I just started my new job. I love it because it only takes me 5 minutes to get to work, versus my old job which was a 1 1/2 hour commute from hell. So on my second day I bring my vape to work and leave it on my desk. My boss (who is cool and such a sweetheart) notices my unit on my desk. She picks it up and says “Do you really use this?” Confused, I reply, “uh, yeah?” She says: “Don’t you know how dangerous these things are? They aren’t even approved by the FDA.” Another co-worker (who is a smoker), chimes in and says “yeah, there hasn’t been long term study on them.”
I was shocked! All of this is coming from a smoker and a person who doesn’t even smoke. I wonder where they came up with all this BS. Has the propaganda against vaping been that effective? How can something that was invented with the best intentions (get smokers off of their addiction to cigarettes while letting them “smoke,” and at the same time eliminate the offensive smell cigarettes let off) be shot down so quickly? I don’t understand, why do these people hate vaping. They seem to hate vaping more than they do smoking.
I really felt like going off on them and telling them why I choose to vape, but the thought was still stuck in my head of how people perceive vaping that way. I simply smiled, and said “I haven’t smoked a cigarette in 8 months, and that’s good enough for me.”
Incidents like these just make me realize how we the vaping community should inform those who continue to be ignorant, and those who are in complete denial of the benefits of vaping. There is still a lot of work to be done, but with persistence we will earn the respect and recognition we all deserve.
A recent post of mine has been getting a lot of attention. It talks about a video of a guy who used vaping to lose weight. This proves that people are interested in losing, myself included.
Its really not just about losing weight though, people want to live healthier lives in general. Speaking on personal experience, I believe people turn to vaping because they know how dangerous smoking is, but can’t easily kick the habit.
Which is why I decided to follow up on this topic. In the mentioned video, the guy vapes to curb his cravings. Instead of eating a banana cream pie, he would fulfill his cravings by vaping some juice of whatever he feels like eating. Makes perfect sense.
I tried to take it even further and think of flavors that are scientifically proven to suppress a person’s appetite. Here are some examples of popular flavors that have been proven to keep someone’s hunger in check:
1. Mint – Who doesn’t love mint? It’s in our gum, toothpaste, and luckily for us, in our e-juice as well. Nobody wants to eat right after they brush their teeth. Sure, you don’t want to get your teeth dirty after you brush, but have you tried eating or even worse, tried drinking orange juice after brushing? Not a good idea.
2. Cinnamon – I love cinnamon. I bought this spicy cinnamon e-juice from a vape shop here in California and I swear it was all I would vape for weeks. Too bad other people felt the same way I felt about it which caused it to be out of stock 90% of the time I would ask for it.
3. Nuts – Personally, I’m not big on vaping nutty flavors. But this isn’t about me, studies have shown that nut flavors have the ability to kill your appetite.
So if you are vaping to lose weight, try starting off with these flavors. Go to your local vape shop or find them online.
It’s official, just this month the L.A. City Council voted to ban vapin indoors. This means people who quit or are trying to quit smoking by vaping will have to continuously face their demons while sharing the smoking area with smokers, fighting the temptation with second hand smoke blowing in their face. Good job L.A. City Council!
According to this article, the city council voted unanimously on banning vaping where smoking was prohibited. The argument was children might confuse vaping with smoking, and think it is okay to do so, an argument I agree with completely.
However, they also banned vaping in bars and other adult environments as well. What gives? There are no children in bars, and adults know the difference between vaping and smoking. So why the ban on smoking indoors in the company of full grown people?
This just shows how narrow-minded our officials when it comes to vaping (and a whole lot of other things for that matter). We know our brothers and sisters in Europe are going through so much more when it comes to vaping regulations, but it seems like legislators are starting to follow suit here in America.
This could have been our way of showing the world that vaping is a safer alternative to smoking. If the lawmakers here would be more lenient, we could show the world that vaping isn’t all that bad and all of this is just paranoia. Kind of like what Amsterdam did for Marijuana. They proved that weed, when regulated properly, is a lot more beneficial than having a hard stance against it.
Vaping is still in its infancy, and the more we educate and inform people, the better the understanding there will be about these wonderful devices.