My journey into vaping

Day Thirty nine, Best friend V the tobacco salesman, and some sobering numbers

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I sent him out into the wild with an MPV, a mini protank, and a card that explains the legality of vaping. In his defense he’d had a bad day. The car was still broken after the garage man had finished fixing it, and he’d been given a bonerattler to run around with. He was standing in the shop of his local truckstop when in walked a fresh faced young tobacco salesman. E is a Scot to his bones, an Ayreshire man, he speaks pure Scotts and takes no prisoners in conversation. He was also in full wind-up mode. On one side you have the tobacco salesman, laughing and joking with E without a clue what’s about to hit him, across the floor is a stand where the ecigs and juice have half sold out again. In walk three Cumbrian lads (all of legal age to buy tobacco products) about to buy their smokes.

“Oh no,” says E. “Don’t buy his stuff. It’ll kill you. What you want is over there” Gestures towards the ecigs.

“Oh no! We can’t use that stuff. It kills you even quicker.”

E rattles off Lady Beki Jane’s personal ecig safety fact-rant almost word perfect. If I had been there I would have cheered. The Tobacco salesman is visibly deflating as each argument from the smokers against ecigs is shot down in puffs of vapour. A little tin-foil-hat anti big-T slips into the mix, but not so much that it could be considered off putting. And the final salvo, in broad Scotts, as he pulls his MPV out and takes a long toot. “I can vape this in here, because it’s legal. Why is his stuff illegal to smoke in here? Because it’s not safe. Why are they banning his stuff from cars? Because it’s not safe. These may not be 100% safe, but they’re a lot safer than his cancer-sticks. His products are legalised murder.”

At this point the judges award is 8.9 for style, 8.8 for creative use of language, 9.0 for factual basis of argument but awards a penalty for cruelty to tobacco salesmen everywhere.

At this point the tobacco salesman leaves. Poor man. He hadn’t said a word in his own defense. Who ever you are, I hope you had nice things happen to you for the rest of the day. I’m so sorry I set a wild Scot on the ecig evangelist warpath and you were the first to go down. History doesn’t relate if the boys picked up ecigs from the display stands. I know they were off to look on the internet for MPVs and more information on second gen devices.

Which brings me onto the old tune again. In 2 years time they will be severely limited in what they’d be able to choose to use to switch:

The planned EU ban on higher strength e-cigarettes used by 2.5 million Europeans will increase tobacco smoking and lead to 105,000 extra deaths every year, according to the respected economics consultancy, London Economics. The report shows that 210,000 fewer smokers per year will successfully quit smoking as a result of the ban with 9.6 million extra tobacco cigarettes being smoked every day.     SOURCE

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Author: Beki

A Mad middle aged woman who lives in the middle of nowhere, Scotland with a parrot, two Jack Russells, some koi, and a tank full of tropical fish. I have M.E. but that's really not important. I draw, paint, write, game, garden, blog and enjoy a good vape. I have three lovely grown up offspring, and 2 ex-husbands. I do genuinely have the legal title of 'Lady Rebecca Jane [SURNAME]', and am proud to support the restoration project which bestowed that title on me. I will happily explain where to find more information on this if you contact me.

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