There are many and varied versions of the anti-vaper, but the one who is really annoying me at the moment is the one who consistently informs me that my ecig doesn’t work, “Those things are cr@p, load of rubbish mate, have a real fag instead.” I remember what it was like as a smoker, having unwanted opinions shoved at me about my habit, with the underlying jabs at my self-worth for being one of those sick and twisted individuals who couldn’t survive without nicotine, and didn’t have the WILLPOWER to quit. I remember it, feeling so goddamned ashamed to light up that I avoided smoking in public at all. My standard answer is a cheerful, “Works for me!” with a gesture that I have come to think of as a vaper’s salute – like saying “Cheers” with a glass in your hand, but the gesture is made with your vape gear.
Why are these people so determined to try to undermine me? Not that they will, or are even intending to. I seem to be reacting rather badly to that particular response to my vaping. It seems as though the worst ecig horror stories I’m hearing are coming from smokers, a group with whom I stand in solid support. Have we vapers produced a kneejerk anti-vaping reaction from smokers already? If so, then we need to step back and really look hard at the way we’re promoting vaping as individuals. I know for a fact that if some holier-than-thou vaper had come up to me on the street when I was smoking and said, “analogs suck, have a go at this” I would have very politely told them to mind their own business before instructing them to depart in short, sharp, jerky movements. It would probably have put me off the whole idea of vaping. But it is in effect what’s happening to me when I’m vaping, four times in the last month.
With the latest study figures being released by Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos comes the welcome news that vaping is working well enough to be statistically significant and on the face of the numbers, outperforming NRT by a fair old chunk of success rate. The numbers support my argument that vaping works. The vaping market is up by 340% too, further supporting what vapers have been saying. Vaping is a viable alternative to smoking. Will it work for every smoker? It has the potential to, if every smoker gets given the support to get to the set up that suits them without being put off by the same old anti smoking message. That message only made me more stubbornly determined to smoke. Between scare stories about how bad vaping is for you, WHO coming up with the masterplan of regulating them as tobacco products and vapers getting all up in smokers faces with all the zealous fervour of the anti smoking bullshizz brigade. I think I have my answer as to why smokers are telling me my ecig doesn’t work; to say nothing of the probability that what they tried wasn’t the right set up for them.
We’re being divided from our smoking bretheren, and divided from our closest allies, we’ll fall. Smokers are not the enemy – yes I want to shout from the rooftops that I’m tobacco free at last, but I don’t want to be part of the process that continues to demonise smokers. Yes, I want to tell any smoker who is interested in a safer alternative, that vaping works. But until they are interested enough to want to ask the question, I will keep my big mouth closed.
As a new vaper, all I can tell my fellow newbies is this, if you want to vape, don’t let the naysayers and doom merchants put you off. If you want to take the cigarette and smoke it, then smoke it and don’t give yourself guilt over it. You don’t need anyone’s permission. If you’ve decided to switch, and you’re not having the easy time of it that I promised you, then get in touch with other vapers. There are people out there who have many years more experience than I have. It might be any one of a long list of things that’s making it tough on you, from Vapers tongue, to a simple need to use the thing more often and not to go into smokers “must cut down” mindset. If you don’t ask, then they can’t help.
On a more personal note, I may get to sleep in a bed tomorrow night. This would be a minor miracle. Wish me luck.
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