Vaping in Real Life
A look at the Vaping Culture in American, and how it’s changing the way people think about tobacco
I spend quite a bit of time in the US, and I’ve made some observations about vaping there that have really made an impact on my outlook regarding the topic and how people perceive it overseas. Obviously, vaping laws are a bit different from country to country – and in the US, the laws tend to be pretty lax. As a result, vaping is playing a profound role in the way people live and act – and in this blog post, I’m going to share some of these thoughts.
First of all, a lot of people glamorize vaping in a way that’s simply not realistic. They view it as some sort of ‘trendy’ activity that people pick up to be cool. This might be true in some cases, but certainly not all the time.
One friend of mine (an American), says that she vapes for several reasons – none of which are because vaping is cool.
“I vape because I really needed a nicotine fix after I stopped smoking. Vaping also helps me to de-stress, and keeps me from snacking as often as I used to.”
She keeps her vape pen close at hand. At that moment, she just happened to be vaping on a Belgian-chocolate flavour. She gave me a taste of it. It actually tasted really, really good!
Another one of my friends says he started vaping because he needed a way to de-stress at work. For a while, he was working as a customer-support rep, and he would answer incoming customer service calls. But after a while, the stress of the job got to him. He said he needed a way to calm his nerves on breaks – but he knew that taking up smoking would be a mistake.
“Instead of taking up cigarette smoking, I decided to try vaping,” he told me as we sat at the park. It was a beautiful, sunny day in central Missouri – and he was vaping on a fruity, 20mg nicotine E-liquid through his vape pen.
I asked him if it helped with his stress level.
“It really did,” he answered pleasantly. “I mean, it’s healthier than smoking – but I can still go out on smoke breaks, and I have something to do that helps me to de-stress.”
And yet another friend says that he took up vaping to quit his heavy smoking habit, because cigarettes were beginning to adversely affect his health. He vapes on a heavy-duty box mod with 24mg nicotine E-liquid. Unlike my other friends, he’s spent over $200 on his vaping setup – and claims that it’s one of the best investments he’s ever made.
“If it weren’t for vaping, I would still be smoking – and I’d probably eventually die of lung cancer,” he exclaimed emphatically during our conversation. “I mean, I took up vaping to help me quit – but I probably won’t quit vaping. I like it. It’s not as bad for you, it tastes good, and it still gives me my nicotine fix.”
In the end, vaping fills many roles in many people’s lives – and gaining some perspective on how different people use the habit can certainly help to give us a new outlook on what impact it might be having on our culture and other cultures around the world.