I came across this article titled “Is Vaping Just Swapping One Addiction for Another?,” and though I am a firm believer in having your own opinion and that it belongs to you and no one else can change it except you, I was just shaking my head at how the author was demonizing this thing we love that has helped so many people such as myself overcome the reliance on cigarettes.
Why is it always the people who have never smoked the biggest critics of smoking/vaping?
Here is what I don’t understand, I’ve noticed that the biggest critics of vaping and smoking are those who have never picked up a cigarette or never really experienced being “addicted” to cigarettes.
“Don’t judge a man unless you’ve walked a mile in his shoes” is a common saying about passing judgement on someone or something you have never experienced yourself. To me, people who have never been addicted to smoking cigarettes and constantly criticize it are like people who explain how to properly execute a breaststroke without ever having jumped into a swimming pool.
I just don’t get what drives these people to go crazy on criticizing those who choose to smoke or vape other than the fact that they have been conditioned to hate anything smoking related. They are like sheep that are mentally and emotionally trained to go “Baa! Baa! Baa!” once anything smoking or vaping related is brought up whether negative or positive.
Vaping is killing the tobacco industry
The article starts off with some stats showing the popularity of cigarettes in the UK has dropped from 25% to just 18% (good on you UK!) with the author stating some factors that have caused this decrease.
As we all know the public opinion on smoking has changed dramatically over the years as once being something considered cool to do, to now viewing smokers as pariahs to society.
The author also credits the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes to the drop in cigarette consumption. E-cigarettes, in his or her opinion (not sure what this person’s gender is because they used a moniker) is 95% safer than cigarettes just like Methadone is 95% safer than heroin. Ouch!
The author also argues that vaping is simply switching one addiction for another, and that vapers shouldn’t even be considered as “quitters,” even though the council of public health has stated that vaping should be looked at as a legitimate way to quit smoking.
Can’t we all just GET out of our feelings and use our heads for once?
First of all, I think the comparison of e-cigarettes to heroin used by the author was overkill. We all know that the effects of heroin is no where near the effects of an e-cigarette, unless the author was just using this analogy to stir emotions and not use logic which in this case I believe they were.
And isn’t it a good thing that cigarette consumption is down thanks to vaping? So let me get this straight, the author doesn’t like cigarettes, but doesn’t like vaping either. So what else should smokers who want to quit do? Go cold turkey and just live clean lives based off on sheer willpower?
While we’re getting rid of smoking and vaping, we might as well get rid of alcohol, drugs, TV, movies, sporting events, the internet, and go live like monks in a cave somewhere and meditate all day long because these are all addictive activities and the author is so hellbent on dealing with addiction. Why just regulate one? Why not be fair and regulate all? It’s plain stupid!
Smoking is bad, but taking an adult’s right to choose to smoke is even worse
Don’t get me wrong, I am not condoning the use of cigarettes, defending smokers or the tobacco industry for that matter. As an adult, I believe adults have a right to do what they choose to do with their own body. Same goes for drinking, getting a tattoo, etc. It’s called free-will. There are consequences, but I believe that as an adult we also have the responsibility to either fix or face the consequences of our actions.
I believe smoking is bad, and the way I deal with it is I simply don’t smoke. I don’t expose myself to smoking. Sure, I know people who smoke, but it doesn’t affect my relationship with them. I simply don’t buy tobacco products.
But at the same time I don’t go around looking for smokers on the street shaming them for their habits and telling them how each cigarette shaves off 5 minutes of their life and how they will all die of lung cancer.
I don’t like it, but I don’t take an aggressive stance against it either. I don’t call for more legislation against smoking. I don’t shame people who smoke and call them all sorts of different names thinking it will get them off their habit. I know because I was a smoker myself, and I know how hard it is to get off of them even though you truly want to stop smoking. The way I overcame this habit was by vaping.
I think this is a more proper way of dealing with something you don’t like, simply don’t do it!
Smoking and vaping shaming in the name of social justice
It’s the same approach I use for this blog. I don’t bash smokers, I don’t go on here to tell them what horrible people they are, although do I take occasional jabs at Big Tobacco here and there.
My mission is not to convert every smoker into a vaper. I only wish to help those who have an interest in picking up vaping to overcome smoking. You have a question about vaping? Hey! I’ll be more than glad to help based on my own personal experience.
Here’s what I know about vaping
I’m big on vaping because it’s helped me get off cigarettes. It’s helped people I know, hardcore cigarette smokers who smoked at least a pack a day for decades, get off cigarettes. It’s better than any patch, any nicotine gum, or any crazy pill to get off of cigarettes.
I will continue to promote it because I personally know it works! It’s helped me and people I know to live better lives, and I would wish the same for other smokers who are currently struggling with cigarette addiction. I will never force or shame those who smoke to live my lifestyle.
And no, I totally disagree that vaping is simply switching one addiction for another. I can go for days without vaping without any headaches, no mood swings, shakes and what not. But I know I couldn’t do this with cigarettes.
I vape because I choose to and I enjoy it. I love tasting different e-juices, I love trying out different mods and tanks, I love building coils, I love learning new things about vaping and I love blogging about it. It’s evolved into a hobby of mine.
And the great thing about it is it isn’t getting in the way of my physical health. 2017 marks my 4th year as a vaper. My cardio has improved and my appetite is back because I can taste food better now. I simply love vaping!
If you are a smoker who enjoys smoking and just happened to come across this post, hey it’s your life. I don’t know what effect smoking has on you, how much you smoke or how your body takes it. We are all different physically. I just know that it is not my place to judge you on what you do to yourself unless it is affecting me.
It’s your life and your choice
The signs are there, it is your choice to do what you want to do with your own body. But if have any questions about vaping, please let me know and I will do my best help answer your questions. I also have tons of other posts on here which might help you get answers to those questions you have so feel free to check them out!
Sorry if this post is a lot longer than usual but it was just something I had to get off of my chest. It’s me pouring my heart out for all of you! I am sick and tired of others constantly bashing the vaping community because they equate it with smoking or something they don’t like.
I hope my fellow vapers and some of you smokers out there who are on the fence about vaping get something good out of this. I wish nothing but good things for all of you. Thanks again for your time and attention if you made it all the way to the end of this post!