It was 11:45 PM and was freezing. “What the hell am I doing out this late?” I asked myself. Oh yeah! The biggest gaming release of the year was last night! Finally, my wait was over for Grand Theft Auto V. But the wait last night was much longer than expected. Apparently, some other people heard of the biggest game of this century, and I was one of 400 people at my local GameStop. Great.
As a vaper, I’ve been approached by many people who come from both sides of the “e-cig spectrum.” You know, the “naysayers” who think this is a fad or on the opposite end, people who praise me for making the switch. Some people just genuinely want to know what e-cigs are really all about. Well, I’m here to tell you MY version of what I say to anyone who asks me about my vape.
As the negative effects of smoking have become widely known, smokers have become more and more stigmatized and marginalized. With secondhand smoke being a real danger, smokers are forced outside or away from other people to smoke. Some non-smoking people take this a step further and seem to actively despise smokers for their habit, not even considering that for most, it is an addiction formed early in life (as teens or, for some, even younger) when they may not have had the best of judgment. Smoking is looked down upon as risky, dirty, selfish behavior, whether those labels are warranted or not.
When I started vaping, my goal was to find something so similar to cigarettes that my habit would transfer easily from analogs to e-cigs. I wanted a cigarette that wasn’t a cigarette. So my first e-cigs were the same size and shape as analogs and even lit up at the end when I inhaled.
Imagine you are not a vaper, and haven’t the slightest idea what an ecig is. You are on a plane. You see puffs of smoke several rows away. Is someone smoking on this plane? Surely no one would do that these days. But what could it be? What is burning? You begin to worry. You look around, but don’t see any flight attendants to notify. You don’t know what to do, so you alert the people around you. They get upset, and before you know it everyone on the plane is talking, shouting, getting up in their seats and wondering what is the matter. Babies are crying and cannot be calmed down. The entire plane is in a state of panic.
If you didn’t know, today is “World No Tobacco Day”. This holiday is sponsored in part by the World Health Organization. The day highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocates for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship”. If you’re on Twitter, follow #worldnotobaccoday to see what others are saying about it.