Vaping is not smoking. If you take nothing else away from my entire blog, please understand just this one point. If I have not inhaled the smoke from burning tobacco, then by definition I am a non smoker.
Nicotine is not the enemy. And for the record, smokeless tobacco such as Swedish Snus is not the enemy either. “No Tobacco Day” my ARSE. Nicotine itself has not caused either addiction or withdrawal when used to treat disease.
I choose to continue Vaping for as long as I want. I use nicotine because I enjoy it. My choice. Do you enjoy caffeine? Alcohol? Chocolate? Tea? I am not using nicotine to relieve withdrawal symptoms. I am using it because I perceive a benefit from its use. If you ask me to define that benefit, first define the perceived benefit you get from tea, or chocolate. ALL of it. If you can, then contact me and I’ll define my total perceived benefit of nicotine use for you. By switching to a low risk delivery device for nicotine use, I’m putting my health (and no one else’s) at about the same risk as you do using those consumer products. It is not an addiction – the definition of addiction must include harm – it is a habit. I get benefits from nicotine use which I miss long term when I stop, so therefore I am much less likely to relapse to smoking if I continue recreational nicotine use indefinitely. See also Carl Phillips. I love that man’s augments so much. He makes sense.
But you’re normalizing smoking behaviour! No. I’m really not. You see I’m NOT SMOKING. There might be hand-to-mouth and vapour, but it isn’t smoking, and it isn’t all that bad for me. I’m not doing anything worse than eating a bar of chocolate in front of your kids (read that chocolate link. Seriously.) How can NOT SMOKING normalise smoking? It doesn’t – if your child asks you what I’m doing you can be a good parent and tell them that I’m using a safer alternative to stop me smoking lit tobacco. Or tell them that I’m using it instead of smoking so that it doesn’t smell bad. You can
indoctrinate educate them against ecigs in the same way as you have smoking – remembering that hopefully one day they’ll be able to pull you for bad science. Come to that, why should I have to do your parenting?
You’re glamorising smoking! But I’m not smoking! See above. The things I use look like Kryten’s Groinal Attatchment and I look like a total twit using one. If you look at the smoking toolkit results (use a search engine. I’m not alive enough to do research today) it isn’t the young and the beautiful using these things at all. Yes marketing should be aimed at adult smokers only; but honestly, can we not knee-jerk in any direction over it? I’m so fed up with it all.
You’re giving your money to tobacco companies! So what? Whether I actually do spend with tobacco companies or not is really beside the point. It is my choice what I buy and who I buy from. I choose not to buy cigarettes. You’ll buy low/no alcohol products from alcohol companies, and sugar free products from confectionery manufacturers. Give me a break. I’m actually more angry with the pharmaceutical companies over ecigs, but that’s a whole different rant.
Wait till the long term studies are in. I can do simple maths. “Long term” is like the definition of temporary. Like putting something here “for now.” I needed to switch 5 years ago; so do many like me. Advising people to wait, putting people off trying low risk alternatives could push them past that one cigarette that one day proves to have been the one that killed them. Telling them to just quit really isn’t helpful. I don’t care if you did it cold turkey or the Alan Carr way; those methods didn’t work for me and it wasn’t for lack of trying. So stop imposing it on me. I’m not telling you to vape.
But the flavours! For the love of… ADULTS LIKE FLAVOURS. My taste buds have just come back. I’m enjoying tasting things again. What part of this is unclear? ADULTS LIKE SWEET FLAVOURS. There is a famous advert for sticky sweets which has a jingle which ends: “kids and grown-ups love it so.” There is no conspiracy to addict a new generation to nicotine.
If you don’t vape, can you not just shut up and leave me alone? I’m not hurting you, and I’m not hurting your kids. Depart in short sharp jerky movements and let me vape in peace.
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