've been trying to quit smoking cigarettes for at least the past 20 years.
I buy a canister of American Spirit loose tobacco, for $32.95. The canister should last at least a month or longer. It's over 5 1/4 ounces.
Compared to a carton of cigarettes that costs $58. Total of about $85 a week.
I'll save about $3,000 a year vaporizing loose tobacco vs smoking factory manufactured cigarettes. Good reason to vaporize.
Vaporizing with tobacco, it's kind of just like using an enclosed pipe. You get visible puffs of vapor. But it's different. One has to actually puff it, where with cigarettes it's automatic. One learns patience vaporizing tobacco.
In a vaporizer with heat control. You set the chamber for the amount of vapor you want by adjusting the temperature.
I don't know if I'm doing it correctly or not, I get good vapor at 445f with tobacco, (usually).
To dry tobacco, I just leave my canister open and pour 2 days amount onto a paper plate. Like this guy says paper has chemicals.
My HUD housing complex went smoke free. I moved in with smoking allowed. Now I've been told I am no longer allowed to smoke in the apt and on the property.
So, for three months I've had a building manager inspecting every week. Every time; she says "I smell smoke, if I smell smoke the next time I'm here, I'm going to evict you."
I was like, "what"???
Well they did it, the Sheriff was at my door! Showed up on a fri night, at 5:30pm.
The property manager had given me a notice to quit 30 days previously.
My advice to anyone; If a landlord gives you a "Notice To Quit", that's the 30 day notice of eviction. Lawyer up immediately!
In 30 days the Sheriff will be at your door with an eviction notice, then you'll have aprox 3 or 4 days to bring or overnight mail the court a completed form, called a "ticket to appear" which says you'll be at the hearing.
Also the landlord could file any place in the state he owns property. ie 60 miles away. So; besides returning the ticket to appear to the Court you could also have to send, what's called a "change of venue" request to be able to go to the Court in your immediate area. (mail overnight guaranteed mail $20 US Post Office, return receipt required).
If you don't return these forms to the court by the date on the summons, they will come and padlock your apartment, throw you out immediately and you'll have to fight to get your possessions.
You also; have to send your landlord copies of these forms, certified mail, return receipt requested too.
Oh yeah the forms are not included with the summons.
Always; in any legal situation, just get a Lawyer immediately.
Tricky part they pulled on me was, they filed in a town 40 miles away.
I had a Seniors Lawyer, recommended by my local Seniors Center. They are a 501 funding is low and they are very busy. So she could only advise me and mediate a little. This was an easy case since I was complying. Not just as fast as property management wanted me to.
This Lawyer sent me the forms and talked the Senior Center Lady through showing me how to fill them out and send them.
It's not whether one knows they have a winning case or not, it's the technicalities of the law are what trips one up.
You got to have a Lawyer! Unless you can't get a Lawyer, never pro say (do it yourself) a case.
Old saying; "He who acts as his own Lawyer, has a fool for a client."
It all started here;
Updated Is There A Lawyer In The House??? With a side addendum here You Can't Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover
I also Googled quite a few "how to stop smoking" websites.
I heard that people who start vaporizing often are able to stop smoking tobacco completely.
I feel much better already.
Smoking is dirty and passe'.
Not having to worry if I'm burning the apartment down when I go out or to sleep at night, is "Priceless"!