By: Nicholas King.
Last Updated: October 23rd, 2017.
Lately there has been a massive upsurge in the amount of people vaping, this is mainly thanks to the development of vaping products and the release of some of the best e-cig products the market has ever seen. I notice more vapers now than I do smokers.
I often find myself chasing after smokers to get a whiff of that divine smell being inhaled. Although I haven’t smoked for a long time I still enjoy the smell of a burning cigarette. The after smell, however, I do not like! For any vapers who still smoke or any smokers watching this, take a big whiff of an ashtray or one of those butt stubs in your local pub. This is what you smell like after a cigarette.
On a night out, I often stand in the smoking area sucking in those evil fumes. I have to stand out there now due to every pub and restaurant deciding that vapers are the same as smokers and must be banished to the same place as the other lepers. There is no logic behind them doing it. One place did it and told their friends so they have all now followed suit. I prefer being outside in the pissing rain freezing my ass off just to have three puffs on my top bit followed by a battle with the crowd to get back to where I was standing.
At work, I recently asked my boss for a vaping shelter as I don’t want to contaminate my lungs from those nasty cigarettes. Obviously, I was testing my boss. I couldn’t really give a hoot about where I vape. As we are living in such a PC society, I thought I would push the boundaries. The answer I received almost instantly was no. I then justified my reasons and a week later one turned up and was put right next to the smoking shelter. Straight away it had people in the smoking shelter looking with envy, as this was a new, warmer looking shelter. It was like us vapers were now the kings.
It didn’t last long, as those ghastly smokers soon started throwing their litter and butts into our kingdom. A war had broken out between, what had so far been an integrated understanding for each other. Orange peel was the straw that broke the camel’s back. One of them had peeled their orange and stuck it to the internal walls of our palace. Enough was enough. I asked my boss if he could banish the smokers from the site as they pose a fire risk and that it would encourage healthier living with the staff.
The following week I was greeted by an angry mob. They were crowded around me snarling, through their blackened teeth. Well, what they had left of them. With all of them showing me what I had done and voicing their opinions, I smiled. I looked them all in the eye, made my way into the vapers kingdom, took a massive puff on my new Smok ProColor 225W mod and exhaled. It must have looked like a ninja dropping the smoke bomb and disappearing. The first victory for vapers in centuries. One of the smokers was heard walking away saying that the vape cloud they had been engulfed in smelt really nice.
All joking aside it does bring up a serious point, why is vaping considered to be the same thing as smoking by many when it clearly isn’t? Or they assume it contains marijuana or CBD oil like they can’t believe vaping isn’t as bad as they think. I have many debates with people who have no knowledge of vaping and how vaping works and still I am talking to a brick wall. It appears that because vaping produces a cloud that looks like cigarette smoke and contains nicotine, which by itself is as harmful as caffeine, they will not be persuaded otherwise! I say to them, do you consider the steam from a kettle boiling to be harmful and they say no! When I suggest the similarities to vaping, they all look at me with disbelief and that I am a madman!
I go further as I use an RTA, I take the cap off so they can see the coil and the cotton dangling into the eliquid, when I explain the core principles, similar to the kettle we were just talking about, i.e. the cotton soaks in the e-liquid and the coil heats to vaporize the liquid thus producing a vapor, they still look at me with the words “yea BUT” soon to follow! Even when I talk about the history of Diacetyl and the scare of popcorn lung, explaining what vape manufacturers have done in order to prevent this, the words “yea BUT” still follow!
I have come to the conclusion that everyone seems to be an expert in vaping or at least have an opinion of how harmful it is. I have learned not to talk about the healthy side of vaping to anyone who has not tried it or doesn’t want to understand how vaping actually works. Unfortunately, this subject always seems to come up whenever I vape around a non-vaper or non-smoker (actually the ex-smokers are the worst), so excuse me when I just punch them in the mouth when they comment, it just saves a lot of time!