Why Do People Love to Hate Vaping?
Do you hate vaping? Whether someone chooses to vape is a personal decision. It could be a method for quitting smoking, a way to relieve stress, or a substitute for high calorie foods that can satisfy their sweet tooth. No matter what drives them to make the decision to pick up vaping, it is their choice and theirs alone.
Despite this fact, some people seem to have taken it upon themselves to have a personal vendetta against all things vaping and hate vaping. To these people, if you’re spotted with a mod in public, you’re wearing a “fedora for your mouth” or are committing unspeakable things to a robot’s nether regions.
That’s how you end up with articles like this from The Cannabist entitled Why Vaping is the Dumbest Thing Ever. In it, the author states “I’ll admit, I think ‘vape’ is a dumb-sounding word and generally looks about as cool as wearing a Bluetooth headset.” He goes on to cite a source from the GQ Gentleman’s Guide to Vaping that says, “It doesn’t matter who you are – pursing your lips around a plastic tube that atomizes nicotine-infused propylene glycol into vapour reads as slightly douche.”
Now, the authors are welcome to have their own opinion just like vapers are welcome to choose how and why they use a product. But I can’t help but give my own opinion: vaping haters are just scared of something new.
This isn’t any sort of revelation. Psychologists have often pondered why people seem to be so scared of new things. It has to do with our comfort in the known world. New things offer uncertainty, something evolution has trained us to be wary of. Some people even believe that we fear an unknown outcome more than we do a known bad one.
So, instead of welcoming the exciting technology that is vaping, haters fall back on the tried-and-true human response of being wary of new things while hiding behind the thin veil of tradition. From the aforementioned Cannabist article:
“People have been smoking cannabis and tobacco for thousands of years, maintaining a visceral, primal connection with something that grows naturally. Sucking on a machine puts up a wall between you and the thing you’re supposedly committed to consuming.”
No mention of the fact that many vapers commit much more time and energy to their habit than smokers. Never mind the thriving online communities that bring people together from all over the world, forget about the brick and mortar stores popping up providing real people real jobs and supporting local economies.
Nope. To these people, vaping is new and therefore it is bad and we should probably do away with the internal combustion engine while we’re at it. Who cares if this technology is an immense improvement over the combustion of actual tobacco to be inhaled into a person’s lungs? People still hate vaping.
In the end, these vaping haters don’t matter. Superior technology and a passionate community will always win out over those who decide to stubbornly hold on to the past.
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