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My journey into vaping

Day 148. One size will never fit all.

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My best friend is an awkward cuss. He has been happily vaping for four months, and yet he still can’t taste anything at all in his juice. This not a vape-breaking issue for him, he’s happy enough plodding along with whatever comes to hand from my cupboard, but sometimes when I talk about flavours he says he wishes he could taste anything from the juice he vapes. He doesn’t do menthol. He doesn’t like Afro Dizziac I do – it’s a rich flavoured aniseed and peppermint which cures a dose of vapers tongue without resorting to menthol for me because I don’t do menthol either. Red Astaire is out because of the menthol in it. I’ll keep on trying various flavours on him. Meanwhile I’ve tried him on various setups from the miniprotank to a Kayfun, a Squape (clone) to an RSST and three different drippers. I hit gold with the Igo-L because he could taste the flavour in that. It was a little harsh for him though, and where I’d shoved an 18mg juice in a dripper I’m not all that surprised it was harsh to be fair. I have Oriental Plunder and Bread of Heaven to try him on yet, once I’ve got the Igo-L rewicked.

Twitter were a great help, all the vapers offering help and advice. The strength of the vaper community, diversity of devices and the huge choice in juice means that eventually between us we will come up with something that works. That same vaper community that has been variously referred to as a cult and as organised industry sponsored fake individuals? Yes, us. We’re not a cult, just like minded individuals, with a few braincells and some common sense who are voluntarily following each other on social media. We’re not organised, we’re not even entirely in agreement with each other. There are groups within groups, yet just as in a large family where the members don’t always see eye to eye, when we are attacked we pull together. Attack vaping unfairly and we react. It really is that simple. The regulations that are currently being brought in restricting vaping choice and variability and even the community itself means that in all likelihood we wouldn’t be able to come up with something that works in every individual case. The innovation and variation that I’ve experienced even in five short months is amazing; I am sure that we’ll find something that suits Old Grumpy, just as I found things that suit me.

Vapers and vaping, part of the strength is in this diversity. Regulate it and you kill it. But those who are seeking to regulate it don’t understand it. Vaping is never going to work regulated as a medicine with which to treat nicotine dependence; you can try it that way, but “nicotine dependence” wasn’t the problem vaping was designed to solve. Vaping was designed by smokers, for smokers. It was always intended to be used by smokers instead of smoking. The diversity, the flavours, the variability of “dose” is a part of its strength. The community is also a part of its strength. Whatever side of the argument you’re on, engaging with vapers whether you agree with us or not, is always going to be more effective than standing against us. Repeating the same old tired and disproved arguments with two fingers in the air at two million UK vapers? That’s just idiotic.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Day 148. One size will never fit all.

  1. Just felt compelled to say thank you Beki for your blog. Brought a tear to my eye or many in fact. I’m an emotional chap at times. You moved me and I wish I could come give you a huge hug. You truly are a wonderful soul. I’m on my 172nd day vaping with no stinkies and am also the happiest of campers. Vape on and keep up the good work. Warmest regards Sam

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    • You’ll make me blush – here have a virtual hug ((((((((Sam)))))))).

      I do try to be myself to the best of my ability, in print or in person. Comments like yours are the reasons why bloggers blog; it makes me feel like I’m connecting at the level I want to connect with folk who stumble on my blog. Vape on Sam, and thank you. That’s the second comment today that’s made the whole blogging thing feel absolutely worthwhile.

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      • As long as you know you truly are doing fine work and are appreciated. I found a link through a forum but just wish your blog was more easily accessible as it would educate the masses who are anti vape. The world needs more people who are passionate special souls like yourself.

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  2. I’m really active with it on social media and I know for a fact that what I write is being seen and shared where it needs to be seen, so don’t worry too much. The word is getting out there. I don’t have as much time as I’d like to be really active on forums, although I do frequent a couple so it’s perhaps not as visible to folk who aren’t as active on social media, or who keep their presence there separate from vaping. I agree that there needs to be more folk out there doing this, but blogging isn’t as easy as it looks when you try it. Setting one up is easy, setting one up and keeping it going? Not so much. It’s the loyal readership that produces the traffic to a blog. Folk like you. Thank you ❤

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