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.
So the other day I was working in the marketing office when Kevin from the Smokeless Lounge came in. He asked if I was busy. Now that’s a silly question. “What can I do for ya Kevin?” I asked. He said there was a young lady in the Lounge that wanted to be interviewed for our blog. Fantastic!
This is a guest blog post by VaporVamp.
I’ve been a secret prisoner of cigarettes for almost 15 years. I smoked the first thing in the morning. I would smoke any chance I could during the workday, even smoking at my desk since I work from home. Sometimes, I would wake up in the middle of the night and smoke. I always had to make sure I had enough cigarettes and lighters. Despite my dedication to smoking and my resistance to quit, I was constantly worried about the smell offending others (and I knew the health risks). I left my doors and windows open at home as often as possible. I bought about 25 different perfumes, all purse sized, so I could carry them with me and use them right before I met people. I had a whole routine of putting on hand cream and a dab of perfume and popping a breath mint before meeting friends for lunch or coffee. I didn’t want to be the “stinky smoker.”
Growing up in the heart of Texas in the 80′s and 90′s, cigarettes were everywhere: restaurants, public spaces, outside shops and malls. At every turn the smell incensed the air. Vending machines, easily accessible to kids fed our addictions at $1.50 per pack. At 14 I started smoking because it’s “what all the cool kids were doing.” I had my first cigarette on the drive home from a school event and remember the laughter as I choked on the first inhalation. Not wanting to be laughed at again, I bought a pack and practiced smoking every day after school before my parents got home. After the first few packs, cool was no longer a factor. I did it because I thought I just liked the way they tasted (in the same way an addict might claim they just like the smell of cocaine). And then…
UPDATE: The FDA is no longer accepting comments for this hearing, however you can still sign this White House petition until February 13, 2013.
If you haven’t yet heard, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced its intention to regulate e-cigarettes under the Tobacco Control Act. The FDA held a public hearing on Section 918 of the Tobacco Act on December 17, 2012. Many tobacco harm reduction (THR) advocates testified. The FDA has extended the comment period for the notice of public hearing. The FDA will use the testimony that was given at the hearing and written comments for a report to Congress required by the Tobacco Act.
Today marks the 37th annual Great American Smokeout, which was created on November 18, 1976 by the California Division of the American Cancer Society. Close to one million smokers quit for the day. The Great American Smokeout takes place every year on the third Thursday of November, one week before Thanksgiving. Vapor4Life celebrated the day last year by having a “Trade a Pack” event in their Smokeless Lounge. Smokers were invited to come in to trade their pack of smokes for an e-cigarette starter kit.
COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease which is a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. Chronic tobacco smoking is the leading cause of COPD. November is COPD Awareness Month, sponsored by the US COPD Coalition. In addition to the month-long educational campaign, the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease organizes World COPD Day annually to improve awareness of the disease around the world. This year it falls on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 around the theme “It’s Not Too Late.” Health care professionals, educators, and patient groups organize activities to help educate the public and offer ways to manage COPD.
This is a guest post written by bjfgator ~ Beth Fitzgerald from Nutter Fort, WV. She enjoys vaping, cooking, camping, laughing and writing.
I’m not really good at remembering dates but one date will be forever etched in my memory as one of the best days of my life… it’s the day my first package arrived from V4L. I share my infamous date with other historical events such as the abolishing of the Y formation in college football (1942), the clubbing of Nancy Kerrigan (1994), the last appearance of Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show (1957), and the end of the “Battle of the Bulge” (1945).