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!

Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

  • Brian says:

    No matter what you do there will be people that complain and spread false information about it. All I care about is it’s a great hobby – rebuilding coils, building new different coils, making your own juice, tweeking pre-made juice with new flavors. Plus I’m going into day 3 of being cigarette free and without vaping I would be smoking a cigarette right now instead of puffing on MBV Caramel Coffee.

    • John Swanke says:

      Congratulations on being cigarette free. Glad to hear that vaping is so enjoyable for you. I especially like to hear about DIY. What kind of flavors are you coming up with?

  • Brian G. says:

    I like the coffee flavors. I’ve been trying to dial in a Tiramisu flavor the last week or so. Also I’ve been working on some fruit and yogurt flavors. They’re turning out pretty good.

  • Danika Held says:

    What do you use to make tiramisu? I would be interested in trying that. Sounds delicious!!!

  • Brian says:

    I’ve been using a Tiramisu flavor from The Flavor Apprentice along with sweet cream, dulce de leche, double chocolate and a little mexican liqueur and sweetner. I like John’s idea of coffee cake and maybe vanilla custard. That sounds tasty! That’s for the tip John.

  • Lisa says:

    When I first started out I was an egic user from the local gas station, trying to quit smoking. I got the “looks” from the “vape snobs”. I felt almost like an outsider. Trying to save money I upgraded (for me anyhow) to an X6. Still got the looks. Going into a vape store looking for juices was almost an embarresment. Then I found Mt Baker. Seems like the no judgement zone. I think alot of people feel the same way. We should be informing people about vaping not looking down on them for what they use. Applaud even the OTC from the local gas station user for trying something new! Lets share the joy of vaping with everyone who wants to try it. I am now a sub ohm’er and loving it. But the local shops wont be seeing my business.

    • John Swanke says:

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. We like to spread the joy of vaping and enjoy educating people on all things vape related. Thanks for all your support, we hope to continue serving all of your vaping needs in the future.

  • Gary says:

    Most of it it government propaganda because cancer causing analogs are much needed for their wallet ….cancer is a business .

  • Mac says:

    I definetly believe that a lot of the hate is funded by big tobacco. We’re a threat to their business model!

  • Christine says:

    Definitely negative reactionffrom the government initially because they aren’t getting the $$$ from vape sales like they are from tobacco. Its ridiculous. Schools have been changed to healthier eating, while people switching to vape for health reasons are portrayed in a negative way! Obviously why they want to tax this industry, because the tobacco industry will decline. I even have family members show me articles about “the dangers of vaping.” If only there were more unbiased reports on this instead of, like you mentioned in the blog, the extreme exaggerations that there are!

  • Marie says:

    I’ve turned a lot of people over to vaping lately.

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