Dear Summit: Why All the Vape-Hate?
Hey there, vape fans!
For as many wonderful things vaping brings to the lives of humans, there is a significant amount of vape-hate out there. There are many reasons people have negative reactions to vaping, which I will walk you through in today’s Dear Summit blog!
Reason 1: Skewed Perception of Vapers
There are bad apples in every bunch. For every worthy and legitimate cause, a few outliers give it a bad name. In terms of vaping, some of us are elitists, some are inconsiderate, and some are, let’s say, overly enthusiastic. Somehow, vaping has become associated with hipsters, bros, fedora-wearers, and degenerate youth. The vast majority of vapers are ordinary folks looking for an alternative to smoking. In the parlance of our time, onlookers only notice the most extreme specimens.
I’d recommend dispelling generalizations about vapers. These perceptions are unfair, and hurt the larger vaping community.
Reason 2: Fear of the New
There is a knee-jerk reaction to anything new and different. Though we encourage a healthy sense of skepticism, a subject should be researched extensively before passing judgment. When you look at the numbers of adults who have successfully switched to vaping, it’s hard to doubt vaping’s legitimacy. The industry continues to boom, with more and more loyal customers earned every day.
If someone in your life throws skepticism and dismissal of vaping your way, counter them with data. The illuminating Public Health England study, and testimonials are great fodder for such debates. You might change the minds of your peers!
Reason 3: Alarmist Media
Turn on the news at any given time, and you will most likely feel more afraid than before. From escalators to international conflict, the news gives you a fragmented view of the world, a world that is undoubtedly perched on the edge of oblivion. Despite a world of positive news, the media focuses on crises, violence, and death. In their coverage of vaping, extreme outliers are covered disproportionately, leading to vape-hate. Coverage topics include instances of explosions caused by improper battery safety, exaggerated reports of underage vaping, and associations with hazardous drug use. The vast majority of vapers never deal with any of these issues, and simply use it as an alternative nicotine delivery device. Don’t believe something just because it’s printed in bold on a headline.
Reason 4: Anti-Vaping Campaigns
This is a fringe addition to alarmist media. Many vape-hate organizations, many of them funded by State Governments, have been spreading propaganda to hurt the vaping movement. Questionable science and very targeted studies paint a dangerous picture of vaping. “Those things are worse than cigarettes,” is a common phrase. Though it’s true that we need more research and data to make any definitive health claims, one must consider the source when reading FUD-laden propaganda. As mentioned before, many of these campaigns are funded by State Governments on the hook for squandered Big Tobacco capital associated with the Master Settlement Agreement and subsequent Wall Street bonds sold. It really is a labyrinthian journey if you follow the money on these campaigns.
Well, that’s it for this week’s Dear Summit blog. If you have any additional theories on why our community receives so much vape-hate, please feel free to share them in the comments section below. As always, vape for your own life!