The New Vaping Culture
The New Vaping Culture
What I think when I see someone vaping
It has recently come to my attention that some people are still pretty critical of electronic cigarettes. Of course, most people would probably agree that our attitude about cigarettes themselves has never been so healthy. Only a small and very select percentage of people really have good things to say about them – even among those who smoke them. The vast majority of people would probably agree that cigarettes are unhealthy, that people should never start smoking, and that the dangers of smoking tobacco in-general far outweigh any benefits.
But when it comes to E-cigs, is the situation much different? Do people have good things to say about them, or is the public opinion still a bit negative?
The first thing that we need to say is that electronic cigarettes are different from tobacco cigarettes. They don’t contain tobacco, they don’t produce smoke, they don’t emit as many harmful chemicals, use no open flame, produce no ash, etc.
But what kind of a message does vaping send? What do I think when I see someone pull out an E-cig and vape?
This person must care about their health and safety
The first thing I think of when I see a friend vape is that they must be concerned with their health and safety. My reason for thinking this is pretty simple – they’re choosing to vape instead of smoke. But since they’re vaping and not smoking, it shows that they must have some kind of concern for their own health and well-being. I understand that it might technically be healthier to breath only clean air – but vaping is far less dangerous than smoking, and I respect people who use electronic cigarettes to avoid tobacco use.
This person has a habit – just like everyone else
I understand that nicotine can be habit-forming – but so can caffeine. So can video games. So can negative behavior or self-criticism.
I don’t mean to lump vaping in with some other ‘negative’ sounding habits, because I don’t think that vaping is negative. Rather, I think that I’ve come to a point where I know that everyone is going to have a habit or two that other people probably won’t understand. I really enjoy caffeinated energy drinks. For me, drinking them is a habit. Would it be better to drink water? Yes. So why do I drink energy drinks? Because it’s a habit – and one that I happen to enjoy.
I guess that, in my mind, vaping is very similar. People do it because they enjoy it – and I don’t have a problem with that. When I see my friends vaping, I’m not tempted to judge them or tell them to stop – I just respect the fact that they have a habit, I’m thankful that they aren’t smoking, and I move on.
I’m really happy that this person isn’t smoking
Smoking is dangerous. Very dangerous. If you do it, then you will significantly increase your odds of getting sick in the future. You could get cancer. You could die.
This is a pretty big deal to me – mostly because I love my friends and because I don’t want to see them sick. I want them to be healthy, and to live long, happy lives.
When I see my friends vaping, more than anything I am thankful and happy that this person isn’t smoking and putting themselves at that kind of risk. I understand that not everyone understands that vaping is so much safer, but I do – and it means a lot to me.
I wish that everyone could find it within themselves to view vaping culture the way I do. I wish that people saw it for the positive thing it is. I wish people understood that it could one day mean the end of cigarettes, and that it probably poses our best chances for getting away from tobacco in the future.