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.)
V A P I N G
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.
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.
don’t a s s u m e t h e v a p o r.