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Assuming Vapor

Talk­ing about vape cul­ture with­out sound­ing like a heretic or hyp­ocrite is going to be a great labor for me, but it needs to be done.

My work won’t be struc­tured — it’s just how I write. My title is Senior Cul­ture Edi­tor, but I leave the edit­ing to David.

As I begin on this top­ic, I can tell it’s going to be long and drawn-out. It will — by no doubt of the imag­i­na­tion — con­tain end­less run-on sen­tences and gram­mat­i­cal errors. Read­ers may get lost.

This is how I think, and my writ­ings are my thoughts, but layed out phys­i­cal­ly.

Sor­ry to be off-top­ic, but I felt it should be stat­ed for future ref­er­ence.

(The Ed. would like to thank the Sun for the writer’s thoughts, and remind him that he needn’t apol­o­gize.)


When many peo­ple think of vap­ing or vapers, some images come to mind. Espe­cial­ly if they them­selves do not use an elec­tron­ic nico­tine deliv­ery sys­tem.

I’m going to go off on a limb, here — and I’m fair­ly cer­tain it’s a stur­dy one — and refute these images.

The com­mon assump­tions about vap­ing and vapers are wrong.

But what is an assump­tion?

Assump­tions are ideas that one con­structs in their mind about some­thing, some­one, or some sit­u­a­tion that is not nec­es­sar­i­ly born of fact. They’re more like opin­ions; some­thing one thinks they may know, regard­less of real­i­ty. They — the assumer — pre-decide and stereo­type, usu­al­ly with­out any inter­est in more knowl­edge about a giv­en sit­u­a­tion or per­son. 

When some­one assumes some­thing, they are decid­ing that what­ev­er knowl­edge they have is the real­i­ty of the sit­u­a­tion.

This is when an assump­tion becomes dan­ger­ous.

Fur­ther­more, I dis­like use of the word, itself, for some rea­son.

Assump­tions are bad.

Peo­ple often make what they would call a safe assump­tion: an assump­tion that is believed to not cause harm the sub­ject being assumed.
To me, this is still an assump­tion nonethe­less, and — as I have seen and expe­ri­enced, being on both ends of a safe assump­tion — many times a safe assump­tion can be proven to be wrong. Or at least, from what I have seen it can be. (This state­ment in and of itself could be an assump­tion, and there are excep­tions, but nev­er mind that.)
The point here is the fact that peo­ple make many assump­tions about vap­ing, vapers and the vape com­mu­ni­ty. From what I know, many of these assump­tions are not true. They may be true to small groups of peo­ple, but for the major­i­ty, they are not the real­i­ty of the sit­u­a­tion. I won’t get into the deci­sion of what real­i­ty is for this writ­ing, I, myself don’t have time for that dis­cus­sion or the will to explain my opin­ion on it.
Why are there assump­tions and mis­con­cep­tions about vap­ing?
I’m not com­plete­ly sure why peo­ple make assump­tions about vap­ing and peo­ple who vape. I think it might come from a mis­un­der­stand­ing, some neg­a­tive stereo­types, and how new the activ­i­ty of vap­ing is.

As far as I can tell, vap­ing is still some­what in its ado­les­cence, only real­ly com­ing to the world in the late oughts. Almost a decade has passed, but that isn’t long in the world of drugs and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts, I’ve found.

Most peo­ple who vape would con­sid­er the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of devices fair­ly new, and there is a con­stant force of devel­op­ment behind this tech­nol­o­gy. From some­one who start­ed vap­ing just three years ago, much has changed in the realm. It’s a new thing, and I’m pos­i­tive this is why there is a stig­ma sur­round­ing it.

This is true of plen­ty of idols, includ­ing auto­mo­tives, music, and com­put­er tech­nol­o­gy.

When hybrid cars came on the mar­ket, there was (and still very much is) a stereo­type for the peo­ple that pur­chase and dri­ve them. This is hap­pen­ing to vapes, and it will con­tin­ue. This is not a new con­cept; it’s been cov­ered and talked about plen­ty of times before.

