I have already opined about the hypocrisy of governments, organisations and businesses, when it came to the subject of smoking. Then along came “vaping” and all three’s LABs (Lies And Bullsh*t departments) swung into overdrive.
And now this humble scribbler has done what he earlier said he was going to try – become a “vaper” (vapist? – no – sounds too much like rapist). I mean, now being 62, the risks of smoking were becoming just a bit WORRYING. Have you HEARD a 70-year-old smoker upon waking?
They take about twenty minutes to stop COUGHING – yech.
Anyhoo, I now possess my NADS (Nicotine Alternative Delivery System) and have acclimatised myself to the technology. I used to smoke about thirty fags a day – but I have had less than ten in the last three MONTHS.
So here, for those still inhaling those burning leaves (a Bob Newhart reference there) are the above-promised advantages… (I’ll skip over the obvious HEALTH benefits).
(1) Even here in Thailand, where cigarette tax is a mere one hundred percent (20 king size cost around a quid – US: a buck sixty – as opposed to the West, where the tax is often literally a THOUSAND percent) vaping is STILL CHEAPER than smoking.
Poor people; imagine being able to afford holidays, nights out – FOOD.
(2) You can STILL smoke the occasional ciggy. Unlike EX-smokers – and “recovering” alcoholics – that “just the one” does NOT mean you have “fallen off the wagon”. The thing is, you have not sworn off NICOTINE – just the old-fashioned, primitive, HIGHLY UNHEALTHY DELIVERY SYSTEM for it.
Nicotine itself is virtually harmless – just massively ADDICTIVE.
(3) While most airlines knee-jerkingly ban vaping on planes – the smoke detectors in their loos cannot detect vapour (provided you do not blow it right INTO them – then, just your BREATH would likely set them off).
Furthermore, if you are discreet (and hold the vapour in for a few seconds, thus largely dissipating it) you can even get away with it in all those OTHER places smoking is banned these days (trains, buses, clubs, pubs, cinemas, the workplace, etc., etc., etc.)
(4) You can constantly swop the atomisers, keeping different flavours in each (if you cannot differentiate between the colours, just label them) so that when you get bored with Dark Shag, you can switch to Desert Ship (Camel?) Marlb*ro, Cherry, Banana – no joke; the flavours are ENDLESS.
My favourite is Strawberry.
Oh, and ignore those who tell you that you are inhaling antifreeze. This is a MYTH (probably started by a tobacco company). You see, antifreeze originally had industrial ALCOHOL in it, to lower its freezing point – and desperate drunks used to drink it.
Which is why it was replaced by glycol – ETHYLENE glycol – which is only “moderately” toxic – and useless to drunks.
Whereas “vape-juice” contains PROPYLENE glycol – a harmless substance commonly used in FOOD (E1520).
So, smokers (and even EX-smokers, who, like those recovering alcoholics, suffer withdrawal EVERY day) join the C21st – get yourself a NADS and vape away!