Vaping Education: What You Can Do
Vaping Education: What You Can Do
I was doing some reading lately and came across an article on Reuters that somewhat alarmed me. In this article, I read that a small US study conducted among pregnant women seemed to indicate that nearly half of them did not think electronic cigarettes contained nicotine. You can read the article itself here: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/11/us-health-pregnancy-ecigarettes-idUKKBN0OR27520150611.
Of course, this raised some questions and concerns within me. Education and information are of paramount importance when it comes to topics like this, as it can be incredibly easy to ‘miss the mark’ and believe the wrong thing if you don’t check your facts. I am definitely a proponent of E-cigs and believe them to be a much safer, healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes – but it’s also true that pregnant women probably shouldn’t be using them.
But perhaps the most troubling thing about the results of this study is that they seem to tell us that factual information about E-cigs has not yet managed to make its way into the limelight of our culture. It would appear (in the US, at least) that people are still pretty unaware of what E-cigs do and of what components are used to make them. And despite the fact that I’m definitely a pro-E-cig advocate, I would never want anyone to use them without fully understanding them.
What’s the real problem?
The real problem here is an overall lack of communication about electronic cigarettes. Naturally, this isn’t going to be a topic that we’re going to learn about in school – so the responsibility falls to us (those who support vaping and the spread of information about it) to do the talking and to spread real, factual information about it.
But how do we do it? Here are some ideas for very positive ways to get the process started.
It definitely takes some time and some research to learn about something as technical as an E-cig, but as a proponent of vaping, you could do a lot of good by making sure that you know the facts and the truth about them. Try not to take someone else’s word for it when important questions about E-cigs are raised. Try to rely only on verified, scientific, or technical data to answer questions, and make sure that you’re well versed in the terminology, facts, and figures.
E-cigs aren’t rocket science – but if you can become well-versed and conversational about them, then you can accomplish a lot of good on behalf of the entire E-cig community.
Talk to other people about E-cigs
If you find an opportunity to talk to someone about E-cigs in a factual manner, then do it! You don’t have to be pushy, and you don’t have to make it weird – but you can correct common misconceptions and try to get them interested in what the real facts are.
Believe it or not, you can accomplish a lot of good just by sharing important facts whenever the conversation comes up. When someone asks you why you vape, asks you if it’s bad for you, or asks you about the nicotine, you can make fantastic use of the opportunity by sharing your own knowledge on the subject.
Be understanding of people who don’t know a lot about vaping
Truth be told, not everyone knows a lot about vaping – especially if they don’t do it. So try to be understanding and respectful. Remember that nobody wants to be corrected by someone who’s just preaching at them – so try to keep things civil and informative. You also don’t need to set up a power point and give a presentation whenever someone has a question. Just being able to answer what questions you do get with real, factual information will do a lot of good for the E-cig community as a whole.