I am only bring­ing it up because I feel there should be a change of mind and atti­tude to vap­ing and all things that are new.

That said, I’m not advo­cat­ing for any­one to go pick up a black box from which to suck nico­tine into their lungs.

So what the hell is vap­ing and who is doing it?

I, myself, am no author­i­ty.
I have devel­oped my opin­ion from my own expe­ri­ences in par­tak­ing and the vape com­mu­ni­ty. Sim­ply put, vap­ing is just an alter­na­tive form of ingest­ing nico­tine, as far as I’m con­cerned, but — like all things — there real­ly is much more to it.

There are a num­ber of peo­ple (I’m real­ly not sure the exact num­ber, and don’t care to look for it) who use vapes that have no nico­tine in the liq­uid they inhale. Be this because they have weaned them­selves off of nico­tine and haven’t dropped the habit of smoking/vaping, or they vape to be part of a com­mu­ni­ty and enjoy “blow­ing fat clouds.” These two exam­ples of vapers are vague in the descrip­tion of who these peo­ple are in life. This is where the assump­tions and stereo­types start com­ing into play.

From what I have seen and heard, most peo­ple assume the stereo­types of “bro” or “douchebag” of the guy that likes to blow fat clouds. This stereo­type is some­times true, of course, but I have often seen it to be extreme­ly false. I have met and know a good deal of men and women who are very much not the bro stereo­type and enjoy the activ­i­ty of cloud chas­ing or as a bro may say, uniron­i­cal­ly, “blow­ing them fat clouds.”

Why do they enjoy it?

Myself, I am not com­plete­ly sure.

I can only say that I did this because I thought it was extreme­ly fun­ny turn­ing myself into a human smoke machine while mak­ing steam loco­mo­tive nois­es. There are many types of peo­ple who vape, and they all have their own rea­sons why. The main rea­son I have seen peo­ple start­ed vap­ing is that they want­ed to stop or cut back on smok­ing.

Why this is a good rea­son is cur­rent­ly up for debate in the health sci­ence com­mu­ni­ty, and this will con­tin­ue to be until long-term stud­ies are com­plet­ed.

As far as I can tell from a hand­ful of short stud­ies done on vap­ing, vap­ing is gen­er­al­ly a safer alter­na­tive to smok­ing tobac­co cig­a­rettes.

How much safer? I’m not sure.

From one arti­cle I saw about a year ago from Pub­lic Health Eng­land, it was said to be 95% safer. To me, this sounds a tad fairy-tal­ish, but I am a skep­tic of many things. That said, I still con­tin­ue to use a vape as my nico­tine source. I could now cov­er the many types of peo­ple who vape and the rea­sons, but being a per­son with the need to talk about myself, I’ll talk about myself.

I start­ed vap­ing pure­ly because I thought vap­ing looked cyber­punk; even Blade Run­ner-esc.

I didn’t do it to cut back from smok­ing.

That wasn’t until late last year.

After I start­ed vap­ing, I found myself enjoy­ing the tech­ni­cal side of it — the sci­ence of mak­ing fat clouds in a safe way.

I found a hob­by in build­ing coils and try­ing to bet­ter my crafts­man­ship in it, though this only last­ed about a year.

I stopped vap­ing more or less for the next year. Then, in late 2016, I decid­ed to start up once more to stop smok­ing cig­a­rettes.

I made this choice only because I want to live a health­i­er and longer life, sole­ly on prin­ci­ple of play­ing more video games and con­sum­ing more inter­net con­tent.

The rea­son I write you my expe­ri­ences and opin­ion of vap­ing is that I hope to change the idea peo­ple have about vap­ing and vapers, them­selves.
If the read­er has made it this far, I sin­cere­ly want thank them for the sure effort that they must have put into read­ing my thoughts. 


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