As a vaper, and as the owner of a vape blog, I get flack by random people on the internet, especially from those who hate vaping. I’ll get hate comments on here which I direct to the trash bin.
No, I’m not blogging about how you should have sympathy for me or for other vapers. I’m not asking for anyone’s pity. I’m not trying to say vapers are victims here.
I love vaping, and I know a lot of people out there do as well. If your on this blog or a regular reader, you probably like vaping too.
I’m just trying to figure out why some people look at vaping and at vapers with such hate.
Stop the ignorance, stop the hate
I’ve never really gotten into an argument with another person about vaping, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t come across people who have tried to start arguing with me about my vaping. From friends and family to random strangers, some wisecrack always tries try to tell me how bad vaping is.
I simply don’t engage because I’m very grounded in what I know about vaping. Also, a representative of the vaping community, I take the high road and keep my calm, trying not to leave a bad impression.
At the end of the day, I’m still gonna be vaping.
It just got me thinking, why do these people hate vaping so much? I’m surprised that people who hate cigarettes hate vaping as well, sometimes even more.
Shouldn’t we be on the same team? I mean people who overcame smoking through vaping are survivors in my opinion (I being one of them), similar to slaves who got away and are now enjoying a new found freedom. We all used to be slaves to tobacco.
It’s a great feeling not having to worry about buying a pack of cigarettes. It’s empowering to be able to overcome a habit that is detrimental. So why all the hate?
But no, the anti-vape people never see it that way. In their eyes, vaping is evil and they won’t stop until they rid everything about vaping, and to them I say good luck with that!
Vaping is not the enemy
Vaping was invented to overcome smoking. The inventor of the modern-day e-cigarette, Hon Lik, is a Chinese pharmacist who was struggling with his own smoking addiction and was determined to create an invention that would be a much safer alternative to smoking.
So this question I had gave me a topic to blog about. I tried to recall and gather from personal experience and observation of others on why these people hate vaping so much.
What I’m also trying to achieve with this post is getting a better understanding of how these people think, their opinions on vaping, what triggers them, etc., so we as vapers could get a better understanding on how to deal with them and what to do when confronted about our vaping.
4 Reasons Why People Hate Vaping So Much
So I came up with 4 reasons based on my research on why people hate vaping so much.
1.) They are misinformed – To me, this is the biggest reason some people hate vaping. They are simply misinformed.
One of the biggest buzzwords of 2017 is “fake news,” and there’s a reason for that. More and more people are realizing that these journalists and media outlets are no longer reporting the news as it happens. What’s going on here is the media is pushing an agenda, THEIR agenda.
It’s pretty obvious that the media does not like vaping, so they gather stories that they hope will scare and discourage people from ever trying vaping. From exploding e-cigarettes, to outright lies like formaldehyde and engine coolant being found in e-juice, these “stories” are programmed to condition viewers into having a negative view of vaping.
Credibility in the media is sinking fast, but there are still those who get most of their information from the mainstream media. They believe what they read and watch; they think vaping is simply smoking 2.0, they believe vaping is a gateway for teens to smoking, they believe you will get sick and die from smoking even though vaping has never had any reported deaths or illnesses.
It’s really hard to deal with these types of people because of their ignorance. They believe they have credible knowledge when it comes to vaping when in fact everything that was fed to them was a lie.
2.) They hate seeing people better or improve themselves – Here’s another reason I noticed why people look at vaping with disregard, they just don’t like seeing people doing something better with their lives.
Now you might think this is too harsh or too far-fetched, but it doesn’t just apply to vaping. Just like people who try to go to the gym, and only to get ridiculed by their friends. Or people who go on a diet.
These people are just insecure. It could be your smoking buddies who are calling you a “sell-out” for giving up smoking. I believe that deep inside, they are jealous of you for taking initiative in overcoming such a nasty habit. Or it could be that they believe you will no longer hang out with them because they are smoking and you are vaping.
People vape for themselves and not for other people. If you are vaping because you sincerely want to give up cigarettes, just explain this to those who disagree with your way in dealing with a cigarette addiction.
3.) They are ruled by emotions and not by logic – Similar to the ones who are misinformed, these people have negative feelings towards vaping. It could be the girl whose father died of lung cancer caused by smoking, and she associates vaping with smoking, or some other example.
People are overly sensitive in this day and age, and they have this fixed idea in their head that vaping is just another form of smoking.
Also, there are some stereotypes that are starting to be pushed on to the vaping community. Some people actually believe that vaping is only for liberal hipsters (even though vaping is strong in conservative states), and that male vapers are considered gay for choosing vaping over the more “manly” cigarette.
I know, stereotypes never make sense, and people who hate vaping never make sense either.
4.) They are control freaks – There are some people out there who believe that you should be living the lifestyle they lead, and they don’t vape.
These people think they know what is best for you. We all know that someone, they are everywhere you go, all around the world.
Now we all think we know what is best for other people, but most of us don’t go out of our way to tell or even impose these things on others. These control freaks who hate vaping on the other hand will not shy away from convincing you to the point of harassment on why you shouldn’t vape.
There will always be people like that, and the best way to deal with them is to simply ignore them. It’s your life, and you are the only one who controls it. The only time another people will be able to control you is when you let them.
What do you think? Are there other reasons that causes some people to hate vaping? Do you have any similar experiences as someone who vapes? Leave a comment below!