Compared to smoking, vaping has something of a bad reputation. We look at why vaping has such a bad rep, what harm this does and what we can do change it to a positive vaping reputation?
A Culture of Smoking
Smoking has been a thing for much longer than commercial cigarettes have been around. There have been pipes and various other smoking-related methods used all over the world for hundreds of years. Modern day smoking is smoking else though. Tobacco cigarette smoking was very commonly seen back in the day and way back when, if you worked in a cigarette factory part of your wages were given in cigarettes. This wasn’t optional, it was just the way you were paid, so why not smoke them? The problem back then was people really didn’t know what damage cigarette smoke could cause. It was just something that everyone did. It would be naive to assume the same thinking wasn’t still ingrained in some of us.
Modern Day Tobacco Cigarettes
Fast forward to modern day and science has caught up with the world. It has been proven beyond any doubt that smoking is incredibly dangerous and as such may cause life-altering illnesses as well as premature death. Now that we have recognised this truth, it stands to reason that people wouldn’t want to quit, and some have. Many have. Many, however, continued then and a generation or two later, continue to smoke now. Why?
Giving up smoking is incredibly hard. You have to fight the physical habits associated with smoking (such as the hand to mouth action) as well as your body being used to nicotine and the combination of chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes. Ditching tobacco is hard, however vaping makes it much easier. Why is it then that so many people still continue to smoke, despite knowing that vaping is a valid and healthier alternative?
A Mixture of Fear and Ignorance
Did you know that if you carrying an
While we hate to back Trump up on anything, "Fake News" is a thing when it comes to vaping reporting. Likewise, the verbal and online sharing of misinformation does nothing to correct the vaping reputation.
A general lack of understanding, made worse by the amount of false information out there is holding people back from choosing to switch from smoking to vaping.
What Can We Do About Boosting Positive Vaping Reputation
The best thing that can be done in order to avoid or reverse a bad vaping reputation is to forge ahead with sharing facts about vaping. Tell people about how Public Health England have found vaping to be at least 95% less harmful than smoking. Share information on how an
The more accurate information is out there the more likely someone is to want to give it a go in order to quit smoking (vaping has been proven to be a useful, successful cessation aid for many people who have struggled to give up smoking using traditional quitting methods such as group support and NRT). Indeed, Public Health England, supported by many others,
There are many blog posts and articles supporting a positive vaping reputation and as more and more official sources, such as Public Health England, NHS officials and others continue to consistently report positive findings we hope that those who strive to thwart a positive vaping reputation in favour of offering sensational headlines will find their anti-vaping propaganda significantly less effective.
At the end of the day the only thing that matters is the health and the wellbeing of the world’s individuals, and if that means more vaping in order to achieve less smoking, we’re all for it. If you want to change the vaping reputation, be considerate, following vaping rules and lead by example.